in the eyes

On the 10th tee, I stood quietly waiting on a sunny warm February day.  Golf carts whizzed by and I could hear the thwacking of golf balls.  I paid little to no attention to the golfers as they came and went.  I was completely focused on watching this heron stalking his prey.  His hunting game was much more interesting to me.  The intensity of the eyes, and there was a quivering in his throat as he made a guttural sound with each methodical and slow step towards the fish of his dreams.

stalking
stalking

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glitz and putz

Sharing a scene from my desk top.

At one time I knew the origins of the Christmas Bottle Brush tree.  These are all reproductions, not vintage but still I think they have a certain charm, not too glitzy, ready to be placed in a putz.

I tried to research their history on-line, but the only thing I could find was where to purchase and how to make.  Being a little impatient this morning, I moved on to other things.  So, if you know, leave a comment and share with me.

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morning ewe

Down here in the south we say mornin’ Y’all.

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or mornin’ ewe all.

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hidden – natures camouflage

The Virginia state bird is the Cardinal and the state tree is the Dogwood.  In our area, thankfully we escaped the destruction from Sandy.

During the storm a branch fell out of a nearby tree knocking one of my bird feeders off the pole and cracking the plastic.  A little seed remained inside, just below the crack.  I hung the feeder in a dogwood tree and within minutes birds flocked.

A pair of cardinals arrived first.  She was rather shy preferring to remain hidden.  Bright, bold and beautiful he quickly landed on the feeder and ate to his heart’s content.

Can you find her?

1/160s f5.6 ISO 3200

Isn’t natures camouflage grand!

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medieval or hood ornament

Down a heavily forested road an opening to the Chesapeake Bay emerges.  Here as the sun was slowly setting on Havens Beach my companions and I came across the Great Cormorant also known as shags.  The golden light made the old pilings glow and the birds majestic.

Cormorant 1/250s f/5.6 ISO250

Cormorants feature quite commonly in heraldry and medieval ornamentation, usually in their “wing-drying” pose, which was seen as representing the Christian cross.

On a lighter note the cormorant served as the hood ornament for the Packard automobile brand.

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*Source Wikipedia

silent reverie

Grey morning with light mist and fog rolling in from the sea, wrapping the bay in a blanket of quiet and calm.

Chesapeake Bay 1/250s  f/5.6  ISO 500

Silent and still, birds gather on old pilings waiting; they too seem to be in a silent reverie.

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