Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

   Even though there is no snow and the temps reached into the high 60's, here in Massachusetts, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Cedar Waxwing and Winterberry, a beautiful combination!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Frosty morning

 It is December 16th and we have not had a bit of snow! Some love this but I myself could use just a little of bit of it.

We have however had a handful of beautiful frosty mornings! These few photos were taken before I had to head out to work and yes, I was a tad late (;

 I must have taken at least 20 shots of the frost totally covering these maple leaves, just breathtaking!

Friday, November 27, 2015

The River

A few week ago I decided to take a walk down to a river that I used to go a lot with my family when I was younger.  I was hoping to catch a few of some late migrating birds but I had no luck.  As always, I did come across some really beautiful things to photograph, like the golden glow on the river with leaves blowing down from the trees.  For some reason the rocks also looked like they were floating.
 This wasp nest, unveiled, without any leaves to hide it.  I really got to see how it was so tightly attached.
 This beautiful shade of  "mossy green" really popped!  The only other person I saw that morning was a fisherman and I know how much he was also enjoying the river.  I look forward to returning again very soon.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Right place....Right time

There have been many times when I come across moments like these that just take my breath away.   I am always happy when my camera is able to capture just how I saw it.  This image was taken in my hometown of Rutland MA.
I have no idea what kind of design this spider had in mind!  

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Back with a bang!

It has been quite some time since I have written in my blog.  I can think of many reasons why but the basic reason is I never made the time.  So.....with a new "very fast" computer and "lots" of past photos and special moments to share with you all, I will start with a "Bang".
Fall has been spectacular everywhere this year! Maybe she is giving us a extra special gift because of last years "crazy" winter and hopefully there will not be a repeat of that this year!  I have photographed this beautiful horse in the past but never with those incredible colors behind her.           
These last two photos where taken at a local cemetery, which are great places to shoot year round.
Thank you and stay tuned........

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Waters opening up...nesting beginning

About a couple of weeks ago I decided to take a drive to two locations where Ravens were nesting last year.  It was a very cold day and still lots of snow everywhere, but very pretty never the less.  The ice was finally starting to break up and what a beautiful site it was!

 As all you birders know, there is something very special hearing a Raven call. I would say they are one of my top favorite birds and I never get tired hearing them. Sure enough within 5 minutes I heard them and watched them fly in from the distance. The male and female perched together in a tree and one proceeded to break off a small branch than flew down and under where the nest was being built.
 That wonderful wedge-shaped tail!
Other beautiful views of the water and snow
Looks like someone enjoyed some snowshoeing.

Off to the second location.  However, there was way too much snow to walk to the nesting area.  I listened for awhile and didn't hear any calls but off in the distance two deer were enjoying the tasty bushes near the gravestones!  It has been a tough year for them also! I will go back again soon.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Who needed Chocolates.....

It was a very special day yesterday.  Not only because it was Valentines Day but because I was lucky enough to watch a Short-eared Owl hunting! My son and I were just coming back from doing an errand and we passed by a large field which I always check out to see if there is any sort of activity going on.  Off in the distance, I noticed a bird flapping and soaring, It didn't look or act like any of the common hawks that would be around this time of year and I also noticed it had a lot of white underneath it wings?  With nowhere to pull over, due to all the snow and cars behind me, I had to just keep driving.  Knowing the area pretty well, I drove down a road nearby that would lead me to the back side of the field.  I pulled over on the side of that road with a good view of the field and thankfully had my old pair of binoculars with me.  Just when we were about to leave, it flew up from behind a small hill!!  As any birder would understand, just how excited I was when I realized it was a Short-eared Owl, a life bird for me!

My son and I watch it for about 20 minutes while it continued to hunt. It had started to snow a bit which made it even more beautiful to watch.  Since home was not too far away, I decided to drive back, dropping my son off who "is not as patient as me" and had enough looking at an owl!, and grab my camera.  I knew it was a good chance it may not be there when I returned but I really wanted to try and get a shot of it.
Lucky me, when I did get back, it was still there but snowing much more than before, but I was still able to get a few shots.  About 10 minutes later a small group of crows came along harassing it and it flew off.   What a wonder site it was and more wonderful to me that my son was also able to see it!