Monday, 10:35 AM - As I came up to the pond where I regularly go birding, this gorgeous Great Blue Heron was perched upon a duck breeding box at the far end of the pond. Normally, he is too skittish to sit out on the open pond so close to buildings. I knew he probably wouldn’t sit there long, and if I was patient, I might get a flight shot as he took to the air. My hope was that when this heron left his perch, he’d fly to a nearby pond behind me. So I positioned myself in the shade right in the... continue reading
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There are some traditions and recipes limited to small geographic regions of the world. One that is still available here in the southeastern United States is mull. Mull is “basically a soupy stew with fine bits of slow-simmered chicken in a rich broth thickened with crushed saltine crackers.”A “mull” is not only soup, but the name for a southern communal gathering, as in “Chicken mull this Saturday at Faith Baptist Church”. Mull is cooked by the gallons and sold typically to raise money... continue reading
You never know what you’ll see.After literally hundreds of morning walks by my office, this morning there was something I had never seen before on this pond. At first I thought the splash in the brown murky water was one of the beavers ending a night of tree-felling and heading back to his home. But when the creature surfaced, it had a much longer neck than a Beaver!A Double-crested Cormorant popped up out of the water with a fish in his hooked bill. Since it didn’t immediately notice my... continue reading
On my drive home from work last month I pulled a Common Snapping Turtle out of the roadway. Thankfully I got to him before a large truck smashed him into turtle pie! He spent the night in the back of my pickup truck and got a photo session the next day. Taking him to a shallow mud puddle, I laid on my belly and got some shots at that low perspective. The eye-to-eye level made him look much bigger than he was in person. Although not as big as some snappers, he was just as feisty and snappy as the big... continue reading
A few weeks ago, I was walking around a pond behind my office, camera in hand, and I observed a real family feud! Two Canada Goose families were resting near each other in the shade. As I approached, the goslings were startled and ran down helter skelter into the pond, the two groups of goslings getting mixed together in the process. Almost immediately, one of the parents of the smaller goslings began to chase and attack the larger goslings. This prompted a parent of the larger goslings to fly... continue reading
Within walking distance of my office are several ponds and beaver swamps. This gives me plenty of wildlife and bird photography opportunities without travel expenses! When I’m not too busy, I try to talk a walk every morning and occasional afternoons. With all the spring and early summer rains falling, the briars and undergrowth have really taken off, making it a bit more difficult to get close to some of those more secluded spots. In a moment of inspiration, I decided to keep a pair of branch trimmers... continue reading
BEAR HOLLOW ZOO, ATHENS, GEORGIAAlthough it may feel like cheating to shoot wildlife in a zoo, it is still a great opportunity to get practice and have some relaxing fun for the day. And the biggest tip: get there early! Bear Hollow Zoo is a small, local zoo in Athens, Georgia. I entered the park along with one of the caretakers who proceeded to make his rounds of feeding and checking on the animals. Each critter became quite excited and active for breakfast as we passed by their enclosures. Otherwise,... continue reading
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