"It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living." ~ David Attenborough
Blue-winged Teal (m) -- Anas discors
Belted Kingfisher (f) -- Megaceryle alcyon
Silver-bordered Fritillary -- Boloria selene, possible female. Selene is the Greek goddess of the moon.
"simple living, high thinking” ~ Nepalese mantra
Northern Cardinals -- Cardinalis cardinalis, male passing food to mate
Henslow's Sparrow -- Ammodramus henslowii, secretive skulker of tall-grass prairies
"I spend a lot of time learning about bird watching." ~ Nikki Giovanni
Black-capped Chickadee -- Poecile atricapillus, clearing a nest hole in a snag -- debris is carried off to help avoid detection.
Family Chironomidae has around 2000 North American species. Males have the feathery antennae. They emerge in tremendous numbers that power both terrestrial and aquatic food chains.
'Like coral insects multitudinous
The minutes are whereof our lives are made.' ~ "Work" by Jean Ingelow
Red-breasted Merganser (f) -- Mergus serrator
Common Loon -- Gavia immer, samples local fisheries on the journey north
'...So--when was it--I, drawn like blown cloud, couldn't stop dreaming of roaming, roving the coast up and down...' ~ Basho
Peregrine Falcon -- Falco peregrinus, wheeling off after an unsuccessful attack
Eastern Whip-poor-will -- Caprimulgus vociferus
‘Sleep softly my old love
my beauty in the dark
night is a dream we have
as you know as you know...' ~ William Stanley Merwin, "Good Night"
Pied-billed Grebe -- Podilymbus podiceps
'Errors, like flaws, upon the surface flow;
He who would search for pearls must dive below.' ~ John Dryden, Prologue, "All for Love", 1677.
Spring Beauty -- Claytonia virginica, one of the first woodland plants to flower, draws a Bee fly, family Bombyliidae, maybe B. major.
with White Trout Lily -- Erythronium albidum
"All the problems of the world can be solved in a garden." ~ Geoff Lawton, Permaculture Research Institute
also open for beesness, Virginia Bluebells -- Mertensia virginica
Brown Thrasher -- Toxostoma rufum, treasure hunting in the ground cover
"To hear the clear, flowing notes and phrases of this remarkable long-tailed songster is quite an experience: I could almost call it an epiphany." ~ Ora E. Anderson, "Out of the Woods"
Wood Duck -- Aix sponsa, first days are pure adventure.
'It is brave to be involved,
To be not fearful to be unresolved.' ~ Gwendolyn Brooks
Troop Crumblecap -- Pseudocoprinus disseminatus
'Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.' ~ Walt Whitman, "Song of the Open Road", 6.
Ants commune on the petal of a Strawberry -- Fragraria spp.
'...it wont be long now it won’t be long
till earth is barren as the moon
and sapless as a mumbled bone
dear boss i relay this information
without any fear that humanity
will take warning and reform
archy' ~ from "What the Ants are Saying" by Don Marquis, "archy does his part", 1935.
Baird's Sandpiper -- Calidris bairdii, long distance migrant fueling up before continuing on to northern breeding grounds
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (m) -- Pheucticus ludovicianus, snacking on oak catkins
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (f) -- Pheucticus ludovicianus, in Box Elder or Ashleaf Maple -- Acer negundo
Swamp Sparrow -- Melospiza georgiana
"...my temple is the swamp." ~ Thoreau, Journal, Jan 4, 1853. "...the strength, the marrow of nature." ~ Thoreau, Walking.
Black-and-white Warbler (m) -- Mniotilta varia
"I suffered for birds, for young rabbits caught in the mower. My grief was not excessive. For to come upon warblers in early May was to forget time and death." ~ Theodore Roethke
Nashville Warbler (m) -- Oreothlypis ruficapilla, morning preen and stretch -- fitness is essential
House Wren -- Troglodytes aedon
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (m) -- Polioptila caerulea
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
Yellow-throated Vireo -- Vireo flavifrons
Red-breasted Nuthatch -- Sitta canadensis, checking over some Hackberry -- Celtis occidentalis