The dragonflies were active at Delta Ponds. So I watched and waited for them to land on bushes near me. This one cooperated and landed on a nearby flower. It was a delightful experience. :)
Gorgeous Green Heron
Started out for Alton Baker Park but when I got there is was raining. So I decided to go on to Delta Ponds where the sky looked a bit brighter. I got my walk in there, although getting a bit wet. But hey, I was rewarded with this shot of a Green Heron. We don't see many of them, and only at certain times a year, unlike the Great Blue Heron, which we see year round.
Vern at 78 (by Carol)
Carol did well considering the subject and the lighting! :)
Soaking In The Sun
Our day lilies are still coming out every day and showing off their beauty. I thought this was a good example.
These grizzly bears at Wildlife Safari, in Winston OR, are having fun in the water, getting a bit muddy in the process.
In Wildlife Safari we drive through the park. So we are in cages and the animals are free, out in the open. It's great for photography. If you look up Wildlife Safari in Winston, OR, you can get some nice information about this park.
Thanks for looking,
You Talking to Me?
Mr friend, John, and I visited Wildlife Safari in Winston, OR today. It was a very warm day, even in the morning, so the animals were not as active as usual. Still we enjoyed the visit and the wildlife. I e3specially enjoyed the interaction between animals and the kids. The expression on this animal's face looks exactly like it is asking, "you talking to me?" It was a funny moment in time.
Red-tailed Hawk High in a Tree
This hawk (probably red-tailed) was sitting in a tall tree and occasionally calling. That's how I noticed it. The image from 300mm (810mm 35mm EFOV) is cropped 50% and still sharp as a tack to my eyes anyway. I am always thrilled to get a shot of one of these birds of prey.
Sweet Pea or Sweet Bee?
I visited Delta Ponds and saw lots of wild Sweet Pea growing there. The bees like it too! This is actually a Hoverfly. (Thanks Laura)
Exciting Moment at the Ponds
It just had to be an exciting moment for this Pond Turtle when a fish jumped and caused rings in the water at Delta Ponds. Now tell me, what could be more exciting for a pond turtle than to sit and contemplate those water rings? What else is there to do? LOL
Lily in the Limelight
Without the special light, this calla lily and leaves might not look so glamorous. I love it when the sunlight serves as a spotlight in the shadows. Guess you can tell. I look for that kind of lighting.
Don't Bite More Than You Can Chew!
This Great Blue Heron just caught the biggest fish I have seen in Alton Baker Park. Unfortunately, it bit more than it could chew (actually just swallow), and it lost it.
Now, Let me tell you my tale of woe! When I saw this heron fishing, I slowly moved closer and grabbed a few shots. All of a sudden it took off. I walked up to the bank of the canal to get some photos of it across the pond, and I saw the dead fish lying on the bottom of the canal. As I turned to get more images of the heron, I heard a loud splash beind me. I turned around in time to see an osprey flying away with the fish. I grabbed a couple shots but they weren't good. I was so mad at myself for missing this. Unfortunately, it is the second time it happened to me in the last five days.
I came across this beautiful flower in Alton Baker Park and the morning sun made it glow.
I don't recall what flower it is, but it grows there wild and is plentiful along the Pre Trail.