I saw this Merganser along one of one of the Delta Ponds. It was obscured by brush and was tough to get a shot as it stayed behind the brush. I got this shot through an opening in the brush. It took enough work to get the shot that I decided to make it photo of the day. :)
The Shadow Knows!
This is a selfie of sorts. I noticed my shadow on a fence as I walked by and thought, 'maybe there is a photograph here.' Anyway, this is what you get for today. :)
Perhaps I am dating myself with the title, and not too many remember a radio program called "The Shadow"! More recently a movie was made based on the character. I can remember as a young kid hearing the program, a detective story, on the radio and being somewhat scared by the story and sound effects. Sometimes a person's imagination is more vivid than a scene on TV or in the movies.
This Great Blue Heron landed in the nesting tree at Alton Baker Park. I was ready to capture it as it did! I will be watching them and the nesting tree whenever I can. Guess everybody knows I love herons! :)
When American Coots take off they may appear to be running on water. At other times these fast birds move so quickly that they leave a trough of water behind. I was able to capture this interesting occurrence at Delta Ponds.
Wild Flowers at Delta Ponds
These wild flowers looked especially pretty on a sunny day. I would appreciate knowing the ID if anyone can help me out.
Ah, THANKS so much to those who identified the plant as a wild flowering Currant!
I've seen eagles at Delta Ponds more this year, which is great! This one appears to be intently watching something below. It is a real compliment to say someone is as sharp-eyed as an eagle. Their eyesight is amazing. They can spot prey from high in the air and at a good distance. There is an eagle's nest on Skinner Butte and I imagine they will soon be nesting in it.
Morning Along the Willamette River
Clearwater Park is a good place for morning views of the Willamette River, especially when there is some fog. I thought the colors in this scene were quite pleasing.
Clearwater Park has been around for 50 years. It is maintained by Willamalane Park District in Springfield, and is a great for photo walks. For some information about the park, go here - http://willamalane.org/park/clearwater-park/
String of Pearls
The water drops on this spider web at Alton Baker park looked so beautiful. To me, they looked like a string of pearls.
Ferns in the Forest
The forest at Dorris Ranch is a beautiful place to walk. It lies between the filbert (hazelnut) orchards and the Willamette River! It is so quiet (one sees few other hikers), a place where a person can get lost in their thoughts, an opportunity to reflect on the wonders of nature. I find the remarkable balance and design in nature very humbling to contemplate.I very much enjoyed this scene.
Today's photo is an image of the master hunter, the Great Blue Heron, with its prey, a bullfrog, at Delta Ponds. I could see that the heron was quite involved with its task along the edge if a pond. Patience has its rewards. I had to wait on the ready for a while before anything happened. But then so did the heron!
Moon Slice +
A couple nights ago, on the 20th, I saw a slice of the moon showing in the evening sky. It was beautiful, but what also caught my attention were the two other objects to the left of the moon. I believe on is a planet, not sure just what the other is. The newspaper the next day had a shot of the same scene. and told what the two other objects were. I noted it and then forgot about it. Now I can't find it, and I am upset with myself. Does anyone know the identities of the other two objects? Note: I learned the lower larger body is Venus and the small upper one is Mars! Thanks to Andy, Steve and Ken!
The photograph was made handheld with my Nikon 1 V2 and Nikon 1 70-300mm VR lens. The small sensor did a good job, but one of my larger cameras with long lens on a tripod would likely have done better with more detail. But still, the scene is just what I saw.
A Peach of a Pair!
Bald Eagle pair at Delta Ponds. This is likely the pair that nests on Skinner Butte. The nest, on top of a tree, is huge! Here is a video about the nest there - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nq061p10rU Check it out, worth watching!
Below is some information about eagle life history and reproduction:
"Bald eagles are solitary, but monogamous animals. Although they spend winters and migrations alone, bald eagles maintain the same breeding pair year after year. A mated eagle pair finds a nesting site and produces offspring each year. If one of the pair dies, the surviving bald eagle will look for a new mate in the next breeding season. The nests are built on the tops of trees. The pair uses sticks and twigs to construct a platform nest. Some pairs return to the same nest the following year. Bald eagles normally lay two or three eggs. The eggs are incubated for about 35 days. Depending on the location, the eggs are laid in the winter or spring." - (Quoted from National Wildlife Federation website - https://www.nwf.org/wildlife/wildlife-library/birds/bald-eagle.aspx)