Patrolling the Mill Race Path
It was good to see this motorcycle policeman patrolling the Mill Race Path. The officers help to keep the illegal camping and graffiti under control. I was coming back to the path from a side trail when I saw two officers on bikes riding along the path. This one gave me a serious once over as he rode by, probably because I had a camera pointed at him. I didn't have time to wave, I was too busy taking pictures. :)
"Hey, I am trying to quit!"
I got a kick out of this seagull. It picked up a cigarette and held it in its beak long enough for me to get a picture. Surely does look like it's a smoker! You should see the huge Sigma 150-600 C on my tiny Nikon 1 V2! :)
Donkey and Robins
One never knows what might be seen on a morning walk. I spotted this burro with wagon decorating a yard and then saw the two robins nearby. I thought they added a nice touch of color to the scene. Nothing earthshaking but I liked the scene. The poor donkey looks like it has stood there for some time.
Bewitching Bewick's Wren
I heard this beautiful bird before I could locate it at Delta Ponds. It was singing a lovely song. It took me a minute or more to find the bird in a nearby tree.
An interesting fact about the Bewick's Wren: "The first scientific specimen, collected in Louisiana in 1821, was identified by John James Audubon and named for his friend Thomas Bewick, a talented British wood engraver who wrote and illustrated 'History of British Birds.'" (Quoted from the book, "Birds of Oregon")
This Red-wing Blackbird sure looks like it is taking that sign seriously. Some think he needs to. The fantastic lens in the P900 sure makes it a lot of fun to use.
Something to think seriously about is why everyone seems so drawn to nature and its unmatchable beauty. It brings me a great amount of joy to be out in nature but I realize that I can only make mere copies of all of the wildlife and nature scenes I see.
Owl in a Window
I just couldn't resist getting a photograph of this owl artwork on display in a store window. I think it is beautiful. Was tempted to buy it. :) It seems to be the only owl I can find. Haven't seen an owl in the wild in a while.
A Fun Ride on the Mill Race Path
The opening of the new Mill Race Path in Springfield has been a source of enjoyment for local residents. What a fun ride this would be!
I loved this cormorant's pose as it balanced on a log in Delta Ponds. The older I get the more of a challenge standing on one leg gets to be, to the point where I can't really do it more than a few seconds. The cormorant did it with ease and was able to extend its neck down toward the water and still remain balanced on the log. I would have been in the water long before. I thought it was pretty graceful.
Morning Sun and Clouds
This is a scene along the new Mill Race Path in Springfield. At first, I was disappointed to see a cloudy sky. It's often not the best for photography. But as I walked along the path, the sun broke through and colored the clouds along the hill. It also highlighted the hair of two other walkers enjoying the path. The result got my attention and made for a pleasing photo, at least I thought so.
Hummingbird at Delta Ponds
I assume this is an Anna's Hummingbird. I saw it at Delta Ponds and it stayed still long enough for me to get a shot. It was farther away than I wanted but beggars can't be choosers. So I got the images anyway and cropped the result. I like the final photo even if it was cropped a lot. They are such cute little things and are so small! I never get tired of seeing them or lose the thrill.
Portrait of Vern
I haven't posted this photo of yours truly because I felt you have seen enough of me. But since the portrait was shot by Carol, my loving wife, I decided I should post it since I don't post enough of her photos. She can make a bad subject look better.
Dark-Eyed Junco Social Rank
"When flocks of Dark-Eyed Juncos join together for the winter, they use their social rank for protection. Studies show that the dominate birds stay in the center of the flock (about10-30 birds) where they are protected from predators. First are the oldest males, surrounded by the young males, the oldest females, and finally the young females! They keep their place in the flock by using displays of dominance which includes aggressive lunges, and by flashing their white tail feathers."
That's ice on its tail! (There's a bit of noise in the background. Small sensors can be a bit noisy. Here I find it appealing.)