The Launch

Since I’m not very mobile and have limited equipment with which to work, I feel privileged to be able to get photos of a variety of birds. My saving convenience is that I live where a portion of the Maumee River passes right along-side the backyard of our apartment building in Napoleon, Ohio. Many birds pass through, too.

This particular photo is of a Great Blue Heron minnow-fishing at the North end of the bridge in Napoleon, then launching into the air. Because of a low cloud bank and a bright sun above it, the bird’s coloration is quite amazingly captured in its true hues, particularly in the launch stage.

Pre-launch: minnow-fishing stances.

Watching for that special minnow to catch!

Watching for that special minnow to catch!

Got the catch spotted...

Got the catch spotted…

Full and thinking of flying to a new location...

Full and thinking of flying to a new location…

Launch… with landing gear still down !!

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Winter Wonderland…Before Thanksgiving

Winter Wonderful has made Winter Wonderlands of a good part of the nation in the last week, and The Weather Channel says it’s just getting started. Oh, my!

Here’s a look from Northwest Ohio:

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Whoa! Is that a big ol’ snowplow truck slithering around the corner?!

Blue skies emerged at last, but the next storm is on its way!

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Really…Lake Effect Snow Already?

Oh, my! Snowflakes and plows and double-takes! Oh, my… it’s the season’s first Winter snow — but it’s still FALL!

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It started last night,
hinted at morning’s plight.

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This morning’s blowing,
quickly got us knowing
It wouldn’t stop soon,
not even by noon!

It brought us to attention,
early Winter’s gloomy mention.

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The bridge was fine,
but sitting was undermined.

Trees bent very low
and branches were so.

Birds said emphatically “no”;
headed off to otherwise know
a place of sunset’s glow.

 

Thank You Veterans…

Throughout the year, we celebrate the service of our war veterans and service men and women stationed around the globe. With special days set aside, like today, Veterans Day, we offer best wishes to our vets. Let’s think of them every day! They all sacrifice so we, the majority of Americans, may live in this free nation of democracy. Say thank you to a veteran today and every day!

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Even the Little Sparrows

I spent a large part of the Summer months chasing large birds (pictures of which I will share later), especially catching them in flight, but I also got hooked on photographing the sparrows of our riverbank trees. Since I live along the Maumee River, and close to the Henry County Fairgrounds, my opportunities to photograph animals and birds is quite satisfying.

Here are some results with the little sparrows whom I caught posing, preening, twisting, and greeting, as they entertained me:

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