Good morning and Happy Weekend to everyone! It is simply a fabulous morning, though just a bit on the cool side at 57F (14C), due to that strong north wind yesterday. But it is going to reach 81F (27C) today with beautiful sunshine, so that is still a very nice day. I hope it won’t be quite so windy today though. It’s easier to get better pics when there is less wind. And when it’s a strong wind even insects like butterflies and dragonflies tend to look for more sheltered places. Speaking of insects, I have been trying to get some really nice pics of different kinds of insects, and lately, bees and wasps. There are lots around now with all the flowers blooming, but it’s still not that easy sometimes to get the right pictures. There is a certain flower blooming right now, no idea what it is but the bees love them, so I have been sitting in a patch of them trying to get some different pics up close.
But right now, since accidentally dropping my camera on a rock, focusing up close is a real challenge, so it’s taking me longer than expected for my pics. A few wasps and other bee like insects show up also. And two days ago a hornet showed up. I have never seen a hornet that big before, it was huge, and right beside me, about 2 inches (5cm) away. Too close for me so I retreated as quickly as possible without scaring this big critter. That ended my bee photography for the day. Well, today with our flower pictures we are back to the birds once more.
The top featured image is a female goldeneye duck with her brood of little ducklings. That is actually the first time I have seen goldeneye ducklings so that was a nice treat. That photo is actually from a couple weeks back, and that was the only day I saw them. So I’m glad I was able to get a picture of them.
In the photo above is a broad-winged hawk who was getting a bit nervous having me around. The reason was simple, it had a nest in the pine tree where I was standing. So I managed to get some nice pics of this bird nice and close. They are about the size of a crow and can actually get quite vicious in defending their nest. I discovered that one time a few years ago. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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