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Thanks to skeletal mass for the texture

Taken at Washington Oakes State Park just after sun rise.

Explore #12 on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 and on Explore Front Page :-)

 

Featured Golden Diamond picture of the week at Golden Pictures Worth 1000 Words group!

 

Please, View On Black

 

This was selected for Explore; June 15, 2010 #156

 

Monument Valley

The Navajo Nation

Arizona and Utah

USA

Finally..I got a shot of this bittern flying...been seeing him around the wetlands last week or so..but hadn't been able to get him in flight til the other day...

 

SOOC except cropped in..Happy Feathery Friday...and Shades of Yellow Friday too!

 

Licensed via Getty Images January 2011

And the winner is...the red poppy. You really cannot get a boring shot with this flower...magnificent creation!

The other winner: www.americanidol.com/

 

EXPLORE/May 22, 2008--Sincere thanks!

 

This American Kestrel is a real celebrity! I was following him and other two photographers were following him too. At some point there were three of us standing in a crescent formation near the small tree he perched on. We were waiting for him to do something and he didn't disappoint us. He took off and hovered for a few seconds.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSOaAaZZyqk&feature=related

 

There's a wild, wild whisper

Blowin' in the wind

Callin' out my name like a long lost friend

Oh I miss those days as the years go by

Oh nothing's sweeter than summertime

And American honey

 

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Taking off into the sunset at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands.

Photographed at my home. IMG_6888

Please see the next shot for my VERBOSE description on this great part of my Creation adventure!

American Avocet, Manitou Lake, Colorado

 

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

 

With its elegant profile and striking coloration, the American Avocet is unique among North American birds. In summer it can be found in temporary and unpredictable wetlands across western North America where it swings its long upturned bill through the shallow water to catch small invertebrates.

Explore Dec 22, 2011 #237

 

Humber Bay Park East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Taking in the beauty of the snow and ice on the Falls.

This is the American River in Northern California.

Thank you for viewing, commenting on and faving my photo!

 

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Long Island, New York

 

Probably the Dad, over in the Dad tree watching the two babies. Still praying for their Mama!

Fred Hervey poop to bottled water plant.

El Paso, TX

American Football

Wolfpack MG

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You get seasick driving here...

 

The hilly landscape here is a result of the massive Missuola floods at the end of the Ice age.

(Check the map, go to "larger map" and choose Satellite, and zoom out 1 or 2 levels. A large area from here towards the south east has a peculiar pattern of elongated, parallel hills, which can only have been shaped by massive flows of water.)

 

St. Thiel road, part of a short (but not fast) cut between r 26 and r 260, on our way to Palouse falls.

 

South east Washington, USA

 

On tumblr here

Leaving the marsh not long after the feeding was finished. There can be quite a few at times, but an hour later you would never know they had been there..

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I’ve been fascinated by the mating displays of American Avocets. The action happens so quickly but you see the male is splashing his bill in the water as part of Sexual Preening and the female extends her neck far forward and lays her bill on the surface of the water while holding her tail up. A male takes up a few minutes sexual preening and if nothing interrupt. They will start the action. It will last a few seconds.

 

Thank you for your comment and visit.

I went on this Creation adventure specifically because I was looking for a life bird that was reported there. This is also a drive through place, and with my health, that's about all I can do.

 

But I was so hoping for American White Pelicans also ... and oh yes! There were several hundred. One of my favorites and I hadn't barely seen any. They are wintering birds for us here in Central Florida.

The American lotus (Nelumbo lutea) is sometimes mistaken for a water lily, but it has two main differences. One is the seed pod, which is shaped a bit like a space capsule. The other difference is the leaf shape. Water lilies are not completely round; they have a slit. The American Lotus has big round (or roundish) leaves with no slit. Some are a foot across.

 

The most recent evidence indicates that crocodilians (which includes alligators) and dinosaurs evolved from a common ancestor that existed subsequent to the common ancestor that they share with other reptiles. So, even though alligators are classified as reptiles along with lizards, snakes, and turtles, they are actually more closely related to birds, whose direct ancestors were dinosaurs!

Female alligators rarely exceed 10 feet in length, but males can grow much larger. The Florida state record for length is a 14 foot 3-1/2 inch male from Lake Washington in Brevard County. The Florida record for weight is a 1,043 pound (13 feet 10-1/2 inches long) male from Orange Lake in Alachua County.

I found this fine specimen crossing Marsh Rabbit Run at Circle B Bar Reserve. Polk County. Florida.

I would guess that it is about 10 foot long.

 

The directional light of the late afternoon on the Colorado Plateau, two years ago (archive photo).

 

Now back to America. Ciao!

Nectaring on dill weed.

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) male in the mixed woods on the edge of the boreal forest north of Thorhild, Alberta, Canada.

 

29 May, 2017.

 

Slide # GWB_20170529_9332.CR2

 

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