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Oil Drops on Water

O is from Oil...


vowels (a, e, i, o, u)


Macro Mondays and Vowel


earrings photographed with candlelight


мy мυѕιc


"You lift me from up above

Your unconditional love

Takes me to paradise

I belong to you!"

Dawn horse gallop, St. Augustine

Macro Mondays: a,e,i,o,u

Must start with a vowel.


Playing with my food:)


Have a great week!

A Wood Stork coming in for a landing (virtually over my head)


From Florida Audubon


The Wood Stork is one of Florida’s signature wading birds, a long-legged, awkward-looking bird on land that soars like a raptor in the air.


Wood Stork

Like many Florida birds associated with wetlands, the Wood Stork has suffered from the destruction and degradation of our state’s wetlands. Today, the Wood Stork is classed “Threatened” by the State of Florida and the federal government.


It feeds in shallow water, stirring the bottom with its unlikely pink feet and snapping up small prey that are unlucky enough to encounter the bird’s sensitive bill. They nest in early spring, just in time for the traditional season of lowest water when prey items will be concentrated in shrunken wetlands, providing good hunting so the storks can feed their young.


Now, we have altered the natural cycle of high and low water in our wetlands and Wood Storks often can’t find enough food for their young, who eventually succumb to starvation.


How Audubon is Helping


Everglades Restoration: the Everglades is a historical feeding and nesting ground for Wood Storks. By restoring the river of grass, we will ensure there will always be places for storks to feed, nest and raise their young.

Lake Okeechobee Recovery: Wood Storks forage in and nest around this beleagured big lake. Cleaning up the lake will help storks and a suite of other animals, as well as the Everglades itself.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary: This Audubon Sanctuary in Southwest Florida protects one of the state’s largest Wood Stork rookeries. Audubon actively manages the sanctuary for the storks’ benefit, and we advocate for their feeding grounds downstream.

Snowy Egret (thanks Kevin)


Photographed at Merritt Island


From Cornell:


Snowy Egrets wade in shallow water to spear fish and other small aquatic animals. While they may employ a sit-and-wait technique to capture their food, sometimes they are much more animated, running back and forth through the water with their wings spread, chasing their prey.

Merritt Island Morning - Great Egret

Ft. De Soto Sunset


Cue the sun under the horizon, cue the birds, cue the photographer on the left, cue the blinking red light, cue the jumper with breadcrumbs, action, jump, throw the breadcrumbs, shoot!

Afternoon preening session at Merritt Island - Roseate Spoonbill


From Smithsonian:


Spoonbills fly in long diagonal lines with their necks and legs completely stretched out.


It is thought that the roseate spoonbill receives its bright coloring from the pigments of the crustaceans that it eats.


When it walks, the roseate spoonbill swings its head back and forth in a sideways motion.


poses: Black Cats Poses - Thinking On You (fatpack)


мy мυѕιc

мy вlog / credιтѕ


"Loving can hurt, loving can hurt sometimes

But it's the only thing that I know

When it gets hard, you know it can get hard sometimes

It is the only thing that makes us feel alive."

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary


See the first downbeat of wings in comment below.

These Yellow Legs were rushing back and forth among the reeds in the water - i assume they were looking for food, but they never stopped anywhere they just kept pacing back and forth acting as one.


Photographed at Merritt Island


From Louisa Heylen 6h -

This is the Small Yellow Leg Rider

She believes their behavior is a courtship behavior - She said - interesting photo.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Red-shouldered Hawk


Stalks prey from low perches in its preferred habitats of woodlands and swamps.


This one in Corkscrew Sanctuary.



From Birds and Blooms Extra:


During mating season, the male anhinga develops extra crest feathers on the head, and the flesh around the eyes may turn a bright emerald green. Males begin courtship with lots of high flying, soaring through the area, and then marking out a possible nest spot. Then he turns on the fancy moves, flapping his wings alternately and bending his head low, extending the tail to the sky. Once the female accepts, the male brings her nesting material and she builds a platform, usually in a bush or tree low over the water. They incubate the eggs together for nearly a month.

Great Egret - Merritt Island

Viera Wetlands


Green Heron


From 10,000 Birds:


The Green Heron (Butorides virescens) is a spectacular species familiar to anyone who pays attention to the places where water meets land. There are so many impressive aspects to this handsome heron. One could dwell on how convoluted its family tree is… the Butorides complex, as it’s called, is surprisingly complex. While Butorides spans the globe, it is either recognized as a single species called Green-backed Heron or as three distinct species, the aforementioned New World heron B. virescens along with the Old World Striated Heron (B. striatus) and the slate-gray Lava Heron (B. sundevalli) of the Galapagos. In either case, green herons are silly with subspecies, which may themselves eventually be recognized as full species.


Great Egret heads towards a roosting area at the end of a long day of fishing.

Fort DeSoto


Some history from Audubon:


Nearly wiped out in the United States in the late 1800s, when its plumes were sought for use in fashion, the Great Egret made a comeback after early conservationists put a stop to the slaughter and protected its colonies; as a result, this bird became the symbol of the National Audubon Society.


This species will likely gain habitable areas as the earth warms - you can see the predictions here:


Water Lily


McKee Botanical Garden

Great Blue Heron


Loxahatchee NWR

McKee Botanical Garden


These water lilies exist in small bodies of water where light filters in through trees from above - although i enhanced the effect a bit, this is in large part how the light hit this lily.

Happy New Year to all my Flickr friends!

HMM to all participants!

The Blues, Glass, Holiday Bokeh, vowels


Happy Macro Monday. This week's theme is vowel ... here we the the Enterprise, as an Ornament ... both beginning in a vowel.


Liked the results here of the ornament that I suspended about 10 feet from the tree to get some isolation between the subject and the lights, creating some interesting bokeh with the lens at f/16.


I also captured this at ISO 800 to reduce the time of the exposure ... the dogs walking around and Mrs. Krach that was moving about was creating minor quakes in the space time continuum ... and longer exposures resulted in minor movement of the ornament suspended in the bokeh.

I'm huffing to make myself

heard now, cantata of traffic,

wind at the window,

my thoughts disconnected

mid-sentence, becoming one

of those androgynous old poets

slumped in Naugahyde who

strains to move his vowels daily,

who warbles his nasal diphthongs

with so little passion. I can’t recall

what force drives the green fuse

anymore or what starlet requested

my autograph on her backside,

and, Oh to be content

with my mouthful of suet

and nightly idylls, but words

keep boiling up, betrayals

with my name written

over everything. If only

I could write an inspired book

of matches -- one final flare.

If only I could tattoo

across my chest in case

of fire break glass.


--Miguel deO


Thank you for your time, faves and comments !

Anastasia State park just past sunrise.


Tri Colored Heron


Cornell Description:


A medium-sized, delicate and slim heron with a long, daggerlike bill. Its long thin neck curves up to its small head.

A colorful heron with a mix of blue-gray, lavender, and white. Unlike other dark herons, they have a white belly. Breeding birds have small white plumes extending from the back of the head, a bright blue patch of skin around the bill, and pink legs. Nonbreeding birds lack the flourishes of breeding birds and have yellowish legs. Juveniles have a rusty neck and rusty edged feathers.


Other photos in the comments below


Water Lily - McKee Gardens


Photographed between lightning storms with beams of lights filtered through the canopy.

Reddish Egret


Watch their hunting habits here:

From Cornell -


The Pileated Woodpecker is a very large woodpecker with a long neck and a triangular crest that sweeps off the back of the head. The bill is long and chisel-like, about the length of the head. In flight, the wings are broad and the bird can seem crow like.


Pileated Woodpeckers drill distinctive rectangular-shaped holes in rotten wood to get at carpenter ants and other insects. They are loud birds with whinnying calls. They also drum on dead trees in a deep, slow, rolling pattern, and even the heavy chopping sound of foraging carries well. Their flight undulates like other woodpeckers, which helps separate them from a crow’s straight flight path. visit to Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a journey into the heart of the Everglades ecosystem. Discover the rugged beauty of this famed natural area on Corkscrew's famous boardwalk - a 2.5-mile adventure through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, around a marsh, and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America.


Location -


Located about 30 minutes east of Naples, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is home to hundreds of alligators, otters, white-tailed deer, and red-bellied turtles. A wide variety of wading birds, songbirds, raptors and the fabulous Painted Bunting can be seen throughout the year. Photo opportunities are available at every turn.


This particular tri-colored heron fished on the fly - from Cornell: Their foraging style is generally more jittery and active than some other herons, chasing after fish with wings flapping or pirouetting with sharps stops and turns. Similar to Reddish Egrets, they also bend forward and push their wings over their head to entice fish to enter the shade provided by their wings.


Examples of this fishing technique are included in the comments below.

A is for Agapanthus. Agapanthus praecox, is its scientific name. Often known simply as Agapanthus, other common names include: lily of the Nile, African lily, and blue lily. For the Macro Mondays theme: vowel.


f/2 ISO 160 1/640 Pentax 50mm FA f/.4 Pentax K-1, cropped. Width 3in.


Thanks for visiting. I appreciate the generous comments and faves very much.


HMM and happy new week!

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