A Walk In The Woods at the Fort Worth Nature Preserve

This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks,
Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight,
Stand like Druids of old, with voices sad and prophetic,
Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms.

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It’s always such a treat to walk in the woods. The vivid reds and blues between the branches and the where there were bright greens now are rich browns and silence but a wrestle of the turning leaves and the crunch of fallen beneath my feet. A Marsh Wren came out to say hello (image below) as did a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a Yellow-rumped (Audubon) Warbler. I always remember my walks in the woods no matter how short or how long.

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Sanibel Island, Florida July 2019

A short three and a half day trip turned into six days thanks to Hurricane Barry.  I was scheduled to run over to Sanibel Island, Florida to have a quick meeting with a restaurant manager only to realize my pathway home was blocked by Barry.  What do you do on a resort island with nothing but time?  You go birding. Here are some of the photographs I took while I was there. It was around 95 degrees on both of these days, but I managed to see my first wild manatee, a green iguana and many thanks to Victoria at the Anchor Inn & Cottages for pointing out “King” the old “man” in the pond.

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Yellow-crowned Night Heron

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Brown Pelican fishing behind a Reddish Egret.

Antique shop

I love antiques and this store has been here for over 30 years…it’s one of the funnest antique stores I’ve ever been in.

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This is the Shell Mound Trail at the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. Don’t walk in here unless you have long sleeves and long pants on.

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Brown Pelican fishing.

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Yellow-crowned Night Heron

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Joey enjoying his view as we drive across the bridge.

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Iguana.

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A fish jumping. I waited a long time to catch this shot.

Manatee 2

The bst shot I could get of this manatee.

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Yellow-crowned Night Heron

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Green Heron hunting.

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Red-faced Ibis hunting.

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A giant alligator.

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The rare 16 Petal Daisy…just kidding, it’s a pretty flower I wanted to take a picture of.

Ding Darling

Palm frond.

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Thousands of crazy fish.

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The same iguana, but he noticed me.

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A Double-crested Cormorant in front of a Reddish Egret (both trying to catch fish) and the Brown Pelican watching behind them.

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Green Heron hunting.

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Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron

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Traveling to Sanibel Island.

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Sanibel Island

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“King.” He is a living dinosaur.

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Green Heron hunting.

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Yellow-crowned Night Heron

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Yellow-crowned Night Heron

DD Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret

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Spring Migration Trip Texas to California 2019

A random collection of photos of my trip to Yreka, California from Sanger, Texas.  Click on a photo for the slide show. These were taken with my new Sony XR10.