Sunday, August 31, 2008
Today I would like to offer you a spring flower you may not have knowledge of, my Ohio Buckeye Tree.
This is my favorite bee photo on the bloom and if you click on it you can see the orange from the flower through the bee's wing.
This are the buckeyes growing on the tree and soon the squirrels will have a meal and a nut to bury for later. I end up with a lot of little buckeye trees in the Spring from the squirrels hiding the nuts and leaving them for the next year.
I do hope you enjoyed the Ohio Buckeye Tree from my front yard.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I thought I saw a moth on my family room window so I ran and got my camera. I took one shot and moved in for a close-up. I had done this before with a small moth and thought it was neat. When I got closer I said,"Funny looking moth".
So I got in even closer.
It was a rainy evening but I went outside to get the other side. My red light from the camera bothered the little frog and he jumped on the window seal.
I decided to use my flash and show you the little green frog. I have never seen him again so I feel I seized a camera moment.
He is a cute little guy in his best colors.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Sky Watch Friday now has a new home and a life of it's own. Please check out the new sight and link in if you wish to participate. There were 378 people last week with beautiful Sky photos. You can link in from my side bar or above.
The family made a trip to central Ohio to go on a canoeing trip down a river. Most of the family went down in two cars. It was a fun trip with some great scenery. There were 7 adults and 6 kids on two rafts and a canoe. The country is really nice in central Ohio. There was a set of silos that I thought gave a fun sky shot.
As you go south in Ohio you start to get closer to the Appalachian Mountains and you get into the foothills with the rolling countryside.
If you put your camera in a plastic bag on the raft while you are going down the river you can get this kind of sky shot. Yes, we did get really wet. I don't recommend this method but the camera dried out and so did I.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I liked the way the Crow hid in the Pine Tree.
A female Mallard Duck swimming away.
This one was showing her colors on the pond edge.
This fancy stepping male Mallard Duck was in full colors.
I cropped him out of the pair shot, which one do you like best.
A Great Blue Heron in bright sun that wasn't real co-operative but I got this shot of the skinny bird.
A Red-Tailed Hawk on a dead tree, a long way out but it was an opportunity.
An American Goldfinch that landed when I was shooting some flower. I seized the moment with my camera.
The is a Killdeer hiding deep in the grass.
I do hope you enjoyed this trip through the birds that were missed.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
It's National Dog Day so here is Jake, my Pomeranian, spruced up with a fresh haircut and looking good. Everyone calls him a cute puppy but he's 14 years old (people years not dog years). He was being a little stingy with the pose.
I received a Must See Blog award from Lawstude of Lawstude's Journeys in the Philippians a great photography/travel site. I have several must see sight I'd like to honor.
Tom of The Ohio Nature Blog - A wonderful view of Ohio nature photos.
Shionge of So Shiok - A look at Singapore and its customs that's worth a look see.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I have already filleted this Crappie and you can see I fillet without removing the skin from the fish. I fillet along the backbone to the rib cage and cut the fillet loose except at the head. I then flip the fish over and take the fillet off the skin so there is no scaling or mess involved. There are just two delicious pieces of white meat ready to cook. I love to bread and fry them and I gave a recipe for Italian Crappie earlier in one of my blogs. I had a fish fry last Tuesday of a quart of Crappie fillets that I hadn't frozen along with a fresh zucchini out of the garden and it lasted me two suppers and one lunch. They were delicious.
Here is part of the 20 fish I got on Saturday. Here is part of the 28 Crappies I got on Sunday. A total of over 160 fish or 320 fillets in a five day fishing period. That end one was 11 1/2" and was a really good fighter.
I love Crappie fishing and Crappie eating also.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
This is my Cornflower, a fancy bloom that comes back strong every year. I've also seen them called Bachelor Buttons.
This is the fancy colored bloom. Do you see a visitor? Click to get a better view. Yes the Black Ants must have a relationship with this flower.
Here is the mature bloom a pretty blue color.
When it's a youngster it has a purple shade to it.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I stop at a little pond to capture some female Mallard Ducks swimming on the pond.
They co-operated fairly well posing for pictures.
They were even doing some preening.
It was a hard job to get right.
Then something magical happened. The Green Heron I've seen at the fishing lake, with no opportunity to captured, showed up and landed in a tree with a red bobber hanging from it. Is that fate or what? Click to see it better.
I zoomed in to get a better look.
Okay, he's harmless, let's do some preening on one leg.
How does that look for the picture?
I'll even turn around for you to get a better look, still on one leg.
Seize the moment no matter how fleeting and this one payed back two fold, my first Green Heron pictures.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
This is the view across Lake Hodgson my fishing lake at sunrise from my car. Click on any photo to get a closer look. The view even got more spectacular as I drove to work and the Sun rose into the clouds.
Last weekend was a beautiful two days on the lake with a wonderful Sky. The fishing was also really good if you look at previous posts.
I even caught a Seagull aloft over the lake in the beautiful Sky. This cloud has an animal shape with the and I think it is Dumbo the flying elephant. This is my front yard yesterday morning with the Ohio Buckeye Tree set against the morning Full Moon. Those are the fast growing Buckeye from my home state tree.
This was a trip with me around the wonderful State of Ohio.