Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wednesday Potpourri

For my Wednesday Potpourri I thought I show you some results of a fun photo day for me. You can click on any photo to get in closer.

I went out for my daily morning walk and saw this Black Squirrel completely hidden from me. Wait, I think I can see him, after all I was right under his tree. His black color isn't much help when hiding. I was so surprised when I returned to see a deer in the back yard behind my garden at 10 in the morning. I take my camera with me for these opportunities. I snapped quite a few shots but this was the first. Did you spot him right away? Our weather has made a strong change and you can see blossoms on the tree in the woods and my Hostas next to the house sending out spikes.The weather had started to cloud up but I wad wanted to go back to see the progress at the heron rookery. There was still a lot of building activity going on. This is one of three full trees.
I started home when it began to rain and as I came around a bend found a dead opossum with two Turkey Vultures. The birds were on the road doing their job. They are a big brave birds and one didn't leave until a car came from the other direction. Luckily the road was lightly traveled in the park. I approached slowly and then turned and came back to get some more photos.
This is only a splash into coming post but it was a fun photo opt day.

29 comments:

Tricia said...

I actually thought it was a cat in the tree! LoL! hahaha Stupid me!

Tipper said...

All neat shots-but the squirrel is the best!! I have never seen one lay down like that.

I enjoyed the pics on the "what is it posts"-but I missed out on the fun of guessing-not that I would have got them :)

Denise said...

I found that black squirrel very interesting (as well as very cute) as I don't see those down this way. Coming across those vultures must have been an interesting sight also and I would be very happy to see a deer in my yard. All your photos were great.

imac said...

All I see and capture are grey ones, yet to photo red or black

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great photos, Tom.. Love seeing the deer... He was staring you down!!!! ha

I cannot believe how many big birds were nesting in those trees. Amazing!!

Betsy

Erin said...

that black squirrel is great ^..^ i keep wishing we had squirrels but they tend not to come around here because of all the dogs in the neighborhood.
and probably the same reason the deer do not visit as well though they are abundant on the other side of the road. you were lucky to have such a nice visitor.

have a wonderful thursday.

Tina said...

FG,
OMgosh what a shot you got of those herons..how cool was that to see all those nests? I'm really jealous now..first the black squirrel...now the herons..ok, what's next? huh? ;-)

Thumbelina said...

Fabulous shots FG. I took your suggestion and started a public blog far away from the other one! So both private and public are on the go now - I should hopefully have piccies on the new one soon.
Thanks for all your help with the SWF thingy. C.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I can hardly believe my eyes at that heron rookery.That is quite a spectacal.
Blessings,Ruth

Shellmo said...

That black squirrel looked like he was doing his morning stretches! Cute! And you saw some other great variety - it is neat to see the turkey vultures doing their job!

alexander said...

Great captures for a fun photo day. I think the photo with lots of bird nest on it is amazing. I guess it must be a very special tree to these birds.

Alexander
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Luke Wiley said...

I love the one with the bird nests! Very nice!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

That's a regular cornucopia of wildlife. Is the foreclosure market that bad that nature is reclaiming your area?

Ken Conger Photography said...

Nice series. You had a good day with lots of action. The rockery is certainly loaded. Blue Skies.

Pietro said...

Four different pictures, all very nice and interesting. I enjoy so much this sequence of images, Fishing Guy!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Oh WOW Tom!! What a wonderful selection of a fantastic day!!

That squirrel does look comfy up there. LOL!!

What luck on the deer and the vultures feeding, nothing like beng in the right place at the right time. :)

Esther Garvi said...

A black squirrel? That's new to me! How many different kinds of squirrels do you have in your area? I'm only used to the red one - beautiful as he is! I know there's a sand coloured version here in Africa too, but I haven't seen it yet.

Jack and Joann said...

Your critter photos are awesome as always. I have never ever seen a black squirrel. Reminds me of Zorro.

But two critters that I will surely now miss on Dancing With The Stars is cute little Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks. And you have them both on your playlist.

Every season has its good and bad points and right now the oak tree pollen in Virgina has settled on everything and it is so thick and so green and so bad that Jack and I now have a bad case of itchy eyes and runny nose. Achooo! I'm going back to bed!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Those are definitely some great shots. And you know I love the one with the black squirrel.
I did spot the deer quickly.
One thing about it, the vultures look the same here and there. UGLY!

Old Wom Tigley said...

I do like these Black Squirrels.. and what a pleasure it must be to have deer visiting you...

KOSTAS said...

Marvellous photographs with beautiful and beloved creatures! First is splendid!

Naturegirl said...

Good idea to have that camera ready at all times! Great day capturing these images!

Mary said...

Love those squirrels! Love the deer, too, although I understand they have an appetite for flowers and garden plants :-) Your rookery looks really busy...we keep looking for signs of babies at ours, but haven't seen any yet.

Rose said...

You got a nice variety here!

George said...

You certainly got a good potpourri of 'critters' for this post. I really like your black squirrel.

Glennis said...

A great walk you had, so many interesting things to spot, I like your black squirrel, he is hiding very well on that branch.

TSannie said...

I'd love to see that rookery! That's fascinating. I also never leave home without my camera.

Philip said...

WOW! a black squirrel I have never seen one of them before some great shots again Congrats :))

Leedra said...

Yep, spotted the dear right away. Real close to the house. Mine are always way off in the distance from my house. Camera can't even begin to capture them.

The Heron rookery is awesome, have heard of a few in my area. Need to hunt them up.

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