Amid tree swallows

Pedaling steadily along a sandy trail, I notice a blue-green flicker. Then another. I’m amid a flurry of streamlined, swift streaks of beryl iridescent and pure white.

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Black-throated green warbler at Red Bug Slough

This morning I followed the warblers, the black and white, the yellow-throated, and, a first first for me, the black-throated green!black throated green warbler2

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Fishing spot

About ten minutes after I left the GoPro, this tricolored heron landed in its usual fishing spot. The heron had a good New Year’s Day morning fishing.

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Video bomb

Camera traps set up by researchers and wildlife officials capture wild animals–from the forests of Oregon to the high-altitude dessert of India’s Spiti Valley to Florida’s wetlands. Such as this remote camera that captured this shot of OR-7 in eastern Jackson County, Oregon, on USFS land; or this bear just resting. I set up my own improvised “camera traps” with the GoPro this morning for fun, and this speedy drifter video-bombed the recording. (Or maybe it was just good placement of the camera trap by a nice milkweed strand!)

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Monarch morning

The gliding orange and black caught my eye. Soon the monarch landed, on milkweed along the edge of sunlight. monarch 58 medium crop

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Wrens singing away

A pair of Carolina wrens were singing away this morning. DSC_0009

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Beautyberry in morning light

The first light was washing into the hammock when I got this shot of a patch of beautyberry mixed in with the palmetto and brush. DSC_0026

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Remaining in motion

I turn my attention from the clouds and branches to the ferns and grasses, following a butterfly.

This visiting butterfly was in near constant motion, even as it probed for nectar.

This visiting butterfly was in near constant motion, even as it probed for nectar.

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Eluding the camera, but not my attention

Over the past few days, three monarch butterflies have brought joyful pause—two in our backyard and one monarch floating low towards the ferns and palmettos of open light at the nearby Red Bug Slough preserve.

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Shelter from the rain

I took shelter from the brief rain shower—myself, my pack, and camera all tucked against the oak. The rain came heavy for a few minutes. But as these afternoon rains let up, the sun came washing down. It was the pale rusted light of dawn again. DSC_0010

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