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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Cooper’s hawk family sharing dinner

This adult Cooper’s hawk had caught some prey had a few bites and brought it for two youngsters. Here the adult is perched close by as the immatures had dinner. DSC_0145

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Northern parula perched high up

I hear the soft song no louder than a cricket, and I look up at the oak-canopy silhouette of the small warbler. The warbler, a northern parula, moves to a sunnier branch high up. I stop to study him, but he’s off—resuming his song as he lands down on the other side of the creek. northern parula male1

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The graceful birds of prey

It made my morning when I looked up between the pines and saw this swallow-tailed kite soaring! DSC_0025But then when I got to a clearing, and a clearer look above, I saw there wasn’t just one of these graceful birds of prey . . .

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