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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Gear review: Shine some light on the trail

The best part about the Dorcy 3aa Bicycle Light is the mount. The mount is sure-grip tight . . . I’ve ridden a few miles over rocks and roots, and the handlebar mount and light stayed tightly attached. There is also a quick release that makes it easy to remove the light, which also ingeniously doubles as a flashlight, and quickly re-attach it. DSC_0031

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A glimpse of cinnamon

This Carolina wren was hidden from sight as it foraged through the shaded understory of a half-uprooted water oak. I followed the wren’s song though, finally catching a glimpse of the eyebrow stripe and cinnamon tail. wren

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A yellow crown patch

There were quite a few myrtle warblers at Red Bug Slough. This male was flying and foraging through the tree cover. He stopped long enough so I could get this shot, the first one I’ve gotten of this energetic, quick-moving warbler that shows his bright yellow crown patch. myrtle warbler

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A nestling red-shouldered hawk

It’s that time of year again! Here’s a young red-shouldered hawk. DSC_0107

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Morning ride along abandoned rocket plant

We went for a morning ride along the Southern Glades Trail on South Florida Water Management land. For 13 miles, this trail follows the C-111 canal through a quiet wildlife area down to Manatee Bay. DCIM103GOPRO

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