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After the rains let up yesterday, this wood stork was out fishing the shallow waters at Red Bug Slough. DSC_0195

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A good place

To rest your coffee in a good place is a good start to the morning.  IMG_0164

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Warbler as hawk

This morning, another yellow-rumped warbler greeted me with her sweet warble and constant bursts of yellow-tinged movement.DSC_0185

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Dedication

Words, I realize, do not do enough, but I wrote this essay over a period of time, my dedication to our loyal hound and companion Sandy, who we said goodbye to in May at fourteen-and-a-half. It was published today at Whole Terrain, a journal dedicated to reflective environmental writing. Here is my dedication to a loyal friend and trail companion. sandy-on-trail

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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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