21 hours ago

Impressive #lightning strike stretching over many miles from north to south of Mumbai, India by Ujwal Puri ⚡ Follow @xWxClub for more #storm photos from around the world

#lightnings #severewx #lightningstrikes #photooftheday #photographylovers #thunderstorms #earthofficial #storm_photographs #fever_skies #igworldclub_sky #raw_skies #earthpix #weatherphotography #chasingstorms #storm_scape #total_skies #your_skies #ig_stormclouds

Swede’s Photographs
23 hours ago

Moon 20230922

September 22
First Quarter

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #moon

Swede’s Photographs
23 hours ago

Morning catch, 20230923

I believe this is a Bachman's sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis) it's the first one I've noticed.

"The grassy pine woodlands in the southeastern United States are home to a secretive and little-known sparrow that occurs nowhere else in the world. The brownish gray and rusty Bachman's Sparrow sports a long, rounded tail and a heavy, round bill. This pinewood sparrow hops through open and grassy understories, but once these areas start to get cramped with shrubs in the absence of fire, they take off. This Partners in Flight Red Watch List species has a sharply declining population due in part to fire suppression and logging schedules." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching#

This sparrow perches on a diagonal branch that shoots up from the bottom right corner to midway up on the left.  The sparrow faces the camera with its head turned to the left.  The sparrow's beak is mostly gray, but there is yellow at the base.  Its black left eye is surrounded by whiteish skin on the bottoms and gray on top.  Its head feathers are brown with a vague light streak to the rear from above the eye.  The feathers below on the neck and face bellow the eye are soft white or tan with darker feathers mixed in, this is the same with the whole front of the bird's body.  Its tail feathers are dark gray.  Pink talons grip the branch.

"On the larger side for a sparrow, the Bachman's Sparrow has a large round bill, a full belly, and a long, rounded tail. Bachman's Sparrows are brownish gray above with rusty-streaked feathers and a rusty crown. A thin, dark eyeline passes behind the eye and a pale eyebrow sits above the eye. The lower belly is tan and unstreamed. The throat is buffier than the belly and sometimes shows thin rusty streaks." -
Swede’s Photographs
1 day ago


There were a bunch of these American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) in a pine tree near a lake I was at a couple days ago. They started leaving when I showed up, I guess I was kind of invading their personal space. These two hung around long enough for me to get a few pics.

"Crows are crafty foragers that sometimes follow adult birds to find where their nests are hidden. They sometimes steal food from other animals. A group of crows was seen distracting a river otter to steal its fish, and another group followed Common Mergansers to catch minnows the ducks were chasing into the shallows. They also sometimes follow songbirds as they arrive from a long migration flight and capture the exhausted birds. Crows also catch fish, eat from outdoor dog dishes, and take fruit from trees." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #AmericanCrow

This is a photo of two American crows perched on branches in a pine tree.  A crow at the lower right is facing the camera with its head turned to the left (its right).  A crow at the top left is facing forward and to the right with its head down as if looking at its feet.

"A large, long-legged, thick-necked bird with a heavy, straight bill. In flight, the wings are fairly broad and rounded with the wingtip feathers spread like fingers. The short tail is rounded or squared off at the end.  American Crows are all black, even the legs and bill. When crows molt, the old feathers can appear brownish or scaly compared to the glossy new feathers." -
Swede’s Photographs
1 day ago

Good morning. ☕☕☕

23 September 2023

It's Saturday morning and I'm up early as usual. Dawn is coming later and later in the morning. It's after six now and no sun yet. I try not to turn on the television until late afternoon, because if I get interested in a show then my productivity suffers.

Often when I'm typing, like now, I put my feet up on my desk and put the keyboard in my lap. That's probably not the recommended way to type. If I remember correctly, the recommended way is feet flat on the floor, back straight, and something else ... there must be something else. ;)

Charlie just came in and mumbled something to me ... no idea what, but now he's chasing his tail. Charlie is all character.

"It turns out that all Netflix streaming peak on Saturday night can fit inside a single fiber optic, which is the size of one human hair." - Reed Hastings

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #morning #typing #Saturday #dog #LilyPads

This is a photograph of several yellow floating hearts (Nymphoides peltata) floating in blue water.  Some of the lily pads are yellow, some are green and long narrow stems are seen disappearing in the depths below.
Justin Farrimond
2 days ago

Water Meets Land

No this isn't one of my dreamscape images. The shot you see is pretty much exactly as it was taken. Red sandstone cliffs alongside the River Eden in Temple Sowerby, Cumbria. The light was just right to create this beautiful reflection.

#PhotoOfTheDay #Reflection #PhotographyIsArt #PhotographyLovers #NaturePhotography

Colour photograph showing the reflection of trees upon a very still river.  On land, at the top of the shot, are pink sandstone cliffs with many bare tree branches.  The reflection at the bottom of the shot shows these trees and the blue sky above.
Swede’s Photographs
2 days ago

Moon 20230921

September 21
Waxing Crescent

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #moon

Swede’s Photographs
2 days ago

Morning catch, 20230922

I thought that this house finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) looked interesting this morning.

"A highly social bird, the House Finch is rarely seen alone outside of the breeding season and may form flocks as large as several hundred birds. House Finches feed mainly on the ground or at feeders or fruiting trees. At rest, they commonly perch on the highest point available in a tree, and flocks often perch on power lines. During courtship, males sometimes feed females in a display that begins with the female gently pecking at his bill and fluttering her wings. The male simulates regurgitating food to the female several times before actually feeding her." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #HouseFinch

This is a detailed photograph of a male house finch perched on a small bare branch facing to the right.  The background is forest green.  The top of the finch's head, his neck, and upper chest are reddish pink.  His thick conical beak is gray, and his eyes are black.  The feathers on his back and wings are steel gray.  The feathers just above his legs are white with gray horizontal strips. His fluffy white feathers cover his short upper legs while longer bare black legs angle to his feet that grip the branch.  His folded tail is gray.

"House Finches are small-bodied finches with fairly large beaks and somewhat long, flat heads. The wings are short, making the tail seem long by comparison. Many finches have distinctly notched tails, but the House Finch has a relatively shallow notch in its tail.  Adult males are rosy, red around the face and upper breast, with streaky brown back, belly and tail. In flight, the red rump is conspicuous. Adult females aren’t red; they are plain grayish brown with thick, blurry streaks and an indistinctly marked face." -
Swede’s Photographs
2 days ago

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

I took this at the lake yesterday.

"Great Blue Herons eat nearly anything within striking distance, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, insects, and other birds. They grab smaller prey in their strong mandibles or use their dagger-like bills to impale larger fish, often shaking them to break or relax the sharp spines before gulping them down." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #GreatBlueHeron

This heron stands at the edge of shore, its long legs disappearing in green plants and water below. The background is tall grass or reeds along with various water plants.  The heron faces to the left with its long gray and white neck sticking straight up. The top of its head is dark blue gray, its eye is yellow.  The heron's long pointed beak is black on top and yellow on the bottom.  The bird has a large oblong gray body with a short tail.  The orange, brown feathers cover the tops of its legs.  Green water reflects the whole scene in the lower half of the frame.

"Largest of the North American herons with long legs, a sinuous neck, and thick, daggerlike bill. Head, chest, and wing plumes give a shaggy appearance. In flight, the Great Blue Heron curls its neck into a tight “S” shape; its wings are broad and rounded and its legs trail well beyond the tail. Great Blue Herons appear blue gray from a distance, with a wide black stripe over the eye. In flight, the upper side of the wing is two-toned: pale on the forewing and darker on the flight feathers. A pure white subspecies occurs in coastal southern Florida. " -
Swede’s Photographs
2 days ago

Good morning. 🌅🌅🌅

22 September 2023

Early mornings are when I sit in front of my computer and try to think of something to write about. That's what I'm doing now writing about not knowing what to write about. It's all good, even such dull musings help fill 1000 characters.

Yesterday, I went to the pharmacy on Fort Johnson to refill my prescriptions, something I do every three months. That is a thing of which people my age can relate. I can recall the first time I was given a prescription of a medicine that I would take regularly, one pill to take every day. Now, 30 years later, when I go to pick up my meds, I wall out with a shopping bag.

“Advances in medicine and agriculture have saved vastly more lives than have been lost in all the wars in history.” - Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #morning #lake #log #meds

This is a photograph of a log in a lake that caught my eye yesterday.  The log arcs up in over the emerald water and its reflection arcs down.
Swede’s Photographs
3 days ago

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Here's a great egret that I saw this morning flying pass some trees on a small island in the lake.

"Visit a pond or coastal marsh and look for an all-white bird—slightly smaller than a Great Blue Heron, with black legs and a yellow bill. It may be wading slowly or standing stock-still, peering intently at the water as it searches for fish. If you live outside of the species’ breeding range, you may still see Great Egrets in late summer as they move about widely before heading to their wintering grounds." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #GreatEgret

In this photograph, there are the bottoms of some tall pine trees as well as some brushy bushes on a small island.  The lake is visible through the trees.  In the center of the frame is a great "white" egret flying from left to right. It's long neck is bent in an "S" shape tucking its head with its long yellow beak back into its body.  Its long black legs dangle behind.

"Great Egrets are tall, long-legged wading birds with long, S-curved necks and long, dagger-like bills. In flight, the long neck is tucked in and the legs extend far beyond the tip of the short tail.  All feathers on Great Egrets are white. Their bills are yellowish-orange, and the legs black." -
Swede’s Photographs
3 days ago

Morning catch, 20230921

I went to the lake this morning, hoping to find some birds feeding. While out there, I saw a bird flying above the lake and started taking pictures. Turns ns out it was an Osprey (Pandion haliaetus). The bird was a long way off, so the photos aren't that great, this one shows the bird right after catching a fish. But darn it all, I missed the dive and splash.

"Unique among North American raptors for its diet of live fish and ability to dive into water to catch them, Ospreys are common sights soaring over shorelines, patrolling waterways, and standing on their huge stick nests, white heads gleaming. These large, rangy hawks do well around humans and have rebounded in numbers following the ban on the pesticide DDT. Hunting Ospreys are a picture of concentration, diving with feet outstretched and yellow eyes sighting straight along their talons." -

#photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #Osprey

In this photo there is blue rippled water. Above the water flying to the right, is an osprey, wings extended and billowed, tail spread, and feet clutching what appears to be a good-sized fish.  The photo isn't clear enough to make out the species of fish.

"Ospreys are very large, distinctively shaped hawks. Despite their size, their bodies are slender, with long, narrow wings and long legs. Ospreys fly with a marked kink in their wings, making an M-shape when seen from below.  Ospreys are brown above and white below, and overall, they are whiter than most raptors. From below, the wings are mostly white with a prominent dark patch at the wrists. The head is white with a broad brown stripe through the eye. Juveniles have white spots on the back and buffy shading on the breast." -
Swede’s Photographs
3 days ago

Moon 20230920

September 20
Waxing Crescent

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #moon

Swede’s Photographs
3 days ago

Good morning. 🕊️🕊️🕊️

21 September 2023

Hmmm ... I've been up for forty minutes already. Charlie was sitting by the bedroom door whining at 5 AM, I can't hear him, but my wife can hear a feather drop in a thunderstorm. So here I am doing my own early morning whining. :)

I've been reading list "on the line." You know, list like "20 useless things that boomers do," "Here are 23 Coolest Gadgets Nobody Would Think Of," or "21 times parent got roasted by their own kids and had to share sassiness online." There seems to be a lot to list about boomers now days. Amazingly, I'm certain that somebody gets paid to sit down and come up with lists of things, no matter how nonsensical, but I suppose it's all fun, or supposed to be.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” - Dr. Seuss

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #pigeons #rockpigeon #rockdove #doves

This is a photograph of five pigeons flying in a blue sky.
Hagen on Tour 📷
3 days ago

Les Orgues d'Illa

It's such an incredible location. I made a lot of photos and I like most of them.

#photography #landscape #photographylovers #travelphotography #landscapephotography #photographer #bnwphotography #BnWGang #bnwphoto #photo

BnW photo of a stunning and weird stone formation in southern france
Justin Farrimond
4 days ago


Life continues in the heavy heat of a summer's afternoon. People meet and people part, coming together and drifting apart.

#PhotoOfTheDay #PhotographyIsArt #Dreamscape #PhotographyLovers

Colour adjusted portait photograph showing a couple seated upon a bench in the distance, whilst in the foreground, beneath a Moorish arch, another silhouetted couple are leaving the frame.
Swede’s Photographs
4 days ago

Morning catch, 20230920

Here is a scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea), female I think, on her way to South America, I'm sure. She was hanging around in an oak tree beyond my fence. This is the first time to photograph one of these, maybe I'll see a male. Who knows.

"Male Scarlet Tanagers are among the most blindingly gorgeous birds in an eastern forest in summer, with blood-red bodies set off by jet-black wings and tail. They’re also one of the most frustratingly hard to find as they stay high in the forest canopy singing rich, burry songs. The yellowish-green, dark-winged females can be even harder to spot until you key in on this bird’s chick-burr call note. In fall, males trade red feathers for yellow-green and the birds take off for northern South America." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #ScarletTanager

This tanager perches on a branch that shoots off a larger branch on the left. Branches and leaves surround the bird.  The tanager faces the camera, with her head turned to the left.  She had a gray beak with a reddish end, the tip of the upper mandible curves down slightly over the bottom. The feathers on top of er head and around her large black eyes are olive green. Her neck and front side are bright yellow down to the tail; however, her tail feathers are olive green with a distinct notch.  Her wings are dark, but not black I think, and hang down away from her body.

"Scarlet Tanagers are medium-sized songbirds with fairly stocky proportions. They have thick, rounded bills suitable both for catching insects and eating fruit. The head is fairly large, and the tail is somewhat short and broad.  In spring and summer, adult males are an unmistakable, brilliant red with black wings and tails. Females and fall immatures are olive-yellow with darker olive wings and tails. After breeding, adult males molt to female-like plumage, but with black wings and tail." -
Swede’s Photographs
4 days ago

Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)

I post a lot of photos of these birds because there are a lot of them around here this year. It's interesting to watch them fly in and out of the forest.

"Carolina Chickadees may be found in deciduous and mixed deciduous-coniferous woodlands, swamps, riparian areas, open woods and parks, and also in suburban and urban areas." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #CarolinaChickadee

This is a clear closeup view of a Carolina chickadee hanging sideways on a thick gray branch.  The chickadee's body faces to the right and front while its large black and white head turns completely to the left.   It has a small black beak and black and gray eye. Its legs and feet are a blue gray.

"This tiny, approachable bird has a short neck and large head, giving it a distinctive spherical body shape. Its tail is fairly long and narrow. Its bill is a bit thicker than a warbler’s but thinner than a finch’s.  Carolina Chickadees have a black cap and bib separated by stark white cheeks. The back, wings, and tail are soft gray." -
Swede’s Photographs
5 days ago

It's a bird, it's a plane ... it's a bird.

I happened to catch this blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) shooting through the air. It's a really lucky shot, because they move pretty fast and their movements are normally short hops between trees.

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #BlueJay

This is a blue jay overhead in flight, its wings are in the down position, and its tail slightly fanned out.  It looks as if it's shooting through the air like a rocket.
Swede’s Photographs
5 days ago

Morning catch, 20230919.

I love it when I photograph a species of bird for the first time. This is a white eyed vireo (Vireo griseus).

"Thickets and scrubby areas seem to vibrate with the spunky song of the White-eyed Vireo every summer in the southeastern United States. From the depths of a thicket, a yellow-spectacled bird peers through, its white eye gleaming and its yellow sides shining. It forages in the understory often out of sight but sings nearly all day to let you know it's there. It spends the winter along the coast in the United States and farther south in Mexico, the Caribbean, and northern Central America." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #WhiteEyedVireo

In this photograph, there are three leafy crepe myrtle branches cutting across the frame.  The background is forest green.  In the center of the frame, on the center branch is a small yellowish bird facing the camera with its head turned slightly to the left revealing its light gray eye.  There is a white eye ring around the eye.  Its forehead is grayish yellow.  Its face around the eyes is yellow with a small black mark in front of the eyes. Its throat under its small white and gray beak is white.  Its breast is yellow on the sides with and narrow strip of white down the middle. The underside of its rear and tail re white, but the tail feathers are gray.  Only the upper edge of its right wing is visible.  Grayish blue talons grip the branch.  

"Small songbird with a thick, straight, and slightly hooked bill. It has a rather compact body and a thick neck. This vireo wears yellow spectacles surrounding its white eye. It has yellow-washed sides, a gray head, a white chest and throat, and 2 white wing bars. Young birds have a dark eye that turns white in their first winter or spring" -
Swede’s Photographs
5 days ago

Good morning. 🐕🐕🐕

19 September 2023

This dog is from a neighbor down the street. He usually barks when he sees Ben and Charlie out in the yard, a pretty high-pitched bark. I don't know the dog's name or his breed. In this photograph, the dog is in our yard barking and following us as we embark on our daily walk. He is a free roamer, one of only two dogs in the neighborhood who are not strictly controlled by their owners.

I was surprised that he ventured into our yard because Charlie is pretty territorial and has run this dog and his partner off more than once. But Charlie usually responds to my commands and when I told Charlie to leave the dog alone, he did.

“There's a world of difference between a dog that is off the leash and a dog that is trained to be off the leash.” - Don Sullivan

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #morning #dogs

This photograph is of a medium size short haired brown dog with a black nose and mouth.  His ear sticks up into the air and his tail curls up in the back.  The dog stands between two small crepe myrtle trees, the tree on the right has reddish pink flowers.
Swede’s Photographs
6 days ago

Birds of a feather.

Here are three house finches (Haemorhous mexicanus) in a tree. They arrived together for breakfast.

"House Finches eat almost exclusively plant materials, including seeds, buds and fruits. Wild foods include wild mustard seeds, knotweed, thistle, mulberry, poison oak, cactus, and many other species. In orchards, House Finches eat cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, blackberries, and figs. At feeders they eat black oil sunflower over the larger, striped sunflower seeds, millet, and milo." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #HouseFinch

In this photograph, there are three vertical grayish and leafless tree branches extending through the frame at various angles.  The background is a deep forest green, from the out of focus forest behind. On the left side of the lower frame on a small branch is a male house finch, whose upper body is red.  On the right side of the frame on a larger branch, there are two brownish gray female house finches, one near the upper right corner and one at the bottom right corner.  

"House Finches are small-bodied finches with fairly large beaks and somewhat long, flat heads. The wings are short, making the tail seem long by comparison. Many finches have distinctly notched tails, but the House Finch has a relatively shallow notch in its tail.  Adult males are rosy red around the face and upper breast, with streaky brown back, belly and tail. In flight, the red rump is conspicuous. Adult females aren’t red; they are plain grayish-brown with thick, blurry streaks and an indistinctly marked face." -
Swede’s Photographs
6 days ago

We all need water.

There is a group of blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata) that I see every morning. I'm not sure how many there are, but there are at least four. They are more cautious than the cardinals, titmice, chickadees, and finches. Therefore, they are less likely to come to the feeders while I'm sitting in the yard. This photo, I took through the storm door. I do see them around in the trees flying here and there looking for an acorn (their favorite, BTW). I set out peanuts for them, but they usually wait until I go back inside before getting the peanuts.

"Tool use has never been reported for wild Blue Jays, but captive Blue Jays used strips of newspaper to rake in food pellets from outside their cages." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #BlueJay

In this photograph, there is a bird bath that takes up most of the bottom of the frame.  The bird bath is some sort of plastic material, perhaps CVC, but the visual color and texture is that of green oxidized copper.   On the left far side of the bird bath sits a blue jay, who is there for a drink of water. Behind the blue jay are some out of focus plants and a white fence.

"Large crested songbird with broad, rounded tail. Blue Jays are smaller than crows, larger than robins.  White or light gray underneath, various shades of blue, black, and white above." -
Justin Farrimond
6 days ago

Traced To This Address

The spectral signals stretched all around the globe but were eventually traced back to this property. So much power imprisoned in such a flimsy shell of stone.

#PhotoOfTheDay #BlackAndWhitePhotography #MondayMonochrome #PhotographyLovers #BlancoYNegro

Gloomy black and white photograph showing the gable end of a terraced stone cottage in a rural setting.
Swede’s Photographs
6 days ago

Good morning. 👩‍💻👩‍💻👩‍💻

18 September 2023

I pretty much slept in until nine this morning. Oh, I got up and delt with Ben and Charlie, but after letting them out early this morning, I laid down again and after feeding them later in the morning, I laid back down again. But last night, I finished the book that I've been reading.

I've noticed that Universeodon started having technical issues again yesterday evening, I'm no longer able to unboost postings. Also, image rendering is really slow. It's odd, I'm not getting any new postings from other people, but I sent out a "test" toot this morning and received a reply. Of course, to be fair, the reply said: "it's not working."

“Computers are heaven-sent when they work and hell-spawn when they don't. There's just not much middle ground when it comes to technology.” - Dani Harper

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #morning #sleep

This photograph is a repost.  I took it late last fall.  There's an almost silhouetted bare tree with a few scattered orange leaves still hanging on.  In the background are soft silhouettes, almost just shadows, of pigeons flying pass.
6 days ago
Swede’s Photographs
1 week ago

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

These juvenile white ibises flew over this morning while Ben and Charlie took me for a walk. They circled around a couple times as if getting their bearings.

"White Ibises occur in many types of wetlands including swamps, mangroves, flooded pastures, freshwater marshes, and shallow ponds. They forage most often in wet areas with less than 8 inches of water and sparse, short vegetation, but they also forage on lawns and in parks, especially in southern Florida where they are now accustomed to humans. They nest in colonies in trees and shrubs near fresh, brackish, or salt water. During the nesting season, they forage more frequently in freshwater wetlands because nestlings cannot safely consume large amounts of salt. During the nonbreeding season, they use coastal wetlands more frequently." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #WhiteIbis

There are four juvenile white ibises flying towards the top right corner in a clear blue sky. The ibises have long curved orange-yellow beaks.  Their undersides are mostly white, but their long necks, the front of their wings, as well as their fight and tail feathers are dark. Dark feet dangle behind.

"White Ibises are large wading birds with football-shaped bodies. They have long legs and a long neck that they hold out straight in flight. Their bill is long and curved. This ibis is almost entirely white, save for the black-tipped wings and brilliant reddish pink legs and bill. The bare skin around their blue eyes is also reddish pink. Juveniles (fall through winter) are brown above and white below with a streaky brown neck. The legs and bill of juveniles are orange-pink. Immatures (first summer birds) are splotchy brown and white above as they molt into adult plumage." -
Swede’s Photographs
1 week ago

Morning catch 20230917

This great egret (Ardea alba) flew over this morning.

"Great Egrets fly slowly but powerfully: with just two wingbeats per second their cruising speed is around 25 miles an hour." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #GreatEgret

This egret is flying from right to left in the frame. The bird was flying to the southwest in the sky.  The egret's feathers are completely white. Its huge wings are spread out. Its head tucks back into its body, it has a long yellow and black beak.  Its long black legs dangle behind.

"Great Egrets are tall, long-legged wading birds with long, S-curved necks and long, dagger-like bills. In flight, the long neck is tucked in and the legs extend far beyond the tip of the short tail. All feathers on Great Egrets are white. Their bills are yellowish-orange, and the legs black." -
Swede’s Photographs
1 week ago

Good morning. 🌊☕☕

17 September 2023

The coffee is good this morning but it's still hard to get going. I had a hard time going to sleep last night so I took a melatonin, it doesn't take much of that to help me sleep. The problem is I'm still sleepy in the morning. It also makes me dream, sometimes the dreams are unsettling. Not nightmares per se, but not pleasant either.

I have had the occasional nightmare while sleeping though. The kind that leaves you frozen with horror, unable to move and wanting to force yourself awake. Those dreams, like most dreams, usually dissipate quickly when I wake, no longer able to recall the details, only that it was bad.

“The night before seemed like a nightmare, a vague dream, that, as all nightmares, is unreal and transparent when the bright light of day shines upon it.” - Stephen King

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #morning #coffee #dreaming #nightmare

This is a photograph of six brown pelicans flying from right to left in the frame over the Gulf of Mexico.  Four of the pelicans are flying above the horizon line, where the ocean meets the sky, the other two are lower and below the horizon.  There are also a couple of gulls floating in the water on the left side.
Swede’s Photographs
1 week ago

Into the forest.

Here's a female white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) just before she disappeared into the forest. The photo isn't so great but it's still interesting. If I would just remember to look over my fence at dawn in the morning, I'd problem catch a bunch of them in my yard. I see fresh tracks around everyday.

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #WhiteTailedDeer

This is a photograph of a white-tailed deer running from left to right.  There are trees on the right side of the frame.  The deer is mostly brown. Her front legs and hooves are off the ground as she pushes off with her rear legs. The photo was taken in relatively low light, so the deer's features aren't really sharp. It's mostly an almost silhouette with color, except for her raised cotton tail and hind quarters.
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1 week ago

Titmouse on a swing.

This tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) is at a feeder shaped like a swing. The bird grabbed a whole peanut and flew away. I thought the peanuts were too big for the titmice ... guess not.

"The oldest known wild Tufted Titmouse was at least 13 years, 3 months old. It was banded in Virginia in 1962 and found in the same state in 1974." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #TuftedTitmouse

In this photograph there is a wooden feeder shaped like a porch swing.  The view of the swing is from one end with the back of the swing facing to the right.  There is a tufted titmouse perched on the far chair arm of the swing.  The bird faces the camera slightly turned to the left and its head looks to the left. The bird's beak is short and black. The top of its heat is gray with a small crest that stick backwards on the head. Its black eye is surrounded by the white feathers of its face.  The front of its body is a rusty yellow Its tail is dark. Short gray legs lead to gray feet atop the armrest.

"Tufted Titmice look large among the small birds that come to feeders, an impression that comes from their large head and eye, thick neck, and full bodies. The pointed crest and stout bill help identify titmice even in silhouette. Soft silvery gray above and white below, with a rusty or peach-colored wash down the flanks. A black patch just above the bill makes the bird look snub-nosed." -
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1 week ago


I identified this with the Merlin app as an Ash-Throated Flycatcher, while that is possible, I think that it is a Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) who's range covers where I live. They both look similar, I don't understand why the app didn't the great crested as a possibility, especially because it asks for location/. The ash throated range doesn't extend quite this far east.

"Where other insect-snatching birds like Eastern Wood-Pewees, Least Flycatchers, Acadian Flycatchers, or Eastern Phoebes share their habitat, Great Crested Flycatchers exploit a niche higher in canopy to avoid direct competition for food. High up, they swoop out farther for prey, using multiple dead-branch perches." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #GreatCrestedFlycatcher

This flycatcher perches in a leafy oak tree facing to the right.  It has a tallish round brown crest atop its head. and brown feathers extend down the back of its neck.   Its nostril near the base of its medium black beak is visible.   Its eye is dark, and below the eye the feather of the lower face and throat are light gray.  Its back and wings are brown. Its wings are folded against its body and the flight feathers near the bottom are a more reddish brown. Its breast is a pale yellow.  The underside of its tail is reddish brown.    Its feet are gray.

"Great Crested Flycatchers are large flycatchers with fairly long and lean proportions. Like many flycatchers they have a powerful build with broad shoulders and a large head. Despite its name, this bird’s crest is not especially prominent. The bill is fairly wide at the base and straight; the tail is fairly long. Great Crested Flycatchers are reddish-brown above, with a brownish-gray head, gray throat and breast, and bright lemon-yellow belly. The brown upperparts are highlighted by rufous-orange flashes in the primaries and in the tail feathers. The black bill sometimes shows a bit of pale color at the base." -
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1 week ago

Good morning. 🏖️🩴☕

15 September 2023

My wife and I drove to Alexandria, Louisiana yesterday and had lunch at a fancy. restaurant with tables and everything. :) While we were there, my wife did some shopping at Burlington's, a store that challenges my sanity. So, I dropped her off and went to Books-a-Million. I picked up the latest Stephen King book, " Holly." When we got home our water was off, it is again this morning.

We never really think about the convenience of running water in our homes until the water stops running. My wife and I usually keep plenty of drinking water around. The biggest problem is that the bathrooms stop working.

"The way we live in the West we live like kings. People moan about this and that in Britain, but we have running water, electricity, security and a rule of law and so many people in the world don't have these". - Bill Bailey

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdwatching #morning #runningwater #shopping #RingBilledGull

This is a photograph of a beach, In the bottom left, there is brown sand and small tidal pools.  There are two ring billed gulls (Larus delawarensis) looking out to sea.  beyond the sand are foamy waves and ocean swells.

"The Ring-billed is a medium-sized gull with a fairly short, slim bill. When the gull perches, its long, slender wings extend well past its square-tipped tail. In flight, the birds move lightly on easy flaps of their fairly slender wings. Adults are clean gray above, with a white head, body and tail; their black wingtips are spotted with white. They have yellow legs and a yellow bill with a black band around it. Nonbreeding adults have brown-streaked heads. During their first two years, Ring-billed Gulls are a motley brown and gray with a pink bill and legs." -
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1 week ago

Just another sunset.

You can still see the sun peeking through a valley in the trees.

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #sky #sunset #sun

This is a photograph of an orange sky sunset above the trees to the west of my house.
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1 week ago

Hunter in the grass.

This tiny Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) was right outside the backdoor hunting in the grass. I had to take this shot through the storm door (in America, a storm door is an outer door made of glass).

"Blue-gray Gnatcatchers eat small insects, spiders, and other invertebrates. Prey species vary across their extensive range. In the Southwest, for example, prey include treehoppers, froghoppers, leaf hoppers, plant bugs, tree bugs, leaf beetles, weevils, wolf spiders, caterpillars, and grasshoppers. In the Northeast, adult and larval moths can provide up to half of prey taken. The smallest prey are swallowed alive. The wings are torn off larger prey and their bodies beaten on a perch prior to being eaten. Parents generally feed the young these same foods, offering progressively larger whole prey as the chicks mature." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #BlueGrayGnatcatcher

This tiny gnatcatcher is almost lost in the grass.  It faces the camera, with its head is raised and turned left. The bird is varying shades of gray all over. Its medium narrow sharp gray beak curves slightly at the end. The top of its head and face are gray, its eye is black with a white eye ring.  The lower face, throat, and body are a lighter gray, almost white.   Its tail feathers are raised and fanned out, the inner tail feathers are dark gray, the two outer tail feathers on both sides are white.

"Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are tiny, slim songbirds with long legs; a long tail; and a thin, straight bill.  Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are pale blue-gray birds with grayish-white underparts and a mostly black tail with white edges. The underside of the tail is mostly white. The face is highlighted by a thin but obvious white eye ring. In summer, male Blue-gray Gnatcatchers sport a black ‘V’ on their foreheads extending above their eyes." -
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1 week ago

Good morning. 🍁🍁🍁

14 September 2023

I ordered another camera from Ebay, another Canon 90D. It was listed as new for an excellent price. I warned myself that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. But I decided to take the chance. Ebay advertises some sort of money back guarantee. Anyway, the asking price was probably more than selling it to a dealer. Time will tell whether it is a good deal.

I have two large lenses and I sometimes switch between them depending on the subject and distance, so I want to have both mounted and ready. I already have a Canon t3i, but after working with the 90D, the t3i just doesn't cut it for wildlife shots.

“A camera is just a medium to capture what you have in your vision, and vision is something that cannot be bought.” - Neeraj Agnihotri, Procrasdemon - The Artist's Guide to Liberation from Procrastination

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #morning #cameras #foliage #leaves

This is a photograph of a stem with red maple (Acer rubrum) leaves, at least that's what my app tells me.  The leaves are green towards the bottom of the stem and red where there is new growth at the top.
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2 weeks ago

Morning catch 20230913

This is a belted kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon), it flew over this morning while I was sitting outside. Interestingly, several minutes earlier, I used Merlin to record the songs of birds in the area and the belted kingfisher popped up. I considered walking to the pond down the road to take a look, but I was comfortable drinking my coffee.

"With its top-heavy physique, energetic flight, and piercing rattle, the Belted Kingfisher seems to have an air of self-importance as it patrols up and down rivers and shorelines. It nests in burrows along earthen banks and feeds almost entirely on aquatic prey, diving to catch fish and crayfish with its heavy, straight bill. These ragged-crested birds are a powdery blue-gray; males have one blue band across the white breast, while females have a blue and a chestnut band."

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #BeltedKingfisher

This is a photograph the underside of a belted kingfisher flying from left to right in the frame.  The ground direct it was flying is north. The colors in this photograph are affected by dim light conditions, it's a gray overcast morning. The bird leads with its long, straight, yellow beak.  The top of its head and face is dark so the right eye is not visible.  The area of the throat just below its beak is white.  There is a black belt the covers its lower throat and upper chest.  The rest of its lower body is mostly white.  Its large indigo or black wings are spread wide. its flight feathers are a mixture of white and dark, but the tips are black or indigo.  Its folded tail is dark.

"Belted Kingfishers are stocky, large-headed birds with a shaggy crest on the top and back of the head and a straight, thick, pointed bill. Their legs are short, and their tails are medium length and square-tipped. These kingfishers are blue gray above with fine, white spotting on the wings and tail. The underparts are white with a broad, blue breast band. Females also have a broad rusty band on their bellies. Juveniles show irregular rusty spotting in the breast band. -
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2 weeks ago

Favorite perch.

Here is a female eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis) on the bluebirds' favorite perch, the powerline. They probably like this open location because it gives a clear view of the surrounding lawns, where their prey is hiding. Bluebirds are predators, you know.

"Insects caught on the ground are a bluebird’s main food for much of the year. Major prey include caterpillars, beetles crickets, grasshoppers, and spiders. In fall and winter, bluebirds eat large amounts of fruit including mistletoe, sumac, blueberries, black cherry, tupelo, currants, wild holly, dogwood berries, hackberries, honeysuckle, bay, pokeweed, and juniper berries. Rarely, Eastern Bluebirds have been recorded eating salamanders, shrews, snakes, lizards, and tree frogs." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #EasternBluebird

This bluebird faces the camera perched on a powerline with her head turned to the right.  She has a short black pointed beak, and her eye is black.  Her head feathers are varying shades of gray.  Her breast feathers are mostly a tannish gray but on the left and right, there are large patches of gold.  Her black talons are visible griping the power cable.  A dark folded tail hangs beneath the cable.  Her blueish wings aren't visible in the photo.

"The Eastern Bluebird is a small thrush with a big, rounded head, large eye, plump body, and alert posture. The wings are long, but the tail and legs are fairly short. The bill is short and straight.  Male Eastern Bluebirds are vivid, deep blue above and rusty or brick-red on the throat and breast. Blue in birds always depends on the light, and males often look plain gray brown from a distance. Females are grayish above with bluish wings and tail, and a subdued orange-brown breast." -
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2 weeks ago

Good morning. 🌥️🌇☕

13 September 2023

I've probably mentioned, that just beyond our backyard is a forest. When it's cool outside, I like to sit outside with my camera and watch the clouds go by and the birds in the trees. When I say cool, it's relative; right now, cool means below 90° Fahrenheit.

This year we had weeks of 100° plus weather with no rain. I'm hoping it's because of El Nino and it won't happen again next summer.

Years ago, we planted a row of cypresses on the east side of our property, today they are huge and block the view from the roadway that passes by on that side. They didn't do well in the heat this summer and I'm afraid I'll need to remove them. It's a shame. I'll wait and see what happens, maybe they'll come back.

“There are often many people dying from thirst while many people are running for dear life away from the rain.” - Mokokoma Mokhonoana

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #morning #clouds #sky #sunset #drought

This is a photograph of the western sky around sunset.  It is overcast but the sky seems to open up in the center of the frame with white light.  The cloud color varies from yellow to gray.  The smaller clouds almost seem to move in the photo.
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2 weeks ago


I was sitting outside about 30 minutes ago when suddenly this flock of great egrets appeared from over the forest flying south. I almost fell over trying to raise my camera and stand up.

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #GreatEgret

This is a flock of 19 great egrets flying south, in a Vee formation, towards the bottom of the frame, silhouetted against a cloudy sky.
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2 weeks ago

Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus)

Here are a couple of hooded mergansers that I saw on a hidden pond in Albany, Georgia last November. There were 50-100 of them at the far end of the pond.

"“Hooded” is something of an understatement for this extravagantly crested little duck. Adult males are a sight to behold, with sharp black-and-white patterns set off by chestnut flanks. Females get their own distinctive elegance from their cinnamon crest. Hooded Mergansers are fairly common on small ponds and rivers, where they dive for fish, crayfish, and other food, seizing it in their thin, serrated bills. They nest in tree cavities; the ducklings depart with a bold leap to the forest floor when only one day old." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #HoodedMerganser

This is a photograph of two hooded mergansers swimming on a rippled pone from left to right.  The merganser at the bottom of the frame closest to the camera is a colorful breeding male, he has a beautiful head of black feathers with a crest that sticks up in the front and protrudes to the back of his head like a large white fan trimmed in black.  His eye is gold, and his longish, narrow, sharp beak is black.  The top and front of his body are black, but there are two white stripes that fall in the front disappearing into the water, and also on the rear upper side. The lower sides of the duck are a chestnut brown.  

The merganser at the top of the frame is a female (I think). Her feathers are more subdued.  Her head feathers are a chestnut brown on top and gray on the bottom. She also has a large fan like chestnut crest.  Her eyes are dark brown, and beak is black. Her back feathers are black with several white stripes at the back of her body.

"Hooded Mergansers are small ducks with a thin bill and a fan-shaped, collapsible crest that makes the head look oversized and oblong. In flight, the wings are thin and the tail is relatively long and rounded. Adult male Hooded Mergansers are black above, with a white breast and rich chestnut flanks. The black head has a large white patch that varies in size when the crest is raised or lowered but is always prominent. Females and immatures are gray and brown, with warm tawny-cinnamon tones on the head." -
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2 weeks ago

Good morning. 🌳☁️🌳

10 September 2023

My buddies woke me before 05:30 this morning ... again. I was going to stay up and came in here, to my office, and started to do things when suddenly I felt like closing my eyes, so I went to my recliner and kicked back until I woke again about seven with Charlie looking in my face and nudging me. We usually have a short battle, where I tell him to go away, which he does for a minute or so. He speaks to me, you know ... I just wish I knew what he's saying.

Did you see the US Open Womens final yesterday, it was a nail biter, but the player I was rooting for won, Coco Gauff. I guess they are all nail biters, if you have a favorite in the game.

“They [dogs] never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.” - Jerome K. Jerome

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #morning #dogs #tennis #trees #sky #clouds #foliage

This is a photograph looking up at the sky through the gap in the forest from a trail.  The sky is blue with white and gray cotton clouds.  The trees and the leaves of the trees are monochrome.  I like the contrast.
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2 weeks ago

Good morning. ☁️☁️☁️

9 September 2023

When I was a kid in school, we generally wore high top Converse or Ked tennis shoes (run faster and jump higher) for gym class. We didn't usually wear them for out and about. For a while, Beatle boots or low topped colored tennis shoes (surfer shoes) (mine were blue) were the way to go. Who knew that our canvas gym shoes would one day be high style and cost big bucks.

Fashon, I think, is about trying to fit in with the crowd, thinking that somehow, if you dress like the rest, it'll make you better. Clothes help make a first impression, good or bad, but I don't believe the saying that clothes make the man. Anyway, I no longer worry about such things, needless to say, my wife inspects me before I go out anywhere. ;-)

“Every generation laughs at the old fashions but follows religiously the new.” - Henry David Thoreau, Walden

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #GreatBlueHeron #greategret

A couple of days ago, I saw a great blue heron and a great white egret flying together, going south.  I raised my camera, but the focal length was at 600mm, and I couldn't acquire them in the view finder.  I reduced the focal length to 400mm and got them in the view finder but not quick enough to focus.  So, I ended up with an out of focus photograph of the two birds flying away.  I still wanted to use the photo; so, I fiddled around with it to show only silhouettes of the birds and bring out the clouds.  

In this photograph, there are the silhouettes of two birds flying away from right to left in the frame. The sky is deep blue with patches of snow-white clouds.
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2 weeks ago

Red birds.

Here's a couple of male northern cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) from last winter. I have hundreds of cardinal photographs that I haven't posted.

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #NorthernCardinal

In this photograph, there are two cardinals one in the upper right corner of the frame and one in the lower left.  Both perch facing right in a loose thicket of bare branches.
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2 weeks ago

Good morning. 🥵🥵🥵

7 September 2023

It's going to be hot today and tomorrow, perhaps the last really hot days of the year. We're already 5-6 degrees lower than we were a week ago. After today the forecast drop to a high in the low 90s and 80s, there is even a day forecasted to be in the 70s. Knock on wood, I'm aware the forecast changes.

I bought a new steam mop, it's still in the box. Yesterday, I remembered that my wife's birthday is coming up soon. So, I asked her why she hadn't opened her birthday present yet. She said, "what present?" I said, "the steam mop in the foyer." :) Well, I thought it was funny, I often tell her I'm going to buy her a bass boat for her birthday.

“But who wants to be foretold the weather? It is bad enough when it comes, without our having the misery of knowing about it beforehand.” - Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #morning #weather #humor #foliage

This photograph I think, is of three slender branches of weeping willow (Salix babylonica).  The branches are young and reach up from the bottom of the frame.  The leaves are long and narrow, and these are already showing some autumn colors of red, orange, and yellow.  There are out of focus green trees in the background.
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3 weeks ago

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

"The oldest known wild, banded Blue Jay was at least 26 years, 11 months old when it was found dead after being caught in fishing gear. It had been banded in the Newfoundland/Labrador/St. Pierre et Miquelon area in 1989 and was found there in 2016." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching

This is a blue jay on a large brown branch that curves down from the trunk on the upper right side of the frame to the lower left side.  The blue jay faces to the left, head held high as if posing, in a loose tangle of twigs.

"Large, crested songbird with broad, rounded tail. Blue Jays are smaller than crows, larger than robins. White or light gray underneath, various shades of blue, black, and white above." -
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3 weeks ago

Brown Headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Here's a female brown headed cowbird that I caught flying a while back. Some people don't like these birds because they are brood parasites, for me though, it's just part of nature. I don't jump for joy when I see them, but a bird is gonna do what a bird has got to do.

"The Brown-headed Cowbird is a stocky blackbird with a fascinating approach to raising its young. Females forgo building nests and instead put all their energy into producing eggs, sometimes more than three dozen a summer. These they lay in the nests of other birds, abandoning their young to foster parents, usually at the expense of at least some of the host’s own chicks. Once confined to the open grasslands of middle North America, cowbirds have surged in numbers and range as humans built towns and cleared woods." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #BrownHeadedCowbird

In this photograph, a female cowbird flies from right to left. There is out of focus green forest in the background.  The bird is mostly light brown is this photo. She has a thick conical black beak and black eyes.  Where wings are up halfway through a flap. Her tail fans out for stability Black legs and feet hang below.

"Brown-headed Cowbirds are smallish blackbirds, with a shorter tail and thicker head than most other blackbirds. The bill has a distinctive shape: it’s much shorter and thicker-based than other blackbirds', almost finch-like at first glance. In flight, look for the shorter tail. Male Brown-headed Cowbirds have glossy black plumage and a rich brown head that often looks black in poor lighting or at distance. Female Brown-headed Cowbirds are plain brown birds, lightest on the head and underparts, with fine streaking on the belly and a dark eye." -
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3 weeks ago

Good morning. 🌄🌄🌄

6 September 2023

Yesterday, I had on my mind something that I could write about today. But today, I can't remember what it was. It's like that sometimes.

Have you ever been approached by somebody who knows you, and you recognize, but can't remember their name? It used to happen to me a lot and it was awkward. But now I stay boarded up at home, so problem solved. :) Except when we go to my wife's hometown in Georgia. There, I remember almost nobody outside the immediate family. My wife always introduces people to me by saying, "you remember" and the person's name. It's always an awkward moment because I don't have any idea, but I smile and nod. I don't hear well anyway, so smiling and nodding is something I do well.

“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.” - Edgar Allan Poe

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #morning #memory #foliage #stairs

This is a photograph of a cement or stone stairway that goes up a hill next to a stone wall.  The wall is on the left and dense forest is on the right.  Over the stairway extending diagonally from the atop the wall down to the forest are vines. The stair way path up the hill passes under the vines like going through a tunnel. 

I took this photograph in Roatan, Honduras.
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3 weeks ago

Lonely bird.

More often than I like, I take a photograph that isn't so good, but I love the composition, so I use it anyway. This is one of those, it's a brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum).

"An aggressive defender of its nest, the Brown Thrasher is known to strike people and dogs hard enough to draw blood." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #BrownThrasher

This brown thrasher is alone at the top of a bare tree with grey sky in the background.  The branches around it are merely black silhouettes. The bird itself softly focused with little detail, but the feathers on its backside are clearly brown, and its front side is white with dark brown markings.  Its head features are hidden in shadows but the shape its longish curved beak is clearly visible. A silhouette of its long tail hangs through the branches.

"Brown Thrashers are fairly large, slender songbirds with long proportions—the legs are long and sturdy, and the bill is long and slightly downcurved. The tail is long, too, and often cocked upward in the manner of wrens.  Brown Thrashers are foxy brown birds with heavy, dark streaking on their whitish underparts. The face is gray-brown, and the wings show two black-and-white wing bars. They have bright-yellow eyes." -
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3 weeks ago

Into the forest.

Here is a pair of red bellied woodpeckers (Melanerpes Carolinos) flying towards the woods. I'm pretty sure that this is a mated pair. The male is in the lead, I think; it's hard to be certain because both of their heads are partially obscured. They are coming from a tree to the left which is a frequent stopping and vantage point for several species of birds.

"You may occasionally see a Red-bellied Woodpecker flying quickly and erratically through the forest, abruptly changing direction, alighting for an instant and immediately taking off again, keeping up a quick chatter of calls. Scientists categorize this odd behavior as a type of play that probably helps young birds practice the evasive action, they may one day need." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #RedBelliedWoodpeckers

In this photograph, there is mostly blue sky.  In the upper left corner, there is a branch from a tree that is out of frame to the left. Just to the right of the branch there is a woodpecker diving down and to the right.  i believe this is a female, she is streamline, her long black pointed beak points ahead and her black eye is fixed on another woodpecker in the lead.  Her swept wings are raised and are white underneath with black tipped flight feathers.  Her lower body is a rusty white and her tan feet tuck firmly against her body.  Her black tail erupts from the back like flames.  Ahead in the bottom right corner of the frame is another woodpecker, a male, I think.  He is level and flies to the right. The focus on this bird is not quite as sharp, but his black beak appears partially open.  The sides of his face are reddish tan, His black and white wings are spread and the shadows from the winds hide the lower body features.

"A sleek, round-headed woodpecker, about the same size as a Hairy Woodpecker but without the blocky outlines. Often appears pale overall, even the boldly black-and-white striped back, with flashing red cap and nape. Look for white patches near the wingtips as this bird flies." -
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3 weeks ago

Good morning, friends. 🌺🌺🌺

4 September 2023

I don't know if you remember, but slot cars were once a thing. There were businesses with huge slot car tracks where you could go and race your slot car.

I had a commercially manufactured slot car, called the black widow, it had two electric motors and was four-wheel drive. It wasn't particularly fast, but it put me in the game.

Some people built their own slot cars, which was something that I aspired to do, but didn't have the resources or the know-how. So, the hobby never really took off for me. I liked to fish and that was exciting, in my mother's eyes I was a great fisherman, nobody else thought that though.

Later computers became an interest but turned into a profession after the army. So ...

You could do worse than to spend your days staring at blue jays.” - Julie Zickefoose, Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #morning #flowers #hobbies

This is a photograph of some dark pink flowers surrounded by green leaves. The flowers are flame of the woods (Ixora coccinea). The last time I posted a photo of flowers, they were also flame of the woods. This is at a little different angle, I think, I this photo, I cans see long pink stems rising up to the small four petal flowers.  Some of the flowers haven't yet opened and look like pink capsules at the ends of the stems.
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3 weeks ago

Peace ✌️

Here is a snowy egret (Egretta thula) flying over some rocks on the bayou at the Sabine Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana.

"The Snowy Egret eats mostly aquatic animals, including fish, frogs, worms, crustaceans, and insects. It often uses its bright yellow feet to paddle in the water or probe in the mud, rounding up prey before striking with its bill. Snowy Egrets feed while standing, walking, running, or hopping, and they may vibrate their bills, sway their heads, or flick their wings as part of prey gathering. They even forage while hovering. Snowy Egrets forage in saltmarsh pools, tidal channels, tidal flats, freshwater marshes, swamps, ocean inlets, and lake edges, usually preferring brackish or marine habitats with shallow water. Other foraging water birds often assemble around them to form mixed-species foraging groups." -

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In this photograph, there is rippled brown water that runs from left to right.  There are several rocks sticking up from the water at the bottom of the frame and water is frozen in time splashing up against the rocks.  At the top of the frame is the shore, filled with green and brown reeds.  In the center of the frame, above the rocks is a snowy egret flying from left to right. Its long neck tucks its head back into its body.  Its long black and orange beak points straight ahead to the right and an orange right eye is visible against snowy white feathers.  Its underside is tilted towards the camera and its large billowing wings point down.  Its fanned short white tail is visible above its long black and orange legs and feet that dangle behind.

"These are medium-sized herons with long, thin legs and long, slender, bills. Their long, thin neck sets the small head well away from the body. Adult Snowy Egrets are all white with a black bill, black legs, and yellow feet. They have a patch of yellow skin at the base of the bill. Immature Snowy Egrets have duller, greenish legs". -
Swede’s Photographs
3 weeks ago

I'm stumped.

Here is a female gold-fronted woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons). I took this photograph in Roatan, Honduras. I read somewhere, that they sometimes hybridize with red bellied woodpecker where their ranges meet in Texas and Southern Oklahoma.

"Within their U.S. range, look for Golden-fronted Woodpeckers in almost any wooded habitat, especially dry and semiopen areas but also in suburbs and parks. Like other Melanerpes woodpeckers, they are not particularly shy or quiet and are most vocal in early spring as they establish territories and build nests. Search for them in early morning, when they are most active. During the heat of the day, they often rest in shaded spots." -

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In this photograph, there is the top of a tree stump at the bottom of the frame.  On the right side of the stump, there is a slender tree growing. I'm not sure if it is growing separately or off from the stump. Near the top right corner of the frame the woodpecker clings to the tree with her back towards the camera and her head looking left.  Her long black beak is lightly open and there is a gold spot of feathers at the base of her beak.  Her head is mostly light tan with vague gold tints here and there, except on the back of her head and neck there is a deep orange patch.  Her back has the black and white ladder pattern typical to many woodpecker species.  Her black lack tail feathers point down. Parts of her tan feet are visible gripping the branch.

"A robust, medium-sized woodpecker with a long, pointed bill. Golden-fronted Woodpeckers have grayish brown heads and bodies, golden napes and nasal tufts, black-and-white barred wings, and black tails. Males have a red central crown. The yellow in the lower belly can be difficult to see." -
Swede’s Photographs
3 weeks ago

Yellow-crowned night heron

Here's a photograph of a juvenile, yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea) that I took in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. The bird was with a flock that was flying parallel with the ship we were on, outside our suite.

"While not as slender as a typical heron, the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron’s smooth purple-gray colors, sharp black-and-white face, and long yellow plumes lend it a touch of elegance. They forage at all hours of the day and night, stalking crustaceans in shallow wetlands and wet fields. Their diet leans heavily on crabs and crayfish, which they catch with a lunge and shake apart, or swallow whole. They’re most common in coastal marshes, barrier islands, and mangroves, but their range extends inland as far as the Midwest." -

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This heron flies from left to right in the frame.  The sky is blue.  The heron is mostly a brownish gray.  Its head tucks back into its body and I can see the "S" shape of the neck.  It has a large orange eye and a long thick beak.  Ita huge wings are halfway down billowing with the wind. Its short tail is barely visible above the long orange and black legs and feet dangling behind.

"Yellow-crowned Night-Herons are fairly small herons with stocky bodies and short, thick necks, and short legs. They have large, blocky heads with thick, relatively short bills. In flight, the wings are broad and rounded.  Adults are cloudy gray birds with a bold face pattern: a black head with large white cheek patch, and a creamy yellow crown and head plumes. Immatures are brown with fine white spots on the back and wings; the underparts are streaky. The legs are orange-yellow, brighter in adults." -
Swede’s Photographs
3 weeks ago

Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)

Here's a pretty good closeup of a chickadee sitting on the top of a shepherd's hook in my backyard.

"In winter, the Carolina Chickadee’s diet is about half plant, half animal. The rest of the year about 80–90 percent of their diet is animal (mostly insects and spiders). Carolina Chickadees glean insects from foliage and tree bark, often hanging upside down to do so. They hold seeds and insects in their feet, wedged against the branch they’re perched on, to peck into them. They readily use bird feeders." -

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This chickadee faces to the left.  Its large head is capped in black that looks like a mask covering its black eye.  Below the eye are wright white fluff feathers.  The bird's throat is black.  Its back, wings and tail are gray, but the feathers on its underbody are fluffy light brown.  Its knees are close to its body and its longer lower legs and feet are gray, with black talons.

"This tiny, approachable bird has a short neck and large head, giving it a distinctive spherical body shape. Its tail is fairly long and narrow. Its bill is a bit thicker than a warbler’s but thinner than a finch’s. Carolina Chickadees have a black cap and bib separated by stark white cheeks. The back, wings, and tail are soft gray." -
Swede’s Photographs
3 weeks ago

Good morning. 🌕🌕🌕

1 September 2023

I'm not quite fully awake yet even though I just finished my first cup of coffee. To be fair, I stayed up just a little late last night to capture the moon. Don't worry, it was a catch and release kind of thing. :)

Charlie just came in and plopped down, which probably it's getting close to breakfast time. I'll have to get up and tend to that before I finish rambling.

Now, where was I? The pigeons are here already this morning. It is easy to find my house in the morning, it's the one with the flock of pigeons circling around overhead. I think I'll put my bird feeders up this morning. Hmmm ... I think a nap would be nice.

“I feel like I could do anything. The world is my oyster. If I ate oysters, which I don't. My family's vegetarian. But you know what I mean.” - Maulik Pancholy, The Best at It

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This is a photo of a forest viewed from overhead.  There is a lone white bird flying over the forest.
Swede’s Photographs
3 weeks ago

Well, would you look at that!

Here we have an immature red bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) - fascinating. There are bunches of young birds around this year.

"These birds often stick to main branches and trunks of trees, where they hitch in classic woodpecker fashion, leaning away from the trunk and onto their stiff tail feathers as they search for food hiding in bark crevices. When nesting, males choose the site and begin to excavate, then try to attract a female by calling and tapping softly on the wood around or in the cavity. When a female accepts, she taps along with the male, then helps put the finishing touches on the nest cavity. At feeders, Red-bellied Woodpeckers will push aside most bird species other than Blue Jays." -

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This young woodpecker perches on the trunk of an oak tree. Its head appears smaller than an adult, but perhaps that's because it hasn't gotten all of its feathers yet.  The feathers on its forehead do not yet show red, instead they are a slightly darker gray that its face. Its eyes are dare and its long black beak looks a bit awkward and too large for its head.  Its body and legs are the same gray light color as its face.  Its wings, back, and tail have the same black and white ladder pattern, but not quite as distinct as that of an adult.

"A sleek, round-headed woodpecker, about the same size as a Hairy Woodpecker but without the blocky outlines. Often appears pale overall, even the boldly black-and-white striped back, with flashing red cap and nape. Look for white patches near the wingtips as this bird flies." -
Swede’s Photographs
3 weeks ago

Good morning. ☕☕☕

31 August 2023

I certainly need to start typing about something and here I am typing about typing. I think I covered this subject before, some time ago. In high school, late 60s and early 70s, I took a class called office machines. In the class we learned how to type and operated adding machines, both devices that have gone the way of the dodo. Well ... typewriters may still be around here and there I suppose, though I can't think of seeing one anywhere in recent years. Anyway, back on subject, I didn't do well in the class I got a "D," but the skill stayed with me over the years. A valuable skill, it turns out. Useful as technology switched gradually from manual typewriters to computers. Typing on phones though is another story.

“Save your work, you may never know when the light will go off.” Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

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In this photograph, there are silhouettes of three anhinga flying from left to right.  The sky is blue except for some light clouds in the upper left corner of the frame.

"Anhingas are large and slender waterbirds with long fanlike tails that resemble a turkey's tail. They have a long S-shaped neck and a daggerlike bill. In flight, Anhingas look like a flying cross; the wings are held out flat and the neck and tail stick straight out. They have slim bodies and look rather flattened in flight.  Adult male Anhingas are black with silvery to white streaks on the back and wings. Females and immatures have a pale tan head, neck, and breast. The bill, legs, and feet are yellowish orange." -
Swede’s Photographs
4 weeks ago

Fledgling cardinal on a swing.

Here's a young male northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) on a swing shaped feeder in my backyard. I think that he's not particularly interest in the mill worms that the feeder holds. Instead, that's a stop on his way to the bird bath.

"Northern Cardinals eat mainly seeds and fruit, supplementing these with insects (and feeding nestlings mostly insects). Common fruits and seeds include dogwood, wild grape, buckwheat, grasses, sedges, mulberry, hackberry, blackberry, sumac, tulip-tree, and corn. Cardinals eat many kinds of birdseed, particularly black oil sunflower seed. They also eat beetles, crickets, katydids, leafhoppers, cicadas, flies, centipedes, spiders, butterflies, and moths." -

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This young cardinal is still transitioning from being mostly brown to red.  At this point his body, wings, and tail are mostly red but feathers on his head and the bottom of his rump are still mostly brown. His conical beak is orange with some black.  The area in front of his dark eye is black. He perches on the edge of the wooded feeder shaped like a porch swing.  

"The Northern Cardinal is a fairly large, long-tailed songbird with a short, very thick bill and a prominent crest. Cardinals often sit with a hunched-over posture and with the tail pointed straight down. Male cardinals are brilliant red all over, with a reddish bill and black face immediately around the bill. Females are pale brown overall with warm reddish tinges in the wings, tail, and crest. They have the same black face and red-orange bill" -
Swede’s Photographs
4 weeks ago

Angel wings.

Here are two rock pigeons (Columba livia) stacked one over the other flying in tandem.

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This is a photograph of two pigeons flying one over the other.  There was a bit too much light entering the camera, so the pigeons look a bit like a painting with some small parts left untouched. These pigeons are various shades of blue, except for the underside of the two pairs of wings which are white.  The pink feet of the lower pigeon are visible.
Swede’s Photographs
4 weeks ago

Good morning, friends. ☕☕☕

30 August 2023

My wife shook me awake a little before dawn this morning. The dogs were at the door. She woke me out of a weird dream; I was still in the army and lost within a barracks building. Sometimes in my dreams I have memories to go along with my dreams of things that never happened. The building seemed to grow and be much larger and more intricate than my memory. It was essentially a maze ... quite surreal. Of course, there was a cast of main characters who are people I know, but they are more recent acquaintances than of my army days.

“People think dreams aren't real just because they aren't made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.” - Neil Gaiman

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This is a photograph of two flowers, flame of the woods (Ixora coccinea).  They are essentially two balls of smaller four petal red flowers.
Swede’s Photographs
1 month ago

This is good stuff.

This is a Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) coaxed into my backyard with an orange. This photo is from early spring.

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This male oriole is perched on the black cable of a hanging bird feeder.  There are two halves of an orange on top of the feeder, His black head is down, and his black beak is inside the nearest orange half.  His body feathers are the exact same shade aa the orange.

"Smaller and more slender than an American Robin, Baltimore Orioles are medium-sized, sturdy-bodied songbirds with thick necks and long legs. Look for their long, thick-based, pointed bills, a hallmark of the blackbird family they belong to. Adult males are flame-orange and black, with a solid-black head and one white bar on their black wings. Females and immature males are yellow-orange on the breast, grayish on the head and back, with two bold white wing bars." -
Swede’s Photographs
1 month ago

Good morning. 🏖️🏖️🏖️

27 August 2023

Wildfires are still burning in the area. Seventeen parishes, including the one we live in are in a state of emergency. The conditions in south and central western Louisian are such that nobody alive today has witnessed. There are evacuations. to the north and south. Gov Edwards issued a statewide no burn order days ago. Yet the people live among us who disregard common sense.

A during a text conversation with my wife, a neighbor, who is a nurse, commented that we couldn't even get many people to protect themselves and others from covid. Another neighbor commented, that's right we didn't do it then and we won't do it in the future.

“Common sense is not so common.” - Voltaire, A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary

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This is a photo of a beach on the Guld of Mexico. There are dozens of gulls and terns milling around on the tidal pools formed when the waves roll up the beach.  There are also several gulls or terns in the air above the others. The water is blue and almost blends with the sky on the horizon.
Swede’s Photographs
1 month ago

Morning buffet

Here is a blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) at my oldest feeder. Based on comments I receive about blue jays, it seems some people love them, and some don't care for them. I personally fall in the first category. I like to watch them and find their behaviors fascinating.

Hmmm ... I just had to get up and let the dogs out. Those of you who live with dogs know who's really in charge. 😆😂

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This blue jay sits on the left side of the wood feeder facing to the left. It has a seed of some sort in the end of its beak and is probably getting ready to fly off into a nearby tree.

"Large, crested songbird with broad, rounded tail. Blue Jays are smaller than crows, larger than robins.  White or light gray underneath, various shades of blue, black, and white above." -
Swede’s Photographs
1 month ago

Good morning, friends. 🪷🌸🌺

26 August 2023

I mentioned a couple of days ago that in the early 60s, my family lived on the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan. As I said we lived on the third floor. The stairway was of polished stone as were the banisters. When going down, I would lay my upper body on the banister and slide, it was the quickest way down.

I had a pogo stick back then and was pretty good. Well ... I couldn't do back flips on the pogo stick or anything like that, but I could and did pogo up and down the stairs ... without a helmet ... madness. Do know what? I don't think that they even made bicycle helmets back then.

In those days, my favorite comic was Dennis the Menace, later in life I discovered Calvin and Hobbes.

"Calvin: Life's a lot more fun when you aren't responsible for your actions.” - Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

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This is a close-up photo of a Johnny Jump-up (Viola Tricolor), it's a species of violets.   The flower has five petals three that overlap like a clover and two others that kind of lurk behind the three. The three center petals are yellow, and . then purple farther out, then white, and on the outer edge violet. The two lurking petals are plain violet but a bit of a darker shade.  In the background there are darkened leaves with water drops.
Justin Farrimond
1 month ago

The Chapel of Velvet Jones

Under a sky as black as priest's socks, in a landscape as twisted as the morals it preached, there stood The Chapel of Velvet Jones.

#PicOfTheDay #Twisted #Dreamscape #PhotographyIsArt #PhotographyAddict #PhotographyLovers #PsychedelicArt #Trippy

Heavily modified psychedelic colour photograph showing two rows of facing terraced properties with a belltower building at the back.
Swede’s Photographs
1 month ago

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)

"Where Eastern and Western Meadowlark ranges overlap in the central U.S., the two species refuse to share territories. Their songs sound totally different to each other, like a foreign language, so singing doesn’t always do the job of communicating territorial boundaries. Instead, the two species are likely to fight for territorial supremacy." -

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This meadowlark moves towards the camera and to the right.  It has a narrow white strip that seem to run the length of its light-colored beak and crosses the top of its head bordered by black on either side. then there is a yellow and white stripe followed by another black.  The neck below the beak is bright yellow and the sides are white.  Below the yellow neck is a black bib then the rest of the front is yellow.  The back and wings are more of a calico camo pattern.  Its upper legs are long and covered in pale feathers, the lower legs are about the same length as the upper and are a pale pink.

"Eastern Meadowlarks are chunky, medium-sized songbirds with short tails and long, spear-shaped bills. In flight, their rounded wings, short tails, and long bills help set them apart from other grassland songbirds. astern Meadowlarks are pale brown marked with black, with bright-yellow underparts and a bold black V across the chest. Though most of the tail is brown with blackish barring, the outer feathers are white and conspicuous during flight." -