One Spring Day

Great Blue Heron

I almost published a psychology-related post today but decided against it at the last minute. It’s not quite done, I don’t think. So, I thought I would share some photographs instead. Last Friday morning, I visited a local park in the hopes of photographing some water birds.

I was rewarded by getting to spend quality time with a Great Blue Heron. (I know I published a post not long ago with some heron photos, but to me, they never get old. Such stunning birds.)

A Mallard hen was also out and about with her ducklings.

And I saw some Painted Turtles. I very much like the light in these two photographs.

On returning home, I was greeted by an unfamiliar sight: a Monarch butterfly in the garden. It was the first one I’d seen this year, and I am very happy to say that she laid multiple eggs (I’m not sure how many, exactly) on one of the milkweed plants.

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you may remember that I have a butterfly garden and enjoy raising butterflies in the spring and summer months.

Monarch egg (white dot) on milkweed

And this last photograph I felt compelled to include. A brand new visitor to the feeder who I spotted for the first time later that same day: an Indigo Bunting.

An interesting fact about Indigo Buntings: they spend the fall and winter months in south Florida, parts of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean and spring and summer in parts of the Eastern US. They migrate at night, orienting themselves by the light of the North Star.

16 responses to “One Spring Day”

  1. Blue herons come to our pond occasionally, and it is a real treat to experience their majestic beauty and stature! I love seeing the mother duck and her ducklings; they are so small and buoyant! The way the turtles catch the light, though, is particularly stunning.

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