Month of July, 2012 – While perusing my Mineral Wells neighborhood, I capture random nature photos here and there that have nothing to do with an upcoming post. For no other reason than storage, they get posted at Flash by Z from time to time and deleted off the hard drive. This is one such writing.
One of my favorite birding locations has an old, unused foot bridge. The trail to the birding location is covered in Poison Oak, Poison Ivy and spiders. Nature is beautiful, but it can be a bitter-sweet concoction of bull nettles, spider bites and bee stings. This mixture is something I wish to bypass; more especially, with me in shorts. So today, I shot it from afar to share with all. As you will can see, the vegetation is a heavy mix, contains a great water source, perching locations and cover. Birding is always good when the time of day is right. The sun was wrong for shooting but without the direct sun, it would be solid shadows. Even with the sun, I miss a lot of photo opportunities.
This day was a good one. We located another Mississippi Kite, several Cardinals and my first ever Summer Tanager. Fantastic!!! Need help with a spider identification, any takers? See below. Thanks in advance. Well, it is time to upload photos, turn off the computer, and hope for a cooler tomorrow. The 106 to 111 range is already getting old. ALOHA! <--- I can dream, can't I?! Make sure to check out the links below the gallery! [caption id="attachment_892" align="alignnone" width="610" caption="Shameless Plug!! Great-Tailed Grackle - female"][/caption]
- Aperture: ƒ/5.6
- Camera: X-S1
- Focal length: 132.3mm
- ISO: 200
- Shutter speed: 1/250s
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- Aperture: ƒ/4.5
- Camera: X-S1
- Focal length: 31.1mm
- ISO: 400
- Shutter speed: 1/500s