Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ricketts Glen

Time for another trip up to Ricketts Glen and the waterfalls. It was forecast to be 92f but as it's 2400 feet high up there in a shaded glen with water spray I figured it would be cool enough and it was. It was very bright sunlight, I would have preferred more overcast but you can't have it always. Still it was most enjoyable, lots of water over the falls so very nice. Heres a few that I like. I don't remember the name of most of them.




This one is the easiest to get to as it's right alongside the road.
It's Adams Falls and one of my favorites.

Adams Falls

Adams Falls

Monday, July 29, 2019

Got me out of weeding

Having almost a month in the U.K. combined with lots of rain in the US and high temperatures and humidity means the yard has got  the better of me. Lot's of weeds. I had every intention when I got home early this afternoon to go to town on a lot of weeds in the front yard.  I did say I had every intention didn't I.?Well seeing all the Monarchs and Swallowtails munching on some of these weeds made me revise my intention. Screw it, let them nectar away. There were loads of them, great to see them.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Easter Tiger Swallowtail

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Feels like a Sunday.

I'm glad it's not Sunday though, that means I've got Sunday to look forward too. Heres a few photo's from the back yard.

First Monarch Caterpillar of the year

Bee on Bergamot

Bergamot

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Mountain Mint

Juvenile White-breasted Nuthatch



Sunday, July 21, 2019

It's Nasty Out

It's currently 96f but feels like 106f with the humidity. Consequently I've been staying in mostly. I did venture out to photograph a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth a couple of times. The birds I just stayed inside and stuck the lens out of the window.


Young Blue Jay

Catbird

Catbird

Grackle Panting

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Bradgate Park

As kids we always used to visit Bradgate Park during the summer holidays. For a kid it was a great time, seeing the deer, walking up the hill to Old John, playing along the stream, seeing all the ancient Oaks. It was nice to visit again after lot's of years.


Ancient Oak

Ancient Oak

The home of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine-Days Queen.




Foxglove

Friday, July 5, 2019

The Robin

Not your big American Robin but the original. I took several photos here and there but I like this one the best.


Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Quest for the Red Kite

After failing miserably to get a decent photo of a Red Kite I asked at Rutland Water where I might see some in a place I could stop and photograph one. Fineshade or Seaton Viaduct were suggested so after lunch in Stamford that's where I headed. Fineshade was very different from what I remember and there was nothing in the way of Red Kites. So off to the Viaduct I went. Along the way cross country I came across this nice bridge over the River Welland just outside of the village of Wakerley so I stopped and took a few photographs.

We used to visit the Viaduct in the winter years ago as there was usually a flock of Golden Plover in the meadows. It's now been turned into a nature reserve called Seaton Meadows. The viaduct is still being used to this day. I'm sure I once went across it in the 80's or early 90's on a journey from Peterborough to Leicester via Melton Mowbray. I did get a few shots of a Buzzard and Red Kite but as the light was abysmal they are not very good.Eye Brook reservoir was my next stop. This was the place to go birdwatching in the 70's and early 80's until Rutland Water took over and seemed to attract more birds.

River Welland at Wakerley

River Welland at Wakerley. I wonder who the head belonged to?


River Welland at Wakerley.


Viaduct Information

Seaton Meadows

Welland Railway/Harringworth/Seaton Viaduct



The Eye Brook from the bridge.

One of my favorite places to view the reservoir in the 70's.