Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge – Gators, Birds, Dragonflies, and Such…

November 30, 2012 at 4:00 am (Birds - Texas, Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bugs, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Photography, TX, Wildlife) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Vermillion Flycatcher, male

Although my recent trip to Texas was to visit relatives, I could not pass by one of my favorite birding spots without stopping for my bird fix.  Anahuac NWR suffered during Hurricane Rita in 2005, but was really devastated by Hurricane Ike in 2008.  There are fewer trees now, and while Spring seems to have the best variety of birds, November was pretty decent for a windy day.

So without much further ado, here are the results. Read the rest of this entry »

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John Portman, Jr. #1 – Marriott Marquis, Atlanta

November 28, 2012 at 3:24 am (Atlanta) (, , , , , )

Looking up from the lobby area (back of big television in foreground)

When my son and his fiance’ visited me several weeks ago, he wanted to see some of the hotels designed by John C. Portman, Jr.  So when Hurricane Sandy was wreaking havoc in the Northeast and her back winds were blowing hard and cold in Atlanta, we walked downtown. We saw four of the buildings he designed, and the others will be featured in subsequent posts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Burrowing Owls

November 26, 2012 at 7:55 am (Birds- Florida, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , )

Burrowing Owl at entrance to nest cavity, Cape Coral, Florida

While going through photographs that needed editing, I discovered some great images of burrowing owls I had done several years ago in Florida.  These birds are unique among North American owls in that they actually live underground.  They are also active during the day as well as at night, hunting small mammals and insects, but will catch lizards and other little critters if the opportunity presents itself.  These long-legged owls are only 8 to 10 inches tall, but are often visible perched near their burrows, or on fences nearby. Read the rest of this entry »

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