November Critters in the Okefenokee Swamp

November 22, 2013 at 5:38 am (Autumn, Birds - Georgia, Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bugs, fine art photography, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Photography, Wildlife)

Male common yellowthroat and titi shrub along the Suwannee Canal

Male common yellowthroat and titi shrub along the Suwannee Canal

Fall in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge means an influx of migratory birds from up north, as well as greater visibility for the resident avians.  The frogs are mostly gone (hibernating?) and visible insect life has dramatically decreased, but alligators will be more prominent since they stop feeding in cool weather and bask in the sun to stay warm.

Alligator lurking

Alligator lurking

Along the Suwannee Canal there were catbirds galore, generally in pairs, mewing their displeasure at the intrusion of two kayakers.  I had a pair that nested in my yard every summer when I lived in Maine.  They loved the grape jelly I set out for them in little bowls at the feeder. Read the rest of this entry »

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November in Okefenokee

November 21, 2013 at 4:47 am (Autumn, fine art photography, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Photography) (, , , , , )

Dewdrops decorate spider web made in a clump of tickseed sunflowers

Dewdrops decorate spider web made in a clump of tickseed sunflowers

November might herald snow and frostbitten landscapes in northern climes, but it is the last hurrah of fall color in the Okefenokee Swamp.  While the diversity of flowers peaked in September and October, the abundance of flowers definitely define November.  Gone are the white water lily blooms.  Gone are the lavender blazing stars.  Gone are the swamp sunflowers and coreopsis and goldenrod.  Now the wetlands are dominated by the “tickseed sunflower” – (Bidens spp.)

Mizell Prairie

Mizell Prairie

They decorate the banks of the Suwannee Canal, but to see a knock-me-over profusion, paddle into Mizell Prairie on the Cedar Hammock trail. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunset Moon – Nov. 16, 2013

November 18, 2013 at 3:30 am (Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Photography) (, , )

Sunset Moon - Nov. 16, 2013

This is what I call the Photographer’s Moon. It is the evening before the true full moon and rises just before sunset, so that it is positioned nicely when the eastern sky turns pink. There is often haze that obscures its rise, but if you’re in the right place at the right time, it will be positioned perfectly when the light is right.

Taken in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Folkston, GA

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