Camp Parks – Wildlife Oasis part 2

June 17, 2018 at 6:30 am (Uncategorized)

White-tailed kite

Although I went to the Parks Reserve Forces Training Area on business, I arranged to tour with the installation wildlife biologist to see the wildlife, particularly baby burrowing owls, very early in the morning.

We had no luck seeing the owlets, but we did get some great views of another target bird of mine – the white-tailed kite. This one has a rodent in its claws.

In Oklahoma, I had many views of the Mississippi kite, which is gray and black. But these guys are even more striking.

Juvenile white-tailed kite

The juveniles have the rust wash on the breast. Both adults and juves also have red eyes, which seems to be a trait of the kite genus.

The shades of gray and the contrasting black and white feathers are stunning.

They look for prey by hovering or “kiting” above a likely patch of ground, then they plunge downward and hopefully come up with a meal. Go here to see a video of this.

Two ravens and white-tailed kite

Stay tuned for wild turkeys and a great egret catching and swallowing a mouse.

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Valentine Rocks

February 14, 2017 at 6:02 am (Uncategorized)

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Seattle Women’s March and Letter to Sophie

January 22, 2017 at 10:11 am (Seattle, Uncategorized) (, , , )

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I know I’ve been remiss in my blog posts lately. New computer. Stuff to do. Places to go. I’m now in Seattle visiting my son, his wife, and my new (and first) granddaughter Sophie. KUOW Seattle Public Radio’s Facebook post said they wanted people to write letters to loved ones regarding their feelings on the upcoming inauguration. I had written my son a letter 31 years ago about my hopes for him, and thought why not. It’s a good time to let little Sophie know what her MeMaw hopes — and fears — for her. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tugboats and Benzene Barges

November 26, 2016 at 10:04 am (Photography, TX, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Benzene barge, Port Arthur, Texas

Benzene barge, Port Arthur, Texas

Well, I’m in Southeast Texas where I did some of my growing up. Visiting family for Thanksgiving. Didn’t talk politics so it went well. Yesterday we did something fun. We went first to the Spindletop museum in Beaumont, where the first oil well gusher in the area roared to life in 1902. (Stay tuned for another blog post on that one.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Baby Bison

May 16, 2016 at 4:57 am (Uncategorized)

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All winter I saw just a handful of bison at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. But now, the herds are prominent, and so are the little orange babies!

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Two Sunday mornings ago they were right beside the road just past the Prairie Dog Town. I parked and watched them for about a half hour. Here is a sweet little video:

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Oklahoma City National Memorial

March 28, 2016 at 5:30 am (Uncategorized)

Redbud tree and memorial chairs at former site of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building

Redbud tree and memorial chairs at former site of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building

Oklahoma City is 90 miles from where I now live, and visiting the national memorial dedicated to the terrorist attack of 20 years ago was on my list of things to do. However, the morning I had a medical appointment at the VA hospital there, another terrorist attack occurred thousands of miles away in Brussels, Belgium. So this would be an appropriate day to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Read the rest of this entry »

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Salton Sea Shore

March 1, 2015 at 3:07 am (California, fine art photography, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Sunrise in the palms, Mecca, Calif.

Sunrise in the palms, Mecca, Calif.

It’s not really a sea.  It’s a lake with a strange history.  You see, the Salton Sea was once a legitimate lake (a small portion of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla), but then it dried up thousands of years ago.  When a canal was built in the early 1900s to divert water from the nearby Colorado River to the Imperial Valley for crops, the engineers failed to take into account the fact that the river sometimes floods. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nine Days in Seattle; Four Hours of Sun

November 16, 2014 at 6:45 am (Seattle, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

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I shouldn’t complain.  I lived in Tacoma, WA for 18 years.  I know what the weather’s like there.  But my son and his wife live there, and I hadn’t seen them since their wedding 16 months earlier.  The notorious rain actually started in Eastern Washington, the dry side, and followed me all the way:  Through Snoqualmie Pass AT FREAKING NIGHT – which badly needs a fresh coat of lane paint.  Across the Lake Washington floating bridge.  And pretty much stayed for the next nine days.  Oh, there were about four hours of sunshine.  Never saw Mt. Rainier either. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feeding Dance of the Wilson’s Phalarope

May 21, 2014 at 10:46 am (Uncategorized) ()

The funny feeding frenzy of this unique bird

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Pronghorns Chase Coyote – For Real!

May 17, 2014 at 6:00 am (Nature, Nature photography, Uncategorized, Wildlife) (, , )

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While exploring the high country of Laramie, Wyoming on Thursday morning, I saw a most unusual turn of the tables.  At first I saw only the herd of pronghorn antelope running in a tight bunch, their white haunches flashing in the sunlight.  Then I saw a smaller animal running quite a bit ahead.  It looked big enough and furry enough to be a wolf, but it was probably a coyote.

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