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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Laughing Gull – the Seduction

May 2, 2014 at 8:53 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Girl gull seduces boy gull. See what present he gives her before they make whoopie…

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Santa Claus, Georgia

March 16, 2014 at 6:00 am (Uncategorized)

Me in Santa Claus, Georgia

Me in Santa Claus, Georgia

Yes, Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus, Georgia.  (How many articles about this teensy weensy town start like that?)

While on my way to visit a friend in Swainsboro, GA with another friend (all of us worked at Okefenokee NWR) I simply HAD to see if the little town of Santa Claus shown on Google Maps was really there, or if somebody at Google was playing a joke.  Well, it was there alright.  But if we had blinked, well, you know…

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Only 165 residents were recorded in the 2010 census.  This hamlet was carved out of 60 acres of Calvin Greene’s pecan farm in the 1930s.  He thought it was a sure-fire way to lure people to his farm on U.S. Route 1 near Vidalia – a major thoroughfare before the interstate system was put in.

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City Hall at … wait for it… 25 December Drive.

The town was incorporated in 1941 – on the eve of U.S. involvement in World War II – and farmer Greene served as the town’s first mayor.

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The town has no post office, but letters put into this mailbox will receive a non-official Christmas-themed postmark before being forwarded to the Lyons post office for proper cancellation.  I swear if I had known about this I would have dropped all my Christmas cards into this mailbox this past year.  How cool is that?

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The streets have Christmas-y names, but despite the jolly idea, the town has a sordid blemish on its history.  In 1997, three weeks before Christmas, four members of a family were murdered in their beds by a disturbed young man they had befriended.

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I’m not sure where I’ll be living this December, but you can bet I’ll see if there’s some little Christmas-named town where I can mail my holiday cards.

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Cool Camellias

March 15, 2014 at 7:57 am (Uncategorized)

Camellia in the rain

Camellia in the rain

Although camellias came from Asia, they are a staple of the South in this country.  They are among the earliest blooming shrubs in late winter, but I have rarely seen any as perfect as those in my friend’s yard in Swainsboro, Georgia this week.

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Usually camellia flowers I’ve seen are in various stages of decay.  These trees flaunted the most perfect flowers.

Well-pruned camellia bush

Well-pruned camellia bush

The morning’s drizzle and soft light showed off this well-pruned bush to advantage, with its skirt of fallen petals neatly arrayed underneath.

Fallen petals

Fallen petals

A mosaic of petals. I am now a fan of camellias.

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December 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm (Uncategorized)

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High School Football – Southern Style

October 5, 2013 at 8:52 am (Civil Rights, Georgia, Uncategorized) ()

I have a shocking revelation to make.  (Be seated, please.)

Even though I grew up in the South, I never once attended a high school football game.  I had no interest whatsoever, although we did have pep rallies in the gym that were so loud my ears rang with tinnitus afterward.

The only high school football game I ever attended prior to last night was 10 years ago in Texas, where football is the sport of the gods, er, God.  I was impressed.  Even the sexy cheerleaders looked professional.

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If it hadn’t been for some co-workers who told me that “half the people who go to the games do so because of the marching band” I wouldn’t have been remotely interested.  But I love marching bands.  I love the exciting beat of the bass drums.  I loved the movie “Drumline.”  I loved the black school band in the Mardi Gras parade in LaPlace, Louisiana, whose drumbeats were echoed in Paul Simon’s later collaboration with Brazilian musicians’ samba beats. Read the rest of this entry »

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September Sunrise Okefenokee

September 6, 2013 at 4:56 am (Dragonflies and Bugs, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Photography, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

First Light, Okefenokee

First Light, Okefenokee

The Honey Prairie Fire of 2011 consumed a beloved part of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge – the Chesser Island Boardwalk.  Two and a half years later, its rebuilding is nearly complete.  People who have been on the boardwalk before the fire tell me it was like walking through a tunnel of trees.  Now the vista is open, and heretofore unseen wetland pools shimmer with white water lilies and redroot.

Shelter #1 and boardwalk

Shelter #1 and boardwalk

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A 12×12 Room

July 10, 2012 at 9:01 am (Atlanta, Uncategorized) (, )

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“ So this is what my life has been reduced to – a 12 by 12 room.”  – paraphrased

I’ve been gone awhile from blogging, I know.  It’s not for lack of subjects, as I’ve had plenty to say and show you.  But darn it, life just takes a lot of time and there’s not always enough of it leftover to blog about it.  So here’s the short version, based on the above quote in the movie “Eat, Pray, Love,”  where Julia Roberts looks into her box-filled storage unit before embarking on her overseas journey to self-discovery.  (Funny, but I can’t find that quote among the hundreds others have cited online…)  Read the rest of this entry »

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February 17, 2012 at 4:55 am (Uncategorized)

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