TO~further the knowledge of nature, and encourage protection, and conservation of it.

Thank you to all who inspired me, taught me, and appreciated the sharing of my photos and information. My passion for God's creation has grown immensely and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to grow and to continue to grow...


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Sunday, December 30, 2012

SNOW BIRDS~~ nothing like some snow for a photography session

American Goldfinch on Wingstem ( I believe) waiting for a chance at the feeder

Male Downy Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker on goldenrod
edging her way to the feeder

Female Downy Woodpecker on feeder

Junco, my first for this year! well ok, that I noticed...

aren't they so cute! 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

BALLOON RELEASES~ Please DO NOT do this for any reason

Mylar balloon found today onthe bank of my creek~
whether it was a released balloon or a balloon from someone's garbage
up the creek, it doesn't matter, this is litter and litter that DOES NOT
biodegrade...it's aluminum! Please make sure your trash is put safely in a container
and that you do not release helium balloons into the atmosphere! 
thanks from a Master Naturalist and her wildlife friends...

further information where some info was taken from

" One side will tell you that balloons are great for making kids happy, making the sky look pretty, and increasing sales. The other will tell you that balloons are often mistaken for food by marine creatures, and that the ribbons used to tie them can become entangled in birds' beaks, and around the necks of birds and marine animals.
Despite balloonaholics bombarding anybody who will listen with rather suspect evidence to the contrary, the facts suggest that balloons released into the environment really do pose a serious threat to wildlife - and any threat to wildlife today is a threat we could well do without, especially when it comes from something as utterly pointless as a balloon release. "
"For many species of sea turtles, their main diet consists of jellyfish. They mistake balloons and plastic bags for a meal, usually their last.
This also happens to dolphins and larger whales because many of these species are squid eaters. Squid tend to congregate around bunches of plastic; thus squid eaters tend to have a greater chance of ingesting our deadly garbage (including balloons).
Not to mention that the hundreds of millions of balloons released each year add to the almost 300 million pounds of plastics that are dumped in the ocean annually."
click to read MORE...

I will not post horrid photos of dead or suffering animals due to balloons, but 
you can sure look them up for yourself, and I hope people will think ONCE before releasing a balloon into the atmosphere INTENTIONALLY.. 
thanks! Save the wildlife! 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Winter Birds continued~ antics and habitat

Chickadee~ as usual no way to tell if it's
Black capped or Carolina... still adorable non the less

finishing up a sunflower seed

American Goldfinch 

at the feeder

wants to be the only finch at the feeder! 

Downy Woodpecker feasting on poison ivy berries

White breasted nuthatch 

Tufted titmouse

Northern Cardinal on frozen creek ice

Saturday, November 24, 2012

LACEY~ soft as a chinchilla, sweet as pie, lucky as a 4leaf clover until today

she must have been killed this morning or late last night. She only ever went out in winter, she loved the cold weather with her warm soft coat. She came to me last night with her meowtalk, and asked me to let her out... I did...it always makes me feel sick after I let them out ( I don't like any cats to be outside) but I do...they want it, they are happy about it, and that makes me happy...til I find them lying on the road. She was hit 4yrs ago, broke both her back legs, she healed up and she didn't even limp. I guess she forgot about the road it had been so long ago...

R.I.P. Lacey 8yrs old 

Monday, November 19, 2012

TODAY at the feeder~ filled with sunflower chips and raisins, they sure are popular

Just received my brand new Nikon D3200, now just to figure out how to use it! 
Ken Rockwell is a great teacher of photography and reviewer of cameras, and I have learned much from  him .  These are the very first bird photos taken in the morning, then by afternoon hopefully  you can see my knowledge has increased, still a long way to go with white balance etc...but I sure love this camera! 

Downy Woodpecker

American Goldfinch


Tufted Titmouse

afternoon with the Nikon D3200 


American Goldfinch

wow, it's really hard getting two birds in a photo in focus! 

My very first Pine Siskin! to see one and to photograph one! 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

More winter birds

can't get enough of that GOLD! (goldfinches)

female house finch

male house finch