Wild Bird Wednesday 137

These are a few shots of gulls we saw while visiting South Padre Island last December.  The first are on the beach of the Island facing out into the Gulf of Mexico.  The last are on the mainland looking over Laguna Madre.  For simply marvelous birding folks and photos, please, visit Stewart M. by clicking here.

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 Not sure if these are Laughing (non-breeding) or Franklin (1st. winter) Gulls or some other group.  It is a challenge to pick up on all the details of the birds for proper identifications.IMGP4087141203IMGP4105141203

Wild Bird Wednesday

Thanks to host Stewart M.

Thursday Challenge – February 19, 2015

“MACHINES” (Motors, Gears, Computers, Electronics, Wires, Phones…)

Vehicles developed for tourism of glaciers in the Columbia Icefields located in the Jasper National Park in Alberta Canada.

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Early snow coach

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Next generation snow coaches.

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2008 version

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Tires are about 5′ tall. Moved well over the ice without damage to the eco system.

 And the machine that took us on our 6014 mile adventure.

 KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMake sure you join the fun of all the machines over at:

Thanks to host Dale of spunwithtears

Wild Bird Wednesday – 136 – Spoonbills

Still more photos from our visit to the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center.  We were pretty psyched to see these beauties!  At first there were just four.

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Then in the distance there came a much larger group following this one.

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Even though it has been almost 3 months, it is still pretty exciting to think of all the wonderful birds we saw in this very small birding center.  Can hardly wait for the next adventure!  Till then I invite you to join all the great birders over at Stewart’s.

 Wild Bird Wednesday

Thanks to host Stewart M.

What’s It?

Up close to an object can sometimes be too close to recognize.  This is a close up from not so close thanks to nice lenses.  Any ideas?

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Maybe a few more photos will help.

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These next two will surely answer the question for you.

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I am sure you figured it out so here is the last photo.

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Cattails gone to seed in the waters of the South Padre Island Birding Center.

Enjoy more macro photography by visiting the following sites:

Thanks to Gemma & Magical Mystical Teacher
for hosting Macro Monday 2

Thanks to Laura for hosting i heart macro
Shine the Divine

Saturday Critters – #61

There was so much to see at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.  This critter was a bit of a surprise!  For more great critters pop on over to Saturdays Critters.

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Yes, a small alligator.

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This Green Heron was sharing the waters with the alligator.

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Green Heron

Are you looking at me?

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Green Heron

And one last critter:

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Red Eared Slider

Do not forget to visit all the Critters and

 Thanks to Saturday’s Critters host Eileen.

 Saturday's Critters

Good Fences #47

I have been seeing some great fence pictures over at The Furry Gnome’s Seasons in the Valley. Fences are everywhere and I never have my camera.  Here are a few from my stash.

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Cadallic Mountain, Acadia National Park, USA

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Christmas, 2009, Missouri

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Along I – 29 following a snow storm, 2007

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Missouri spring farm scenes.

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Near the Canadian and US border, 2008.

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Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX

 Thanks to host TexWisGirl, akaTheresa,