Archive for June, 2017



My guess is this is a wild turkey hen trying to hide her poults in the tall grass. She probably had them out for a nice grasshopper hunt on a balmy June morning. but when she encountered me, she went renegade.

Unlike suburban wild turkeys, which appear clueless dumb, those from pressured populations behave with all the stealth of a well-trained and well-seasoned sniper. Any mistake and the shotguns will get you.


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Ducks in the grass

ducks in the grass

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Muddy Pekins

Muddy white ducks. If you zoom in, you can see the blue eyes.

muddy pekin


pekin profile

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dove on a wire

Nothing is capturing my mood now than this little mourning dove out against the fading June sun.

I’m still in mourning. I feel a sadness, too, not just for Miley, but for the nation I was born in as it slowly fades away into the caprices and vagaries of ignorance and greed.

It’s hard to watch the news, and it’s hard to be outside in nature now.

But a little dove on the wire will do now.




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Predation by Robin

robin eating a snail

I got a new camera, a Canon Rebel T6, and I’m playing around with it.

I came across a robin* fidgeting with something big in the grass this morning.  On closer inspection, it turns out that this robin was working a snail out of its shell.

I should note that there are some more posts coming from my trip to Kauai, but my return to North America hasn’t been the smoothest.

So there will be things coming. Slowly, but surely.


*American robin, not closely related to anything else called a “robin” anywhere else in the world. This is a close relative of the European blackbird, but it has the same colors as the European robin.

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The aligning of the Cosmos with two entities of golden retrievers and hemangiosarcoma is one the crueler aspects of existence. She died at home yesterday–on her own terms.

That’s all I can write right now. I’m just letting you know. I know that if you’ve been reading this blog since the beginning, she was a major feature here, and I know that she will be missed.

I certainly am. It’s very raw right now.


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Photo by Matt Hammond.

I didn’t get a photo of this turtle while snorkeling, but a member of my party got it. I actually drifted right over it!

We saw an even larger green turtle later on, which was the biggest one I’d ever seen.

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