Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

Lost Feather

Egret feather in the marsh grass at Huntington Beach State Park.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Pair of Black Skimmers

These black skimmers at Huntington Beach State Park brought back memories of air shows and low-level passes by the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Black Skimmer

Black skimmers fly low over the water and skim the surface with their lower bill which is longer than the top bill. When a small fish is encountered, they quickly close their mouth. Its use of touch to catch fish lets it be successful in low light or darkness.

Notice the small fish just caught

Tomorrow's photos will show the precision flying of a pair of black skimmers.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

White Ibis

walking in the pluff mud of the salt water marsh at Huntington Beach State Park.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Spiny-backed Orb Weaver

This is my first experience with this species of spider and I had to rely on bugguide.net for identification.

Top view

Bottom view

Friday, September 19, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Covered Bridges

Two of the seventeen covered bridges in West Virginia.

Herns Mill Covered Bridge - 1884

Indian Creek Covered Bridge - 1898

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Fortress of Louisbourg

The largest reconstructed 18th-century French fortified town in North America is located near the eastern tip of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008