On The Shoulder of Very Small Giants!

Recently we were thinking about all the birds that nest in Griggs Reservoir Park or in the immediate environs. A list of some of the more interesting ones would go something like this: White-breasted Nuthatch, Cardinal, Northern Flicker, Kingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue Jay, Yellow-throated Warbler, Black-crowned Night Heron, Northern Parula Warbler, Protonotary Warbler, Kingfisher, Wood Duck, Baltimore Oriole, Cedar Waxwing, Mallard Duck,…

Paddling for Prothonotaries

Prothonotary Warblers have been eluding us in the park close to home so we decided to put the canoe on top of the car and head to the Howard Rd Bridge launch site at north end of Alum Creek Reservoir. If the warbler wasn’t seen during the eight mile loop north around the lake and into the creek we would at least enjoy a good…

Waterfalls, Birds, and Other Things

Outings in small boats can provide a unique opportunity to view and photograph wildlife. While we don’t pursue birds in our canoe, one will often take flight when approached. When it does, often crossing right in front of us, it offers an opportunity to get a nice “in flight” profile shot. Gliding silently without paddling often provides a chance to get very close to…

Autumn Grace

                                                   Autumn Grace                                                                                             .                                                                              During nights,                                                                     longer and colder now,                                                                     autumn is splashed                                                                     on green leaves.                                                                                  .                                                                     In early still foggy mornings,                                                                     reds, yellows, and                                                                     gray brown branches,                                                                     create subtle intricate patterns.                                                                                   .                                                                     Later, in the bright piercing sun,                                                                     leaves ignite against a deep blue sky.                                                                                   .                                                                     Then, carried away by a…

On My Passion For Nature

. To Be Alive . Let life draw you in not push you from behind. Have good habits but don’t live by habit. Ask questions even when at first your not interested in the answer. Don’t just be entertained but entertain yourself. Allow youself to be seduced by a passion. . rsp .