A Piping Plover chick at Milford Point in Connecticut this weekend. The parents don’t feed the Plover chicks. Instead, the chicks hop out of the nest and forage for food themselves.A Semipalmated Plover catches the late afternoon sun at Napatree Point Conservation Area in Westerly, Rhode Island on Friday.Sunset at Little Narragansett Bay in Westerly.
“Never lose an opportunity to see anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sunrise at Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. The colorful and steep cliffs at Zion National Park are the result of millions of years of force upon layers of sandstone by wind, ice and the flowing Virgin River.The view from Grand Canyon’s North Rim in ArizonaThe entrance to Zion National Park from the east – where sweeping rock meets billowing clouds.
“Nature is a painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.” – John Ruskin
Far from any light pollution, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah is a sanctuary for natural darkness. The Milky Way and thousands of stars are visible but the camera, coupled with a long exposure, captures even more stars than we can see. The tree on the left points to the planet Jupiter in this photo taken on a moonless night last week.
“Metaphor for the night sky: A trillion asterisks with no explanation.” – Robert Brault
“Afflictive emotions – our jealousy, anger, hatred and fear – can be put to an end when you realize these emotions are only temporary – that they always pass on like clouds in the sky.” – Tenzin Gyatso (Dalai Lama)
A new, sleek three-mile-long bridge now spans the Hudson River between Tarrytown and Nyack, New York. Its concrete towers point to the sky.
“They never stand still. But they’re not in a hurry either.” – Terri Guillemets – A Lesson From Clouds.
Visits to three locations along the New Jersey Shore resulted in some great looks at some beautiful birds yesterday. A female Black-Crowned Night-Heron tends to her chicks at a rookery in Ocean City.
Male and female Night-Herons look the same but their behavior provides clues as to who is who in the pair. You may be tempted to think that this is the male as he appears to be watching the female do all the work. In truth, they each help build the nest and then both protect and feed the chicks.
Night-Herons forage for food when the sun goes down. This is a juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron.
An Osprey flies to its nest with a fresh catch at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.
An American Oystercatcher at the Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook.
The highlight of the day was the last bird I photographed. It’s my first-ever Piping Plover. These tiny birds, on the endangered species list due to loss of habitat, do a great job of blending into the scenery. They are difficult to spot but fun to watch.
“We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.” – Barbara Ward
A pair of Laughing Gulls seem to be having a great time together at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.
This week, I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days in Cape May, New Jersey. I saw several Indigo Buntings. This one was particularly vibrant in the morning light.
A Forster’s Tern was seen cutting through the wind while searching for fish.