Friday, July 31, 2009
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
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Enjoy and call Myron for a visit for at least 2 days starting in mid-August through Novenber.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
These pictures were taken from the Tree Top Loft on April 20th, 2009 with a 600mm f/4 and 1.4TC which yields 840mm on a Canon 5D MK II. This bird was in a pine grove close to a few hickory trees. The are really beautiful against the leafing out trees.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
When I first started using a good DSLR and long lens. the Red-headed woodpecker landed on a pine tree about 20 feet from where I was standing in the Mountain Log Lookout. I took about 50 shots of him and got a few I liked. I had not looked at them for over 2 years; but now I see how clear this picture was of this beautiful bird. These woodpeckers are more common to the open country, and mixed open country and woods of southwest Missouri and Central Missouri, but I have seen a few at River of Life Farm. The male and female look almost the same which is not usual for woodpeckers, where the male wears the red cockade.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The drive into River of Life Farm is one of the most spectacular roads for viewing early April to mid-April dogwoods. I some locations on that road, it appears the woods is covered in snow. Once you have seen it, it is very hard to get out of your mind; and makes you dream the Aprils to come. These pictures are from this April 17th, 2009.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I love these birds, this is on the Conservation Departments split rail fence at the office in Caney Mountain Refugee, a must side trip for any visitor to ROLF.
Taken at Caney Mountain Refuge (about 20 miles from River of Life Farm). They are also common near the cabins at ROLF, and especially vocal on rainy days. Also, known as Rain Crows by locals. A very secretive bird. One of my favorite captures. Canon 5DMII with Canon 600 f/4 lens while perching comfortably in a thorny Black Locust tree.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I caught and released completely unharmed, 7 nice smallies (up to 14") from this run near Indian Creek in summer 2008 with crawdad colored bead-headed jigs.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
This is a Louisiana Water Thrush (warbler), looking for aquatic insects and grubs after higher water in May begin receding back to normal levels. While I visited in May there was about a 2 foot rise after 2 consecutive nights of severe thunderstorms.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
A cute male Carolina Wren search for a mate in April. The House Wren (also pictured) is a summer visitor and nester. The Carolina Wren is a year round neighbor and spends the winter hunting for food. The Carolina Wren can be identified by the white line by his eye. Click to enlarge.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The ROLF there are probably a dozen, maybe more Eastern Phoebe nests. The are a member of the flycatcher family; close related to the Wood PeeWee. Thy have two favorite nesting site; cliffs and along the eaves or porches of country buildings; like the Cedar House, Whispering Pines, or the Treetop Lookout. The are easily identified by their continuous singing of their name "phoebe, phoebe, phoebe, which can become monotonous while they are nesting.
There was a pair at each of the above listed cabins just beginning their nesting in late May.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
The Lark Sparrow is not real common in Missouri. I found this guy on the fence near the Blueberry Farm in mid-May. This a handsome bird and not sparrow sized as we know it; he is about 8" tall. Click to enlarge. Taken fro my car with a Canon 1DS Mark II and a Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS Lens.
Starting at dawn the 2nd morning in Mid-April, a picture of the rising river later in the day, and finally a picture of the falls in early evening. taken from Treetop Loft, one of the earths prettiest views. Moon still up at dawn.