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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Big Branch Marsh NWR (Updated)

Charles and I got up around 5:30 Sunday morning to enjoy the sunrise at Big Branch Marsh Nat'l Wildlife Refuge.

One of many little groups of great egrets at dawn.

A water lily flower.

Nutria, an invasive species.

Great blue heron, wood duck box and a belted kingfisher. We also saw a fair number of ducks, including a wood duck.

Sedge wren.



White ibises. I later did a painting based on this photo. See it here.

One of many butterflies (including monarchs, buckeyes and sulphers,) a gulf fritillary.
(Update, Nov. 2, 2008; This photo was featured on the front page of the St. Tammany News.)

Eastern towhee on a burned branch. We also saw mockingbirds, a female red winged blackbird and red bellied woodpeckers.

Green lynx spider on goldenrod.



I was looking up the spider in a field guide and glanced up to see this bald eagle approaching.

We stopped for breakfast on the way home and then we napped. It was a great morning.

31 comments:

Bird said...

I love your wildlife posts. I need to knuckle down and write some myself, but you always have the best butterflies :D This looks like a beautiful morning, and I thank you for reminding me to get out more at dawn.

Michelle's Spell said...

Beautiful pictures, breakfast, napping -- okay, it is perfection! I'm totally into the napping thing. Hope you're having a great week!

Lynda Lehmann said...

Lana, this is an exquisite tour of the refuge! You saw a lot and had a really nice day, it seems! Thanks for sharing it.

I don't know what kind of spider that is, and he's probably rather benign, but his camouflage makes me afraid of him!

Lana Gramlich said...

bird; Thank you. We had a wonderful time. :)

michelle; We've been having a blast, thanks!

lynda; Thank you. I was so glad we decided to do the dawn thing. :) Google search revealed it to be a green lynx spider.

laughingwolf said...

so, how many times did you whack god? :O lol

Aine said...

I so enjoy your photos! Thanks for sharing them. (And for labeling all the creatures-- otherwise I'd be searching the internet for some of them.)

Happy belated birthday and anniversary, too! It's so nice to see folks for whom life is good (rather than reading about all their troubles). You and Charles make me smile!

Larry said...

Nice photos Lana.-It's so nice to get out there early in the morning like that.-Even if you miss a little sleep I think it's worth it once in a while.

debra said...

Beautiful photos, Lana. Makes me want to join you.

The Witch Doctor said...

You take some wonderful pictures Lana, I hope you two have been having a great time ;)

So I said Happy Birthday to you in the last comment... Happy Birthday to Your Hubby... I'm glad you two enjoyed your anniversary... :)

roadgurl5 said...

Those pics are excellent Lana! I really love the one of the lily---it looks suspended against its background. Snap on!

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; Er...I'm afraid I don't get it..?

aine; I like sharing our little corner with the rest of the world--glad you enjoyed. Thanks for the congrats!

larry; I like going out at all different times & during all different conditions. Nature's diversity never disappoints!

debra; Thanks. :)

rae; We've had a great time. Thanks for the well wishes (have passed them on to Charles.)

roadgurl5; Thanks. I liked the lily, too. ;)

Rick said...

Lana, how in the world do you do it?? You have the most beautiful photography I have ever seen. A writer could die happy if the quality of their work ever approximated the wonder of your photography.

JR's Thumbprints said...

That's no blue heron; that's a pterodactyl! Nice pics, nonetheless, especially the reflection off the water.

Michelle (artscapes) said...

Wow - The photos are beautiful!

Lana Gramlich said...

rick; You're too kind. :) Sometimes I'm just in the right place at the right time, y'know?

jr; Yes, a pterodactyl, my bad! *LOL* Thanks. :)

Donnetta Lee said...

Lana: T-riffic pictures. I especially like the butterfly. Good job, as usual. D

Lana Gramlich said...

michelle & donnetta; Thank you kindly. :)

Erik Donald France said...

The one the really jumps out at me is "Shadows on the Trail", maybe because it instantly draws me in and calls out for a major leap of active participation.

And it's kind of eerie.

Steve Malley said...

Holy smokin' Joes...

Wow. :-)

Lana Gramlich said...

erik; Thanks. I'm using that picture as my desktop wallpaper right now, actually. *L*

steve; Thank you. :)

Virtual Voyage said...

Sounds like you've had a great week. That butterfly shot is something else again....

Leslie said...

I really enjoyed your photos as I am a nature lover too. I especially liked the water lilly. Came upon your site throught the blog catalog. Please visit my blog (www.leslielovinlife.blogspot.com) sometime too. I also take photos and paint.

Thanks for sharing your keen eye for nature!

Leslie

Lucas said...

G'day, awesome pictures.. keep it up. It's great to capture the beauty of this diverse world!

bernie kasper said...

What a beautiful place Lana, I would love to be able to capture the beauty of this place as you have, wonderful work !!

Lana Gramlich said...

julie; Thank you. It was a great, stress-free, nature-filled time. Add Charles to the mix & I had everything I've ever wanted. :)

leslie; Thanks. I'll definitely pop by your blog. Thanks for the heads up. ;)

lucas & bernie; Thank you kindly. :)

laughingwolf said...

did you not get the ecard i sent for your birthday? :(

charles got his on time....

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; I guess not. You didn't send it to my defunct e-mail address (with "ljackman" in it,) did you? I appreciate the thought, regardless.

laughingwolf said...

should be there, now... same card! :P lol

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; Got it! Thanks. :) That was fun!

Travis said...

It looks very peaceful.

Lana Gramlich said...

travis; It was. Particularly at dawn. We had thousands of acres of marsh virtually to ourselves. :)

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