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Monday, April 26, 2010

Northlake Nature Center & Art

Considering the great weather, Charles & I went for a hike at Northlake yesterday;

Again, there were LOTS of turtles. I was intrigued by the colors in the water here.

Someone else on the boardwalk pointed out this tiny turtle hatchlet.

In exchange, we pointed out a large, male, American bullfrog (the yellow spot near the middle of this photo. Click for a larger view.)

There were also minnows and Louisiana crawfish.

I saw 3 bluegills in total. These were pretty small. Certainly nothing larger than 5-6" long. (Thanks to my blog-friend, the Freak for the ID.)

There were irises in bloom all over.

Also this false indigo bush (thanks to TulsaRose and ecrane3 at Dave's Garden for the ID!)

This dragonfly had caught something for lunch.

Far from the well-traveled boardwalk area, we came upon this broad-winged hawk (my best informed guess right now. If you can refute this ID with evidence, please feel free. Currently running a close second guess is red-tailed hawk.)

A mother duck flew across the pond, followed by 7 or so ducklings (who could not yet fly, but seemed to paddle close to the speed of sound.)

I'm getting to a point where I really need to get my cameras cleaned, so I apologize in advance for the somewhat grainy shots.

In other news, I've got my solo show at the 9th St. Gallery in Abita Springs set up.


Lisa said...

I'm not sure about the hawk either, without my guide books (which are at home). What an amazing series of photos! What a wonderful walk you had. I just love turtles and bullfrogs. I love the frogs' symphony. :)

Congrat's on the solo show!!!

Charles Gramlich said...

It was definitely a good time.

Bernita said...

That's a perfect white iris.
My bird book was no help.

troutbirder said...

Catching up on all your wonderful nature posts. I love those boardwalk walks. And so many indigo buntings. Were lucky here in the North Country if we see one or two all summer.

Michelle's Spell said...

Hey Lana,

Loving all the nature! So wish I could see your show -- maybe in time, I'll head down the Louisiana way -- it's been about fifteen years since I've visited your fine state. It's about time!

Dave Coulter said...

Lovely.....Hope the storms missed you guys!

NIX said...

that's a very lovely irises you have there.

Lana Gramlich said...

Lisa; I'm thinking the hawk might be some kind of juvenile, without full adult markings. I can't find it in any of my bird guides, either. You should have heard the frogs out there that day. You could certainly pick out the bullfrog's deep croak! Thanks for the congrats. ;)

Charles; I'm so glad we decided to go down to the pond. Next time we bring drinking water though!

Bernita & NIX; Thank you. :)

troutbirder; Believe me, I was delighted when I realized that indigo buntings come through here on migration. The first time I spotted one I nearly squeezed my husband's arm off! Here in the swampy/marshy lands, boardwalks are pretty mandatory!

Michelle; We'd love to have you, of course! Remember; DON'T come this way from June through Sept. (This year I suspect May's going to be pretty brutal, too. Strange weather all year!)

Dave; Yes, the storms missed us completely. We're in desperate need of rain & we got maybe 15 drops, unfortunately. I've started putting water out for the birds, as they're surely desperate for it!

Birdfreak said...

Lana - I think it's a Red-tailed Hawk. They are so variable though and I could be wrong (was checking the photos on

Cloudia said...

What treasures, Lana!

Turtles, hawks, and my fave irises!

You are kinda like that: a favourite splash of color and heart!

Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

Natasha Fondren said...

I'm 1,000+ blog post behind, Reader tells me, so I just looked at all the pics from your last seven posts. WOW! Oh wow. Wow, wow, wow. Just breathtaking.

The alligator was what fascinated me the most. He looked almost personable, LOL. Not that I'd get close, but really cool pics, Lana!

Larry said...

The water coloring on the first shot was interesting to me as well.At first, I didn't know what I was looking at.Nice collection of photos-especially the hawk and the irises.-

FreakSmack said...

Your mystery fish are bluegill, also known as brim. (I caught so many over the summer when I was 9 I was nicknamed bluegill.) You can tell by the spot just behind the gill plate. They are usually about the size of the palm of your hand. And I must say make a very tasty beer-battered fish sandwich.

V said...

reads like a good time. i don't mind walking through the woods, but mr. is not so fond of it. go figure that one. i need to hook up with a photo tour.

beautiful pics.

Wren said...

Great place to spend the day. I haven't yet seen ducklings or goslings here, so I'm particularly enjoying seeing them elsewhere.

I hope the hawk wasn't near the water where they were swimming!

Erik Donald France said...

Beautiful shots of the miniature. Really gorgeous -- esp. love the turtle and blue gill, so tiny.

Lana Gramlich said...

Birdfreak; Thanks for the help. I suspect we'll never know for 100% certain.

Cloudia; Glad you enjoyed. :)

Natasha; Thanks! As for getting close, that's what boats & 300mm camera lenses are for!

Larry & Erik; Thank you. :)

FreakSmack; Thanks for the bluegill ID. I haven't seen them in so long I'd forgotten what they look like!

V; Thanks! Wish I could take you around down here. I'm sure you'd enjoy it. :)

Wren; Actually the hawk was RIGHT near the ducklings, but it took our human presence to startle them away. Silly things!

Chrissy said...

Fabulous images Lana, I especially love the hawk shot, what a great capture. Sorry the hear about the oil spill avove, it sounds tragic. Recalling some nasty ones around Britain, much depends on the clean up operation.

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