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Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Flatwoods, Etc.

Charles & I went for a hike at the Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve the other day. Unfortunately my new computer wanted nothing to do with my Canon EOS Rebel & absolutely refuses to run my previous graphics program, but I finagled some work-arounds (for the time being, at least.) Warning; Windows 7 64-bit so far seems far more problematic than I'd hoped (but at least I have a working computer. Fortunately I'm somewhat of a computer whiz, or I would have torn out all of my hair by now...Not that it doesn't need another cut, anyway, but I digress...)

There were a few ebony jewelwings around the Abita Creek.

Last month the yellow pitcher plant flowers were in bloom.

This month the parrot pitcher flowers are out.

Grasses in the Abita Creek.

Our local pit viper, the Cottonmouth, one of the most venomous snakes in the U.S.



Web in the sun.

Some kind of neoscona (not the owner of the previous web.)

Carolina (aka; green) anole.

Eastern pondhawk.

We also saw a couple of prothonotary warblers and a male cardinal, but I didn't get any shots of them. There were dozens of birds singing all around, including red-bellied woodpeckers and Carolina wrens. Here's a video attempt at catching some of the singing. Drop me a comment if you can ID any birds from their songs!

26 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

A very nice range of wildlife that day. Loved hearing all the birds in the wild.

Ello said...

As always your photographs are outstanding and I love coming here to see your slice of wildlife heaven. Thanks for that.

Lisa said...

Such amazing photos!!! I love the damselfly and dragonfly the best. :-)
That cottonmouth is quite impressive! You are a brave woman, my friend.

pilgrimchick said...

Great pictures--the snake grabbed my particular attention.

Christina said...

Wow. I don't know much about snakes... but, wow! Those were big too. I went to get Emory to look at those photos. You are so daring!

Also, let it be noted, I would like to have a few ebony jewelwings in my garden. They are so beautiful.

FishHawk said...

"The Dreaming Tree" has been included in this weeks Sites To See. I hope you like the image I featured, and I hope this helps to attract many new visitors here.

http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2010/05/sites-to-see.html

Chrissy said...

Lana, some lovely images here. Absolutely gorgeous. Glad to hear you are sorting your computer woes out, me too. My new one has Windows 7.
You should submit the Eastern pondhawk pic to some competition or other. It is a fabulous shot and very bit of it is pin sharp.

Carol............. said...

You truly have "they eye" for capturing great shots!

Carol............. said...

Hmmmm, I mean "the eye". I must slow down before hitting the send key! LOL

(Found your blog through FishHawks post.)

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; Yes, it was lovely...and then seeing the heron & the pink flowers on our way home, too!

Ello; Thank you for the visit & the kind comment, hon.

Lisa; I'm only brave with a 300mm telephoto lens, I assure you! *L*

pilgrimchick; Thanks. We're always on a very keen lookout for cottonmouths at the Flatwoods. I even bought high, thick boots this Spring to help protect my lower legs, should I accidentally stumble upon one someday...

Christina; The snakes are rather sizeable. Fortunately most of our sightings are well off of the boardwalk, although we've come upon them on other trails out there, too. As for the ebony jewelwings, they flutter in a kind of clumsy/lazy way that's truly darling, too.

FishHawk; Thank you kindly!

Chrissy; Thanks, hon. *Sympathetic hug from one new Win7 user to another.* What version of Win7 do you have; 32-bit or 64-bit? Do you know? (The dragonfly came out well because the photo's highly cropped. Far too small to submit anywhere for anything. I'm glad you like it, though!)

Carol; Thank you kindly! I hope you enjoyed your visit. :)

Erik Donald France said...

Primal cringe on cottonmouth!

Beautiful shots'

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I love the name of your blog. The banner photo reminds me of an acquaitance I meet most times I drive the Creole Nature Trail. Here's the link to my post on my latest trip down it :

http://rolandyeomans.blogspot.com/2010/03/last-exit-to-eden.html

And please be cautious with those cottonmouths. Roland

√ A-choo ! said...

We have had a garter snake scare me as I thought, honestly, 'gosh that is one big nightcrawler.' As for Windows 7. We love it. Had a kink a month or two after installed and had to reinstall and forgot to check leave original settings etc., and it wiped the drive clean and reinstalled. Also put it on my 64 bit laptop and that made the machine whiz and I really like it. No real problems at all.

eileeninmd said...

Great post loved all the photos. The anole and the snake is cool. Awesome shots of the dragonflies. Sorry you are having computer problems, I hope you have a great weekend, Lana.

Lana Gramlich said...

Erik; Thanks. :)

Roland; Thanks for the kind comment. I'll pop over for a visit shortly. And trust me, we're nowhere near the cottonmouths (that's what my 300mm zoom lens is for. ;)

A-choo; I don't mind snakes, myself, but I'm always careful around them anyway. Glad Win7's working for you. If I had the 32-bit version instead of the 64-bit, I'm sure my camera software would work, I could install my graphics, battery backup software & my Norton Antivirus (right now I'm on a temp trial that came with,) & my ISP would be peachy, too...but alas...

eileeninmd; Thanks, hon. I'm having a great weekend, so far. :) As for the comp troubles, like Vista before it, I'm sure that eventually some fixes will be available.

Travis Erwin said...

Cottonmouths are one of the few aspects of nature that can give me the creeps. When wade fishing they are always on my mind, and I have come across my share over the years.

celticmusicfan said...

Those pictures are of high quality. I love snakes and spiders so this is such a treat.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

SPECTACULAR PHOTOS AND POST, LANA!!!

I'm glad you are a computer whiz too. :D

Hugs, JJ

fazrul arhan said...

I have no idea how far the distance between you & the snake cause i knew you used zoom,but what i know is the pics are so beautiful. I always love the pic of snake or crocodiles cause its not easy to take.
The grasss in Abita Creek is truly awesome,love it.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think 64-bit is the minimum for running Windows 7. My computer is twelve years old and still going strong. I've torn it apart once.

Again, nice nature pics!

Michelle's Spell said...

Hey Lana,

That snake looks MEAN as hell! Whoa. I'm sorry about the computer problems. I am so not good at that so I'm glad you are. Plus you have beautiful hair and need not pull any of it out!

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis E.; I hear you. When Gustav flooded our neighborhood for almost a week back in '08 I'd wade out to the car for A/C w/o even giving them a 2nd thought. One day it struck me & I was like, "Stupid, stupid, STUPID!"

celticmusicfan; Glad you enjoyed. :)

JJ; Thanks. :)

fazrul; There's at least 10' between the snakes & I & in both cases, we're on a raised boardwalk above them. Thanks for the kind comments.

JR; Thanks. There's a 32-bit version of Win7, actually. 12 years--wow! I think my longest run was closer to 5 years. :(

Michelle; That snake's personality IS pretty mean, actually. Even though I'm not pulling out my hair, I DO desperately need a good trim. Am considering donating another huge chunk to Locks of Love. ;)

V said...

hope your computer is behaving by now.

Lana Gramlich said...

V; It is...relatively. I'm still going to have a problem once my free trial of (crashy) Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3's all done.

sewa mobil said...

I love the name of your blog. The banner photo reminds me of an acquaitance I meet most times I drive the Creole Nature Trail. Here's the link to my post on my latest trip down it

Lana Gramlich said...

sewa mobil; Thank you.

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