As the first day of spring approached, sunrise happened earlier and earlier, from 7:30 AM back in October to as early as 6:33 AM on March 12, the day before Daylight Savings Time "delayed" the Sun's arrival until 7:32 AM. Relentlessly, the sunrise will continue to creep up earlier until the first week of June, when it will occur at 6:29 AM despite the time change.
Earlier in March, we encountered fog as we walked along the gravel road into the wetlands. The sun was trying to break through:
On the wetlands, the posture and habits of this Little Blue Heron made it identifiable from a distance as it fished on the opposite shore:
I processed the above photo as an antique oil painting because I liked the way the fog gave depth to the colors and tones:
The day after the time change and before sunrise, a Great Egret posed nicely against the same background-- a bit nearer, but under similar atmospheric conditions:
Later that morning, in subdued light, a Great Egret flew in to roost on a Pond Cypress:
A second egret wanted to share the roost...
...but the occupant did not seem pleased:
The intruder moved on...
...and took a place next to an American Kestrel (Disclaimer-- I did not see the kestrel when I took this photo!):
The kestrel, probably the same one, did pose nearby in full view:
Now back-lighted in full sunlight, a Great Egret protested the presence of another white wader...
...an immature Little Blue Heron:
The two took their disagreement to another spot on the lake. The smaller heron twice "buzzed" the agitator:
The sun touched the wet prairie:
Under fair skies, butterflies and bees went about their chores, sipping nectar...
...and harvesting pollen:
Star Rush popped up in wet places:
Two Turkey Vultures watched me from the guard rail...
...dwarfing an Eastern Phoebe, a little bird on a big fence!:
A closer look at the little guy:
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