Thursday, March 7, 2019

Crops & Clips: Flashback to March, 2016

To kick off the month of March, I have once again turned to my photo archives to bring back memories from three years ago, searching for favorite memes: birds and butterflies, flowers, fences, reflections, colorful skies and scenes which speak for themselves.

The sun had not quite reached the opposite shore and the near shore was still in shadow, presenting a challenging exposure as this Great Egret lifted off:

Great Egret at sunrise 20160301

Great Egret liftoff into sunlight 2-20160301

On March 1, 2016 we were out well before sunrise but the sky was quite bright over the west Miramar (FL) wetlands.  This is the view to the south before sunrise:

To south before sunrise 20160301

Mottled Ducks at sunrise that morning:

Mottled Ducks at sunrise HDRV 20160301

The fog lifting on March 2:

Fog lifting HDR 2-20160302

A Green Heron in the rookery:

Green Heron vignette  20160306

A close-up of a Cooper's Hawk taken through our kitchen window as it ate a bird out on our lawn:

Cooper's Hawk Portrait HDR 20160326

We spent the week after Easter at Sanibel Island. Our granddaughter was a serious fisher-person as her little sister watched:

Graci and Cari fishing 20160328

The Lighthouse at Sanibel, rendered as an oil painting:

Lighthouse Point Sanibel OLD OIL 20160329

Sanibel is so rich in bird life. Here is a preening Snowy Egret...

Snowy Egret HDR 4-20160329

...a Pileated Woodpecker in flight...

Pileated Woodpecker in flight 2-20160329

...and Osprey nestlings:

Osprey nestlings HDR 20160329

Back home, we had American Kestrels all winter (but none at all this winter 2019):

American Kestrel 07-20160322

American Kestrel HDR 03-20160307

Likewise, wintering Yellow-rumped Warblers were numerous, but we are seeing very few this year:

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2-20160302

A trio of Great Egrets:

Great Egret trio HDR 01-20160313

Our local pair of Bald Eagles lost their first newly hatched eaglets to a severe storm in February. By late March they were nesting again, and successfully raised one chick. This is Jewel, the female, taking a break while her mate (Pride) sits on the nest:

Bald Eagle female Yellow 20160320

Bald Eagles get so much credit for being faithful to each other, but Turkey Vultures also mate for life:

Turkey Vultures 20160311

Sadly, the butterflies are also scarce this year. In the winter of 2016 we had a surfeit. This is Horace's Duskywing on Bidens alba:

Horace's Duskywing 20160302

Gulf Fritillary:

Gulf Fritillary 20160304

A male Julia longwing on Lantana blossoms:

Julia heliconian male 20160312

Florida's State Butterfly, the Zebra heliconian, presented here as an oil painting:

Zebra heliconian OLD OIL 20160312

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Linking to Misty's  CAMERA CRITTERS,

Linking to Eileen's SATURDAY'S CRITTERS,

Linking to SKYWATCH FRIDAY by Yogi, Sylvia and Sandy


Linking to BirdD'Pot by Anni

Linking to Our World Tuesday by Lady Fi

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday by Stewart

Linking to Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) by NC Sue

Linking to ALL SEASONS by Jesh

 Linking to Fences Around the World by Gosia


Please visit the links to all these memes to see some excellent photos on display



  1. Wow, I love that close up of the Cooper's Hawk. Great photo!!

  2. So many memories and so many beautiful images Kenneth. I love the two you have rended into a painting. Very clever. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. your photography is amazing - love the birds and misty captures

  4. Wow - a plethora of spectacular bird captures Kenneth; too difficult to pick out a favourite as there are so many exceptional shots. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Hello, awesome nature photos and post. I love all the birds, I think the Kestrel is one of my favorites. The butterflies are lovely too. The fog image is beautiful. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. PS, thanks also for the nice comment on my blog.

  6. love all but ducks nearst my heart

  7. Oh my! Fantastic post. You made excellent use of that wonderful light.

  8. Magnificent!! ALL your photos. Of course, I've come to expect that of your posts! Always exceptional. (And love the 'fishermen')

    Thanks so much for sharing this post with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'

  9. Sanibel Island is a great place to visit. Your butterfly shots are gorgeous.

  10. Wonderful! Your photos never disappoint!

  11. I love the range of light in that first picture - really very good.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  12. The contrast in the colors of the lift off of the Egret are spectacular! Don't think I have ever seen a mottled duck! Can see your grand daughter takes fishing seriously! Don't know much about birds and feelings - but it must be heart breaking to lose your young because of a storm! Like the lighthouse and the butterfly rendered as an oil paint:) One of my friends had a little side business going doing exactly that.
    Many thanks for sharing your retrospect with All Seasons on the moments you took these captures!
    Also my thanks for sharing your relationship with the waterside, and a home with a lake view is enviable!

  13. Marvelous images - thank you so much for sharing at

  14. Lots of beautiful birds and scenery. It's nice to look back at all.

  15. I watch all your photos with great pleasure! But the first one is my favorute with this reflection.


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