As I do each month, I enjoyed looking back over my archived photos, taken three years previously, to remember how things were then and maybe get some idea of what to expect this year. Of course, the last month of 2020 finds us locked down because of the Coronavirus pandemic, as we are at higher risk. As usual, I searched for images which reflected favorite memes: critters of all kinds (especially birds), skies and clouds, reflections, flowers and fences, as well as scenes which speak for themselves.
December began with the setting of a Red Cold SuperMoon. As the skies started brightening, a Great Egret was mirrored on the quiet façade of the lakeside marsh. The wind stirred up the surface of the lake beyond a line of boulders to create a pleasant two-tone effect:
On December 3, clouds threatened to obscure the Moon...
...but they quickly cleared and the Moon was bright in the sky:
It traveled through a smoky layer as the Sun rose:
This was the last I saw of it:
In the rookery, a female Anhinga was fast asleep as I drew near, so I made a quiet "whissssh" sound to awaken her:
Awake and alarmed, she expanded her translucent throat pouch:
Breeding season was still three months away, but several Yellow-crowned Night-Herons staked out claims for favored nesting spots:
A few fragile flowers clung to life on a coral rock:
We had more than our share of foggy mornings. Some creatures appeared mysteriously out of the mist...
...a young White-tailed doe...
...and a tree-hugging Raccoon:
An immature Purple Gallinule was a pastel study of contortionism as it struggled to harvest the flowers and fruits of the Alligator Flags (so named because it often surrounds alligator holes where it can keep its roots wet all through the dry season):
There was so much more to remember-- this Tricolored Heron...
,,,a foggy sunrise on December 23...
...and finally, fog over the north wet prairie on December 31:
Please visit the links to all these posts to see some excellent photos on display