Thursday, July 1, 2021

Crops & Clips: Flashback to July, 2018

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.  

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. We spent the entire month in Florida, having just completed sale of our Illinois condominium. 

My first bird photos of the month, on July 1, were of a female Red-bellied Woodpecker on the paper bark of a Melaleuca tree...

...and a Common Nighthawk in flight:

The next morning a male Red-bellied Woodpecker exhibited the more extensive red on his crown:

A Red-winged Blackbird looked down from his perch in a Swamp (Red) Maple:

The streaked breast of this Green Heron indicates that it is an immature bird:

A Great  Egret flew over against the dawn sky:

A Halloween Pennant, true to its name, faced  the wind like a flag atop a grass stalk: 

Quite a distance ahead, a Bobcat strolled across the gravel path. I captured a burst of photos and later stitched them together to form a composite image:

A Killdeer posed in warm morning sunlight:

West Indies natives descended from escaped pets, Curley-tailed Lizards were becoming more common:

A Yellow-crowned Night-Heron roosted in the rookery:

The adult Bald Eagle from the local nest flew over the Wounded Wetlands, followed by the juvenile:

The tail of this male Anhinga is corrugated, a feature which reduces drag while it is swimming underwater:

A Great Egret reflected nicely:

Loggerhead Shrike against the full Moon:

Monarch Butterfly on Lantana:

White Peacock:

Phaon Crescent:

The Blood Buck Moon of July set behind the trees on July 27:

Sunrise from our back patio on a typical rainy season morning, July 28:

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Linking to:

Skywatch Friday

Weekend Reflections

Saturday's Critters


Camera Critters

All Seasons

Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday)

Natasha Musing

Our World Tuesday


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


  1. What a terrific series of photographs, Ken!

    Hope this July can match your flashback. I really like that nighthawk image!

  2. Beautiful images. I love your moon shot, and the clouds. Your bird pics are again superb.

  3. Gorgeous skies, beautiful moon shot, and I really like the shot of the Great Egret and his reflection!

  4. wonderful bird shots but wow - those last 2 sky photos are amazing!

  5. Fantastic series. Somehow I have been unsuccessful capturing anhinga till date. Need to be lot patient

  6. Ken, I have no words. This is fantastic. Thanks for linking to Nature Thursday.
    Herzliche Grüße aus Deutschland – Elke (Mainzauber)

  7. Wonderful series of beautiful pictures..Love the first sky pic...The Halloween pennant is new to me..great catch..Have a Happy 4th..Glad the Condo sale is history..Hope it wasn't stressful..

  8. Hello Ken,
    Awesome collection of photos. I always enjoy your birds and photos, it is hard to pick a favorite I have so many. The dragonfly and butterfly images are lovely.
    I like the curly tailed lizard, it is cool. Gorgeous skies and Buck Moon photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend! PS, I appreciate the visit and comment.

  9. Outstanding pictures, so many favorites!

  10. Hi Kenneth :) The sky photos are so pretty! I love the bobcat ensemble, how creative!!! :) Really enjoyed that. The Killdeer is a bird I've never seen before! Thanks for sharing! :)

  11. It's nice to look back and see what sightings we might expect to see this month. Love your sky photos and all the variety of birds you see. I like the bobcat photo you put together! I love this animal and it's so exciting to see one!

  12. Great photos! I like what you did with the bobcat.

  13. I don't know why but that common nighthawk in flight kind of looks like a fish with wings to me, super cute! That blood moon was just mesmerizing and also surprising since we don't get to see it on that color here :) Have a great Sunday ahead brother Kenneth!

  14. I'm happy to be here and thank you for sharing your blog with us today at IRBB!

    Great photography Ken! That Shrike against the moon &the nighthawk in flight are picture post card perfect!!

    Be safe with Elsa heading your way

  15. The Halloween Pennant is a fabulous capture. I thought there was a pride of bobcats (is that the word?) and was going to tell you to be very careful! Great shot and artistic intervention! Thanks for joining in #Allseasons

  16. Beautiful post ! I love each and every bird captured in your post. Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.

  17. Ooh! I love how you were able to get such good pics of the birds in flight. I particularly like the nighthawk and the eagle.

  18. What a fabulous collection of photos. I wonder what gems you will find this July.

  19. We planted bunches of milkweed in hopes of attracting monarchs but none have materialized so far. I will be so disappointed if they don't visit!
    Thanks for sharing these lovely photos at

  20. Great set of pictures as normal - I do believe that the Melaleuca is an Australia tree we call Paperbark.

    Hope all is well - Stewart M - Melbourne

  21. I always enjoy these look back posts, Kenneth. The blood moon was a great sight too. Unfortunately, we did not see it.


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