|Tardy with dad at 17 days|
|Tardy surrounded by diamonds of rain|
|Hitching a ride. Photo by Amy Wilson|
|Photo by Amy Wilson|
It takes some brave parents to raise a loon chick. I've had several reports of eagles soaring overhead, drooling over this tasty delicacy floating right out in the open; only diligent protection by the parents keep them from attacking. Amy experienced one of these moments, and caught these great pictures:
|An immature eagle declines to attack with two large loons standing guard. Photo by Amy Wilson|
|Keeping an eye on the sky. Photo by Amy Wilson|
I've seen a lot Great Blue Heron lately as well, fishing, flying, or just contemplating life.
|Resting in a pine tree - doesn't this one look like one old guy?|
|Darn mosquito got my chin|
This next one appears to be a juvenile heron - perhaps it was one of the chicks in the Arbutus Hill Rookery back in June.
|One the year's newbies|
|In the rookery on June 30th|
The Lakes Region is at the northern edge of the range for blackgum so they are not common here, and being such beautiful trees - especially in the fall when they turn bright crimson - it's sad to see this go.
|The same tree, October 2014. The smaller tupelo to the right, behind the dead pine, was taken down last year|
|Already fading to red|
Nature is a world of give and take. I guess I'll take what it gives me.