Bird Weekly Challenge #20: In Your Yard or Garden

I have to admit I spend a lot of time in my backyard watching and photographing the birds. Here are a few of my favorites.

Red-bellied woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse
House Sparrow
Cardinal in winter
This great egret landed in our yard one day
Male Painted Bunting on twisted vines
Male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

We also are lucky to see wading birds in the salt marsh behind our house. I’ll often run grab my camera to capture them when they land on one of the docks.

Great Egret
Roseate Spoonbill
Juvenile White Ibis

Thank you Lisa. for this Bird Weekly challenge. Her original post is Bird Weekly Challenge #20: In your Yard or Garden

Lens-Artists #98: Delicate Colors

This week Ann-Christine has challenged us to feature delicate colors.

For this challenge I browsed through my archives and chose these images that show delicate colors of the sky.

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Blue sky over the everglades

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Blue sky over salt marsh

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Blue sky in the Okefenokee Swamp

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Sunrise at the beach

Thank you to Ann-Christine for this weeeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Delicate Colors

 

October in Coastal Georgia

October is one of my favorite months in coastal Georgia. The weather is finally cooling off, the sunrises and sunsets are gorgeous, and you never know what birds will show up to feed in the marsh.

I’ve been seeing gorgeous morning skies at sunrise.

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Coastal Georgia Sunrise

The cooler temperatures are perfect for taking a morning walk.

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Coastal Georgia Salt Marsh

I need to clean out the dying plants from my butterfly garden but I decided to wait before pulling them up. As long as there are butterflies stopping by for some nourishment the plants will stay.

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Gulf Fritillary on Mexican Sunflower

Large flocks of White Ibis have been feeding in the salt marsh around our neighborhood.

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Juvenile White Ibis

 

 

Meanwhile, Back Home in Georgia

It seems like we’ve been going non stop since we returned from our trip to Ireland and Scotland on May 23. Once I got caught up on laundry and got over the jet lag, I’ve been able to enjoy the summer.

With very little rain while we were on our trip, my garden was suffering when we got home. After a few days of digging in the dirt and a little watering, it is now thriving.

Some days are perfect for a boat ride.

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High tide in the Georgia Salt Marsh

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Driftwood on a Georgia sandbar

The hummingbirds come by each day and a painted bunting bunting pair and other small birds come by the feeder regularly. Wading birds are frequent visitors in the neighborhood.

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Great Egret

Have a great summer!

 

 

McQueen’s – Tybee Island Trail

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy nonprofit organization has created a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines. The McQueen’s – Tybee Island Trail near Savannah, Georgia is one of the those trails. The gravel trail is a popular place for walking, biking and jogging.

The trail suffered extensive damage in 2016 when Hurricane Matthew came through the area in October. Less that a year later, Hurricane Irma caused more damage. The work to repair the damage is still not complete and parts of trail are closed.

As of now, the only access to the trail is a parking area at the trailhead near the entrance to Fort Pulaski National Monument.  Starting at the trailhead, we walked until we came to a damaged bridge that still can be crossed safely. In all we went about about a mile and a half round trip.

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The bridge to Fort Pulaski National Monument as seen from McQueens – Tybee Island Rails To Trails, Savannah, GA

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McQueens – Tybee Island Rails To Trails, Savannah, GA

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McQueens – Tybee Island Rails To Trails, Savannah, GA

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McQueens – Tybee Island Rails To Trails, Savannah, GA

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This bridge was damaged during one of the storms that went through the area

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A great place to sit and enjoy the view

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Driftwood in the salt marsh beside the trail

We spied some wildlife along the trail.

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This little diamond back terrapin was crossing the trail in front of us

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Great blue heron in the salt marsh beside the trail

It was a gorgeous March day to get out and explore close to home.