Ok I have been meaning to grab a shot of both sides of this Historical Marker for a bit over a year now. I finally did hehe. I do not drive so I rather than walking up to the park I go a ride from my wife when she went to work. This meant I had to kill about an hour and a half outside before the gates opened up.
Not a great shot overall but I liked the way the light was hitting this Cardinal. These guys are very shy in this area so he did not stick around long.
Next up was several Blue Jays that were snacking on the bugs around a tree. This guy was kind enough to pose for me.
Then A Mocking Bird landed with its snack almost as if to show me.
Then I started looking around
The Contrast of Light and Shadow on this Live Oak Caught my eye. A fun fact that I find interesting is the settlers in the southern states used Spanish Moss to stuff their mattresses and pillows but they had to smoke it first to kill off the red bugs or chiggers . If they did not do this step I imagine the itching from the red bugs would have drove them 100% mad.
I looked at the clock and realized I only had about 30 more min or so before the gate would open when a flash of tan caught my eye.
Ohhh sweet a White Tailed Deer Doe and then as I was snapping the first frame I noticed a second one. Then a 3rd and 4th one. The 3rd on is a velvet buck I am guessing it will be a 4 or maybe a 5 point this year.
This one is not the greatest but is is a documentary type shot. It is also the shot that the First Doe noticed me and turned around and they went back into the woods as a brisk walk.
Now the park opens at 0830ish to 0900ish . I do wish I could go in earlier to get to the marsh and catch some of the wading / aquatic birds but right now I cannot so it is what it is but on the other hand it does not bother me because to photograph some of the small birds I have to wait until 10 or so for enough light to penetrate the canopy .
After I got into the park I decided I would walk down to where Fred lives (the alligator I named in the last post about the park). On the way to his hangout I saw a bright white mushroom.
To me I like this shot in black and white although in color this shot is very monotonish .
I stopped because I saw the neon yellow of the Prothonotary Warbler he stayed still long enough for me to grab a few frames of him singing. I do wish he would have landed on the branch above him because well there would not be a large leaf covering 1/2 of his body .
Fred was giving me the evil eye because I interrupted his nap . 2 of his cousins fled the mini beach that they were napping on causing him to follow suit. Part two I will show you more of Fred and his smaller and larger cousins.