Monthly Archives: May 2011

Carrying the Bird Lens

Henry out to photograph birds at the PGT This is typically they way I carry my camera when I go out for a walk to take bird pictures. The 600mm telephoto lens is big enough that it is impossible to … Continue reading

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13-Year Cicada

13-year Periodical Cicada, (Magicicada sp) Today I saw my first Cicada. I have read that there will be a major emergence of them this year (click here). Apparently the sound they make may become significant later this month. We found … Continue reading

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Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Lanceleaf Coreopsis, (Coreopsis lanceolata) If you take a walk at the PGT in the next few weeks you are likely to find small clusters of these beautiful spring wildflowers. The Native Plant Database at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center … Continue reading

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Yellow Lady’s Slipper

Yellow Ladys Slipper, (Cypripedium pubescens) Paul McKenzie found a rare orchid (Yellow Lady’s Slipper) while he was doing an inventory of plants here last week. Today I went to photograph it. The orchid is on some of the most inaccessible … Continue reading

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Are all exotics bad?

Siberian Iris, (Iris sibirica) The goal of the PGT is to show off the beauty of native species. So how do we deal with all the exotic species that we have? If they are invasive we seek them out and … Continue reading

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Green Heron

Green Heron, (Butorides virescens) We saw this green heron last night as we were taking a walk at sunset. The bird froze when it saw us and I was lucky enough to get this snapshot. Green Heron’s are common at … Continue reading

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Water Drops on a Lotus leaf

American Lotus, (Nelumbo lutea) This morning I found these water drops on top of a newly emerged Lotus leaf. This tendency to form water drops is known as the “Lotus Effect.” An article in Wikipedia says: The lotus effect refers … Continue reading

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Tiger Swallowtail

Tiger Swallowtail, (Papilio glaucus) This spring I’ve been paying more attention to birds than to butterflies but there are a lot of butterflies along the trails at the PGT. Here is a new picture of a Tiger Swallowtail feeding on … Continue reading

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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron, (Ardea herodias) We are lucky to have a Great Blue Heron rookery here at the PGT. The rookery’s 60 stick nests are scattered over 5 of the largest Sycamore trees along Hiller’s Creek. Here I photographed a … Continue reading

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Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager, (Piranga rubra) Male Summer Tanagers are normally red all over. The young males, like the one above, are blotched red and yellow. Females are all yellowish below. Summer Tanagers are common at the PGT during spring and summer.

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