Just Another Nature Enthusiast

JANE’s Images & Thoughts 🌲 Inspired by the Pacific Northwest & places I wander

  • Low-light … detours

    Low-light … detours

    I missed the shot I wanted.* It was moments after sunset, and the light was all wrong for the long zoom lens on my camera. But, me being me, I was not willing to go in empty cameraed… So I switched to manual and pushed a few settings and adjusted to my mental calculations about the light. I’ve been using mostly aperture and shutter speed settings lately… and didn’t have…

  • Oh…What a Beautiful Day

    Oh…What a Beautiful Day

    It’s a wonderful feeling… wildlife’s coming our way. After days of record-breaking heat, cooler mornings lured local wildlife out of hiding and into the yard for breakfast. Birds Robins busily gathered worms. We kept a patch watered near the nest in hopes the worms would remain near the surface. Looks like the plan is working! Flickers were eagerly on the lookout for bugs. Hummingbirds hovered for nectar in the salvia…

  • Humbled Heron

    Humbled Heron

    Great Blue Herons are often observed attentively hunting at the edges and in the waters of the wetland near our home. Loud, harsh calls often rattle the air when a heron ascends into flight with its massive wings spanned… beak piercing the air. I’ve taken many photographs during these times. But, every now and then, one of these impressively large birds rises above the watershed floor to perch for a…

  • I’m Not the Big, Bad Wolf Spider 🕷

    I’m Not the Big, Bad Wolf Spider 🕷

    See that little white egg? It caught my attention while gardening, and led to a new appreciation for… SPIDERS🕷 Specifically, for a species known as- Wolf Spider Hogna aspersa. Although this spider looks scary… I’ve learned that none of the members of the Wolf Spider species are dangerous to humans. In fact, Wolf spiders play an important role in natural population control of insects and are often considered “beneficial bugs”…

  • Eight-Spot Skimmer

    Eight-Spot Skimmer

    Libellula forensis In the Pacific Northwest, this species is active from April to October and can be found in and around ponds, lakes, marshes or slow moving streams in low elevations. It prefers water with a vegetated edge. Eight-spotted Skimmers prey on insects and prefer mosquitoes, termites, butterflies, mayflies and other flying insects. They will mate in the air and the females proceed to lay their eggs in the water…

  • Mallard Bling

    Mallard Bling

    On a recent Spring rainy day… A Mallard pair left the pond for a stroll along the wetland edge and up our driveway. This is not a normal place for duck wanderings, so I grabbed my camera. The usual rule in photography: is focus on the eyes. But then I noticed… This girl’s got bling‼️ A series of shots focused on the hen’s ankle allowed me to piece together her…

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