Friday, March 27, 2009

PhotoHunt: Hands

The PhotoHunt theme this week is "Hands"

Hands That Celebrate:

Hands at my niece's engagement party.

By the way, tonight at 8:30 p.m. - your local time - everyone is encouraged to participate in "Earth Hour". Join tens of millions of concerned citizens throughout the world in calling for action to save our planet for future generations. To get more information and to sign up for Earth Hour 2009, visit

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Everyone!

Let's Play Hide 'n Seek!
(Don't forget to click on the photos!)

Had too many green beers? (God Forbid!) Okay, here's an easier one:

Hope You Have A Great Day!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

PhotoHunt: Space

The PhotoHunt theme this week is "Space" (Please click on the photos for a better look)

And being a Space Geek from way back:

These photos were taken at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Otherwise known as "Mission Control". Awesome place!

Space - The Final Frontier...

Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Friday's Feathers: Bronzed Cowbird

Today's Friday's Feathers belong to the Bronzed Cowbird.

Like all cowbirds, the Bronzed Cowbird is a parasitic nester. That is, they don't build their own nests or raise their own young, they find an active nest belonging to another usually native species, such as the blackbirds, and lay their eggs alongside the hosts'. If they don't recognize the cowbird eggs, the host birds will hatch them and raise the young as their own. This can be a huge problem, because the cowbird eggs will frequently hatch first and/or their young tend to be larger than those of the hosts, and outcompete them for food, and ultimately, survival. Some states have active programs to shoot female cowbirds in an effort to keep down their populations and give the native species a chance.

I spotted this guy during the Backyard Bird Count last month. Significant, because the Bronzed Cowbirds are just now making an appearance in South Florida.

Here's a two-fer: That's a female Red-Winged Blackbird on the left and the Bronzed Cowbird on the right. Many folks don't recognize the female blackbird, thinking she's some kind of sparrow or warbler, because, well, she doesn't look anything like a blackbird. But the young look just like her, and over the course of a year or more (usually closer to two years), the males will gradually take on more black, and will eventually start getting the red and yellow feathers that make up their "epaulets". Someday I'm going to put together a series of photos of the Red-Winged Blackbirds from young to adolescent to adult.

For more Friday's Feathers, click here.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Fugly Bugly

By far, this is the fug-liest creature that has ever appeared in my garden. It's huge! and it flies! What the heck?!?

Any ideas, gang?

**Update** -- This turned out to be a Florida Leaf-footed Bug (and yes, there is a scientific name). He apparently likes citrus and roses the most... Thanks to Ed Saugstad (Saugy) at!
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