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Lake County Backroads

    In Search of Burrowing Owls

    In Search of Burrowing Owls - May 2017

    Backroads birding in search of my Burrowing Owl family (that I didn't find). Read More


    My Sunset Project

    My Sunset Project - July 2015

    For over a year, I visited the backroads to complete a "sunset project" and study light. It's amazing how each photograph is different...Read More


    Sunrise and A Gopher Tortoise!

    Sunrise and A Gopher Tortoise! - June 2014

    The backroads of Lake County make for beautiful sunrises. You never know what you'll find out there, like this tiny gopher tortoise!Read More


    We’ll Never Know – Burrowing Owl Nest Abandoned

    We’ll Never Know – Burrowing Owl Nest Abandoned - June 2014

    We'll never know what happened to our local Burrowing Owl family. The adults have abandoned the burrow and the babies never emerged. :(Read More


    Meet My Friend Bob – Bobwhite!

    Meet My Friend Bob – Bobwhite! - June 2014

    A Northern Bobwhite surprised me with his sudden appearance, and he sang for my camera as he let me get nice close-up shots! Bob, Bob White!Read More


    Summer Sunset and a Common Night Hawk

    Summer Sunset and a Common Night Hawk - May 2014

    Summer sunsets along the back roads of Florida are fun, especially when the Common Nighthawks fly in circles over your head!Read More


    A Shrike and a Kestrel

    A Shrike and a Kestrel - September 2013

    Birding is starting to pick up again after a long hot summer.  The first day of fall was officially on September 22, although temperatures in Florida continue well into the upper 80s and 90s.  But there's a hope in sight: the lows are forecast to dip into the 60s this week!  I've been working crazy hours again, so it's been hard to find time for shooting.  But I've been working …Read More


    Week Five: Burrowing Owls Fly Off!

    Week Five: Burrowing Owls Fly Off! - July 2013

    This is my last post on my Burrowing Owl nest-watching this spring.  I was so lucky to get to monitor the growth of a family of five (reduced to four) Burrowing Owls.  On my last visit, they waved goodbye and flew off… The oldest two babies were pretty proficient fliers. They flew off pretty early in the morning, and I think they were hunting for their own food. Mom and Dad …Read More


    Week Four: Burrowing Owls Stretching their Wings

    Week Four: Burrowing Owls Stretching their Wings - July 2013

    My Week Four visit to my Burrowing Owl nest was short and sweet. I got there around 8:30 in the morning, and the owls were sleepy and not very active. They were adorable as they posed at their burrow, but they didn't do much. Their actions made me suspect that they were already flight-worthy, though… Sadly I found that we were down to four owlets at the burrow.  There were …Read More


    Week Three: Silly Burrowing Owl Videos

    Week Three: Silly Burrowing Owl Videos - July 2013

    In my last post about the Burrowing Owls I wrote that my still shots do not best represent the antics of the owlets.  The stills capture expressions pretty well, but to really explain how it is that I can sit watching these birds for hours on end, I need video.  Luckily my DSLR has video, when I remember to use it! Now do you understand how I can nest-watch for …Read More


    Week Two: Breakfast Time for the Baby Burrowing Owls

    Week Two: Breakfast Time for the Baby Burrowing Owls - July 2013

    This post continues my story of the baby Burrowing Owls that I observed this spring.  I hope you're not getting tired of cute little owlets! On my previous visits to the burrow, I was a little surprised not to see food being brought in for the owlets.  Surely they were not feeding themselves yet, as they never left the vicinity of the burrow.  Mom and Dad must have fed them …Read More


    Week Two: Burrowing Owlets Are Six Days Older

    Week Two: Burrowing Owlets Are Six Days Older - July 2013

    I returned to my Burrowing Owl nest six days after first seeing Burrowing Owlets.  It's amazing how fast they grow! On my first visit, I thought I saw five babies.  But they didn't stay above ground for very long, so I only photographed three.  On this second visit, I was able to confirm that there were five owlets.  They were so cute as they peeked out of burrow through the …Read More


    Week One: First Glimpses of the Burrowing Owl Family

    Week One: First Glimpses of the Burrowing Owl Family - June 2013

    This spring I had the awesome opportunity to regularly observe a Burrowing Owl family.  For the next few blog posts, I'll share images of the babies as they ventured out of the burrow and learned how to fly! For weeks I went by to check on the birds, finding nothing but Mom or Dad sitting on a fencepost.  Burrowing Owls can be so expressive, but I must admit that they …Read More


    Sunrise and a Breeze

    Sunrise and a Breeze - June 2013

    A few weeks ago, I was driving to a morning photography adventure and I happened to notice a great sunrise in my side mirror.  I wasn't in a hurry, so I pulled over and got the shot.  It was a foggy morning, and I hadn't expected the sunrise to be at all interesting.  But the bright orange orb was shining through the fog and I had two great trees in …Read More


    Nighthawks and a Gorgeous Sunset

    Nighthawks and a Gorgeous Sunset - May 2013

    With our Florida rainy season in full swing, the clouds of our afternoon thunderstorms provide great opportunities for sunset pictures.  One afternoon recently I came home, saw the clouds on the horizon, grabbed the camera, and drove out to some grassy fields where I knew I'd have a clear view of the horizon for sunset. When I saw the sunlight illuminating the grasses and making their flowery tops shimmer, I …Read More


    Sunshine After Rain

    Sunshine After Rain - May 2013

    It rained all week last week.  We need the rain, but we need it a little bit at a time.  Not three inches a day for five days in a row!  On Friday afternoon, I was so sick of staying inside.  We had a break in the showers, so I headed out to see if I could find a nice sunset vista.  When I left the house, I saw a …Read More


    More Common Nighthawks

    More Common Nighthawks - April 2013

    A few weeks ago I was excited to find my first Common Nighthawk after work one night.  I went back to look for more, and I found them!  Common Nighthawks are sometimes hard to find. They are most active at night, so during the day when I'd normally see them, they are usually asleep in a tree.  Their colors make them blend right into those trees!  I read on the …Read More


    Glimpses of a Disappearing Florida

    Glimpses of a Disappearing Florida - April 2013

    I'm dismayed by the recent development in our area. Where pine trees once covered the land, yet another development is going in. Where Sandhill Cranes once flew over John's Lake, signs now stand advertising multi-million dollar lakefront homes. Scenic drives are cluttered by cookie-cutter stucco houses. The Orlando area is expanding, and as it expands it is eating native Florida. As the habitat disappears, so do our birds. I've been …Read More


    Eyes on You

    Eyes on You - June 2012

    I was very excited to have an unexpected opportunity to photograph a Burrowing Owl family last weekend.  It was a rainy morning, thanks to Tropical Storm Beryl.   I found the adult owls sitting on fenceposts, and several chicks were sitting on the burrow beneath.  How fun!  They are so small and cute!   I've never seen these guys before. The two chicks were so funny as they sat outside their burrow.  …Read More