It was a beautiful day here in the mid-west, and I couldn’t resist getting out to enjoy the weather. I decide to explore a new spot, the Morrison-Rockwood State Park in Morrison, Illinois. It is about a 50 minute drive from my house, which gave me an opportunity to reflect on my work day as I drove there. Finding the park was a bit of a challenge, but once I got there I was pleasantly surprised by the large lake and both woodland and prairie areas to explore. I definitely will have to come back when I have more time to see what the park has to offer. While I was there, I was excited to get a shot of this cute American tree sparrow. This is a new-to-me bird, and another sparrow to check off of my list.
The last few months I have been pulled in a number of different directions. There have been a lot of things that have needed to be taken care of, and leisure time has not been on that list. Things have settled down a bit, and finally I feel like I can set aside some time to get out with my camera. It feels good to be back:-)
This beautiful owl has found the perfect nesting spot (in my opinion). She has a clear view of what is going on around her, and I have a clear view of her for some great photo opportunities. Thank you to my friend Bill for sharing her nesting site with me. I have stopped by to see her three times, and all three times she has been on the nest. Therefore, I assume she is incubating her eggs. It is going to be very interesting to watch her raise her babies!
I was so excited to get a photo of this eastern meadowlark! All last summer I tried to get a photo of this very common, but skittish bird found along the farm fields in my area. Most of the time when I would see one I couldn’t get close enough to get a shot. Today was my lucky day! This handsome guy was more than happy to stay put and sing a beautiful song for me.
Now, I am off to check out what all of you have been up to in the last few months!