|Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female, immature) feeding at our butterfly bush. They are attracted to colorful flowers, but it takes considerable patience waiting for the right moment to capture them in a photo.|
April 22 is Earth Day 2017. It's a day to take action. It's a day to celebrate. It's a day to honor the movement that began in 1970 giving "voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. " It's a matter of survival. Let's give thanks to all people around the world who do their part, big or small, in protecting our planet, and making it a better place to live for generations to come.
Preserving our environment is of paramount importance. It's an acknowledged fact that the Earth's climate is changing, it means we must take action to improve our world's quality of life for humans, plants, and animals alike by keeping clean the air we breath, the water we drink, and the soil that grows our crops. It takes commitment and perseverance to act responsibly, locally and globally. Even if our actions won't instantly reverse current trends, we must constantly pursue strategies that mitigate -- better yet solve -- the challenges, problems, and dangers we face ahead. Please take the time to learn the facts -- respect science -- and act responsibly.
|A juvenile Red-tailed Hawk sitting on our split rail fence.|
Beginning in the late fall and continuing to early spring, before the bears awake from winter torpor (if we're lucky - if not the bird feeders get destroyed) we keep the local birds well fed. We even have a window feeder, which is great entertainment, especially for our grandsons. We only use black oil sunflower seeds and suet. They are the surest ways to keep the flocks happy, and coming back.
|An Eastern Bluebird arrived on January 28|
|Northern Cardinal (Male)|
|Northern Cardinal (female) and Tufted Titmouse|
|Goldfinch (in its muted winter color) and White-breasted Nuthatch|
|Tufted Titmouse in the window feeder|
|A Wren house custom built by my good friend Vern|
|Hollyhock at sunrise|
|Hollyhock with morning dew|
|Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly|
|Black Swallowtail Butterfly|
|Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly|
And as I mentioned earlier, the occasional deer, bear, or flock of wild turkeys pass through our yard. This deer stared me down, but by keeping still I was able to take this photo before it bounded off into the nearby woods -- nature photography takes patience -- lots of patience.
|On our patio a hungry American Black Bear cub sniffs on a tree where a bird feeder recently was hanging.|
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Photos by Don Shaw, Jr.