Birds of a feather

This week’s photo challenge is all about partners. A pair of goose parents spent the afternoon shepherding their small flock of fluffy yellowy goslings. Both parents were very protective of the youngsters, dashing at, and chasing off, anything or anyone venturing too close. This family was on the shore of a lake in a Memphis suburb.

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Memphis curves

This week’s photo challenge is all about curves.  There’s rarely a bad angle when trying to grab a picture of the “M” bridge that carries Interstate 40 over the Mississippi to connect Arkansas and Tennessee. The image below is in downtown Memphis looking west.

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Pipsqueak

The teeny, weeny grasshopper claimed the coreopsis flower for his own after the painted lady butterfly moved on to its next nectar source. In the earlier photo on the bottom, it almost looks like the grasshopper is ducking while the butterfly feeds.

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All y’all, it’s fall!

Fall has definitely made its presence known here in the Arkansas Ouachitas!

Hatchlings

There’s a trio of waist-high holly bushes on the property that never seem to fill out; never seem to outgrow the term “misshapen.” Over the years we began to realize that all the pruning in the world wouldn’t help them achieve any sort of suburban landscape symmetry. Why? Because the deer do all the trimming, browsing tender leaves and leaving discards all over the front porch.  Earlier this month, we found the hollies supported another life — a tiny cup of tightly woven pine needles bearing three marble sized-eggs. Last night, we discovered the eggs had given way to tiny birds. Blind and almost featherless with their oversized yellow beaks straining upward for motherly fare.

Baby birds in nest.
Cupful of babies — Tiny birds wait on mom to bring some breakfast. Taken June 14, 2015.
Three eggs in a nest.
Three eggs carrying precious life — taken June 6, 2015.

Do you speak yellow?

This little goldfinch seemed to be communing with his floral equivalent.

Goldfinch and yellow flower
Goldfinch makes an early Saturday visit.
Goldfinch pair
The goldfinch was actually keeping up with a love interest — hiding in the lower right hand corner of the image.