Friday, July 30, 2010

Spring scenes from Jefferson County

Spring is a busy time for me, being both a gardener and a birder. This year I opted for more birding and no new garden projects mostly to allow me to play with my relatively newly purchased Canon 50D Digital SLR with it's 100-400mm zoom lens.  As a result of focusing on birds and hiking, my plans for starting vegetable seedlings was neglected.  I eventually had to opt for buying plants as my seedlings were a failure.  However, on the flip side I've been able to get out and shoot more bird and butterfly photos. Here are some taken in my home county...
The Yellow Warblers are one of the first warblers to return in spring. By May 1st (time ofthis photo) numerous were present along the Glacial Drumlin Trail in Lake Mills.

At Fauville Grove Sanctuary I 
found the following photogenic species... 
American Tree Swallows copulating
(fancy word for "doing it")  

White Crowned Sparrow

Ring-Necked Pheasant


This year has also been good for butterflies. Here are some Red Admirals with more photos of other butterflies to follow at a later posting