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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Birds and Thistles

We spent another afternoon at Ouabache State Park on September 3rd. You'll probably be relieved to hear that the dragonfly season seems to be over. I didn't see a single one that day. But I still found things to photograph.

We saw lots of Cedar Waxwings, but none of these beautiful birds were within satisfactory range of my lens. That didn't keep me from trying for a shot, though.

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A female Downy Woodpecker also paid us a visit.

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Then there was a pretty little Eastern Bluebird perched on a barbecue grill.

And, lastly, I found the thistles irresistible.
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Until next time...

17 comments:

  1. Linda, your photos are just gorgeous! I had to laugh when you mentioned that we will probably be relieved that the dragonfly seems to be over. I have seen them around here in Montreal but had never been able to capture one (in a photo) until recently! I don't have a garden of my own so when I go on my walks I capture whatever nature photos I can.

    Your thistles are indeed irresistible...and it seems, that a bee agrees with us! (I see one on one of your photos). Your waxwing and woodpecker photos are phenomenal!

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  2. I like your photos! The thistles photos are beautiful
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  3. i always find them so fun to look at ... thistles that is ... the hubby & i were out west recently saw something that was dark purple but never when we were stopping - i assume some type of thistle - guess i will never know. ( :

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  4. Nice set of photos, and I really like the Thistle photos. Are those Canadian Thistles? I like their color.

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    1. I wish I could say for sure, Montanagirl, but I'm not very knowledgeable about such things. They DO look like the images of Canada thistles on the internet, though.

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  5. i love when you find 'stuff' - flying or otherwise. :)

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  6. On of the first images that I took with my dslr was a flower picture like the last ones in this post!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  7. Aw, I'm kinda sad you didn't see any dragonflies. Great variety of birds, though. Love the cedar waxwings and the eastern bluebird perched on the grill is too sweet! Also, wonderful shots of the thistles. The second from the bottom has a lovely shape - almost like a pineapple. Hope you have a lovely weekend! Keep shooting! :)

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  8. That little Eastern Bluebird looks real cute.

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  9. Cedar waxwings are the cutest birds! Great pictures!

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  10. You've managed to make something as commonplace as thistles look amazing! Have a great weekend.

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  11. Hi Linda The Thistle shots are stunning.

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  12. THe birds may not have been close enough,but the thistles sure made up for that. These are amazingly beautiful shots. I do like the bird shots as well.They show them in their natural settings.

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  13. Cedar waxwings seem to be a fall favorite. Lovely shots Linda

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  14. Hi Linda! So fun to find your blog today! Those photos of the birds are spectacular! I love to watch the birds...and the blue one...I haven't seen one of those in a LONG time.

    Thank you for brightening up my day! And for sharing your talents with us :)
    Ceil

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  15. You live in a great area for some beautiful photography....♥

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  16. I find cedar waxwings to be rather elusive around here. They're not around for long and when they are, they keep their distance. You did fine though.. and those thistles are gorgeous.

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