Sunday, July 31, 2022

"Nature's Sunburst"...

The Dandelion or common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant. Generally, the flowers are edible and are known to have antioxidant properties by Native Americans and traditional Chinese medicine.

Photo # K02_8713abw3.

(c) Kelly Shipp.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

"Special Moments"...

I've been fortunate to occasionally watch this White-tailed doe teach her two fawns lessons of life, what to eat, what not to eat and much more. Today, I watched them each give mom special affection. These are the moments we long to experience in nature, and I'm thankful I was present to capture this moment. It's extremely important that we protect wildlife and especially wildlife habitat, not only for our generation, but for all those that follow us.

Wild white-tailed deer, central Arkansas.

Photo # K02_9306c.

(c) Kelly Shipp

Friday, July 22, 2022

"Leaf Longevity"...

It's interesting when leaves keep hanging on even after others have moved on. Life teaches us that it's full of seasons, but there's nothing wrong with standing-out and doing your own thing, in your own time. 

Photo # K01_2241-45stkbw.

(c) Kelly Shipp

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Ring-billed Gull in flight

The Ring-billed Gull, Larus delawarensis, is a common, social gull about the size of a crow.  It does have interesting features, including white-grey wings with black wing tips, a yellow bill with a ring around it, a pale-yellowish eye and a slender wingspan around 45 inches. 

They are masters of their wings in that they perform aerobatic maneuvers and hovering when hunting for their food. Breeding adults have a white head, while non-breeding adults have some tan streaking on the head or neck (as does the one in this photograph). Two-year olds and younger have progressively more brown streaking and spots. 

This bird is an opportunistic omnivore and typically migrates south in the winter.

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge.

(c) Kelly Shipp