Nature is amazing!

Red newt in elf stage

Through my photography I want to share my awe of nature.

Right after a rain shower near Roan Mountain, Tennessee, I saw dozens of these red efts, the juvenile stage of the eastern newt.  I had to be careful not to step on them and found a few willing to be photographed. (Notice that I got to eye level with the subject to create a connection and added a little fill flash.) After the rain passed, the efts returned to their moist hiding places.

What a wonderful experience to see so many of them.


Backyard fun!

Having heard that our neighbors had spotted deer and a fawn in our wooded area, I sent my husband out to get some field corn (the stuff hunters use to lure the poor unsuspecting animals). I was, of course, only trying to get some cool photographs of them! So, we set a large dish of corn on the edge of the wood that we could watch from the house.

Neither one of us paid much attention during the first few days, but we noticed that something was eating the corn. On day three – I watched – and sure enough – it was not the deer. We had thought perhaps the greedy large squirrels – but they seem to prefer the sunflower seeds and hulled peanuts we put out for the birds.

It was CROWS! That is what our effort had brought us. They seem very cautious, and watched from the trees for quite a while before descending, branch by branch to the dish of corn. Three came and then left, but returned after a while. Some brave chickadees also took a few kernels. So, I will be watching the birds and still waiting to see the deer!

Greater White-fronted Geese



Great White-fronted geeseI am a lucky enough to live near the Biltmore Estate. Sure the house is beautiful, but I really like to walk the grounds. The gardens are well tended and I always find something to photograph and something I hadn’t seen before. Every visit is different.

I enjoy walking around the lagoon, a large pond with many Canada Geese, various ducks, a Great Blue Heron, a Green Heron, and recently I saw a new bird  – the Greater White-Fronted goose. In the photo you can see that they are smaller than the Canada goose and how they got their name.  They were likely on their way, as the following week I did not see them.