Green Heron

Another very patient wading bird, the Green Heron. I actually timed this one. Just a couple of blinks, this bird stood still for over 3 minutes. That’s a long time, but I think the Great Blue Heron beats him in the stand like a statue competition.

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Green Heron | Alice Mary Herden | April 2020

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Summer Tanager

I headed out yesterday determined to get more macro shots focusing on some specific insects and plant species, and well that didn’t happen.

While hiking all I was hearing was the peaceful sounds of nature and birds… birds everywhere. I realized this day is not going to be a macro day, it was going to be a birding day. I trekked back to the car to get my other lens and tripod. I found a great spot and I set up camp.

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Summer Tanager | Alice Mary Herden | April 2020

Sometimes things are not always the way you plan, and that is exactly how nature is. Nature will give you all the photo opportunities only if you listen and be patient.

That morning, I headed out just before the sun rose to my favorite place. It was a weird feeling. It was like Chassahowitzka was telling me that it was not a good day to be there. (I hope other photographers know what I mean) So I respected that feeling and traveled to another location and in return, I had the best birding day ever!


Stay Safe!


The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge

Sometimes you just have to wait a half a year to go back to places you visited before, especially at different times of the seasons.

It was a very long day, and a very long drive but worth every minute!

Click on image to view my very small video coverage of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge!

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Be safe and always respect the natural space of wildlife.

New Butterfly!

A new butterfly to put on my species list… Hackberry Emperor!

I was just looking around and I saw something land on the pine tree. I was guessing it was this butterfly then I debunked that id and this went on for about a minute. (A minute is a long time when you are trying to id something just from memory)

It is a great feeling to have when you see a species you haven’t seen or heard of for the first time, especially in their natural habitat.

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Hackberry Emperor | Alice Mary Herden | April 2020

By the time I got out of the car to take more photos, it flew away peacefully into the forest!


Hooded Pitcher Plant

Finally! I was able to get close enough to take some photos of this amazing plant!


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Hooded Pitcher Plant


Interesting: Another capture mechanism is the clear to whitish areas on the back of the
pitcher, which provide the brightest light source inside the pitcher.

Every species in nature has its own uniqueness.

Green Anole

A truly amazing lizard the Green Anole is. Native to Florida this lizard is really interesting to watch, especially when they change colors.

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Green Anole 

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