Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pretty in Pink

What a beauty! And the bonus is the perfumed air.

Monday, June 29, 2009

I'll Be Back

The sunflower seeds aren't ready, but this goldfinch is checking out the prospects for a future meal.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Red Winged Blackbird

The marsh grasses are the summer home of the red winged blackbirds. You can find them perched on the reeds or atop a cyprus. Egrets beware ... the red winged will attack if the nest is nearby.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Practice makes Perfect

A young fish hawk pumps his wings in preparation for that first flight. Sometimes they lift off the nest as they flap. What a feeling that must be!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Greetings from Waterlily

The narrow causeway that takes you onto the island is always full of life, and the colors are always changing. In the summer it fills with waterlilies, giving evidence to the name of this community.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tiger Burning Bright

Title Borrowed from William Blake's poem "The Tiger." This Tiger Swallowtail spent part of his day visiting my lilies. The daylily burns as bright as the butterfly.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Beautiful Lady Blue

The female Bluebird: her colors are a pastel version of the brilliant male. Here she is in one of my Live Oaks.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Father Goose

Well I'm guessing of course, hard to tell between the sexes of Canada Goose. But he is always there, either front of the line or rear, guarding the brood all along.

The Newest Fish Hawks

We "host" an osprey nest in the sound. A pair has held the nest for many years. Last year was their first success with two chicks raised. This year there are three chicks! You can only see two in this photo. One is already well-fed and huddled down in the nest. With the birds at this size, the feeding event can last over two hours.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Little Blue Heron

I rarely see this heron. The whites and larger blues are readily seen. The Green Heron always nests nearby. This beauty was on the causeway in May and stood out among all the white herons and egrets.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Little Something Sweet

The bell shaped flowers of the agapanthus are a favorite of Orchard Oriole. While they are blooming he visits throughout the day to get a little bit of nectar.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Here's a great beetle bug I spotted yesterday. Kind of scary at first, but interesting. Those big spots are not eyes; you are supposed to think they are eyes and then you'll back away. That's the idea anyway. It's about 2 1/2 inches long and the real eyes are just below the antennae.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Barn Swallow , Summer Resident

Every year these flyers take up residence on the pier. They nest in the open boat house or sometimes under the pier. It's a small investigation to find the nest and a pleasure to watch the babies come along. Some years the swallows are aggressive in protecting their space, sweeping at us as we walk along the pier. This year they are downright friendly, watching us watching them.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Oh, those blue eyes!

A common sight around here, cormorants. Flying, swimming, drying off like dracula. At a distance, distinctive by shape but up close you get a look at those eyes.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


I call it amaryllis, hippeastrum just doesn't roll off the tongue for me. I love the flower when it's at this point, looking like a costume from Cirque du Soleil.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

First Post from Faune

Hello! I'm Faune of the Etsy Shop Lesfaunes. I design and create fiber art handbags and often include my photography in the design.

Here I will share more of my nature photography, talk about new art projects and life around my North Carolina island home.

I'll start you off with a cute baby bluebird and his very own worm from this week in my yard.