Saturday, February 28, 2015

Eastern White Pine

White pines have 5 needles in a bundle. They are fine needles which are not stiff at all.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bur Oak Bud

Here is a close up of a Bur oak bud. Oak buds have multiple buds at the end of the twig.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

American Basswood Bud

I have some extention tubes to add on to my camera lens. Now I am able to get better close ups of the trees I watch. This is the best one of the Basswood tree I took the other day. The red buds are distinctive. 

Nature seems drab in the winter. But when you get up close there is much to draw my interest. These red buds are a delight.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

River Birch

River Birch is an attractive tree. White bark flaking off.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

American Elm Bud

Found this American Elm bud.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Maple Tree Remaeaured

I had measured this tree in 2002.  Not being able to find it for many years I ran accross it this past January. I wanted to come back and measure it. I wonder if it was 2 trees that grew together or is it one tree that is splitting apart as the tree ages.

                 2002 Measurements                                           2015 measurements

Height                  83                                                                      79

Circumference          202                                                                 226.25

Canopy                     77  &  77                                                         91  &  65

Total Points                   304.25                                                          324.85

I did not have a clinometer in 2002, so the height was measured by holding a pencil against the and then figure a perportion to a known height and multiplying. Now with a clinometer my height measurement is much better.     

The circumference has grown by 22 1/4 inches in 13 years.
That is 1.72 inches a year or or 0.85% a year.
In the 13 years the circumference increased 11%

Another thing to consider is the tree has a crack between the 2 bowls. Has this crack increased to make the circumference bigger?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hairy Woodpecker

This guy flew by after I had been waiting for about 30 minutes. A Hairy Woodpecker. The sides of the head show a wedge shaped black stripe instead of more of a round stripe a Downy Woodpecker would have. Unfortunately that photo was not in focus therefore I put this one on.

This Blue jay was less cooperative. This was the best photo I could get of him. There were a few giving calls at further distances. These woods where I was at were devoid of birds most of the time we were there. 

One reason I go into the woods is to take photos. Another reason is to be quiet and listen for the Lord. That is the primary reason I go into nature. It is not the technology but the quality of life I am looking for. 

Therefore my day can be a success on different levels.

Psalm 24:1
A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Close up photo.

A tendril of a vine grows in a spiral. This enables the plant to cling to anything nearby so the vine can grow up the plant.

Sin is like this tendril. What ever is near it will become attached to it. The way to avoid sin is to turn your life over to Jesus and live for Him. As the purposes of Jesus become our purpose the ability of sin to attach itself to us is lessened. 

2 Corinthians 5:17
"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."

Friday, February 13, 2015

Bald Eagle

We were at the zoo in February and were walking a ways to see some African animals and not many were out to view. As we were walking back I prayed that the Lord would let me see an interesting bird in the trees. Not long after that  I saw a large bird fly away and I watched it till it landed and I noticed another bird that might be a Bald Eagle. I saw some white, not sure of what I was seeing because of the tangle of bushes and branches I was looking through. But I brought my telephoto lens to the ready as I looked for a hole in the tangle of branches.  I found one and took about 4 photos and then looked for another hole in the foliage to get a different angle shot . Sure enough  I found one and took some more photos. This is where I got the picture you are seeing.

The day was clear with no clouds at all. The temp was in the 50's, a wonderful day to be out and looking for nature. The birds were about 200 yards away. So I was shooting the full 300mm with the lens. At first I was shooting at 5.6f but checking I changed it to f25 to get more focus in case the camera focused on a branch near by instead of the bird. My lens was a Canon telephoto lens EF  f45.6 75-300mm III I was shooting at 1/500 of a second so the lack of image stabilization wasn't a factor. Yet the photo was not well focused so I didn't crop it. If you look close you can see that I am shoot straight through some brush that is out of focus. I was very fortunate to get this shot.

The eagle on the left is a juvenile and this was the bird I watched at first.

This was a true answer to prayer. It had been years since I had seen a Bald Eagle. But God brought these 2 to my attention right after I had prayed.