Kip’s Comments 6-19 through 6-21

Musk Thistle - Image 639951 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Catching Up

Father’s Day Weekend 2020 was similar to previous years, yet a bit different at the same time. We were able to spend considerable quality time with one of the kids and their family while camping this weekend. Unfortunately, due to too many miles between us and them, we were not able to spend quality time with our other child and their family. We are hopeful something will workout soon so we can be together with them again. What was different this year was that we camped with our kids and the grandkids rather than pulling our camper somewhat close. From what I could tell, having their parents camping with them worked out fine and I know our grandkids really enjoyed it.     

Since we were together and very active there was no time for computer work to share photos and thoughts. Instead I am going to try to catch up on things through this post.   

Just before we left on Friday afternoon I pushed my camera as hard as I could so that I might be able to photograph ruby-throated hummingbirds with their wings frozen in place and visible, rather than just a blur. It took a little work to get the job done, but I did manage to record a few images that allowed me to actually seen the detail in the hummingbird’s wing feathers.     

Ruby-throated Hummingbird with Wings Visible:     

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 639594 (© Kip Ladage)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – Image 639594 (© Kip Ladage)

 

While camping we had frequent visits from Baltimore orioles that were feeding their young as well as eastern bluebirds. The 2020 bluebirds had already left the nest but were still in the area. Every now and then we could see the adult bluebirds too.   

Baltimore Oriole Feeding Young:   

Baltimore Oriole at Nest - Image 639858 (© Kip Ladage)

Baltimore Oriole at Nest – Image 639858 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Eastern Bluebird:   

Eastern Bluebird - Image 639890 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Bluebird – Image 639890 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Eastern Bluebird Fledgling:   

Eastern Bluebird Fledgling - Image 639908 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Bluebird Fledgling – Image 639908 (© Kip Ladage)

 

One plant species that caught my attention this weekend was this thistle – possibly a musk thistle. The mature blossom is quite large. I was more interested in developing blossoms that appeared almost artistic. If I am correct on the thistle identification, these are not good plants to have established.   

Possible Musk Thistle Blossom:

Musk Thistle - Image 639951 (© Kip Ladage)

Musk Thistle – Image 639951 (© Kip Ladage)

 

This was the first weekend that I brought a camera along for the grandkids so they could begin to learn photography. I gave them an overview of how to make things happen with the camera and then provided suggestions on photo themes. That then became photography challenges and I am happy to say both did quite well for being so young.   

One of the photo subjects we concentrated our efforts on was this caterpillar. I have tried to determine which moth it will become (based on the caterpillar being hairy). So far I have not found a match for what I found.   

Caterpillar:

Caterpillar - Image 639925 (© Kip Ladage)

Caterpillar – Image 639925 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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