Sunday, April 25, 2010
Blue Blur Blues
Does he look stressed?
He has a good reason to be.
The Blue Blur Of Owl Harassnicity has arrived!
Note that this is not the same day as the Jay Attack video, nor the same location. This is in a dead willow down by the pond ... a dead willow that was sporting TWO barred owls side by side last week as Bear and I took our dawn walk.
I don't take my camera on those walks since they usually take place in the dark, but we were a little late that morning and when I glanced towards the pond, two barred owls were side by side in a rising mist from the water.
Acckk! It WAS a picture.
A picture I did not get.
So, the next morning I carried my camera out, (without Bear) and a single owl sat on the tree.
I went for the shot anyway and again, I did not notice that the jay was in the willow with him.
The light was almost too dim for photos that early, but when the jay mouthed off, I thought I would try for a little more action video.
I mistakenly set the camera on the Automatic (brainless snapshot) setting when I switched to video and as I pushed the shutter the Jay attacked.
I try never to post blurry videos here for my discriminating audience, but I just couldn't NOT share this photo.
I think the blurry jay nebulosity communicates the hell bent fury of a jay in action.
Anyway, it sounds like a good excuse for a less than perfect photo.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
The blue flag iris that I transplanted to the pond has set in and is in full bloom. With the variability of water levels in the pond, I have decided to think of it as a wetland more than a deepwater pond.
I won't fuss of course if this hurricane season fills it to overflowing, but in the long gaps between floodstage, I plan to keep adding desirable wetland plants to it.
5 weeks to hurricane season! Yippeee!
Floridiots, do you know where your emergency supplies are?
My box is empty mostly ... so this month I will be restocking .
You should do the same ... or at least do an inventory.