This ruby-throated hummingbird was busy feeding from the trumpet vines.
She was also pollinating as she fed – that is white pollen sprinkled on her head.
Every once in a while the dainty lady would perch and I could, for a moment, study her face.
With the longed for sunshine this afternoon, came the first Osprey of the year!
The sky dancers have begun to return to fish the Haw River below the Jordan Lake Dam.
The great blue heron was standing on the fishing pier railing at the Jordan Lake Dam tailrace this morning.
She was ignoring the rain but intently watching another great blue heron on the other side of the river.
Good thing my camera also ignores the rain, but I do try to keep it dry.
Now, as far as doc goes: my winter coat shed the rain and most of the cold, but I was happy to return to my truck after an hour or so.
Jordan Dam Critters
The monarch butterflies are migrating and this morning at the dam I had more than a dozen flit past me, all heading south.
The veins are so well defined on the wings of this common buckeye butterfly.
And, so, when is a butterfly, not a butterfly?
For the answer: study these next two photos…
When the flying insect is a grasshopper. How about the elegance in those wings!!
Jordan Lake post flooding:
You are correct: this is not the normal hues of the river water.
I was tweaking the photo to bring out the colors of the great blue heron when I realized that with a tad bit more of “blue” I could show you much better the anger of the waves of the Haw River as it escapes the dam’s tailrace. The tweak also allows you to see the water starting to lap once again over the fishing pier which is where the heron has landed.