Winter Birds and Raptors Beautiful Creatures

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My favorite time of the winter is to capture the Birds of Beauty . Winter they are all dressed up in there thick feathers that just makes them beautiful. Everything from Red Shoulder Hawks , Red Tail Hawks to that Gorgeous Red the Cardinal  Male shows off.  

The Missouri Bird ” Eastern Blue Bird ” You will seem him on the tree above along with the 
 

 

 

 

Hiking in Hickory Canyon

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I just love hiking when I can get out. I loved doing this beautiful hidden gem. This is Hickory Canyons. Located in St. Genevieve , Mo . It is a moderate hike with lots of up and downs along with many different  things to see. We went from seeing frozen icicles  to melting and cascading  waterfalls. The 1 mile hike is very unexpected in the winter months. It was a a warmer day so we  got see both. Frozen and melting. This is very active when after a rain. This is a great hike for a mile . 

Natural Features Description:
This area is botanically rich, supporting 541 native vascular plant species and 152 bryophyte (liverworts and mosses) species. A number of these species are considered glacial relicts. Glacial relicts are species that were more common in Missouri 12,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Since then, the climate has warmed, forcing some species to inhabit micro-climates that mimic the cool, moist conditions of glacial times. Glacial relicts at Hickory Canyons include hay-scented fern, fir clubmoss and winterberry. The area is rich in fern species with over a dozen species represented.

http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places-go/natural-areas/hickory-canyons

Trip to the Wilderness to Relax

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I Had to get away from the stresses of life.. We went to St Francois Park in Bonne Terre Mo. It was just so beautiful with the river and all the bluffs. It amazing how just getting away into nature changes your mind and makes you feel renewed.

Sun Ray Glow

Sun Ray Glow

Just Beautiful

Just Beautiful

Light rays

Lightrays

Waterfall

Waterfall

The Colors of Twilight and Sunsets at Busch Memorial Conservation Area

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Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are BEAUTIFUL but  because they are fleeting ~
Richard Paul Evans

Area highlights

Located in St. Charles County, the 6,987-acre August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is home to the St. Louis regional office, which includes a visitor center. With hiking trails and numerous hunting and fishing opportunities, the Busch Area is also your local connection to Missouri’s fish, forests, and wildlife.

Stop by for a fishing/hunting license, and stay to enjoy our exhibits, including a 1,300-gallon aquarium. Catch one of our free nature programs, go for a hike, enjoy a picnic, or wet a line in some of our 28 fishable lakes and ponds.

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Come check out “Baby Birds” Adventure from Hatching to Flying the Coup

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I was so lucky these last few weeks to observe and witness baby Carolina Wrens from eggs to hatching to flying the coup.They made a wonderful nest of feathers ,lichen and any other scraps they could find. The made this nest in my Beguiling Begonia hanging plant. In the summer months seems to be that every patch of woods is the rollings sound of the Carolina Wren.This shy bird is hard to see but, it delivers amazing sounds and decibel . This bird has rich cinnamon plumage,white eyebrow stripe, and a long, upward-cocked tail. Male and female Carolina Wrens build their nests together. One member of the pair may stay at the site while the other gathers material. The first nest can take a week or more to build, but later ones take shape in as few as 4 days. 

Please also visit the Bird Cam Video Link I have Provided .  Day 1 of  Discovery of eggs!

Day 1 of the capturing of the eggs. Now the waiting to begin for hatching. So Excited to witness this :)

Day 1 of the capturing of the eggs. Now the waiting to begin for hatching. So Excited to witness this : )

HATCHING DAY

Carolina Wren Babies

Hatching day! So tiny and bald. Just amazing!!

FEW DAYS LATER

baby birds Carolina Wrens

Getting feathers and really hungry !

Look at this beaks!! No peppers open yet!

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Spring Beauty Rain Drops

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Well ,I know lots people don’t like the rain. I look forward to it especially after a rain with spring blossoms . captured this right after a rain. The colors just bursted out from all the rain. This from our DogBerry bush.The dogberry bush, also called red chokeberry or choke pear, is native to most of eastern North America.

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Oh My Deer

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Well, I did not go another season without capturing my most favorite wildlife creatures. The Deer. On my walks I was lucky enough to capture such beauty and grace.
I try to get through as many Missouri parks as I can. These were captured at Jefferson Barracks in South County , Mo as well as Route 66 park located in Eureka,Missouri. I so enjoy watching them.Hope you enjoy these majestic creatures.

Please check out this wonderful group who rescues our wildlife deer takes care of them then releases back to the wild!! THANK YOU! Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue
http://www.kindredspiritsfawnrescue.org

Contest Winner at JAVA Magazine

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THANK YOU JAVA JOURNAL !! Proud to to have been RUNNER UP in the “WINTER WONDERLAND CONTEST”
http://www.javajournalstl.com/ Magazine PAGE 20 FEB ISSUE- YOU WILL SEE check it out !!
for my” Cover Bridge ”

Runner Up in Magaine

Runner Up in Magazine

Posters By Elsa Beskow; My Third Most Popular Blog Entry Ever

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Sandy Creek Cover Bridge in Missouri

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Well, I got to get out a little bit during the snow storm and very cold temps. I only went one place as it was just to cold. I am ready for spring. Don’t get me wrong I love snow , just not the extreme cold temps. Hope you enjoy!

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                                                         Just wanted to see Red

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                                I just love this one with the ice and the snow just glistening:)

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                  I wanted to capture the detail of the sun shadows and the foot prints in the snow.

Autumn Colors on a Beautiful Drive

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Well I got to  capture the last of the Autumn Beauty Colors. I took a drive and visited several places. St. Genevieve Mo. Hawn State Park , Pickle Springs, Pickle Creek and Sandy Creek Cover Bridge as well as capturing a few things along the sides of the roads.
I am not ready for Old Man Winter yet,but I do like the beauty of the snow!!!

Along the Country side Road

Along the Country side Road

This is in St.  Genevieve Mo. at a roadside look out.

This is in St. Genevieve Mo. at a roadside look out.

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A capture of this abandoned farm with the wheat field

A capture of this abandoned farm with the wheat field

Pickle Creek Hawn State Park

Pickle Creek Hawn State Park

Beautiful Reflection of Pickle Creek

Beautiful Reflection of Pickle Creek

The Old Dirt  Farm Road

The Old Dirt Farm Road

Sandy Creek Cover Bridge Fall Colors

Sandy Creek Cover Bridge Fall Colors

Reflection Of the Sandy Creek under the Bridge

Reflection Of the Sandy Creek under the Bridge

Reflections

Reflections

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EWWWW Creepy Spider in Web

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Arboreal Orb Weavers

There are several species of Neoscona and Araneus orb weavers in Missouri, and some are quite difficult to distinguish, even by specialists. Often, one must note small details of their anatomy in order to “key them out” to determine the species.

Neoscona species have a slightly triangular-ovate abdomen with a pattern resembling an upside-down spruce tree. On each side of this midline may be black, brown and greenish-brown markings. The legs usually are gray with brown rings. The carapace may be gray with brown markings. Araneus species may be similarly marked and colored, though some are quite showy and less hairy.

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Size: 

 Length: usually about 1/4 inch (not including the legs); males are smaller than females.

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Habitat and conservation: 

 These rather large and often hairy spiders are common in open woods, brushy fields, in tall grassy areas, and around fenceposts and buildings. They are common on the eaves of houses and barns. They may build their webs wherever structures are present for support and where flying insects commonly pass through.

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Eating a daddy long leg spider. 
Foods: 

 Flying insects such as moths and crane flies are the principal prey. Once caught in sticky strands of the web, they are bitten and trussed by the spider, which later eats them. Many orb weavers are nocturnal and have the peculiar habit of eating and rebuilding their webs each day. Webs are built at dusk and used for snaring prey during the night. At dawn, the spider reingests the strands (along with moisture that has collected on it as dew) and recycles the nutrients in making the next web.

Human connections: 

 The amazing web patterns have fascinated humans for millennia. E. B. White wrote his classic “Charlotte’s Web” about an Araneus spider. Orb weavers control populations of flying insects, many of which are pestiferous. Orb weavers don’t bite unless molested, and their bites are not dangerous, anyway.

Ecosystem connections: 

 These spiders control populations of flying insects. Although they may seem ferocious, outside their webs and hiding places these delicate creatures are quite vulnerable to predation themselves. Also, their egg sacs are relished by many species and, for example, provide winter food for many birds. For more information please check it out at http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/arboreal-orb-weavers#