The state bird of Missouri, this eastern bluebird was crossed the state line and was photographed in Kansas. Since two-thirds of a bluebird’s diet is made up of insects and other creepy-crawlies — like beetles, grasshoppers, spiders, and snails — I hope he does his part to keep those critters out of my garden come […]

Opened in 1844, with animals donated by Frederick William IV, King of Prussia, the Berlin Zoo is the oldest zoo in Germany.  It was completely destroyed during World War II, and only 91 of 3,715 animals survived including a black stork. I am not sure what kind of bird this is, but it sure has some […]

Is there any bird more fascinating and gorgeous than a peacock? On Today’s Date in the Past: Tobacco Barn 17 Mile Drive:  The Lone Cypress

After dropping my son off at Boys State on the beautiful Kansas State University campus, the girls and I toured the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan.  It sure has grown since I was there last, back in a year that started with a “1.”  This feathered friend is a crested screamer. On Today’s Date in the […]

A few more images of the impact the drought has had here Somewhere-in-the-Middle-of-the-USA from a recent walk through Shawnee Mission Park. Drought Photo #1.  Crispy leaves hang from a tree overlooking what’s left of a stream. Drought Photo #2.  The water levels are down significantly in every body of water.  Smaller streams and creeks are […]

As I woke up just after dawn on Friday morning, the last morning of the trip, I was excited to take another morning walk along the Toronto Harbour.  Thankfully the morning light was as beautiful as ever and the seagulls were being extra photogenic. What do you think?  Do you have a favorite shot below? […]

While sitting still in the backyard, this blue bird landed close enough that I could capture some halfway decent shots, first on the playground and then on the fence. Anyone know what kind of bird it is? Blue Bird Photo #1.   Blue Bird Photo #2.   You Might Also Enjoy: On a Tight Rope […]