Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wild Birds and Wildflowers, June 24, 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday, Wildflower Wednesday, and Wednesday Waters

Wild Bird Wednesday
Great Blue Heron, Lee county, Mississippi, USA

I enjoy watching and photographing Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias).  They are such beautiful, elegant, graceful birds.  Their large size means they are easy to see and easy to focus the camera on, and they stand completely still for minutes at a time.   So much easier to photograph than all those small birds that constantly flit around!

Wildflower Wednesday
Butterweed, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, April 27, 2015

Butterweed, Packera glabella, is a tall (knee-high or more) wildflower that grows in much of the eastern United States.  It prefers wet soil and lots of sun.

It blooms from Spring to mid-Summer (April/May here in Mississippi). An identifying characteristic is its hollow stem.

Small bees and flies visit for nectar and pollen.  The plant itself is poisonous, causing liver damage.  Deer, rabbits, and other wild animals seem to know to avoid it, but it has been reported to cause poisoning in domestic livestock that eat it.

Wednesday Waters
Tennessee River in northwest Alabama, USA, June 14, 2015

Have a beautiful day!

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  1. Wonderful last scence shots with fence and I love the first shots of the Heron as well.

  2. Great shot of the Heron and the flowers are pretty. Enjoy your day!

  3. Lovely heron! Thanks for the wildflower lesson, I think I've seen that plant around but didn't know what it was.

  4. Agree with you on the herons.. Beautiful and also so much easier to photograph because of their size and patience as they stay still for so long. Have seen that wildflower, didn't know it's name, but butter weed is a perfect one and I'll remember it.

  5. Beautiful heron pic. Did not know Butterweed was poisonous.

  6. Pretty things! Tom The Backroads Traveller

  7. Beautiful shots. We both have Great Blue Herons on our blogs today!

  8. I love great to see your lovely photos of this beautiful (if poisonous) one! And Great Blue Herons are indeed awesome! Such wonderful shots.

  9. Lea: Your photos are beautiful! I enjoy watching Great Blue Herons, too. Your Butterweed is a cheery bloomer. I think we have it here, too.

  10. Great Blue Herons live out here too but I don't know where to go to see them. I did chance to see one not long ago, I like your photo. I saw Packera somewhere else recently, I didn't know they were poisonous and had hollow stems. They are bright and carefree looking

  11. This plant also grows here in SW IN. I too like to see Great blue Herons. They seem so calm.

  12. Hi Lea, I enjoyed scrolling through your blog, looking at your photos. This is a flower I am not familiar with. I love all those yellow blooms! Did your butterfly milkweed survive?


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