Acres of Diamonds

lbheron babywpecker

Once again the Russell Conwell speech proved true. http://www.temple.edu/about/history/acres-diamonds . You don’t need to roam the world in search of fortune because acres of diamonds are in your own backyard. In December I had the good fortune to get out before dawn on at least a dozen occasions, I probably traveled 1500+ miles in total and took that many pictures too. Captured some great shots and enjoyed some fabulous sunrises, birds singing, and landscapes, but the 2 pictures I consider my best were both from within 2 miles of my house.

The pictures are of a lesser blue heron and a baby woodpecker. I stalked the heron for about 50 yards along the lake before getting this shot. The woodpecker baffled me for a while as he mined a palm frond for bugs. Large palm fronds are hollow and make great amplifiers, so I couldn’t determine what was making the loud noise. I never expected him to be as tiny as he was.

While this “lesson” won’t dampen my wandering spirit, it does cause one to think a bit.

Blogging 101 – intro post

First, thanks for providing this resource, I am looking forward to it. My brief personal introduction is in the about section, so I’ve attempted to answer some of the questions posed.

I am beginning to blog because I have a great interest in nature and photography and would like to share my thoughts, explorations, and the journey in general. I am also looking to share my adventures with a wider audience (beyond my family) in hopes that perhaps a few may find it interesting, give me inspiration, and perhaps inspire them to share in similar experiences.

My goal is to post twice per week at a minimum with a fresh picture from that weeks wanderings and a little insight into how I got there and what I did. By the end of this year I would like to have polished my writing, taken more photos, visited  more places – both local and in other parts of the country, and hopefully engage more people in exploring their surroundings and enjoying the natural world.