A Costa Rican Adventure

Our khaki-clad guide Sergio, a small man with wiry gray hair, neat mustache and beard, green bandanna tied around his forehead, stopped abruptly on the heavily forested trail. Finger to lips, he motioned for silence. Our group froze mid-step, and leaned in to hear his soft-spoken words. Head cocked to the left, he listened intently and then nodded vigorously. “yes. …

A Year on Clear Lake-Nov 11, 2013

Sunset’s Purple Hue Tints the Early Evening–November 10, 2013 A total of 10 Great White Egrets gathered at sun down yesterday on the small  lake of the Dr. Ned and Fay Dudney Nature Center. This promises to be a great site for bird viewing, especially during the migrations. I’ve been exploring and visiting different locations in the area these last …

Little Blue Heron – Nov 07, 2013

Little Blue Heron–November 07, 2013 The sky was where all the action was today. I love the fall/winter sky. It’s always a great show, and it doesn’t hurt that I have great views from sun up to sun down right out my back door at this time of year. Here’s the day’s sunrise in the image to the left, and …

A Year on Clear Lake-Nov 06, 2013

Sailing–November 06, 2013 And so, this is the last day of the first year of A Year on Clear Lake. (Read my first post here.) What an amazing experience. There is a saying: “What you put your attention on, grows.” It does by leaps and bounds. My love for the lake expanded from a naive appreciation of its calming qualities, …

A Year on Clear Lake-Nov 05, 2013

Snake in the Grass–November 05, 2013 What an interesting day–a little bit of everything, from slithering snakes to fluttering butterflies. The morning got off to a lovely start with a white pelican gracing the waters out back. The water is high on the peninsula. The area shown in the photo at the left is typically dry, but you can see …

A Year on Clear Lake-Nov 4, 2013

Little Blue Heron–November 04, 2013 It’s intriguing how things can change from day to day. One day is quiet with little to be found, the next, bustling with activity. There was certainly more action today, and a surprise finding–the Killdeer. I spotted the family of them foraging in the area near the Little Blue Heron. They were barely visible since …

A Year on Clear Lake-Nov 03, 2013

Black and White–November 3, 2013 Some things are black and white, after all. Here, a Black Vulture and a Snowy Egret stand side by side overlooking the view at Pine Gully Park. A tricolor heron was nearby, too. It’s a lovely park  that is a bird paradise. The city is currently constructing elevated walkways through the wetlands. It will be …

A Year on Clear Lake-Nov 02, 2013

A Sign of the Times–November 02, 2013 What a color-filled day. It began with a greeting by this bright orange butterfly, included the rose-colored roseate, and ended with the golden sunset. Beautiful. The ospreys were flying overhead again today. The one pictured above took a short break,  resting for a few minutes on a sign post at the far northern …

A Year on Clear Lake-Nov 01, 2013

The falcon (above) and the osprey (right) were dominant today. I followed  the falcon around to three different locations this morning. It kept relocating from tree to tree, but giving me good views all the while. And the osprey put on a show circling overhead, and dipping down. The problem with catching images of the bird is that the sun is …

A Year on Clear Lake-Oct 31, 2013

Weather Tricks and Treats on Halloween–October 31, 2013 This day was all about the weather. We finally got the rain we have been wanting–buckets, and buckets of it. We received almost six inches in the last two days. It started raining overnight and continued heavy until mid-afternoon. But by late afternoon, the rain finally let up. It stopped in plenty …