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Rated: E · Photo Album · Nature · #2268399
Nature and wildlife. Photographed with my iPhone12Pro.
Newly added include landscape photos I took in the mountains of North Carolina in May of 2021 and at the beaches of the Outer Banks, North Carolina in July of 2021 and February of 2022. Hope you enjoy!
EB Jeffress Park, Spring Growth ~ Cascade Falls Trailhead at EB Jeffress Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC, USA; May 8, 2022
More beautiful spring growth and crystal clear streams on the Cascade Falls Trail ~  Cascade Falls Trailhead at EB Jeffress Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC, USAMay 8, 2022.
Crystal clear (and icy cold!) streams on the Cascade Falls Trail ~  Cascade Falls Trailhead at EB Jeffress Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC, USA, May 8, 2022.
Rhododendron overhanging The Cascades, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway ~  Cascade Falls Trailhead at EB Jeffress Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC, USA. May 8, 2022
The Cascades ~  Cascade Falls Trailhead at EB Jeffress Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC, USA
At the Cascades- I'm looking down, Pooh! ~  Cascade Falls Trailhead at EB Jeffress Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC, USA; May 8, 2022
Sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, USA ~  We stayed in a tiny home air b&b high above Fleetwood, NC, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. We spend a wonderful long weekend of birding and visiting with my partner's cousin. 
 I took this photo at sunrise (just past 6am) in late May 2021 after heavy rains. Looking to the northwest, the mountains of Tennessee are visible.
Sunrise in the mountains of North Carolina, USA ~  This area had experienced drought conditions, and the previous night's rain was welcomed by everyone. We had stayed in a tiny home air b&b high above Fleetwood, NC, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. 
 The mists that hung in the valley below were too beautiful not to photograph. This photo was taken facing the northeast closer to 7am on May 28, 2021.
The New River flowing north, in Jefferson, NC ~  The second oldest river in the world! No idea how they figured that out, but I do know that at this point in the river, it flows north!
Trout Lake, Wautaga County, NC, USA ~  Off the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were looking for a Chestnut-sided warbler. We found a couple of them, and I spotted a Canadian warbler, too! It was a beautiful morning and a lovely walk around the lake.
Trout Lake, Wautaga County, NC, USA ~  I took a break to stretch my back while Mel went on to photograph - yes, more birds. Warblers would migrate soon - it was why we were there!
Storm blowing in off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC ~  Taken in May of 2021, one of our many trips to the Outer Banks, NC, to photograph the hundreds of species of birds that live or migrate through the area.
Pea Island dunes (Outer Banks, NC), Atlantic Ocean beyond ~  We hiked 4 miles along this stretch of Pea Island searching for the Snowy owl that somehow found his way to our southern coast. Apparently one or two Snowy owls turn up here every winter, as it's definitely out of their normal range. We didn't find it here, by the way. It was on the island just north of Pea Island, where we did find it about three hours later.
Grandma Snapping Turtle ~  I love these guys! This beautiful old snapper came up to give me this great shot in July 2021 at one of the many beautiful parks in Raleigh, NC. This one is probably over 80 years old based on the size, though I'm not a herpetologist, I pretend to be one 'cause it's fun! If Steve Irwin had lived in North Carolina, I can imagine his voice and enthusiasm, "Isn't she gorgeous!"
The obligatory cat photo ~  We got a new chair and ottoman (yeah, they're from IKEA, lol). Mongo, Alan, Loki, and Carlos decided the purchase was, naturally, for them. They were right, of course.
What a difference 6 days makes! ~  Three house finches discovered in a nest swept out of a tree during one of many severe storms in 2020. I hand fed them from nestling (on the left) and passed them on to a fellow songbird rehabilitator when they well into their fledgling stage (on the right). They needed to be in an outdoor flight pen (which I don't have-yet!) for about another week to acclimate them to the outdoors and make sure they were self-feeding without losing weight. So satisfying to see them grow strong and fly away! ...
Not Muppets! Nestling Wrens ~  Carolina wrens fresh out of the incubator: hungry and then ready to be moved to the indoor aviary where they'll stay as long as they need to be hand fed..
Nestling Starling ~  Rehabilitated and released in Spring 2020.
Baby Flying Squirrel ~  This baby was rescued as a single. We were lucky that we had a pair of baby flyers that had been rescued a few days earlier to put this little one with so that they could keep each other company and share their warmth. They do better with shared body heat that an outside heat source (don't we all!) and they live in colonies and need the constant companionship to stay "normal" and wild. They're handfed, very slowly, for several weeks before they can begin self feeding. ...
Flying Squirrel - Juvenile ~  This baby was posing for a photo before being moved out to a release pen with his new colony of 5 other foundlings. See the beautiful tail - they're fluffy but flat, to help them soar from one tree to another. They're also nocturnal (large eyes!) and  fast , which is why you probably haven't seen many in your lifetime.
Flying Squirrel in Release Pen ~  A growing colony of flying squirrels that my friend Fallon received when they weighed less than an ounce, here is their protector male (we referred to as Fritz - he's the only recognizable one due to his size and behavior). He would peek out of his group's house to see what was happening when we'd pop into their pen to clean, and provide clean water and fresh food and hide nuts in the branches to keep their environment interesting.

When the little guys are self-feeding, they're moved to a release pen like this one, out in the woods where they can acclimate to their surroundings while still being provided foo...
A Sight To Behold ~  Patrick Doughtery of Chapel Hill, NC built this structure in November 2015. It sits along Hillsborough's Riverwalk and still stands to this day (March 2022). It stands 26 feet in circumference and 21-feet tall. Doughtery explained how he named the piece: "The title emerged as a Southern colloquialism voiced by more than one passerby, "Well, isn’t that a sight to behold!'"
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