This is how most people see Grackles: Loud, obnoxious with an in-your-face attitude. They are quite aggressive with each other even when there is plenty to eat. It’s fun to watch them and see how expressive they are. I love these birds. They are funny, clever, cunning hunters, and quite pretty if you look closely.Continue reading “Grackles”

Photo Contest

A friend sent me information about a photo contest, and so I submitted some entries. As I was making my choices, I realized that all of the images I favored were of unspectacular creatures. A grackle may not be someone’s idea of a prize-worthy image, but I think this one looks amazing. I love grasses–again,Continue reading “Photo Contest”


A pair of Great Horned Owls picked a big, roomy tree to lay its eggs and raise its offspring. Two cute owlets have been growing up under the watchful eyes of mom and dad… and a bunch of excited photographers, me included. They are fluffy and perfect, but not yet mobile, so they sit thereContinue reading “Owls”


When we lived in the Midwest, the first signs of spring came when the weeping willows had the slightest hue of green. It was more a shadow than an actual color, but as soon as you saw it, you knew that spring was on its way. I wish I had taken pictures of it! FurtherContinue reading “Spring”

The Berkshires

The Berkshires in winter are magical. I arrived on a nippy day with very little snow on the ground. But it was foggy and the weather was about to change, so I took pictures of all the different stages we were witnessing. A hike in a nature preserve revealed hints of spring: the local beaverContinue reading “The Berkshires”

Texas African American History Memorial

The African American History Memorial in Austin, TX is on the Capitol grounds and depicts the history of African Americans in the State of Texas. It’s a large installation that includes many striking faces. For me, the expressions were especially moving: intelligent faces that show personality, wisdom, beauty–I wanted to know these people and learnContinue reading “Texas African American History Memorial”