Sunday, July 5, 2009

A Slow Stroll Along the Zumbro River

Our walk along the Zumbro River path yesterday was excellent. I have never before seen such a profussion of wildflowers in that area. Lots of good insects and birds, too. We walked perhaps a mile total there and back, taking about 90 minutes because I was taking so many photos; 212 in all. After deleting the failures, I still had 146 photos. So that works out to about 97 photos an hour; pretty rich, I'd say. I was quite taken with this shiny green metallic beetle. If you use your imagination, you can see the reflection of my camera in the carapace of the second one.



The mullien was abundant along many sections of the path. I hadn't realized before how delicate each individual flower in the spike is. The anthers are wonderfully hairy!
I was glad to have my long lens with me to get this shot of a deer on the opposite river bank. At some point after I took the photo, it got spooked by something and we could hear it snorting and stamping and crashing through the undergrowth.
I'll be posting more photos from that walk in the days to come. But don't worry -- I won't make you look at all 146! ;-)

10 comments:

  1. Hi Wilma, thanks for adding me , I've got you as well. Looks like a great walk. I love the deer, our ones are usually quite quiet and secretive, yours don't seem to care about the noise they make.

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  2. Hello Steve,

    It's true when these deer get spooked by a snake, dog, coyote, etc., they make a huge racket, especially if they have a fawn or 2 nearby. Othertimes, they can move very quietly. Thanks for visiting.

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  3. Beautiful captures..This is fantastic..Do check my another blog also i.e.Unseen Rajasthan

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  4. Hi Wilma.
    I agree with you about the colouration of the beetle. That metalic colour is something else.. Nice photo's.

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  5. Thanks for commenting from Unseen Rajasthan. I took a quick peek at your blog over my lunch break and will definitely go back for more later!

    Hello Ken! - thanks for visiting and the nice comments. And thanks too for updating us on the IDs from your recent foray in your blog.

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  6. This looks like an interesting blog, thank you for visiting mine. The beetle is a very striking colour. we do have deer round here but I've never managed to photograph one yet they are very shy and secretive!

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  7. Thanks for visiting, ShySongbird.

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  8. Thanks for picking up my blog - nearly went to Belize with daughter and family, but something happened - however, interest piqued in the sort of planning we did. Maybe soon.

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  9. There is something for everyone in Belize. It has wonderful birding, for example red macaws, lineated woodpeckers, herons and egrets galore, even some cool vultures. Thanks for visiting the blog and keep planning for Belize!

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  10. Finally got round to visiting Wilma.
    That beetle is a beauty.

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