2009 February 25
by David J. Ringer

DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS — Today I felt I could just dissolve into the atmosphere. Every touch of wind was like a caress. Perfect. (Mind you, I was freezing my hiney off last Saturday, but … that’s a different story.)


I caught this cardinal singing in the morning sun.


American Elms (Ulmus americana) have already bloomed in the Trinity River bottomlands, and they are setting fruit. In the last week, I’ve seen juncos, cardinals, Red-winged Blackbirds, White-crowned and Harris’s sparrows, and Fox Squirrels munching on this fresh green food source.


I got out my macro lens today. I’m still struggling to use it well, but it’s a very powerful lens. This is a closeup of a flower cluster on a female elbow bush (Forestiera pubescens). Note the tiny petalless flowers borne on hairy pedicels. There are sterile stamens arrayed at the base of each ovary. More macro experimentation coming soon.


Here’s another shot of mistletoe (Phoradendron tomentosum) flower spikes. Not likely to win any beauty pageants, eh? I haven’t been able to find one growing low enough that I can try a macro shot to get some detail on those tiny flowers.

Coming up next: a report on a failed twitch for Trumpeter Swans.

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4 Responses
  1. February 26, 2009

    Very nice photos–although I wholeheartedly disagree on the weather! I like it cold, not warm (So why do I live in Texas? Insanity…).

    Still, I’m very much enjoying the response of nature to all this mild weather: come forth, be fruitful and multiply. This is undoubtedly the best time of year for anyone who notices.

  2. February 28, 2009

    That Cardinal shot looks great. I’ve never seen one!

    • David J. Ringer permalink*
      March 1, 2009

      Oh my … we’ll have to get you up here to see one sometime! :)

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