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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fall Migration - Red-eyed Vireo

   During the spring and summer, the red-eyed vireo sings his song high up in the trees making him very hard to see. At that time of year, his song is this vireo's best identification. He sings all day even on the hottest summer days when all other birds are quiet. It's an endless series of short phrases, intoned up, pause, intoned down; he sounds like he's asking a question and answering it. A continuous conversation with himself; how are you? I am fine. Where are you? I am here. on and on all day! Reminds me of my inner dialogues at night when I can't fall asleep and I'm just rambling in my head.

  All that being said, it makes for a difficult time photographing this vireo until the fall. This is migration time when all the birds who came back north to breed are returning south. They come in waves, gleaning insects and berries in the bushes and trees as they move rapidly through. I finally was able to photograph this common bird of the Eastern forests. These pictures were taken with my point and shoot via my binoculars. Red-eyed vireos do have red eyes, sometimes you need the light to reflect just right to see it but the fall immatures have a brown eye.

   This is the usual view of a red-eyed vireo in the spring and fall, the butt shot!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Baha'i Temple visit

   Last Tuesday, I packed up the Element to drive to Evanston, Illinois for the American Craft Exposition. As I was saying goodbye to Gerry and Snickers, I opened the door and Snickie hopped in! No place to go so he sat in the driver's seat. How cute!

   On Sunday, the show didn't start until 11 am, so Darlys drove Renee and me to Wilmette for a visit to the Baha'i temple. What amazing architecture. There are only 7 Baha'i temples in the world, this one was started in 1912 and finished in 1953.

   Such intricate work! It's a circular dome, with 9 sides and surrounded by gardens with walkways.

   The temple doors were open!

   Inside, looking up.

   One of the gardens with a fountain, the flowers were gorgeous, the lawn was manicured to perfection.

   I'm not sure what kind of flowers these are. They remind me of gomphrena (globe amaranth).

   It was really getting hot! How lucky was I that someone had left their iced coffee on their bike! ha ha!