Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Killdeer and cactus

This post is basically two photo essays off my beaten path. The first set of photos are of a mother killdeer and her nest in a gravel parking lot; beauty in camouflage. The second, smaller set are photos of the blossom on a cactus start that Rick brought home from a client's; beauty uncamouflaged. Enjoy!




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7 comments:

Christine said...

What beautiful "jewels" that bird is wearing. Mother Nature is always the best artist.

Ruth @ Hope, Joy and Faith Farm said...

Hope Mama Killdeer and her nest are tucked safe and sound out of the way... I always thought it was fascinating how they build the nests in the rocks.

Michelle said...

The killdeer is in the parking lot at the Yamhill County Heritage Center; I saw her when I dropped Brian off for a field trip. The volunteers were going to put cones around the nest so she and her eggs would stay safe. :-)

Beyond My Garden said...

How lucky you are to have found the Killdeer nest. I am always nervous about searching them out when I know one is near. I have a fear of stepping on the very thing I seek to admire. This was a great series.
nellie

Kelly Bartels said...

Killdear are one of the most fascinating birds, (to me) and I never tire of seeing them attempt to lure me away from their nests as they seem to float across the ground.

Susan said...

Beautiful shots, as always, Michelle. I love the Killdeer. I think they are such lovely birds. Flowers on cacti always fascinate me - they seem so over the top!

Tina T-P said...

When we first moved into our place it was a manufactured home sitting on a bare lot (if you can believe that now?) Lots of gravel patches left over from making the septic system, etc. and a mamma killdeer took a liking to one of the spots - the first year we saw the babies about 5 or 10 minutes after they hatched out and kept the cats inside so the babies were safe from being Hors d'Ĺ“uvres Just little puffballs on toothpick legs - they were SO cute! The next year they nested there again, but I think the cats/raccoons/possums? must have bothered them too much because they abandoned the nest. That is why I have a perfect killdeer egg in my egg collection! Nice pictures of both bird and bush :-) T.