A Change Of Scenery

The activity at my feeders has slowed down a bit lately, so last week I opted for a change of scenery. I packed up my camera, slipped on my Merrells, and spent a morning meandering along the Chattahoochee River. Now, I am one who loves going to church, but I must say that the beauty of nature is my preferred sanctuary, and the sound of birds singing with the melody of the river in the background is my favorite worship music – true soul nourishment!

While I was there, most of the birds were playing hide and seek with me. They were hiding…I was seeking…and they were winning, but I did manage to snap a few photos along the way. Like this Eastern Phoebe…

phoebe

…and this Eastern Bluebird.

bluebird
I also got a picture of a bird that was new to me. It was quite flitty, darting about from branch to branch., well camouflaged amidst the leaves and the sunlight. It had an olive colored back, a creamy front with a matching eye-ring, and black and yellow bars on its wings.   I am wondering if it was a Least Flycatcher – any thoughts?

flycatcher
At one point I went down a side trail and stumbled across some Mallards snoozing in the sun.

mallards1
They woke up when my camera clicked, but didn’t seem all that disturbed by my presence.

mallards2
It was a lovely day, capped off by a glorious sunset that I enjoyed from my own front yard. There is something rather poetic about the silhouette of tree tops against an evening sky, don’t you think?

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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6 Responses to A Change Of Scenery

  1. avian101 says:

    Kathy, I believe that you’re correct to ID that bird as a Least Flyatcher. 🙂

  2. kathydoremus says:

    Thanks! It’s always fun to see a new bird. 🙂

  3. Cheryl Blackburn says:

    Kathy, I LOVE your photography. It is so wonderful to get to see birds whose beauty we wouldn’t get to enjoy otherwise through the lens of your camera. I especially appreciate these sunset pictures.

  4. Wonderful photos! It looks like a great day and a nice place to take a walk/hike!

  5. Sue says:

    Wow! On that sunset! I couldn’t agree more about nature as a sanctuary.

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