When I am on Dataw Island morning wake ups are such a delight. I start the day on the porch with a mug of coffee in one hand and my camera in the other. I never know what the morning visitors will be, but I want to be ready to snap a photo or two.
The first thing to greet me are bird songs and thanks to an app called Merlin I’m able to identify them by their sounds. The results are far better than my efforts to photo a bird before it flies away! Every now and then, however, I do manage.
I’m especially happy when a bird I actually recognize poses! I’m still wondering if this cardinal has one leg tucked up under him or if he’s lost one.
A regular visitor is a great blue heron. Now I can’t swear it’s the same one several times a week, but no matter, I find it fascinating to watch.
The neck stretches are entertainment enough, but what really gets me is how long it can stand stark still once it senses my presence. I try to outlast the heron, but so far that hasn’t happened.
Birds aren’t the only visitors. There are cute fuzzy bunnies that come to munch on grass. I’d like them to take out a few weeks as well.
Squirrels flit from one tree to another and sometimes take time out to find a buried treasure.
Small creatures are not the only ones that make themselves at home in the yard. Fortunately, the deer don’t snack on anything other than grasses and vines, at least not yet!
Taking it all in with watchful eyes, doing nothing but adding their color are the geckos. So long as they don’t find their way inside, I’m OK with them!
So go my morning moments, and I am so grateful for what nature offers each day.