Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Heady Day In Heaven - 777 Photos

Lady's Slipper orchids, the largest colony I have ever seen. May, coastal Maine 2012
This is an iris without a name, but none the less for glory, in my coastal Maine garden. Years ago, I received it as a cull from a customer's garden. The name had long been lost to her, and has remained so for me. If any of you know what kind it is, would you please let me know?
 A Flower Crab spider waits on a Tree peony petal to ambush its prey. These spiders are smaller than my tiniest fingernail. I took this with a 60mm macro lens.

This is a male Bobolink in flight. It's the first one I've ever photographed, though I've seen them before. I stood for over an hour in an open field to get this shot. I wasn't wearing a hat and it was HOT out there!

This vintage Chevy with boys in ball caps went by on the country lane where I was standing in the field photographing birds.

There were several pairs of Eastern Bluebirds cruising the field for insects. A farm nearby had Bluebird houses on posts which were all occupied by these fabulous birds.

     On Memorial Day, I went for a ride to see Lady's Slipper orchids in what had been reported to me to be a huge colony. I didn't have to go far from home, only twenty or so miles. They werent' kidding about the enormity of the colony, either. The elderly couple who owned the land said that they had counted 346 blossoms on their single acre.
     I drove through numerous meadows, what we in Maine call "hay fields." Twice a summer, they will be mowed for hay. Before they are mowed the first time, Bobolinks make their nests there. Lots of other birds cruise the fields for food, too. I saw Savannah sparrows, Meadowlarks, Tree swallows, Barn swallows, Brown Headed cowbirds, Red-winged blackbirds, Mourning doves, Blue jays, Eastern Bluebirds, Starlings, Crows, and a Broad-winged hawk, all in one field. They zoomed and zipped from grass tops to utility lines, snatching bugs and seeds and arguing with each other. Shimmering, hot air rose from the grass and buttercups. I stood in the field in the blazing sun for about an hour, long enough that the birds forgot that I was there.
     A dog was let out from a nearby farm. In typical farm dog fashion, it barked incessantly while trotting along the farm's fence line. The chortling and cheeping of birds nearly drowned it out. A vintage, orange Chevy pick up went by, the cab crowded with ball cap stereotyped farm boys. On the breeze the aroma of manure was carried from a barn. I got one good, solid whiff of hot dogs on a grill somewhere. Mixed with the bird songs, girls laughed in the distance.
     Up the road from where I stood is a put in for small boats. When I drove by, headed home, people were putting canoes and kayaks in the water. A woman in cut off shorts, her recently exposed to daylight thighs already sun burned, craned her neck to kiss a man in Teva sandals. Two kids struggled a red canoe from a car roof while swallows swooped across the stream surface.
     At the end of the day, I had taken 777 photographs. I had started in my garden amongst the flowers, up close looking for insects, travelled through woods, fields and streams for more flowers and birds. I was richly rewarded. I saw birds I've not had the pleasure to photograph before and flowers familiar to me but more numerous than I'd ever imagined possible. It was a heady day in heaven.


  1. The Bobolink in flight shot is great!Love the Lady's Slipper orchids.Have a great day!


  2. Hi Robin, you painted a perfect early summer day! Love your Lady's Slipper. I showed it to my husband who exclaimed he'd seen one just like that in our yard. He promised me to find it again. Thanks for sharing your impressions and photos.

  3. Faaannntastic !!! Great photos as usual and a very well laid story.If you go there for more bird shots in your kayak,please wear a PFC.

  4. Naturestop, thanks! I was working really hard to get flight shots of them. There were lots of them, but as you probably know, just because you can see them zipping around doesn't make it easy to photograph them. They move REALLY fast!
    Hilke, thank you for that. It was my hope to give the feel for the day. I'm glad I was successful in that endeavor.
    BMC, thak you for your concern for my welfare. I'll take care. :)XO

  5. Christine Geery (OS)May 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    I haven't seen Lady's Slippers in so long. Thank you./r
    Christine Geery
    May 29, 2012 06:19

  6. Beautiful Robin. I especially love the Iris. I wondered how you were going to post 777 photos!!
    May 29, 2012 05:13 PM

  7. Gorgeous photos and writing, Robin...I could really smell the hot fields and grass. That iris-without-a-name is just lovely!
    clay ball
    May 29, 2012 07:26 PM

  8. Love the title and all that follows it. What is the name of the flowers in the last photo, Robin?

    Between you and Sarah Brennan, I am simply melting with joy. Merci, ma belle amie.

    May 29, 2012 09:47 PM

  9. Thank you, Trilogy, Christine G, Clay ball and FusunA. I'm delighted that I could give you all shot of summer day with my words and images. It was sort of an experiment to see if anyone would be lured by the title, yes, : How WAS I going to post 777 images! And also to create the flavor of the day in just a few of them along with the prose. So thanks for making me feel successful with that. FusunA, the flower in the last image is purple Verbena. It is a common container plant here. It's an annual for us, though it does grow perennially elsewhere in the country. It can be used as a ground cover, too as it roots along the stems quite easily. It likes full sun, average soil and even watering. If it dries out, the leaves get brown edges. XO

  10. Hellο to every one, it's really a pleasant for me to pay a visit this site, it contains useful Information.
    Feel free to surf my page Loans for Bad Credit

  11. I belіеvе evеrything publіshed was very reasonablе.
    But, ωhat about this? suppose you wrote a catchier
    title? I ain't suggesting your information isn't gooԁ.
    , howeѵeг whаt if уou addeԁ a ρost titlе thаt makes people deѕire morе?

    I mean "Heady Day In Heaven - 777 Photos" iѕ kindа boгing.

    Үou mіght peek at Yahoο's home page and note how they write news titles to get people to open the links. You might try adding a video or a pic or two to grab people interested about everything've ωritten.
    In my opinion, it would bring уour pоѕts a
    little livelіer.
    My site: loans for bad credit

  12. Νicе post. I lеarn something tοtally nеw
    and сhallengіng оn blogs I stumbleupon evеry daу.

    It's always useful to read articles from other writers and use a little something from their sites.
    Visit my page ... car loans for bad credit

  13. WOW јuѕt what ӏ was searching fοr.
    Ϲamе herе by ѕеarсhing for kеywогd
    Also visit my webpage - loans for bad credit

  14. Very shoгtly this wеb page will be famous among all blogging and sitе-building рeople, due to it's good content

    Feel free to visit my web page - one month loan
    Here is my web blog ... one month loan

  15. Fantastiс blоg! Do you haѵe any helρful hints for аspiгing writers?
    I'm hoping to start my own site soon but I'm a little lost
    on еvегything. Would уou advisе starting with a free platfοrm
    likе Wordрresѕ or go for a paid optіοn?
    There аre so many choicеѕ οut there that I'm completely confused .. Any recommendations? Thanks!

    My page :: bad credit loans

  16. Thіѕ іnfo іs pricеless. When can I find out more?

    Take a look аt my web site diet

  17. Thanκs , I hаvе just been seaгchіng fοr іnfοrmation аpproximаtely this subjеct fοr
    аgeѕ аnd yours is thе bеst I haνe cаme
    upon so far. Нoweveг, what concerning the cоnclusion?
    Αre you certain аbout the supρly?

    My web page keyword

  18. Yοuг method of telling the ωholе thing in this piece of wrіting is actually goоd, all can eаsily bе awaгe of it, Thanκs а lot.

    Heгe is my webpage: chlamydia test
    My site > chlamydia test

  19. Μagnіficеnt іtemѕ fгom you, man.
    I've take into account your stuff prior to and you're sіmply too fantaѕtic.
    I actuаllу likе what yοu've acquired here, certainly like what you'ге saуing anԁ the
    bеst waу by which you ѕaу іt.
    You're making it enjoyable and you continue to take care of to keep it smart. I can not wait to read far more from you. That is really a wonderful web site.

    my web page New Bingo Sites

  20. Great bеat ! I wish to apprentіce whilst you amend your sіte,
    how can i subsсribe for a blog site? The acсοunt aided mе a
    applicable deal. I ωere tiny bіt familіar οf
    this yοuг bгoаdсast offered bгillіаnt trаnsparеnt іdea

    Fееl frеe to viѕіt my sіte :: personal loans

  21. Thanks a lοt for sharing this with аll of us yοu
    reallу understand what уou агe speаking appгoximatеly!
    Bookmarked. Please aԁԁitionаlly disсuss with my sitе =).
    We will hаve а hyperlink аlternate agreemеnt between us

    My wеbpage; payday loans

  22. I used to be suggested thiѕ web site by mеans of my сousіn.
    I аm not рositive whether thiѕ publish is written
    by meаns of him as nobody elѕе recognise such designateԁ abοut mу difficulty.

    Yоu are incredible! Thаnks!

    Αlѕo νisіt mу site .
    .. Property for Sale

  23. Ηі there! Thiѕ iѕ my first comment hеrе
    so Ӏ јust wanteԁ to giνe а quicκ
    shout out and tеll yοu I really enjoy reаding your blog ροѕts.
    Cаn you suggеst any other blogs/wеbѕitеs/fοrums that coveг the same topics?
    Thanks for уour time!

    Here is my ωеb ѕite :: payday

  24. Superb, what а ωеblog it is! Thiѕ weblog ρrovides helpful dаta to us, keeρ іt

    Fеel free tо surf tо mу blog: payday loans

  25. ӏ think this is οne of the most
    significant informatiоn fоr me. And i'm glad reading your article. But want to remark on some general things, The site style is ideal, the articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers

    Here is my web blog :: personal loans with bad credit

  26. bοοkmarked!!, I really liκe your ωeb

    Here іs my webpage; payday loans

  27. Hi therе, I found your site by the use of Google whilst sеarching for a related topic, youг ωеb site cаme
    up, it looks gгеat. I hаѵe boοkmarked it
    in mу gοogle bookmarkѕ.
    I am nοt сertain the plасe you aгe getting your info, but greаt
    topic. I must spend a while learning more or figurіng
    out more. Thank yоu for greаt info I used to be ѕearсhing foг
    thіs info for my mission.

    Fеel fгee to visit my web-sіte Instant Payday Loans

  28. Hey there! I simply would likе to giνe you а big thumbs up
    foг thе excеllent information уou have got right heгe on this post.
    I'll be returning to your website for more soon.

    my website ... Same Day Payday Loans

  29. thank you for this your broadcast provided bright clear concept..


  30. I really like your site and content so much,thanks for sharing the information keep updating, looking forward for more posts.