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Let's Stay Together

Great American White Pelican
Captured at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, USA

Thanks to the curators of these great themes on Google+
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday: Curators +Margaret Tompkins
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur and +Ian Calland
#Newbirdpoker created by +Phil Armishaw and curated this week by +Jan Rainbird

#pelicans #squawcreeknationalwildlife #birds #flock #togetherness

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Honkers-Follow Me
Canadian Geese

+Water Bird Wednesday #WaterBirdWednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins
#NewBirdPoker hosted by +Marilyn Benham, theme is "side view".

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge

© 2016 Don Spenner
#Geese #Migration #CanadianGeese
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Great Blue Heron

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Captured just after sunrise at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, I almost missed this beauty, as she blended nicely into the lake, dead branches and lily pads.

Tidbits
http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/great-blue-heron
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/squaw_creek/

#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday: Curators +Margaret Tompkins
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur and +Ian Calland

#donspennerphotography8412 #watefowl
Copyright ©2016 Don Spenner

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Monarch

Hugo's "flower to butterfly" by Eugene Field

Sweet, bide with me and let my love
Be an enduring tether;
Oh, wanton not from spot to spot,
But let us dwell together.

You've come each morn to sip the sweets
With which you found me dripping,
Yet never knew it was not dew
But tears that you were sipping.

You gambol over honey meads
Where siren bees are humming;
But mine the fate to watch and wait
For my beloved's coming.

The sunshine that delights you now
Shall fade to darkness gloomy;
You should not fear if, biding here,
You nestled closer to me.

So rest you, love, and be my love,
That my enraptured blooming
May fill your sight with tender light,
Your wings with sweet perfuming.

Or, if you will not bide with me
Upon this quiet heather,
Oh, give me wing, thou beauteous thing,
That we may soar together.

Thanks to the curators of these great themes.

+FLOWER POWER +Edith Kukla
It's #FloralFriday! The +FloralFriday theme was created by +Tamara Pruessner and is co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James.
#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Francine Vanlé +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Wayne Lu
+On The Wings of Butterflies +Sharon Jeannette & +Cicely Robin Laing

#monarch #sepiatone #donspennerphotography7683


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Hang On
Monarch

The first monarch of the year graced my garden and posed just long enough to display her full beauty.

""How long does a monarch live?

The total time frame for one butterfly's life cycle (one generation) is about 6-8 weeks . . . egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly. It grows inside the egg for about 4 days. It then munches milkweed and grows as a monarch caterpillar (larvae) for about 2 more weeks. The caterpillar's life inside the chrysalis (pupa) lasts about 10 days and its wonderful life as an adult butterfly lasts from 2 - 6 weeks""
http://www.monarchbutterflyusa.com/Cycle.htm

Thanks to the curators of these great themes:
+FLOWER POWER +Edith Kukla 
t's #FloralFriday ! The +FloralFriday theme was created by +Tamara Pruessner and is co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James.
#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Francine Vanlé +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Wayne Lu

#monarch   #donspennerphotography5772  
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Gliders....

For #newbirdpoker curated by +Barry Scully.
This theme is for the week 17th - 23rd July. Thanks to +Marilyn Benham for the reminder.

Main theme: Silhouette.
Sub-theme: golden hour, taking off or landing, and previous 2 main themes, flocks and on a branch.

Focal Length: 105mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/1600s
Exposure Comp.: -0.3EV
ISO: 250
Metering: Matrix

#gulls #seagulls #glidingbirds #goldenhour #donspennerphotography

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Spread Your Wings

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A Monarch for your Morning.....
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