I have been wanting to photograph a furled fiddlehead for a while now—I just did not know what they were called. I knew it was a curled fern leaf, but after doing a little research, I found they were called fiddleheads.
More interesting is the fiddlehead got its name from the ferns resemblance to the curled end of a stringed musical instrument like a violin or fiddle. The fiddleheads are also cooked then eaten. I read they high in vitamin A and C, are very nutritious, and also have powerful anti-inflammatory and hormone-regulating abilities.
There are also negative aspect to eating certain types of fiddleheads —cancer being one, and they have also "been linked to a number of food-borne illnesses in both the US and Canada." You can read the article if you would like. For me, it won't be bon appétit! Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
I was really excited to photograph a lot of hooded mergansers two weekends ago on St. Simons Island, Georgia. I saw several two days after Christmas, but I did not get any real good shots. This time, I saw around 19. There were four adult males, about eight immature males, and about seven females.
At first I thought there were mainly females, but I was wrong. The immature males look a lot like the females. The immature males have the same brown coloring as the females, but the immature males have a thin black beak and yellow eyes and the females have dark eyes and a slender yellow bill.
I will be posting my favorite male hooded merganser photo on guideposts.org in a few weeks. I have a photography blog on their website called He Created It All. I post my photography and write the background story behind the photo. If you haven't visited my Guideposts blog, please check it out:)
Note the splash on water in
the right corner. They love to dive for crayfish, fish, and other types of