Friday, October 19, 2018

Nite! Nite!

"Nite! Nite!"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

This is Lucky Jr. eating away at this common milkweed. He is named Lucky Jr. because he is lucky to be alive. 

I had a monarch caterpillar named Lucky, but he got sick and did not make it. So, I named this one Lucky Jr.

A head count is necessary when swapping out fresh milkweed for the little critters to make sure no one gets left behind. At this time, they were only two centimeters long. 
One caterpillar was missing and I had no idea where he was. I looked everywhere. I kept a container on my table to put all the old leaves in. There he was on a leaf!

He has his own milkweed plant and butterfly cage so when he becomes a butterfly, I can give him his special name.

Location: Athens, Georgia

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Friday, October 12, 2018

A Rainbow of Colors


“A Rainbow of Colors”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Macaws are beautiful birds. I guess the Lord could not make up His mind, so He made then a beautiful rainbow of colors. 

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park in Florida  
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Monday, October 8, 2018

A Rare Treat

“A Rare Treat”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography
Tricolored heron - juvenile

I was raised on St. Simons Island, Georgia and enjoy going back to visit and photographing the birds there. Herons and egrets are a few of my favorite species on the island. 

I don’t get the pleasure of photographing the tricolored heron very often. This one is a juvenile.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

On the Brink

“On the Brink”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

A friend and I enjoyed photographing this green tree frog at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. He steadied himself on the edge of this leaf. I could tell he was going to jump, but he was kind enough to pose and let us take lots of photographs.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Goliath


“Goliath”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Goliath was a very large monarch caterpillar. He was nicknamed Fat Boy by my husband and me. I thought it would be nicer to have a more majestic name, hence the name Goliath.

Location: Athens, Georgia

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Eye to Eye


"Eye to Eye"
Male rufous hummingbird

I loved being eye to eye with this little fellow for several hours. Wherever he went, I followed. I did not have to travel far because he stayed around using this yucca plant to defend his territory!

Location: Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden,
Arcadia, California

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sweet Dreams

“Sweet Dreams”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Cades Cove, Tennessee is a magical place. If you have never been, I highly suggest it. 

There is an 11-mile loop through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You never know what you will see, but it probably will be a black bear. I’ve also seen deer, turkeys, coyotes, a bobcat, and other wildlife.

This little fellow enjoyed filling his tummy until he got plum tired and took a nap in the crook of this tree. After a short snooze, he was right back at it! 

He picked a good tree right off the loop road where he put on a show for all those passing by. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Georgia

“Georgia”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Georgia is my first male monarch butterfly that I have raised from an egg. It has been a rewarding, yet arduous process. 

He wasn’t doing very well and wasn’t thriving. He would lie on his side and not do anything. I turned my guest bathroom into Georgia’s spa. I warmed the room with a small heater, cut up fresh orange slices, and made some honey water for him to feed on.

He got much stronger, and I released him two days later due to all the rain from hurricane Florence.

He was tagged with a special tag from Monarch Watch. This tiny tag can be used to track their migration to Mexico. If found, the tag should be reported through the Monarch Watch website.

Backstory:

I now have an inkling of an idea of how it feels to have lived in the depression. Milkweed, their source of food, was a rare commodity. I purchased one milkweed plant in the spring and a female monarch laid a billion eggs on it. I had to drive out-of-town to buy more because none could be found in Athens.

Those four plants I bought also had a billion eggs! This cyclical cycle played out over and over again leading me back to buy six more plants.

There were times that I did not know if I would have enough to feed my babies. I adopted three caterpillars to a friend and helped feed her monarchs from my plants knowing I may not have enough. 

Scraps of leaf bits fell into the pots, and I would scrounge up what I could to put in the center of the caterpillar cage to create a smorgasbord of food.

Another friend helped by giving me some of her milkweed, and she knew where I could adopt out some of my caterpillars. In total, I adopted out 26 caterpillars.

My friend that I adopted three caterpillars to knew someone which led to her bringing me two young milkweed plants. I now know I will have enough. The Lord provided milkweed right when I needed it!

Note how he has his head turned to look at me. I have never seen a butterfly do that!

Here is Georgia's spa:


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Location: Athens, Georgia

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

In Remembrance

“In Remembrance”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

The terrible memories of 9/11 are part of our past as a nation, but they do not define us. I wanted to honor all those lost by posting a photograph of a lily. 

Lilies symbolize so many things. The calla lily has been associated with faith, purity, and holiness.

Location: Athens, Georgia 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Pierced

 
“Pierced”'
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

A great blue heron was in search of an early lunch as he scoured the water’s edge. The brim didn’t have good luck for the day.

Location: Rome, Georgia

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

I’m the Leader!

“I’m the Leader!"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Recently, two bucks and a doe were frolicking around in the fields of Cades Cove, Tennessee. But, rut season was near and these bucks were gently testing each other by locking antlers.

One buck firmly stated, “I’m the leader!” The other buck pulled back and concurred. 

Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Serenity

"Senerity"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I love watching the horses in the fields of Cades Cove, Tennessee. The ironweed made the sight even more beautiful. Not until I got home did I notice the beggar’s-lice tangled in his mane. It gave him a nice hairdo. 

Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Friday, August 24, 2018

What’s all the Fuss?

“What’s all the Fuss?”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

A friend of mine from Tennessee invited me to stay at her house. When in Tennessee, the must thing to do is to go to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

This little black bear cub was foraging with his two siblings and momma bear in a field. He was causing quite a stir amongst the visitors. He stood up on his hind legs wondering what’s all the fuss?

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet!

“Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet!”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

For some strange reason, when I look at this photograph, it reminds me of Elmer Fudd saying, “Shhh! Be vewy, vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits.” There is one exception—I would not hunt rabbits.

This little fellow was not far from my camera, and he felt comfortable enough to walk towards me. It kind of blew me away!

Location: Watkinsville, Georgia

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Payback!

Payback!
Juvenile barred owl

I stopped by a friend’s house to chat with him and his wife one evening. The sun had already set, and we visited in the dim light of their front porch.

He told me a barred owl and its baby had visited the night before and sat in their trees as the "baby" called to its "mom." While I was standing there, he saw the owl fly to the same tree. 

It was super dark, and I could barely see the outline of the owl. I asked him if he had a high-powered flashlight. He rummaged through his house and then shone the light on him so I could photograph the owl.

Intermittingly, its mom was on a branch over my car. Crunch! The two-foot limb she was sitting on fell unto my car. There was a major issue—the car was brand new, and I only had it a week.

Thankfully, the branch was rotten and did not weigh much. It spared my windshield by a hair. A few small scratches now decorated my car, so I called out, “Stupid owl!” The owl was just paying me back for shining a light on her baby.

I don't even like to use the word stupid. That's just what came out!

Location: Watkinsville, Georgia

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