Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tag Along

“Tag Along”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

A friend of mine found this little fellow as we were walking through the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. I wanted the snail to tag along with us so I could photograph him. He was a good model:)

Location: Athens, Georgia

Monday, July 17, 2017

Surprise

“Surprise”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Rarely, do I have the pleasure of sitting in a bird hide, but this particular morning, I sat in a hide at the Franklin Mountains State Park - Tom Mays Unit. In Georgia, we only have the ruby-throated hummingbird, although a rufous hummingbird has been wintering here.

I enjoyed hearing the different sounds the rufous hummingbird’s wings make!

Location: Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Second Chance

"A Second Chance"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Going to Julie’s farm is such a treat. She has tons of animals like alpacas, goats, sheep, and chickens just to name a few.

Recently, a couple of ewes had lambs, but one was very sick with a high fever. The sick ewe was a first-year mom and gave birth to a healthy brown lamb that had distinguishing white marks on her head. For now, the lamb is called Sweet Pea.

Julie did everything she could to help the ewe. The vet was busy and could not come to the farm at that time.

At one point, I was all alone with the ewe in the field, and she started labored breathing. While on my knees on the damp ground and hay, I cried out to the Lord, “Please don’t let her die!” I tried to comfort her, but she drew her last breath and died.

It broke my heart. The baby lamb would also not have a mom to love!

The lamb seemed like my baby—I felt responsible for her. While I worked the rest of the day, she stayed with me, and I bottle-fed her a couple of times.

I prayed the Lord would have one of the other ewes let Sweet Pea nurse, but they shunned her. It was not as easy as I thought and quickly learned nature can be very cruel.

Before I left, I spoke to the mother ewes and told them to let her nurse. Julie explained she would have to tie the mama ewe up several times a day and force the ewe to let the lamb feed. It is a very labor-intensive job.

I received a text a little over a week later from Julie, which stated, “Your prayer is answered.” Another ewe gave birth and the lamb died. Julie put Sweet Pea next to the ewe, and she let her nurse. I was able to witness this miracle myself via FaceTime.  

A ewe accepting a lamb that is not its own is very rare. Julie read in order for this to happen, the skin would have to be cut off of the dead lamb and put on the other one.


I am tickled Sweet Pea has a mom, and the ewe that lost her lamb now has a baby to care for. It truly is a miracle! God is good!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Brown Heart

"Brown Heart"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Here is a short story of how two mushrooms lead to photographing a mama bear and her four cubs.

While deep in the woods of Cades Cove with Paul, my husband, and Darwin, a photographer friend, I stopped to photograph two mushrooms. Darwin busied himself photographing a stump as Paul rested leaning on a tree.

Paul heard some rustling behind him and turned to find a mama bear standing on her hind legs not far away. Paul scampered away to let us let us know.

The mama bear quickly “treed the cubs” (she told the cubs to go up the tree) in front of Paul. Bears use trees as babysitters while the mama forages for food.

Darwin told us that sometimes the mama bear will tree her cubs near humans to protect them from a male bear. Something in the tall brush spooked her. Maybe it was a male bear—she knows they could kill her cubs.  


Two cubs went with mom to forage and two stayed in the tree. Darwin and I left Paul to babysit the cubs in the tree while we photographed the mom and the other cubs. 

I love the brown heart on his face:)

Here are the mushrooms I stopped to photograph. If I had not stopped, we probably would have never seen the bear.

And we all lived happily ever after! 

The End.

Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mesmerizing Water Lily

“Mesmerizing Water Lily”

There is something mesmerizing about this water lily to me. Is there a hidden story to tell?

Location:  The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Monday, July 3, 2017

Drop Dead Gorgeous

“Drop-dead Gorgeous”

I never thought I'd be calling an alpaca "drop-dead gorgeous," but here is another drop-dead gorgeous alpaca for your viewing pleasure. She has the prettiest eyes! Don't you think?

If you missed the other gorgeous alpaca, click here.

Location: Clyde, North Carolina