Monday, July 31, 2017

Posing

“Posing”
Blue dasher dragonfly

I love that dragonflies come back to the same perch over and over. It makes for easy photography.

Location: Clarkesville, Georgia

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Danger! Danger!

“Danger! Danger!”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

The least terns are nesting on St. Simons through September. I had the pleasure of watching them for several days last weekend.

These terns are the smallest in the world, but that doesn’t give them a disadvantage when it comes to attacking their enemies—ghost crabs. Ghost crabs prey on their eggs and chicks! The terns are feisty little rascals and when a crab comes near, they bond together and protect their young.

Ghost crabs are sneaky though. They will attack then bury themselves in the sand to later carry on their mayhem. Did you know they can even slightly change color to match the sand around them?

It was amazing to watch!

Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia

Monday, July 24, 2017

Curious

“Curious”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I created the Hummingbird Trail for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia to give back to my community so that they could enjoy finding the hummingbirds in the garden. There are twenty-one markers that show where the hummingbirds are perching and feeding.

Recently, before I took a group on the trail, I went through to see where the hummers were. This immature ruby-throated hummingbird curiously watched from its favorite perch.

Location: The Hummingbird Trail at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

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!