Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Happy Birthday in Heaven Jon

“Happy Birthday in Heaven Jon”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Last year was my first year raising monarch butterflies. It was a lot of hard work but well worth it.

One of my greatest joys in raising them was releasing two different butterflies in honor and memory of two young men. Their lives were taken at a young age.

The male monarch butterfly in this video was named Jon, in memory of Jon Desso. Jon was a nice Christian young man that attended the school where I taught. His mom, Jane, taught my daughter when she was in the second grade.

I placed a small circular tag on Jon’s butterfly, which has three specific letters and numbers to track his migration to Mexico. Monarch Watch distributes these tags and the data collected aids in research. Jon’s tag numbers are ZEU 860.

Happy birthday in Heaven Jon! I am glad I could honor you in this way.

Location: Athens, Georgia

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Seeing Double

“Seeing Double”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

While I was birding on Grand Cayman Island, our guide took us to a pond where we found a female West Indian Whistling Duck and her three ducklings.

These ducks are nocturnal and feed mostly in the evenings, yet the Lord had them out feeding the morning I was there!

The Bahamas National Trust website says, “The West Indian Whistling Duck is the largest and rarest of the 8 species of unique whistling ducks found throughout the worlds tropical regions.” They are also one of the two rarest ducks in the Western Hemisphere. I am glad I had the opportunity to see them.

Don’t you just love their white feathers with brown polka dots?

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Sneaking In?

“Sneaking In?”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

While I was in El Paso, Texas, I visited Chamizal National Memorial Park in search of hummingbirds. I did my research and was hoping it would pay off.

Boom Baby! They were feeding on the Texas Red Yucca. I sat at the base of this plant for almost three hours and loved every minute of it!


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Monday, February 18, 2019

The Coast is Clear!”


“The Coast is Clear!”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I photographed a sow and her cubs in a field at Cades Cove for about an hour and a half as they foraged for food. The field was decorated with Queen Ann’s Lace and the grass was tall, which made it difficult to photograph them, so I sat on the roof of my SUV to get a better shot.

Then I saw the perfect opportunity to get the shot I really wanted—the bears were headed towards a freshly cut path. It took them a while to get there, but one by one they followed ma.

He looks a little timid in this image because there was a large crowd awaiting their arrival. Ma was right there though—her back paw is just out of the frame. 

If you look closely, you can see the ear of its sibling in the tall grass.

Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Greatest Love

"The Greatest Love”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

My mouth was agape as I saw the intricate details inside the poppy—a stunning white cross. How beautifully crafted did the Lord create everything!

On this Valentine’s week, consider the greatest love of all. It did not come packaged in a box of chocolate candy or red roses it came when Jesus died on the cross for you. 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia  

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Stand Tall

“Stand Tall”
Judy Royal GlennPhotography

Since Valentine’s Day is this week, I wanted to post flower photos. This one poppy stands among a whole field of others. In and of itself, it is beautiful, but with the other flowers around it, the scene becomes even prettier.

You are one in a million too and you are special. Stand tall and shine.

The outside isn’t what is important—it’s what is on the inside! I can’t wait to share with you Wednesday’s post!

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Prince of the Mountain

“Prince of the Mountain”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

This summer, an immature red-billed streamertail hummingbird thought he was king of the mountain in Jamaica, but he is only a prince. Once he is full grown, maybe he can be king. 

This stunning black and green little gem can only be found in Jamaica and is their national bird. His tail is short and has not fully grown to the adult’s length of 6-7 inches, and he is missing quite a few iridescent feathers on his chest because he is molting.

They have the longest tail feathers of any hummingbird. The locals call them the “Doctor Bird” because their long tail and black crest resemble the doctors of ole.

If you would like to hear their beautiful song that I recorded three years ago, you can find it on my YouTube page—Judy Royal Glenn or click here. 

Location: Ochos Rios, Jamaica

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Passion Lady

"Passion Lady"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Gulf fritillary butterflies are also called passion butterflies. The passion flower is the host plant in which females lay their eggs.

The female fritillary butterflies are generally slightly larger, have more brown markings and are usually darker in color.

Location: Athens, Georgia

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