Thursday, December 31, 2009

Red Tailed Hawk in flight

Happy new year everyone.







 



(click to enlarge photo's)


I hope we all soar as proud as this hawk!

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Turkey Vulture

What did you get for Christmas?






I got a new camera!

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Craig Glenn

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Lesser Scaup

Thanks to all my blogger friends that helped with the ID of this guy!


 
 
 
(Click to enlarge, go ahead, I dare ya!)

I guess he was tired of posin' for pictures... I saw this face through the lens and promptly left! LOL


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Craig Glenn

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Christmas Mouse

Tufted Titmouse that is...


 








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Craig Glenn

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Yellow Throated Warbler

This is a new life bird for me!


(click photo to enlarge)

One of the "southeastern" warblers, the Yellow-throated Warbler is a bird of tall trees. It nests and forages high in the canopy of swamp and pine forests.  Source


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Craig Glenn

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Merry Christmas

Daisy, Darby, Maureen, Sara, and I wish you all a very merry and safe christmas!




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Craig

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Atlantis






Click to enlarge

For more great Critters go to Camera Critters Meme!

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Craig Glenn

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Search for the Bug Lady Part 4

Hot on the trail!

Welcome back to story time my friends.  It's time for the next installment in our quest to find the Bug Lady

In Part 3 of our story, we were run out of town by some pesky Rhino! 

"I hope that poor little man got to come back down from the tree daddy", said Sara from high atop her rented camel.

"I am sure he is just fine by now little one", I answered, "that rhino has probably gone back into the bush by now, I would think".

"Good" Maureen added, "I have never seen anyone climb a tree that fast"!

Sara laughed and nodded her head in agreement.  We all became quite and reflected on the exciting encounter with the Rhino.  The trip south had become long and hard and we had not seen any critter on the dusty trail all day.  Then up ahead little Sara saw movement in the bushes and waved her hand in the air. 

"What is it Sara" I asked?

"Up there ahead in that thicket, I saw something" she whispered.

Brave little Sara commanded her trusty Camel, who she called Clyde, to stop and kneel so she could get off. 

"Do be careful Sara, it could be a lion or something" Maureen warned her as I looked for a tree to climb. 

"No, look" Sara exclaimed, "it's a Purple Swamphen!" 

"Hello, pretty Swamphen, my name is Sara"

"Hello Sara are you having a nice safari?"

"We are having a great adventure looking for the Bug Lady of South Africa", Sara explained. "Do you know how to find her?"

"Why yes, little one, in fact she is a camp really close to here!"  "YAY!" Sara shouted. "Which way do we go?"

"Just continue straight down this path and you will find her camp!"




Sara thanked the Purple Swamphen and gave her a little pat on the head.  She climb on old Clyde's back and gave the UP command and away we went.  We asked Sara what she know about the African Purple Swamphen and this is what she told us: "European birds are overall purple-blue, African and south Asian birds have a green back, and Australasian and Indonesian birds have black backs and heads. The Philippines subspecies is pale blue with a brown back."  Boy I tell you, she is like a little Wikipedia!

Maureen was the first to spot the camp.  Sara and I were very excited and filled with much anticipation with our journey so near its destination.  What would it be like to finally meet the real live Bug Lady?!? Here camp was simple and very much what you would expect an expert safari camp to look like.  The Bug Lady, however, was nowhere to be found.



"Perhaps she is out in the bush with her camera taking exciting photo's for one of her blogs" Sara said. 

"Perhaps little one, we will just have to wait and see if she comes back soon" I said.


And that was our adventure for that day!  Have we found the elusive Bug Lady at last? Is she coming back to this camp? Stay tuned for the next exciting post to find out!  In the mean time please pay the Bug Lady a visit on one of her nature blogs,  South African Photos and Natures World of Wonder. Do leave her a comment and tell her Little Sara sent you.  She will know who you mean!

Read the whole Series!

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Bahamas Part 1

I'm BACK!  Did you miss me?

I am back from my vacation and my very first cruise.  The plan is to share my nature finds on this my nature blog and maybe a story or two on my observations blog.  Feel free to ask any questions you may have about our trip as I am now quite the globe trotter!  It was my first time out of the country, save an imaginary trip to South Africa or two.  Don't you worry Sara fans, I will get back to that story real soon.

For now enjoy this shot I took with my iPhone.  That's right, iPhone.  My regular point and shot was miss behaving and I have to use the iPhone camera the whole trip.  I devised a special water proof container to get these shots.  M had just swam out of this shot when I took it.  Snorkeling in the Bahamas was a ton of fun!




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Craig Glenn

Sunday, October 25, 2009

I got my eye on you





Maureen is taking me out of the country for the first time in my life for my upcoming birthday.  (Oct 31 if you were wondering, please mail my gifts to ... never mind)

Well I will be out of touch for from Monday until Friday so please excuse my absence.  I will catch up will all of you when I get back.  I do have an eye one you so behave!

Love you all,

Craig Glenn

Friday, October 23, 2009

Little blue heron

Taken with my iPhone.

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Craig Glenn

Monday, October 12, 2009

Search for the Bug Lady Part 3

A familiar face...

Welcome back to our story friends.  We left our story with brave little Sara getting some much needed correct directions from Mr. Giraffe to help with our search for the celebrated Bug Lady.  So we continued our adventure armed with renewed excitement and anticipation when little Sara asked M and I, "Does the Bug Lady only capture bugs?"

"No, little one, the bug lady is also a world renowned safari guide and has seen and photographed all of Africa's most amazing and dangerous critters," I answered the wide eyed little girl.

Then Sara asked, "Why do they call her the Bug Lady then?"

"That's a great question Sara," I said, "we shall definitely ask her this when we find her!"

This is when we meet our old friend Mr. Meerkat.




"Hello Mr. Meerkat" M said with an evil hungry tone in her voice.  It had been some time since our last meal.

"I bet they are not bad with a little BBQ sauce," I said. 

"So, did you find her? LOL LOL LOL" ask they sly little Meerkat.

Some time later...

"You were right daddy" Sara said licking her lips, "they are tasty!"

Just kidding people... they are much to quick!

Actually we had a nice meal in a nice village.  We asked about any Bug Lady sightings and were about to get some key information when a there was quite a panic!  A man come riding his bicycle into the village and jumped off and climbed straight up a tree!





"Excuse me sir" I asked looking up, "what is all the fuss?"

He directed our attention with a point of his crooked finger to our left.




So we mounted our Camels and had to leave the tiny village.  Oh my, we were so close to getting some good Bug Lady information too.  Oh well, that's the breaks in Africa.  We continued our journey to the south, in search of the Bug Lady. 

I hope you enjoyed our African adventure for today.  Sara, M, and I will be back soon with more exciting stories and photo's soon!

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Birds can't read




Just a quick iWalk update before we continue with our African adventure.

I took this shot with my iPhone and I think he is an young red
shoulder. What do y'all think?




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Craig Glenn

Monday, October 5, 2009

Search for the Bug Lady Part 2

The Meerkat told you what?...

Two days later after meeting and talking with Mr. Meerkat our feet were exhausted from all that walking.  M and little Sara were starting to complain a little bit and it was up to me to now find some better transportation for the vast African landscape.  As a charter member of the Institute of Better Science, I knew just what to do.  Dromedary Camels are a well known means of transportation in hot desert climates.  So off we went to the local Dromedary Camel Rental dealership much to the delight of M and little Sara.




So we were off again in search of the famous Bug Lady!  As we rode I told little Sara all about the Bug Lady.  She listened with wonder and amazement.  "Daddy, she really lets the bugs crawl on her while she takes the photo's?", Sara asked from high atop the Camel.  She sure does Sara, truly a fearless and brave woman the Bug Lady is.

Little Sara was the first to spot our next African Critter friend and it was a good thing she did.  "Look daddy!"
She screamed and pointed.  "It's a Giraffe!"

"That's right Sara," I answered, "now walk your Camel over close to that tree and climb up so you can talk to him."  That is just what little Sara did and this was their conversation.




"Hello little girl," said Giraffe.  "Hello Mr. Giraffe!", said Sara, "we are on an adventure to find the Bug Lady, do you know who she is?"  "Of, course I know the Bug Lady!" said Mr. Giraffe.  Sara continued on, "Mr. Meerkat, said we could find her near here, have you seen her?"

"Near here!" laughed Mr. Giraffe, "she is no where near here little one".  "The Bug Lady lives far to the south and though I know her well I haven't seen her in these parts for a long time!"

"You have to be very careful of Meerkats, little one, they are quite the jokesters and will often lead travelers astray with their cunning deception!"

"Oh my", exclaimed Sara, "Thank you for your help and honesty, we will travel south now and we will surely tell the Bug Lady of your kindness and help."

Sara slid down the Heelu tree and told M and I the news.

Meerkats! Discovery should do a special on those crafty troublemakers!  Stay tuned blog friends, there are many encounters and exciting adventures to come as we search Africa for the famous Bug Lady!


Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Search for the Bug Lady Part 1

The adventure begins...

I have been MIA.  I know this has been tough on everyone, I know this from the overwhelming amount of email that has poured in over the last month.  Ok, it was only one but I can tell I was missed.  Well actually it was not even about my absence at all.  It was from mama and she wanted to know when I was coming to visit, but I digress...

I am sure you're curious about where M and I have been.  Well I have put together several post to tell just that story.  M and I loaded up little Sara and went on a safari to find the world famous Bug Lady from south Africa.   Here is the map we used.  Note how I drew myself a pointer back to Florida so we could find our way back home.






We have known the Bug Lady for some time now through blog land.  M decided it was time for us to up and go on a trip so I suggested we pay her a visit.  Getting to Africa was quite an adventure in itself but I will start the tale at the point we arrived in Africa. The first critter we ran into was a Meerkat.  So we stopped and asked if he knew where the Bug Lady lived.  He said he did and turned his little head to the North and said go that way.  So we did.

 


This is only the beginning of an exciting African adventure filled with many African critters.  So stay tuned and watch as the search for the mysterious Bug Lady continues.

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn




Muskovy

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Craig Glenn

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Feed me!

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Craig Glenn

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Reflections in nature

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Craig Glenn

Monday, August 31, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Rainforest Frog


I thought you might enjoy this from from outside the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney.

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Craig Glenn

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lego Dragon


For Gaelyn!

This is the Lego Dragon from Downtown Disney.

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Craig Glenn




Camera Critters

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Myster Critter Wednesday 12 Solved



M and I went out to dinner with some of her college friends at downtown Disney last month. We spotted some Lego displays and I was so excited. I just knew these would be wonderful Mystery Critters. I will try to post some of the others Saturday for the Camera Critters meme. That's right Gaelyn, a Lego Dragon!

So, on to the important reveal. This weeks winner was so detailed and absolutely accurate that I am pasting her answer here...

Knowing I may face ridicule, but having raised five kids who loved legos, it looks to me like it could be the mouth of the giant lego T-Rex that is outside the Imagination Center in Downtown Disney. Now, I have never been to Florida, but with your clue and your photo and having learned something of your mindset from having read previous Mystery Critter Wednesdays, I googled and I found a tiny photo of the T-Rex. So on that basis I am going to go out on that precarious limb here.

Elaine!!! What a great job of research. Perhaps Joan and Tom, not to mention Scooter could learn a thing or two about how this game is played. I just love Elaine's blog called "Arctic View". She has been posting some amazing photo's of Sandhill Crane's. Located in Alaska, the complete oposite corner of the US from Florida, Elaine brings one of the most beautiful states in North America to us in brilliant detail. She also apparently has her own sled dog team as this is how she told me her donation is being sent to me here in Florida.

I hope everyone will pay Elaine a visit and say congratulations, you will not be disappointed and will want to follow her Alaskan blog for sure.

Thanks for playing along everyone!

Craig Glenn

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mystery Critter Wednesday Round 12

Downtown Disney



Welcome back to MCW. They say that Africa is the cradle of civilization, however, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that Orlando, Florida did it's part as well. I know this may offend some of my loyal followers, I won't mention any names (Joan, from South African Photographs) but you know how it is with blogs, there seems to be a trouble maker in every bunch. You all know the rules, the one with the correct answer and the most details will win. But if Mama ask,s Scot won, OK? We just wont tell him this time... he never reads what I write anyway, he just looks at the pictures anyhow. Good luck everyone and thanks for playing.

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mystery Critter Wednesday 11 Solved

Silver Springs




Sorry for the long delay. There were so many near winners this week. I am going to let Scotter pick the real winner. This is the Alligator Snapping Turtle. I plan to get some good information about this interesting fellow soon, but didn't want to delay the reveal any longer, so here he is.

Thanks for playing everyone.

Craig Glenn

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mystery Critter Wednesday Round 11

Silver Springs




It's that time again. MCW presents yet another Silver Springs mystery. Congratulation Scooter for your upcomming win and thanks for having mama back off just a little bit. I just want to apologize to Joan this week, well because she doesn't have a prayer for getting this one! LOL I am sorry did I say that out loud?

Good luck everyone and have fun!

Craig Glenn

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Mystery Critter Wednesday 10 Solved






The overwhelming majority knew right away what this Mystery Critter was. Kelly was the first to respond with the very close answer of albino crocodile. Joan was however the first to mention albino alligator. From there just about everyone followed suit and I must admit that I revealed way too much detail and should have made it a little harder, but I hope everyone had fun just the same.

So it is with great personal amusement that I announce this week’s winner. Ladies and gentleman, I give you SCOOTER!!! Congratulations little brother on your 10th straight MCW win. I don’t know how you do it week after week. (Now will you please tell mama to stop calling me? It’s bad enough I have to take grief from all my followers!)

Thanks for playing along and I hope to see you all back soon.

Craig Glenn

Mystery Critter Wednesday Round 10

Silver Springs



Well I really gave it away this week so I want you to be specific with what you think this guy is. The one with the closet correct identification will win. Of course Congrats to Scooter in advanced for his tenth straight MCW win.

Good luck everyone and have fun!

Craig Glenn

Monday, August 3, 2009

Kodiak Bear

Silver Springs


If I remember correctly this little fella weighed in at about 1200lbs.

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Craig Glenn

Flamingos

Silver Springs




M's photo

I feel that it is time for a blogging poll.

I have been catching a lot of heat lately over my photos. Yea I know, go figure, everyone is fine with the stories I post, but they are drawing the line when it comes to the photographic evidence. Y’all are giving me way too much credit. I wish I could doctor my photos but the truth is, I am just not that technically savvy. Now when it comes to telling tall tales, you might have something to talk about.

But first let’s call the trouble makers out by name. That’s right, I am calling you out! It seems that M has joined forces with that bug lady and J, Jane, Jalynn, or what ever her name is. Yea, that’s right J, I know about you too! The horrible rumor boils down to this. I have been using without permission and claiming credit for photos not taken by me but rather M! I KNOW, it pains me to even write such an outrageous accusation.

I have provided two photos of Flamingos for you to see. The above one was taking by M. The photo below was taken by me. Again this is from our day trip to Silver Springs. As you can clearly see I do not need to steal anyone’s photos!



My photo

Please vote on which photo you would rather see on my blog, this is the blogging poll part. As for the conspiracy, why is everybody always pickin’ on me?

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn

PS. M’s photo was taken right before we were invited to leave the park. It’s seems there is a rule about entering the animal enclosure and stalking the Flamingos for that perfect shot. Thanks a lot M!