Monday, May 18, 2009

That's My World-Twin Lakes Wildlife Management Area

When I got Miz Winnie(photo in sidebar) from Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland in November last year she did not like to get in the car. She was okay once she was in the car, but getting her in was problematic. Since I don't abide dogs that don't like to go in the car, I immediately set out to change that. There is a McDonald's about a half mile from the house, so every morning I went through drive through for my breakfast. It was a quick in and out of the car and it soon accomplished it's purpose. She now thinks she has the dog given right to go with me every time I go.

This morning I went for breakfast and when we got home she didn't want to get out of the car, so I left the car door open and came in the house and she soon joined me. When I went back out to close the car door, she was back in the car. So I decided that her idea on how to spend the day was better than mine (vacuuming, etc.), so off we went. Decided to go to Twin Lakes.

I saw a fair number of birds including this first of year Grasshopper sparrow. (Photo cropped)

There were a fair number of butterflies around some flowering bushes. Saw my first of year Monarchs, Silver-spotted Skippers and much to my delight I saw a White-Lined Sphinx Hummingbird Moth. They are difficult to photograph because their wings go at about the same speed as a hummingbird. This one stayed well out of range of my macro lens, but I snapped a couple anyway and one turned out fairly well(photo cropped)

Another photo (this one was taken at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area in August last year)

larger image

All in all, it's obvious that Miz Winnie had the best idea for how to spend the day, however, I suspect that I'm going to need to do some reverse training regarding "going for a ride in the car"!

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Sylvia K said...

What fantastic shots! Absolutely gorgeous birds, colors! How lovely your world is! Thanks for sharing!

Erin said...

lovely shots...those butterflies are huge.
have a great week.

SandyCarlson said...

That's an interesting creature!

Guy D said...

Fantastic close-up shots, these are awesome.

Have a great week
Regina In Pictures

Sally in WA said...

Your method for curing Miz Winnie of her reluctance to go for a ride cracks me up. I feel so lucky both of our dogs love to ride and have from the get-go. Miz Winnie is a cutie.

That sparrow looks so tiny, too.

Arija said...

Your world is full of magical flying creatures, thank you for sharing it.

Denise said...

Your photos are fantastic. I only found out about the hummingbird moth a couple of years ago. I have never seen the type you showed in your photograph. It's a beauty. The story of Mz Winnie is very sweet. Personally I think she has the right idea. Housework can always be put on the back burner in my book. Rides out in the car should always come first.

Gaelyn said...

LOL! I love Miz Winnie, she's one smart girl. But you may have to slow down on that junk food. Great captures of the butterflies.

Karen said...

There is nothing better than going for a ride in the car with your furry friend :-)

Wonderful shots !!