Literally. Lake Merritt, in Oakland, California, is actually a tidal lagoon and includes the oldest dedicated wildlife refuge in the United States, which was established in 1870! I am fortunate to live across the street from the Lake, which is why I take so many photographs of birds!
Posted for Terri’s Sunday Stills: For the #Birds.
The bird is beautiful!
I had not seen this bird before, nor have I seen him since. He appeared one day last March when I was out with a camera, and sadly I didn’t have a repeat opportunity to take a focused shot. Does anyone know what the species is? And where he might more normally be found in North America?
And here’s another little guy I’ve only seem once – on the same day I saw the above beauty. Can anyone identify this one for me?
Posted for Terri’s Sunday Still’s For the #Birds.
I had taken this shot from both the horizontal and vertical position. The horizontal shot looks like lovely fall leaves laying on some exposed tree roots. Although it might appear just a little creepy given the dark and twisted nature of the roots.
I took the vertical shot just to get a different perspective, and was pleased with the result, but didn’t see anything unusual about it until I looked at it on the computer. That gave me a completely different perspective.
This is an isolated shot of the upper part of the root.
Nothing special, right? Just damp and dark bulges of an old tree.
But here is the full vertical shot.
Do you see the nose and the huge eyes in that same section of root? To me it looks like a skull. With perhaps some leaves caught in a fossilized beard.
Do you notice the skull face more prominently in the second shot or the third?
Weigh in with comments!
Posted for Terri’s Sunday Stills: Something Scary.