In memorial

Yesterday was a sad day for my family.  My father, Allan Hart Grundy, Jr passed away in his sleep, early in the morning at the age of 84.  He had been dealing with the effects of cancer for the past several months and we were all glad that this suffering was over but at the same time, mourning our loss of his presence.

Dad was a man of many accomplishments but, his first concern was always for his family.  He spent his final days making sure that everything was in place to insure that his wife and children would be well provided for and that nothing was left un-finished.  We will be forever grateful for all the things that he did to provide and care for us all.

Hart Grundy was a graduate of the University of Virginia.  As an electrical engineer, he spent his entire career with the same company, working his way up through industrial sales to eventually become a Vice-President of the company.

In his spare time, dad was a sportsman in many ways.  He loved Motorsports and spent many a weekend on rally or Gymkhana events, exploring the back roads of Virginia in an old TR-4.  An excellent tennis player, he was on the courts from High School until after retirement.  He also enjoyed getting out on the links with a round of golf and loved hunting and fishing when he could get out into nature.

Dad leaves behind a long list of family and friends who will miss him dearly and remember him fondly.

It is a burden to grieve his passing but a joy to remember his life.

A million thanks to the man who made everything possible for me!

Allan Hart Grundy, Jr



Bottle-brush plant

The bottlebrush plant is one of those hot-climate beauties that offers up great color all the time.  I think this is most interesting when you look close-up.  The bright-colored bristles as so fine, it’s kind of like a flower with nothing but stamen.  Be careful if you go to inspect them closely because bees also love these flowers.  If you go sticking your nose in too close, you might get stung.

Red Cluster Bottlebrush Bush
Callistemon rigidus

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/250 sec – ISO 640

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Glossy Ibis

This was another new bird for me, the Glossy Ibis.  This image shows an adult and immature pair wading along the edge of a pond.  The adult bird is the one with the reddish-brown coloring on its head.  The immature bird has duller colors with dark and light streaks on the head and neck.

It was fun to watch these ibis probing the marshy bottom of the pond to find little shrimp or crabs.  In the sunlight, the adult’s feathers are irridescent.  They seem to glisten and change color as they move about.  A beautiful bird to see.

Glossy Ibis
Plegadis falcinellus

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/8 – 1/400 sec – ISO 250

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Ducky love

It is kind of strange to hear ducks that don’t quack.  The black-bellied whistling duck lives up to its name.  They have a high-pitched whistle kind of like someone stepped on a squeaky toy.  Since spring-time is mating season for many birds, this group was exhibiting some of that behavior.  I got these two “necking” at the edge of a pond.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Dendrocygna autumnalis

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/640 sec – ISO 800

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Out the window

It is always a treat to look out the window and see a variety of birds stopping by.  The yellow-rumped warblers have been here since fall.  When they appear, it is obvious that they think they own the place.  It hasn’t stopped other birds from showing up but they will definitely run competition off.

I guess it really doesn’t matter to me who the dominant species is at the moment.  I have seen these warblers, the blue birds, red-winged blackbirds, cardinals, and others come in, take over and then move on.  Even the local deer have come in to check out the bird feeders.  It seems to work out that none of them go hungry even if they have to come back later to get their turn.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
(Setophaga coronata)

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
550mm @ f/8 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800

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Part of the family

There are lots of birds that appear in pairs when visiting my feeders but the cardinals seem to come in colonies.  Yesterday, this group came in and there must have been about a dozen.  They come in a group, male and female, and take up positions.  Some go to high “lookout” posts, others forage on the ground and a few take turns at the feeders.

You can tell which are leaders.  They take the preferred spots and chase any challengers off.  Some are younger members, maybe the chicks from last year’s brood.  I imagine it won’t be long before they are nesting and there will be a new crop of chicks.  Then things will get really busy!

Female Cardinal
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/10 – 1/25 sec – ISO 800

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Good things in small packages

While it is sometimes true that bigger is better, small can often be quite beautiful, even if it is not always noticed.  The tiny blooms on this plant can easily be overlooked.  It may only have been how the white flowers reflected the morning sunshine that made me stop and look but I’m glad that I did.

There is nothing big or flashy about this but somehow, it draws you into a miniature world.  I can somehow imagine myself projected into a tiny existance where these flowers tower overhead and where the garden insects stampede past me.  It is wonderful to stop and appreciate the small things.  You often get more out of them than all those loud, noisy, in your face, things that scream at us all the time.  It is nice to enjoy the quiet and unimposing gifts that appear when you look at little things up close.

Nikon 7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/8 – 1/2000 sec – ISO 200