North Fork of the Black Creek

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On the way to work this morning I left early enough to catch the sun rising over the north fork of the Black Creek in Middleburg, Florida. I pass this area a lot but its usually later and the light is flat so it was a nice treat to finally catch it this way.

 

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Boys prettier than girls

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At least for our smallest falcon, the American kestrel. The boys have a beautiful blue “jacket” that sets them apart which is quite striking. The girls are not far behind, and larger to boot. Guess its best not to mess with them in case they hear me.

I’ve been going through old photos when wildlife was my primary subject. I long since sold or traded the old Canon and Olympus gear, but seeing these shots makes me miss grabbing these shots!

The Eyed Click Beetle

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I don’t know why my office attracts bizarre insects, but I certainly enjoy it! This bugger is the Eastern Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus oculatus) and it makes this loud clicking sound as it hurls itself high into the air. I did not know this when meeting him in the warehouse as he did look intimidating, but think I’ll have to give it a go if he comes around again. The best thing about finding these bugs is learning something new about these amazing creatures, and getting to photograph them is pretty cool too 🙂