Skip to comments.In My Oak Tree
Posted on 02/23/2008 4:54:38 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
Back in 1989 a friend was putting in a driveway. There was an Oak sapling in the way. I chopped around the roots with my machete, brought it home and stuck it in the ground. It never shed a leaf, I can't get my arms around it now. In warm weather I just about live under it, and the critters like it too. I caught these shots from my porch steps this afternoon. Boss Cardinal was calling his mate.
Fantastic photos thanks for sharing. ;-)
Looking at the plumage: unusually rich this season !
From the leaves and the buds, it looks like a White Oak, SWAMPSNIPER. Is it?
Thank you, beautiful as always! Pandy
Great shots. Old Boss looks well fed. No drought down your way?
This one is a Live Oak, it may get to be huge.
It’s breeding season down here, most of the birds are looking good!
I hate to spoil the party, but by allowing your neighbor’s tree to be planted on your land and letting it grow this large without filing any protest, you have given him adverse possession of your property. /s
Great tree. Quercus virginiana will outlive all of us. You leave a “legacy tree” to future generations.
I plant American Elms (Ulmus Americana) and Copper Beeches (Fagus Cuprea) in my travels, as “legacy trees”, for the future.
“A society grows great when old men
plant trees, in whose shade they know they
shall never sit.”
You have been rewarded well for saving that baby tree. We also like to rescue oaks in our yard after the squirrels have planted them for usm but ours are red oak and white oak. We have quite a few now, but, here in Maryland, the only green leaves we have are on the magnolia.
The cardinals are wearing their finest here, too, and calling to their ladies.
I have been feeding a mated pair of Cardinals all winter long up here. (Southern WI.)
‘First In, Last Out’ at the feeder each day. They are one of my favorite birds. Chickadees run a close second.
If your Ping List is for Birders, please add me. If it’s for photos, then add me too! :)
I keep running into you tonight!
I’m a Nursery Manager for Jung’s. Thanks for that quote. It’s going into promotional material next year, now that I’m in charge. ;)
You’re on it. I’ll photograph anything, just have more birds than alligators right now.
Once again your pictures cause a lot of excitement, You really have a professional eye. I just love every time you post and unplug my laptop to share with family.
We live in CT and have three feeders outside on the deck that we watch the birds. Husband has watched bird couples come and go. It is fun to hear his tales.
Continue to post your wonderful photos as I am still looking at that cardinal calling and wondering how the heck you did that!!!
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL !
The hardest thing I've ever tried to teach anyone is how to sit still, and be aware of their surroundings. I reckon it just isn't on the list of coping skills in this day and age.
My daddy never hunted after WW2, but I grew up in a hunting culture, a 12 year old kid could take a .22 rifle and hunt alone back then, and that is what we did. That is the time of life when learning comes fast, and I think that some of the old primitive instincts still exist, uncluttered by being "housebroke". When I tell someone that I can smell the spot where a covey of Quail bedded down for the night, or that I smell a Rattlesnake, they look at me like I'm nuts. Your senses degrade with age, and disuse. When you're a kid they are sharp, but you've got to smell the scent, and see the Quail, to make the connection.
Practice sitting still. Scan with your eyes, watch for motion that isn't synchronized with the wind.
The really good professional wildlife photographers often spend days sitting in one spot to get the knock your socks off shots. From that point on it's up to equipment and processing, but they had to be there when things happened.
Swamper that slide show on Cabbage Hammock is real neat.
What a beautiful bird!
And, such good pics of him, too.
Out my wayward way, I don’t get to see Cardinals...my favorite bird.
Did his mate show up?
I’d love to see a white oak tree again, too.
Great pics, as always.
You are so right. I grew up on a farm, and you can learn so much from the animals. Kids in this day and time don’t have time to just sit and watch. For instance, I knew long before I could read that a dog’s tongue curled backwards when they were drinking. According to the books, humans can’t see that motion because it’s too fast. Whodathunkit? If you don’t make those connections when you’re young, you probably never will.
Love trees, too. we’re surrounded by pine trees. When we built our house, the power co wanted to cut down the only white oak on the property to put in lines. I told them no—go in another direction and cut down a damned pine tree. They fianlly did, and I’m so glad. That oak, like yours, is a beautiful tree.
I love Cardinals. Thanks for sharing!
We're loaded with robins in Mobile this week.
Saved it to my quotes.
I think it was a cardinal's version of CHOCOLATE... was too cute ...and worth remembering.
Lovely as always swampsniper. I live in a hardwood forest. Unfortunately something went through here a few years ago and all my red oaks are dying or dead. I have one red oak that has a pileated woodpecker home wwwaaaaaayyyyyy up in the top. I found it when I heard an odd sound and sat still long enough to look for its source. I saw a baby with his head sticking out the hole practicing drumming on the side.
I’ve been using that quote for my personal and corporate email tagline, for years. It’s a great one, when thought through.
Where I grew up (Rochester, MI) we had a mated pair of cards living in our backyard, non-stop, year-round, for three years. The male, who we called "Hook," had only one leg. If we let the feeder stand empty for more than two days, he would hop across our deck to our sliding door and yell at us.
There are several male cards that have been hanging out at my feeder this winter, and I'm fairly certain one of them is one legged.
Have you ever seen this before?
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