Welcome to the mon@rch nature blog and I hope you join us in some of our nature adventures through the Allegany State Park area!
I am a naturalist, field biologist and nature photographer from the Western New York area. I have started exploring nature writing through this blog and it truly has been fun sharing my numerous adventures with everyone. Thanks to the many other authors that help me with my post and they will be sharing some of their nature explorations.
I have always had a latent interest in birds and photography and have been lucky enough to find time to explore these interests over the last few years. I am very thankful to the Cattaraugus County Bird Club for getting me started, sharing their wealth of knowledge and for their wonderful programs. And many thanks to Tom for letting me share some of my adventures and photos on the Monarch Nature Blog.
Thank you for taking the time visiting and commenting on this blog.
Mon@rch–so very pretty. It is wonderful to see beauty in all that surrounds us.
19 January 2008 at 9:00 am
It’s so pretty I’m going to keep telling myself today when I’m out “It’s -30 in Saskatchewan!”
19 January 2008 at 9:04 am
What pretty frosted photos Tom!
19 January 2008 at 9:19 am
What kind of bird do you suppose made that little nest?
19 January 2008 at 9:22 am
Beauty is always there if we look for it. I love the little nest. Nests are something else I need to learn to identify…
19 January 2008 at 9:23 am
So very beautiful, even though just looking at them makes me cold! :c)
19 January 2008 at 9:51 am
Lovely colors. I think the frosted sumac is the best one!
19 January 2008 at 10:36 am
Very nice photos, I especially like the red oak and black locust fruits. The contrast between the round seed pods and the pointy bristle tips really makes this picture very pleasing.
19 January 2008 at 10:43 am
Those are so beautiful, Mon@rch! Wow!
19 January 2008 at 11:07 am
Great photos – I especially like the first two!
19 January 2008 at 12:09 pm
I love your frosted pictures. I was noticing that we don’t see as much of the sumac around here as we used to. I wanted to cut some and put them into an outdoor arrangement this winter and I haven’t found any I could collect. This makes me wonder what is going on?? It must be the the farmers are keeping their fence rows so darned cleared out that they haven;t any place to grow.
19 January 2008 at 12:33 pm
These pictures are so beautiful! I’m glad you share them today!
19 January 2008 at 1:05 pm
Oh just beautiful frost on those leaves!!! You can really blow those pictures up, make prints, and frame that! Great job.
19 January 2008 at 3:06 pm
these are so beautiful tom…
i love every one of them. just gorgeous.
19 January 2008 at 3:28 pm
Beautiful photos. Just wonderful. Frost adds life when we need it.
19 January 2008 at 8:04 pm
Poor bird nest! Other than that, quite lovely. Everything appears as though it’s been dipped in sugar. Very nice!
19 January 2008 at 8:07 pm
Frost can sure make art out of ordinary things. Those are great pictures. I love the one picturing the common teasel. You ought to be able to get some super “frost” pictures after the cold and snow we are getting tonight! brrrrrr
19 January 2008 at 8:08 pm
Ahhh those photos show more color of winter.
Don’t you just luv it.
19 January 2008 at 9:08 pm
Those pods are of Black Locus? -I remember my parents had a bunch of those trees in their yard-they were odd trees to have in a suburban yard.
19 January 2008 at 10:16 pm
@ MGMom – thanks for your kind words!
@ Marg – thanks and I need to try that!
@ Pam – thanks
@ Moe – we were trying to figure that out. Probably a warbler species and we thought maybe a Redstart but it is really hard to say without nest in hand.
@ Ruth – thanks and maybe I should do a quiz with nest.
@ Jayne – if I show you a photo from todays snow, that might make you colder!
@ Misti – thanks and that was the only one I took with the D70s . . no I guess I did the bird nest also! Anyways . .
@ Tom – thanks and I think the Red Oak is my fave also!
@ Liz – thanks
@ Adam – thanks and I was very happy when capturing them.
@ Lisa – I wonder why? We have them all over here.
@ Rondi – thanks and have wanted to post them all week.
@ Chicago – thanks and they so much remind me of your paintings!
@ Nita – thanks and I was going to just post two or three! But I agree and had to post them all!
@ Mary – thanks and frost is good! Better than 2 feet of snow and freezing rain!
@ Lana – they sure do, thanks
@ Linda – not sure if I can get frost but should be able to get snow pictures tomorrow!
@ Toni – thanks and I sure do!
19 January 2008 at 10:16 pm
@ Lvn, thanks and I do believe that’s what they are! I know they are not honey locus!
19 January 2008 at 10:18 pm
That first one is a masterpiece! They are all fantastic. You’ve got to frame some or make them into notecards.
19 January 2008 at 10:44 pm
Very nice Tom, the Red oak leaf is amazing, well done 🙂
20 January 2008 at 10:46 am
The teasel is my favorite. I love its little curls.
20 January 2008 at 11:54 am
What great photos! Funny-I have one similar to the top one, except the background is my gravel driveway.
Gotta love those frosty elements for photos.
Thanks for always visiting my blog and leaving comments.
20 January 2008 at 3:18 pm
The frosty photos are really wonderful, and I love the nest, but where are your 18 inches of snow? Doesn’t everyone have snow?
20 January 2008 at 3:47 pm
@ TR – thanks and will think about it!
@ Bernie- thanks and glad you enjoyed them!
@ Grace – thanks and glad you enjoyed them!
@ wesleyjeanne – thanks and will have to try and find your frost photos! Anytime!
@ Barb – thanks and we don’t have 18 inches but thought about take some pictures today! Maybe tomorrow I will get some!
20 January 2008 at 6:55 pm
Lovely frosty stuff – I’m a sucker for teasel, I wish it grew in my area. Super details in the red oak and locust…
20 January 2008 at 9:22 pm
Very nice shots – interesting to see leaves of different oaks.
20 January 2008 at 10:29 pm
@ tomwhelan – thanks and probably should have worked on the lighting but I like that blue color (making it look colder than it was)! Welcome to my site and I enjoyed visiting your webpage. Although, I did have to edit your link so that it worked right (hope you don’t mind)!
@ NatureShutterbug- thanks and I was so happy seeing the two leaves together like that!
20 January 2008 at 11:16 pm
you need to check out the zenfolio web site. They make it easy to post and sell photographs with little effort on your part.
20 January 2008 at 11:49 pm
Nancy, thanks . . . why are you interesting in buying one of my photos? 🙂
21 January 2008 at 12:00 am
Great photos, Tom. The teasel is my favorite. (I like the name, too. Ever find a weasel in the teasel?)
21 January 2008 at 1:46 am
Who said frosting was only for cake? I enjoyed the pictures!
21 January 2008 at 6:25 am
@ Marvin – thanks and can’t say I have ever seen a weasel in teasel! LOL
@ Vern – LOL but I like the cake version better!
21 January 2008 at 9:59 am
Not at present but others may be interested…I just want you to do a bird presentation for my 3rd graders? Please. What about some evening, my house, dinner served and you could give Sarah some advise on wildlife photography.. .
21 January 2008 at 10:07 am
@ Nancy – evenings for sure are much easier to pull off than during work time!
21 January 2008 at 10:37 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday?
21 January 2008 at 10:49 pm
Nice frosty pictures, Mon@rch. The Teasel is my favorite too. I think it’s supposed to grow in Minnesota, but I’ve never seen the real thing (only pictures).
22 January 2008 at 8:28 am
Gorgeous pictures–I love the teasel too! Do you know what bird would have made that nest?
22 January 2008 at 4:52 pm
@ Nancy – next week Tuesday isn’t good (Geobash meeting)! The 30th (weather pending) is the Roger Tory Peterson Institute meeting and as of now Friday sounds like the best day!
@ Ruthie – thanks and I have to think they have them out there!
@ Joan – thanks and we are thinking a warbler species! Maybe Redstart!
22 January 2008 at 8:09 pm
23 January 2008 at 2:31 am
What a beautiful photo Mon@rch!
23 January 2008 at 10:37 am