The Natural WorldPhotos of wildlife, plants, caves, canyons, parks, insects, and space (moon and planets).
- Our BackyardAll photos in this part of the album were taken at our home.
- BirdsSpecies number 74 photographed at the house by Grandpa Roy on Saturday, 13 May 2023. It was a female Orchard Oriole.
- BuffleheadThe Buffleheads appear during the colder months.
- Bunting, IndigoA beautiful bird that only goes to feeders when there are few insects, their primary diet.
- Catbird, GrayCalled a Catbird because it sounds like a cat when calling. It also mimics the songs of other birds. This bird is a summer visitor to the feeders.
- Chickadee, CarolinaThe Carolina Chickadee is another bird seen frequently at the feeders.
- Coot, AmericanThis Coot has only been seen one fall season, in 2020. It was around for a few days and then never returned.
- Cormorant, Double-CrestedSpecies Number 64 behind the house. Frequently seen, but hard to photograph, as evidenced by the limited number of photos.
- Cowbird, Brown-HeadedThe Cowbird is considered a pest at feeders and isn't observed very often.
- Dove, MourningMourning Doves are the ones heard "cooing" in the distance after a rain. They prefer to eat from the ground beneath the feeders.
- Duck, MuscovySpecies number 68 swam down the lake right next to our bulkhead on 14 June 2022. It tried to join a small flock of Mallards. It was last seen in December…
- Duck, Ring-NeckedThe RIng Neck Duck is another winter bird.
- Duck, WoodPhotos taken through the dining room window are not very good, but they do document Grandpa's first sighting of this rare duck on the lake behind the house.
- Eagle, BaldIt is a real treat when a Bald Eagle makes an appearance.
- Egret, GreatThe Great Egret is very rare in this area. They show up every few years.
- Finch, PurpleSpecies number 71 photographed at the house on 11 December 2022.
- Flicker, NorthernSo far the Flicker has been seen only a few times.
- Flycatcher, Great CrestedThese Flycatchers are seen over the lake in warm weather starting about April. It is rare to get a good photo of one.
- Goldfinch, AmericanThe American Goldfinch is another common bird at the feeders.
- Goose, CanadaVery common bird, seen daily on the lake. Licensed people look for nests and "shake" the eggs so no young will hatch as they do not migrate and are considered…
- Grebe, Pied-BillThe Grebe usually is alone on the lake. It appears during the colder months, though supposedly they are in the area all year round.
- Grosbeak, BlueA North Carolina summer bird. Rare at our feeders. Species number 66.
- Grosbeak, Rose-BreastedRose-Breasted Grosbeak photographed and identified on 1 October 2021 is the 60th species photographed in the backyard. As it turns out, a female was at the…
- Hawk, CoopersThe Coopers Hawk is known to be in the area, but is hard to photograph.
- Hawk, Red-ShoulderedRed Shouldered Hawks are often seen in the area.
- Hawk, Red-TailedRed Tailed Hawks can be seen if one looks for them.
- Hawk, Sharp ShinnedThe Sharp-Shinned Hawk is rarely seen in the area.
- Heron, Great BlueThe Great Blue Heron is a common sight on the lake year-round. It is the largest bird seen.
- Giant BirdbathThe Great Blue Heron does not fit into a regular birdbath, but as can be seen in this series of photos, it still enjoys splashing around in a replacement body…
- Heron, GreenThe Green Herons return every year to have their young in a nest across the lake. They are gone by late July each year.
- Hummingbird, Ruby ThroatedThe Ruby Throated Hummingbird is common during the summer. They fight at their feeders.
- Jay, BlueBlue Jays are frequently heard, but hard to photograph around our backyard.
- Junco, Dark-EyedJuncos also are called Snow Birds. They are most common in the winter and usually feed on the ground beneath the feeders.
- Kingbird, EasternThe Eastern Kingbird is a type of flycatcher, eating flying insects.
- Kingfisher, BeltedThe Kingfisher is another hard-to-photograph bird though it is common along the lake.
- Kinglet, Ruby-CrownedThe Kinglet is rare because it actually prefers insects.
- Mixed SpeciesMore than one species in the same photo.
- Mockingbird, NorthernThe Mockingbird is seen at the feeders during the colder months. In the summer they are seen along the roads.
- Nuthatch, Brown-HeadedThe Brown-Headed Nuthatch is a fairly common bird at the feeders.
- Oriole, OrchardSpecies number 74, the Orchard Oriole. Very rare as it prefers fruit. When that is not available, however, it will go after insects.
- OspreyGrandpa Roy photographed his first Osprey across the lake, high in a tree, in September 2011. In October 2021, he finally got a few photos with the better…
- Phoebe, EasternThese Flycatchers are common during the summer months.
- Robin, AmericanUsually seen during the cooler months, Robins never go to the feeders but prefer insects and worms on the ground.
- Siskin, PineThe Pine Siskin is another bird seen in the winter.
- Sparrow, SongSpecies number 70 to be photographed. They were not around very long.
- Sparrow, White ThroatedThe White-Throated Sparrow is seen in winter in our area.
- Swallow, BarnThey build their nests under overturned boats now as a defense against Hawks and are rarely seen at Grandma and Grandpa's house.
- Swallow, Northern Rough-wingedOriginally thought to be a Sand Swallow, grandpa's, additional photography actually confirmed it is a Northern Rough-winged Swallow.
- Swan, MuteWe have seen Swans on the lake only two times since moving here in 2010.
- Tanager, SummerSpecies number 58 in the backyard. Rare for this area. The Summer Tanagers do not go to feeders.
- Thrush, HermitRare in our neighborhood, Grandpa Roy first photographed a Hermit Thrush at Weymouth Woods last year.
- Titmouse, TuftedThe Titmouse is a very common bird at the feeders.
- Vireo, White-EyedBird species number 72 photographed behind the house. North Carolina is their breeding ground, but they are not listed otherwise as a local bird.
- Vulture, BlackHard to identify as they resemble the Turkey Vulture so closely, but they are here.
- Warbler, PineThe Pine Warbler is another winter bird at the feeders.
- Warbler, Yellow-RumpedThe Yellow-Rumped Warbler appears during the colder months.
- Warbler, Yellow ThroatedThe 50th bird species that Grandpa Roy photographed here at home was the Yellow-Throated Warbler, a winter bird. It has not returned since these photos from…
- Waxwing, CedarGrandpa Roy believes the Cedar Waxwing is a beautiful bird. They are not around for long.
- WigeonThe identity of this bird is uncertain, though several people in the birding groups Grandpa Roy frequents thought it to be a Wigeon.
- Woodpecker, PileatedThe Pileated Woodpecker is rarely seen, but they are in the area all-year-round.
- Wren, CarolinaThe Carolina Wren is another common bird with an uncommonly loud voice.
- Yellowthroat, CommonA bird that prefers to be high in the trees, but builds its nest close to the ground. Seen only rarely.
- Rest of WorldWorldwide photography away from home. Includes zoos, hiking trails, parks and more.
- Caves, Canyons, Parks & More
- United States
- Bell Rock and the Vortex Opens…The Sedona visit was in 2000.
- Grand Canyon from the Air Opens…This flight was made during the trip in 2000 to the South Rim.
- Grand Canyon North Rim Opens in…Your grandfather actually felt the view from the north room is more beautiful, but he cannot really explain why.
23 May 2014.
- Grand Canyon South Rim Opens in…The trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon was in 2000.
- Meteor Crater Opens in new tab.Another unplanned stop.
25 May 2014.
- Painted Desert Opens in new tab.The Painted Desert is vast, covering much of northeastern Arizona. This album is in two parts: what your grandparents saw during their drive to Utah and the…
- Petrified Forest Opens in new…The Petrified Forest National Park looks like a place where someone has cut down all of the large trees; however, on closer examination it turns out every one…
- Sonora Desert Opens in new tab.Your grandparents hiked the Sonora Desert in 2000.
- Garden of the Gods Opens in new…A Colorado state park Grandpa Roy always has heard of but did not know was on the route south.
- Rocky Mountain National Park…Grandma and Grandpa's friend, Rick Rogers drove during a wonderful tour of the best parts of the park, entering at one end and leaving at another.
- Hawaii Halona Blowhole Opens in…It puts on a show when the tide and waves are right.
- Idaho Craters of the Moon Opens…This volcano erupts about every 2,000 years. The astronauts trained here for their voyage to the moon.
Visited 22 June 2019.
- Louisiana The Bayou Opens in new…Bayou Tour by Airboat
- Montana Pictograph Cave State…Pictograph State Park is a National Historic Monument.
Visited 18 June 2019.
- New Mexico
- Carlsbad Caverns Opens in new…The magnificent caverns in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Visited 14 May 2014.
- Petroglyph National Monument…Petroglyphs galore at Petroglyph National Monument.
Visited 28 May 2014.
- Sandia Peak Opens in new tab.Just outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the peak is reached by the longest cable tram in the world.
Visited 27 May 2014.
- White Sands National Monument.…White as snow, but it never melts.
Visited 15 May 2014.
- North Carolina
- Blue Ridge Parkway Opens in new…Photos from portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway inside North Carolina.
- Linville Caverns Opens in new…Visited August 2015.
- Morrow Mountain Opens in new…Visited in 25 July 2015.
- Smoky Mountains National Park…The park spans two states: Tennessee and North Carolina.
Visited 4 June 2014.
- Uwharrie National Forest Opens…Visited 2 December 2012.
- Ohio Nelson Ledges State Park…These rock formations were created when the prehistoric Ice Age glacier stopped in this area and deposited the stones here.
- Oregon Columbia River Gorge…Visited June 1995.
- Pennsylvania Frances Slocum…Near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Date visited 19 October 2019.M
- South Carolina
- Edisto Memorial GardensThe gardens, in Orangeburg, consist of two larger parks as well as memorials and a fine arts center. Date visited 06 March 2023.
- Great Swamp Sanctuary Opens in…Walterboro, South Carolina,
Visited 13 May 2016.
- Santee State Park Opens in new…Santee State Park
- Swan Lake Iris GardensVisited 06 March 2023.
- Thomas Sumter Memorial ParkThis park actually is in the suburb of Dalzell. In addition, in reality it is the Sumter family cemetery.
- Utah Bryce Canyon Views Opens in…Bryce Canyon was another site your grandparents had not scheduled for a visit. They were certainly glad that they did.
- Virginia The Skyline Drive &…Date visited and driven, 23 October 2019, Grandma Bert's birthday.
- Washington Mount St. Helens…Visited June 1995.
- Rest of World
- Plants, Fungi and Other Natural…
- Formal Gardens Worldwide
- Colorado Denver Botanic Gardens…Grandma and Grandpa's Denver friend, Rick Rogers, took them and Noah to the botanic gardens on Saturday, 29 June 2019.
- Nebraska Omaha Lauritzen Garden…Visited Independence Day, 2017.
- North Carolina
- Airlie Gardens Wilmington Opens…Visited 7 July 2020 by Grandma Bert and grandsons Aaron and Noah.
- Cape Fear Botanical Garden…Visited on 26 March 2016 and then again on 22 May 2021.
- Daniel Boone Native Gardens…The Daniel Boone Native Gardens are located in Boone, NC. The cabin belonging to Daniel Boone's father was moved here for display.
- Elizabeth Lawrence Gardens Opens…Charlotte.
Located 10 doors from Wing Haven Gardens, the admission price to Wing Haven includes this house and garden.
Date visited 28 October 2021.
- James Boyd House Gardens…Today the home is called the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities.
- Tryon Palace Gardens Opens in…Grandma Bert remarked that she wished they had eight gardens from which to choose to relax in.
- Wing Haven Gardens Opens in new…Charlotte.
Date visited 28 October 2021.
- Oklahoma Oklahoma City Myriad…Visited 30 May 2014.
- Other Displays and Plants
- WildlifePhotos we have taken anywhere in the world except at home in Whispering Pines.
- United States
- East of the MississippiMiscellaneous birds seen in states east of the Mississippi River.
- North Carolina
- Wilmington RiverwalkBirds photographed Thanksgiving morning, 2022, while Grandma Bert and Grandpa Roy took the Wilmington Riverwalk.
- South Carolina
- Santee State ParkVisited 13 March 2022.
- Virginia RoanokePhotographed from the overlook at the Roanoke star on Mill Mountain.
- West of the MississippiMiscellaneous birds seen in states west of the Mississippi River.
- ZoosWe have taken these photos over the years.
- United States
- Florida Jacksonville Zoo &…Short visit because of rain.
- Illinois Peoria Glen Oak Park…Visited 21 June 2017.
- Maryland Baltimore National…So far, Grandpa cannot find the photos he and Grandma have taken, but here are some from Grandson Noah.
- Mississippi Hattiesburg Zoo…It was such a nice little zoo (and the only thing open in town. Not even the visitor's center was open).
Date visited 13 May 2018.
- Nebraska Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo…Visited Independence Day 2017.
- North Carolina Zoos
- South Carolina Zoos
- Awendaw Center for Birds of Prey…Most birds here have been injured, many by being struck by cars.
Visited 5 May 2016.
- Columbia Riverbanks Zoo & Garden…Visited 01 March 2022.
- Greenville Zoo Opens in new tab.Visited 8 May 2018.
- Hamer Reptile Lagoon at South of…Visited several times from 2010 to 2014.
- Myrtle Beach Waccatee Zoo Opens…Visited 8 May 2021 during our Pawley's Island Mother's Day trip.
- Space, the Final FrontierOuter space photographed using Grandpa Roy's Nikon Coolpix P1000 camera.