Fast Forward

A yellow-rumped warbler in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 22, 2018.

After the unusually cold start to spring, the natural world was in a hurry to catch up. In only four weeks, the woods were transformed into a sea of many shades of green. The early spring wildflowers came and went during a week of storms. I saw the Dutchman’s-breeches flowers which arrived first before the storms. I missed the other early spring wildflowers.

In late May, wild columbine flowers waved in the breeze next to the path. The May-apple flowers found shelter under their leaves.

April 22, 2018

A yellow-rumped warbler in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 22, 2018.

April 29, 2018

A white-tailed deer in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 29, 2018.

May 18, 2018

A wild columbine flower in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, May 18, 2018.

The birds singing and calling in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, May 18, 2018.

May 19, 2018

The woods in Jester Park, Iowa, May 19, 2018. This is the path the white-tailed deer crossed three weeks earlier on April 29th.

May-apple flowers in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, May 19, 2018.

May-apple flowers in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, May 19, 2018.

Take care and thanks for reading.



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17 Responses to Fast Forward

  1. Thank you, Sarah, for bringing me along with you on your walk. And what a glorious walk it is at that! Birds and flowers and landscape! Good for you! I know the different camera settings for all three and you managed beautifully with your captures. LOVED this post!!! The feather detail on the warbler is fantastic. I could just about reach out and touch him. Awesome!! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Amy πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed seeing the little bird and joining me on my walk. πŸ™‚ I was wondering what the warbler was thinking on the cool and blustery late April morning. “Where are all the leaves?” or “Where are all the bugs?” πŸ™‚ I think he was looking for the bugs. They were late to arrive like the plants were late to grow due to the cold and snowy April. The yellow-rumped warblers are pretty little birds with their feather patterns and yellow splashes. They migrate through here and spend the summer up north. The birds are now well hidden in the leaves. I hear them, but rarely see them.

      • It’s getting more challenging to photograph birds, Sarah. In hindsight I should have been out more often this Spring when the trees were still bare. It was just so cold that I decided to stay in. Live and learn ….. *smiles*

        • Sarah says:

          The birds do have lots of hiding places now. πŸ™‚ I have found that the best time of year for watching the birds both the ones that live here and the ones passing through is in the spring between when it warms up and when the leaves come out. That window of opportunity was really short here this year and filled with quite a few days of rain. The rain is good. It makes the gardens grow. πŸ™‚ The other good time for watching birds is in the fall when the ones that migrate start their journey south. I think you would likely see migrating birds in September and October since you are further north than I am. Here it is mostly in October with a few in early November and late September. The leaves are still on the trees, then, but thinning. And the fall colors, as you know, make for some really spectacular photos. Happy bird watching and photo taking! πŸ™‚

  2. Shady_Grady says:

    Hi Sarah.
    I really like the pictures of the deer and the woods. Very well done.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you liked seeing the deer. πŸ™‚ I have been paying attention to where the deer trails are in the woods. It is the time of year when the fawns arrive. I think it would be very interesting to see one. The deer in the photo was crossing the path that leads to where the nuthatch was chiseling wood in late April. I went that morning to check on the nuthatches. It is also the path where the Swainson’s thrushes were hopping about looking for breakfast in May.

  3. zirah1 says:

    Nice pictures. I especially like the columbine and the first one of the warbler w/ his feathers looking rather unruly. Sort of adds an interesting air to him. πŸ™‚

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Zirah πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed the pictures. πŸ™‚ The wild columbine are one of my favorite wildflowers if I could pick a favorite. They look like little lanterns waving in the breeze. I found this one next to the path in the woods at the top of the first hill. I love their bright red and yellow petals as if they were each a little candle to light the way along the path. πŸ™‚

      I agree with you about the first photo of the warbler. πŸ™‚ One of the things I love about having the camera is seeing the expressions and the mannerisms of the birds. He does look rather unruly. I imagine him looking around and wondering where are all the bugs and what’s with this cold wind?!? πŸ™‚

  4. All of the pictures are beautiful but that warbler! I have never seen that kind before.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Diane πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed seeing the pictures. πŸ™‚ The little warbler was a treat to watch. I like how the patterns in his feathers are ordered and the splashes of yellow look just like splashes. An afterthought. Need a little yellow here and there. πŸ™‚ He also has adorable eyes. πŸ™‚ He was migrating through here. They spend the winter in the southern US and Mexico and the summer in Canada, parts of New England and New York, and the western states. The bird book (Peterson Field Guide to North America) says they like coniferous forests for breeding and in migration and winter open woods and brush. I have seen them during the last two Octobers. I was on the lookout this spring. I wasn’t sure when they would come through and the spring was late this year. Depending on where you live, they might be in an evergreen woods near you. πŸ™‚

  5. Such beautiful images of nature and wildlife Sarah. Glad the weather is fine and you could be out and about enjoying the flora and fauna in the park! Thanks for this lovely post… have a wonderful week! πŸ˜ƒ ❀

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Iris πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed seeing the activity at the park. πŸ™‚ It is very nice to be able to be outside regularly again. I am drinking in the fresh air. πŸ™‚ The storms can be pretty wild around here with heavy rain, strong winds (sometimes tornadoes), sometime hail, and lightening and thunder. It was stormy last night. I have to remind myself when I wake up to the noise that it is a thunderstorm that I am hearing. πŸ™‚ The rain, moist air, and heat bring about a prosperous natural world. The birds are mostly hidden now feeding their young. I am enjoying watching the plants grow and flower. I hope you have a wonderful week as well! πŸ™‚ ❀

  6. Even the yellow on the warbler is extra colour to our warblers! But the songs are so good to hear but now it seems to be the quiet time. But we heard a golden oriole in a friend’s garden yesterday, singing or calling their young. Your flower photos are stunning.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed seeing the birds and the flowers. πŸ™‚ I love listening to the birdsong. The morning birdsong is quieter now here as well. I still hear them, but not at the intensity of the spring birdsong. It turns out that May and October are the months when the warblers migrate through this area. There are many that I haven’t seen yet and a few that I saw this year for the first time, but didn’t end up taking photos of them. The late coldness compressed the spring nature happenings and everything went by really quickly including the time spent here by the migrating warblers. I am hoping I will see some of them when they travel through in the fall. The yellow-rumpled warbler is one of my favorites and I was happy to find this one still for a moment.

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