Barred Owl Cam

Do you like watching bird cams??  Well, Cornell Lab of Ornithology has some great nesting cameras.  I just started watching the Barred Owl Cam.  She’s got three eggs.

For the second year in a row, the female laid her first egg on March 5; if all goes well, they can expect the owlets to start hatching between April 5 – 10. They’ll leave the nest four to five weeks after hatching.

Here is some info from their site:

“Jim Carpenter, President and CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited, has hosted a camera-equipped owl box in his wooded backyard in Zionsville, Indiana, since 1999. Set more than 30 feet high against the trunk of a pignut hickory tree, this Barred Owl box was first occupied in 2006. Since then, the box has hosted several nests, including successful attempts since 2013.”

This video is showing the owl and her egg.

This video is the female barred owl hooting back to her mate. So cool sounding!

A few years ago, I spotted this mother and baby barred owl in the woods right beside our house. What fun it was to watch these two! I was able to get a few good shots before they moved on. We still have them hooting in the woods and I still look for the owlets sometime in April. Maybe this year I can spot some more. You can see all of my owl photos at Fine Art America.

Photography Prints

Dogwood Blooms

Dogwood Blooms

The dogwoods are blooming in North Carolina!
The dogwood bloom is North Carolina’s state flower. Our NC lawmakers made it the state flower in 1941. There are five dogwood festivals every year in April. Statesville started theirs by crowning the Dogwood Queen in 1969.

There is also The Legend of the Dogwood.

“Each delicate white or pink blossom of the dogwood has the form of a cross – two long and two short petals. Look closely at a dogwood flower and you will see on the center of the outer edge of each petal there are small holes remindful of nail prints, and the tips of the petals are rusty on one side and brown-red on the other. It is not hard to imagine they represent the spikes that pierced the Hands and Feet of Our Lord on the Cross. And in the center of the flower there is a green cluster that recalls the crown of thorns.”

White Dogwood Blooms

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Mill Shoals Falls

Mill Shoals Falls

Mill Shoals Falls is on private property at Living Waters Ministry near Rosman, NC on highway N.C. 215. You can visit this waterfall but please be respectful of the area, don’t litter, no alcohol, keep pets on leash, keep it nice.  The trail is marked and easy to get to the falls.

This waterfall comes from Shoal Creek and another one on the left is on the North Fork of the French Broad River.  It’s called the French Broad Falls.

Mill Shoals Falls in Black and White

This is the black and white version of Mill Shoals Falls.

French Broad Falls

French Broad Falls on the North Fork of the French Broad River.

French Broad Falls

Here is the shot of the two waterfalls together.

Go to my Waterfall Collection on Fine Art America to see all of my waterfall photos.

You can also visit my Waterfall page on this site to see more images.

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North Carolina Azalea Festival

The North Carolina Azalea Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the state and is celebrating its 70th year April 5-9.

Source: North Carolina Azalea Festival

The North Carolina Azalea Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the state and is celebrating its 70th year April 5-9. The festival features all that is Southern as Queen Azalea opens the festival with an official coronation. Azalea blooms take center stage during the Azalea Garden Tour and historic homes and beautiful architecture are on display for the Azalea Home Tour. Five days of entertainment include a street fair by the Cape Fear River, juried arts and craft shows, a fireworks display over the river, a 5k/10k run and fun walk, and concert headliners Cole Swindell, Duran Duran, and Jason Derulo April 6-8.