An old but deserving project got dusted off a bit when the University of Florida asked if they could use images from my photo series on Florida cattle ranching and the wildlife found on ranches in a short video about Treasure Hammock Ranch narrated by Sean Sexton. Watch the short video above, it is very good. And then visit the old Florida Cattle Ranch website where I photo documented the wildlife and the work on Treasure Hammock Ranch at http://www.floridacattleranch.org
At last Saturday’s FMEL-ORCA conservation stewardship class, I talked about birds of prey including the Barred Owl (Strix varia) that I photographed on a local ranch . . . . . . . . and the Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) photographed at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in the process of stealing an Osprey nest for its own use. A question was asked about the hearing ability of Owls, which led me to discover that an Owl’s skull has […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: asymmetrical, Barred Owl, Bubo virginianus, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, FMEL, Great Horned Owl, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, PINWR, Strix varia, Treasure Hammock Ranch
With apologies, lots of apologies actually, to Tennessee Williams. A cat atop the old barn at Treasure Hammock Ranch is one of several that live in the barn. Far from being strays, the cats are well fed members of the ranch family who can climb all over the barn, including onto and off the roof, with the greatest of ease.
My goal today was to go out to Treasure Hammock Ranch to take photos of the Moon in the night sky, but the infinite horde of voracious, blood-thirsty mosquitoes was so bad that I had to retreat quickly soon after taking these photos of the sunset.
A story on National Public Radio the other day called “The Cows Did What?” reminded me of this incident that occurred awhile back. The NPR story concerned itself with the often ignored, at least by most humans, fact that cows and other life on this planet can be just as curious and interested in things as people can be. I guess this aspect of animal intelligence/behavior is best overlooked when the overall value of animal life is reduced to dollars […]