It was a day of bi-polar weather with the sunrise illuminating the snow that was heavily falling on the bay. By noon, the dark gray skies moved east, opening up to beautiful bright blue skies with puffy clouds.
I had visions of visiting the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and drove up there, only to be reminded that it is closed during the week in February. So heading off to another sightseeing stop, my car lead me to Fort McHenry along the Patapsco River.
The enormous freighters made me feel as if I was the size of an ant. Even a passing tug boat was dwarfed by the monstrous buildings and ships that lined the waterline. The winds were blowing strong, with the American Flag flapping in the wind high above the fort.
The American Robins and Cedar Waxwings were busy at the holly berry trees foraging to their hearts content.
And a pair of Buffleheads kept their heads tucked into their wings, bracing against the wind.
Man and nature existing side by side.
Don’t knock the weather;
nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation
if it didn’t change once in a while.
Your pictures always brighten my day!
You are too sweet Denise. Thank you so much. 🙂
I especially like the photograph of the waxwing.
Thank you so much Victor. I was truly lucky to get that shot.
Lovely images Em. Fort McHenry looks interesting – is that a civil war site?
This is actually a fort from the War of 1812. This is where the large American Flag flew overnight when Francis Scott Key wrote the poem “the Star Spangled Banner” now our National Anthem.
You can read more about it on my older post here:
Thanks Mark for your inquiry.
I knew the War of 1812 was fought between Britain and the US, but that was about all I knew……so your post has just prompted me to do a bit of research 😉
War of 1812 is really fascinating. I have a few posts about it on my blog. This year is the year the war was in Baltimore, and the tall ships are coming in September to celebrate. You know I’ll be there!
Truly superb photos of the robin, waxwing, and buffleheads!
Thank you so much my dear. I must admit, I was thrilled with this set.
Exquisite! I love that Bufflehead on the holly bush. It reminds me so much of Christmas!
It really does remind one of Christmas doesn’t it Fatima. Thank you so much.
Oh how I love bright blue skies like this. Thank you my dear kind friend.
Ha ha I love the quote, touché!
The blue skies are magical especially during this time of year. Amazing how deep blue the deep sea is and how bright blue the high sunlit sky. 😉
That tugboat is barely a tugboat!
Your images would be great advertisement for the manufacturers of your equipment. I’m sucked into the sharp colors you captured of the Robin and Waxwing against the vibrant green of the Holly. I like how you caught them both stretching up to maybe find a better position. Really awesome detail though in the feathers, they should be in a bird book! Praises all around.