23 Comments ». I have not spotted any gnatcatcher nests yet this year, but two years ago in late May I took some shots of a nest at the same refuge that show the amazing construction abilities of these little birds. Have a wonderful day! Can you believe it? After I took some photos, feeling a little like a voyeur, I decided to give the couple some privacy. For a short time each spring, tiny wildflowers spring up from the forest floor, giving the forest a magical feel. The second shot shows a male Fragile Forktail damselfly (Ischnura posita), one of the few damselflies that I am able to identify with a relatively high degree of confidence. © 2012-20. At a time when most of the world news is full of doom and despair, today is a joyful reminder that God loves us and will have the final victory. In addition to capturing the damselfly itself, I am really happy with the way that the texture of the bark and the interplay of the light and shadows turned out in the shot. Check out the posting called Baby gnatcatchers? She found skiing through a school program, found her way into ski racing, and then worked her ass off. The two dragonflies are then hooked together, often for extended periods of time. That tendency, I learned, was both a blessing and a curse. The bees dig tunnels and lay their eggs at their bottoms after collecting enough pollen to feed the larvae. Within this group of three flowers, I can identify only the middle one, which I am pretty sure is a Star Chickweed (Stellaria pubera). Posted in Nature, Photography, Reptiles, spring, wildlife, tagged Canon 50D, Eastern Ratsnake, Pantherophis alleghaniensis, Prince William County VA, Tamron 180mm on April 14, 2020| Lists. Most of the times in the past when I have seen members of this species, they have been flying out of reach of my camera. Even when they are a bit closer, the eyes are often hidden by shadows. The effective date of Mike’s appointment will be announced in due course. My hope and prayer for all today, whether you celebrate Easter or not, is that you can put aside at least some of your incessant worries and seek to find joy in whatever way you can. Sponsor in South Africa: UBS South Africa Proprietary Limited. December 27, 2020 / Mike Powell. schránka; Aktivovat Premium za 1 Kč . That was the case with this Eastern Ratsnake (Pantherophis alleghaniensis) last week that I spotted while I was exploring in Prince William County, Virginia. Mike Powell For President 2020. Cindy, my neighbor in whose garden I have been taking flower photos this spring, recalls planting it a couple of years ago, but was a little surprised when I alerted her to it—she does nor remember seeing it bloom last year. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your experience on our website. I can hear the warblers and occasionally get a glimpse of their bright colors through the leaves, but it is rare for me to get a clear shot of one. Michael Lee Powell “Mike”, 80, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020 after a short illness. Several sources on-line note that the Asian ladybug has a white marking behind its head in the openings of what looks like a black M, as you can see on the ladybug in my photo. Listen online, no signup necessary. — Mike Scarcella (@MikeScarcella) January 7, 2021. Fishing spiders sit at the edge of the water with some of their long legs fully extended. I love the beautiful curves a fiddlehead forms as it gradually unfurls into a full-fledged fern frond. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2020. Great Matchups — Carl Lewis vs. Mike Powell, Tokyo ’91 October 15, 2020 by T&FN IN THIS, THE THIRD in our series of Great Matchups as presented in the pages of T&FN , we move from the track to the field for one of the most iconic duels in our sport’s history. Bee flies also seem hyperactive, hovering in midair rather than landing as they suck up the nectar with a really long proboscis and thereby avoiding potential predators like crab spiders. Posted in Birds, Nature, Photography, spring, wildlife, tagged Canon 50D, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Osprey, osprey nest, Pandion haliaetus, Tamron 150-600mm, Woodbridge VA on April 20, 2020| All Lists ... Twitter banned prominent pro-Trump figures Sidney Powell, Mike … As previously reported by Law&Crime, Gohmert’s effort, aided by former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell, was widely expected to fail in the high court just as it did at both the district and circuit court levels. From a distance I must have looked like a madman as I ran back and forth and in circles trying to stay close to this butterfly. Sidney Powell just put Mike Pence in the hot seat with her latest statements on the upcoming 2020 election face-off in Congress. This image speaks of spring to me. Thank you! How much longer must I wait? It is easier to photograph a bird when it is stationary, but eventually I wanted to capture action and Great Blue Herons, I learned, have endless patience—they can stay motionless for a really long time before they strike, often longer than I was willing to wait. The color and texture of this tulip reminded me of a ripe peach when I first saw it yesterday morning. Mike will be appointed to Mondi’s Executive Committee with effect from his appointment to Mondi’s Board. The coolest image, I think, is the first one and it was mostly a matter of luck. I was shocked, amazed, and delighted when a Facebook viewer informed me that this species is known as the Eastern Calligraphy Fly (Toxomerus geminatus). According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher pairs use spiderwebs and lichens to build small, neat nests on top of tree branches and may build up to seven nests in a breeding season. Does the pressure of confinement/isolation/social distancing weigh you down? I guess I can add nomad bees to the list of deliberately delinquent parents. On Friday morning, the temperature was only 38 degrees F (3 degrees C), so I abandoned my macro lens, assuming that insects would not be active, and switched back to my telephoto zoom lens. So many of the creatures that I encounter blend in so well with their environments, that I detect them only when they move. I love ladybugs and was thrilled to spot this one on Monday at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge. TIRED OF THE ADS? 20 Comments ». Thirty-Seven Best Mike Powell Podcasts For 2020. Like 10; Comment 4; Share. Posted in Dragonflies, dragonfly, Nature, Photography, spring, wildlife, tagged Anax junius, Canon 50D, Common Green Darner, Common Green Darner dragonfly, mating Common Green Darners, mating dragonflies, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Tamron 180mm, Woodbridge VA on April 13, 2020| Alas, it will be months before peaches will be in season and the canned cling peaches that I remember from my childhood can’t compare to the fresh ones. I captured this image when one of the sitting ospreys had lifted her head to the sky, looking with hopeful expectation for her mate to return. It was at a second spot that I finally spotted one as it flew through the air and landed on a piece of vegetation. Maybe he would be bringing her a fresh fish or perhaps he would be spelling her a bit from her maternal duties or could it be that she simply longer for his presence. I believe that this is an Eastern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans crepitans), but was a little confused when I saw repeated references to a Northern Cricket Frog. I felt like I had hit the jackpot last Friday when I finally spotted several Uhler’s Sundragon dragonflies (Helocordulia uhleri) while exploring a stream in Prince William County, Virginia. It is warbler season now where I live. Last Friday I spotted several nests that had grown considerably in size and the ospreys in the nests appeared to be sitting on their eggs. What was particularly striking was that these delicate butterflies were perched with their wings partially open, revealing a spectacular blue color. That question has become a familiar refrain for most of us as our days of isolation and quarantine drag on endlessly. Had a good time playing the King's stage last Friday as part of the "Empty Rooms + New Cocoons" live stream...here's a clip of Richard Thompson's "1952 Black Lightning". As always, I welcome assistance in identifying my subjects, particularly if I have misidentified one. Yesterday I was excited to spot several tiny Eastern Tailed-Blue butterflies (Everes comyntas) during a brief visit to Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge. Sustainability is embedded in everything we do. 22 Comments ». He is a two-time world champion in this event and two-time Olympic silver medallist, and has a world record of 8.95m. Sometimes it seems like time is standing still, yet there are hopeful signs that things are slowly improving. 14 Comments ». Here are a few images that I captured on Thursday of iris buds of different shapes and colors, a preview of coming attractions. have not yet bloomed, but this one beautiful yellow bearded iris decided to jump ahead of the others. Posted in Birds, Nature, Photography, spring, wildlife, tagged Ardea herodias, Canon 50D, Great Blue Heron, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Tamron 150-600mm, Woodbridge VA on April 29, 2020| He has significant financial and strategic experience having been chief financial officer and an executive director of a number of large international listed companies, most recently Ferguson plc. It was more than just hoping and passively waiting—I put all of my energy into my childlike desire to to get a closer look at this beautiful butterfly. Mike Powell to step down as Ferguson chief financial officer ... Ferguson announces that Mike Powell, Group Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), has resigned in order to take up a role as Group CFO of Mondi plc. If you want to see something really cool, click on the photo and check out the details on the ladybug’s front foot. The year of 2020 is almost here! 17 Comments ». The spider somehow sensed my presence and ran towards some vegetation at the edge of the water. A few minutes later, I had another spotting and captured the last shot below—it might have been the same dragonfly or a different one. Mondi has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (MNDI), and a secondary listing on the JSE Limited (MNP). TIRED OF THE ADS? This page is a place to laugh about politics without choosing sides Powell, 23, was a huge star at Seton Hall, going from an underrated, out-of-shape recruit to winning the Jerry West Award (top shooting guard) and Big East Player of the Year his senior year. The early morning sunshine was quite beautiful and I love the way that it illuminated the side of the eagle’s face in the first image. When they sense vibrations of a potential prey on the surface of the water, fishing spiders can walk on the water to seize insects, vertebrates, tadpoles and occasionally small fish or even dive underwater up to 7.1 inches (18 cm), according to Wikipedia. That which is essential is invisible to the eyes). Posted in Easter, Flowers, Nature, Photography, tagged Alexandria VA, Canon 50D, Easter, Easter 2020, flower, simplicity, Tamron 180mm on April 12, 2020| Čtvrtek 24. prosince 2020, Štědrý den. The clouds in the sky and the unseasonably cold temperatures seemed to have prompted all of the dragonflies to remain in secluded spots and I did not spot a single one that day. Thanks. Fortunately the white coloration of the bald eagles and ospreys and their large size makes it hard for them to hide completely. I like the way the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website describes these birds, “The nasal, wheezy, rambling song and insistent, squeaky calls are great first clues to finding them, particularly as these tiny birds can get lost in the generally taller habitats used in the eastern part of their range.” If you are interested in hearing samples of the different calls and songs of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, click this link to another part of the same website. Uhler’s Sundragons are a scarce and seldom seen dragonfly species with a brief and early flight period. There are at least two active eagle nests in the refuge and one of the volunteers there told me that there is already an eaglet in one of the nests. Yes it does, it will be hell.”. A political newcomer is the third Republican candidate to file for the District 6 seat on the Johnston County Board of Commissioners. 12 Comments ». As I was was processing my images I noticed that there were old spider webs in most of them. Mike was born on August 8, 1940 in Burke County to the late Joel Lewis Powell and Iva Edna Michaels Powell. Michael Anthony Powell (born November 10, 1963) is an American former track and field athlete, and the holder of the long jump world record. It has been almost a month or so since my last visit, so I was not sure which birds would be active. 17 Comments ». I am not sure if the males were all out patrolling or were simply in other locations. I was inspired to post this image by a recent posting by Pete Hillman entitled “Dark-edged Bee Fly” that featured a similar bee fly. 16 Comments ». Lawyer and former federal prosecutor, Sidney Powell, sits down for an extensive interview with Mike Huckabee on TBN. So Friday I scoured the locations where had spotted them last year and it was in one such location that I spotted the Ashy Clubtail and Common Green Darner that I featured recently in my posting First dragonflies of the season. TRUTH LIVES on at https://sgtreport.tv/ Mike was also a non-executive director of Low & Bonar plc from December 2016 to May 2020. I still love to see Great Blue Herons and spotted this one earlier this month during a trip to Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. While it is nice to welcome these colorful visitors, I was perhaps even happier to spot some of my favorite year-round residents, the Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Lubbock- The family of Micheal B. Powell will celebrate his life of 66 years at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Lake Ridge Chapel & Memorial Designers. For this shot, I switched to a 60mm macro lens and shot with the aperture wide-open at f/2.8. This requires numerous trips, thus the bee fly takes advantage of the mother’s absence and lays its eggs in such nests. Last year I was able to do some reconnaissance of an area where this species had been spotted in previous years using information shared with me by fellow dragonfly fanatic and blogger Walter Sanford. Perhaps it refers to romantic little nibbles between lovers. Bees, I thought, do not have such narrow waists. I returned to my favorite location, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge (OBNWR), to look for birds. Posted in Flowers, Gardening, Nature, Photography, spring, tagged Alexandria VA, Bearded Iris, Canon 50D, Canon 60mm macro, Cindy Dyer, iris, Runnymeade, yellow iris on April 21, 2020| The snake apparently had been sunning itself before I inadvertently disturbed it. You may link to the site but written content and photographs may not be used without my written permission. When I first saw some tiny little flies buzzing around in the garden of my neighbor and photography mentor Cindy Dyer, I knew that they were not bees. I love the though of someone hand drawing the delicately etched pattern with pen and ink, creating a miniature work of art. In any case, it was wonderful to see and photograph one of my old familiar favorites. Maybe, though, it is a bitter commentary on love, an homage to the song by the same name by Def Leppard that ends with the words, “If you’ve got love in your sights, watch out, love bites. Here are some bright colors to kickstart your day as you look into the center of one of the spectacular tulips in the garden of my friend and neighbor Cindy Dyer. Mondi plc (LON:MNDI) today announced that Mike Powell will be appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer and as an executive director of Mondi plc. I had just taken the second shot below when the gnatcatcher took off and I instinctively pressed the shutter release and captured a fun action shot. 2020 Election, Deep State. Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007. Posted in Flowers, Nature, Photography, spring, tagged bluet, Canon 50D, Claytonia virginica, forest flowers, Houstonia caerulea, Prince William County VA, Spring Beauty, Tamron 180mm, wild violet, wildflower on April 11, 2020| 12 Comments ». It is most obvious in the final photo, but if you click on the other images, you will see webs to the left of the bird in the penultimate shot (and in its mouth, I think), and also to the right of the bird and a little lower in the second shot (and possibly in the corner of its mouth). I recommend that you click on this image to see all of the amazing details of this fascinating insect, the Greater Bee Fly. The light was quite different on each those days and there were raindrops present on the petals when I took the second shot. Some spiders, though, rely exclusively on speed to capture unsuspecting prey, like this Six-spotted Fishing Spider (Dolomedes triton) that I spotted on Monday at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge. If you are interested in learning more about the differences, check out this fascinating article at thespruce.com, The Differences Between Ladybugs and Asian Lady Beetles. Mike served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from General Dynamics as … Unfortunately, according to Wikipedia, there are over six thousand hover fly species worldwide. The frog in the photo does have a few spots, but the spots on the leaves are what really draw my attention to this image—they provide an almost visually perfect background for the main subject. During an interview with Flashpoint, on the subject of Vice President Mike Pence, Powell said: In 2019, Mondi had revenues of €7.27 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.66 billion. Michael Powell Jr Fort Walton Beach - Michael Leftridge Powell Jr., age 53 passed away suddenly on Monday, November 2, 2020 in Fort Walton Beach, FL and was known to family and friends as "Mike". Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, delighting its customers and consumers with innovative packaging and paper solutions that are sustainable by design. Most of the irises in the garden of my neighbor and photography mentor. Mike succeeds Andrew King who was appointed as Mondi’s Group Chief Executive Officer in April 2020. In an unhinged, late night Oval Office meeting, Trump, Sidney Powell, Mike Flynn and others talk about absurdities like appointing Powell as “Special Counsel” to investigate election fraud and using the military to “re-run” the election in the states Trump lost. EPISODE 202: MIKE HATTRUP November 29, 2020 / Mike Powell. 10 Comments ». This can be a frustrating time of the year for me, because the arrival of these colorful migrating birds coincides with the re-leafing of the trees. The family of Micheal B. Powell will celebrate his life of 66 years at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel & Memorial Designers. Latest was Live From America - Live at Lunch! Posted in Birds, Nature, Photography, spring, wildlife, tagged Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Canon 50D, gnatcatcher, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Polioptila caerulea, Tamron 150-600mm, Woodbridge VA on April 22, 2020| subscribe to Wayne Gerald for more critical updates https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp-lE3rWQcrSIe_y1dOP8cA He was part of “The Goon Squad”, on the US Freestyle Team, and a star Blizzard of Aahhh’s, and a longtime pro skier who turned telemark and backcountry badass. 11 Comments ». As you may have seen in yesterday’s posting, some warblers are now passing through our area. Strangely, though, gnats do not form a significant part of their diet. He went on to become Chief Financial Officer at Nippon Sheet Glass and then AZ Electronic Materials plc. It turns out that all of the Uhler’s Sundragons that I photographed were females. Once I have heard the singing, I begin to scan the foliage near the top of top of a tree and if I am lucky I will detect some motion. Posted in Birds, Nature, Photography, spring, wildlife, tagged Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Canon 50D, Fort Belvoir VA, gnatcatcher, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Polioptila caerulea, Tamron 180mm on April 27, 2020| Mike is an accomplished senior executive, former solicitor and master mariner, with a wealth of operations leadership credentials gained from a varied career in the maritime sector, working with companies such as BP Shipping, Glencore’s ST Shipping, Maersk Tankers, Union Maritime and now StratumFive. Posted in Dragonflies, dragonfly, Insects, Nature, Photography, spring, wildlife, tagged Canon 50D, female Uhler's Sundragon, Helocordulia uhleri, Prince William County VA, Tamron 180mm, Uhler's Sundragon, Uhler's Sundragon dragonfly on April 8, 2020| I am convinced that, despite the popular adage that “beauty fades,” beauty is in fact eternal when we broaden our perceptions and allow ourselves to look more deeply. A few of them have flowered and withered, but most of them are still buds, offering only a hint of their beauty that is yet to come. So what was the gnatcatcher doing at ground level? Unlike many parks in our area, OBNWR remains open and it has become my place of refuge. BECOME A PREMIUM USER TODAY!! Some of the experts at bugguide.net identified my insect as a male Nomad Bee (genus Nomada). Most of the iris buds are on stems several feet high, but this blossom is only a few inches off of the ground—perhaps that is why it was an early bloomer. 31 posts published by Mike Powell during April 2020. I was therefore thrilled to photograph this male Common Baskettail dragonfly (Epitheca cynosura) on Monday as it was hanging vertically from the leaves of a small tree at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. I looked for Uhler’s Sundragons there but came up empty-handed. According to an article entitled “A Pollinator With a Bad Reputation” by Beatriz Moisset, “The reason why it diligently hovers over bare ground early in the spring is that it is looking for bee nests, probably the same ones with which they compete for nectar. Maybe one of the secrets to handling the stresses inherent in today’s crises is to seek pleasure in simple joyful activities, like chasing a butterfly. If you happen to recognize the others, I would appreciate your help in identifying them. Fairness and diversity in the workplace, 6. Posted in Bees, Insects, Macro Photography, Nature, Photography, wildlife, tagged Canon 50D, cuckoo bee, genus Nomada, nomad bee, Prince William County VA, Spring Beauty, Tamron 180mm on April 18, 2020| Posted in Birds, Nature, Photography, spring, wildlife, tagged Bald Eagle, Canon 50D, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Tamron 150-600mm, Woodbridge VA on April 19, 2020| Assuming that Powell is right that the December 8 “safe harbor” deadline is moot — that it doesn’t apply to fraud cases — Sidney Powell and Trump’s campaign lawyers have nine … Rather than fly away when they sensed my presence, they would often remain in place. Yes, Easter will be celebrated differently this year, but for many of us there will be even greater beauty and meaning in our more simple celebrations. I think I was shaking a little bit and certainly my heart rate had accelerated, but I managed to get a shot of that one (the middle shot below), before it flew away. So here we are. He is a two-time world champion in this event and two-time Olympic silver medallist. I think I finally sorted it out in my mind and if I understand it correctly the Eastern Cricket Frog is one of the subspecies of the Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans). At this time of the year I often hear the distinctive singing of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (Polioptila caerulea), but I rarely get a clear view of these tiny birds. 24 Comments ». The process begins when the male, in this case the dragonfly with the blue abdomen, grabs a female by the back of her neck with claspers at the end of his abdomen that fit into species-specific grooves in the female. Posted in Art, Flowers, Gardening, Nature, Photography, spring, tagged Alexandria VA, Canon 50D, Canon 60mm macro, Cindy Dyer, peaches, tulip on April 8, 2020| However, for shooting subjects like flowers, I found it difficult to frame the images because I was shooting from so far away. All rights reserved. It is still really early in the dragonfly season in my area, so each one that I am fortunate enough to spot is special to me. When I looked more closely, though, I discovered a wide variety of petal shapes and patterns. The iris never grew very tall and was repeatedly been beaten down by the rain, but it was still strikingly beautiful. Most of the time when I spot cormorants, they are in the deep waters and their eyes are too far away to be seen. The effective date of Mike’s appointment will be announced in due course. Author Molly Lin Dutina Posted on September 10, 2020 September 4, 2020 Categories Amazing Creations, Faith, Humor, Nature, Social Distancing 2 thoughts on “My Friend Mike Powell and 1669” Mike Powell says: Posted in Birds, Nature, Photography, spring, wildlife, tagged Canon 50D, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Setophaga coronata, Tamron 150-600mm, warbler, Woodbridge VA, Yellow-rumped Warbler on April 18, 2020| 29 Comments ». Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The second image gives you an idea of the amount of leaves now on the trees, which makes it difficult to spot birds, especially the smaller ones. 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