Sunday, September 14, 2003

The Planet Burdett Backyard: Birds and Squirrels Aplenty

Our Friends in the Backyard

There are twenty species of birds that visit our backyard, most of which I see regularly -- pretty much every day, in fact. The Eastern Gray Squirrel is the only species of squirrel I've actually seen, but there are probably Southern Flying Squirrels nearby, too; they just happen to be nocturnal, while I am diurnal.

Here are a few pictures of the Planet Burdett backyard wildlife:

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Tufted Titmouse


Blue Jay

Northern Cardinal (female)

Northern Cardinal (male)

Dark-Eyed Junco

Red-wing Blackbird
(juvenile male, I think—he doesn't yet have his red bars)

Mourning Dove

Eastern Gray Squirrel
(lounging on one of our peanut feeders)

Technical Details:

I took all of these pictures with an Olympus Camedia E-10 digital camera with a 200mm lens (in 35mm-equivalent focal length, that is), when possible (that is, when I set up in advance) mounted on a tripod. Shutter speeds and aperture settings vary by situation. In many cases, I use PhotoShop Element's "fill-flash" enhancement to bring out some of the details, but I've done no other digital manipulation. Each of these pictures has been cropped to focus on the subject; in other words, I wasn't really that close to the titmouse when I took her picture.

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I created this post back in 2003 for the old Planet Burdett Web site, and imported into this version on November 13, 2017.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia: The People of Williamsburg

On our long and wonderful drive up to Connecticut to attend Molly and David's wedding in June, Anna and I stopped at Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, and spent two days there.

Colonial Williamsburg is "the world’s largest living history museum—the restored 18th-century capital city of Britain’s largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World." It is a true spectacle, and you can see a sample of it in the following fifteen photographs of the People of Williamsburg:

A colonial woman

A colonial dramatic arts interpreter

A colonial dramatic arts interpreter

A demonstration of fencing (as used in the dramatic arts)

A demonstration of fencing (as used in the dramatic arts)

The bucket maker

A brick maker

A brick maker

A brick maker

The woodworker



The printer and bookmaker



Sunday, June 8, 2003

Driving Up U.S. Highway 1: June 7 - 8, 2003

Driving to Connecticut

Anna and I are driving from our home in Lawrenceville, Georgia, to New Haven, Connecticut, to attend her sister Molly's wedding. As is my wont, I've stopped along the way to take a picture or two, a few of which I've posted here.

"The Big Mo" Monetta Drive-In Theatre
Monetta, South Carolina

Oldsmobile Chevrolet 
Along US 1, South Carolina

Saturday Dinner
Columbia, South Carolina

Hotel Tableau I
Colony Inn, Camden, South Carolina

Hotel Tableau II
Colony Inn, Camden, South Carolina

Hotel Tableau III
Colony Inn, Camden, South Carolina

Hotel Tableau IV
Colony Inn, Camden, South Carolina

Dizzy Gillespie Birthplace
Dizzy Gillespie Park, Cheraw, South Carolina

Duvall Building 
Cheraw, South Carolina

Blue Building with Red Door
Cheraw, South Carolina

Alley Door
Cheraw, South Carolina

Camel Special Offer (No Parking in Alley)
Cheraw, South Carolina

Thrift Store Window
Cheraw, South Carolina

Lunch Sunday 
Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh Rd. Outdoor Theater (currently showing: X Men 2)
North of Raleigh, North Carolina

Wheat Fields, Telephone Pole, Clouds
Norlina, North Carolina

Saturday, May 3, 2003

The Baby Titmouse Fledges!

Here are some pictures of the baby Titmouse on what is I believe its first day out of the nest:

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I posted these pictures to the old version of Planet Burdett back in 2003, and added it to the family blog version of the site on November 17, 2017. When Anna and I lived in Lawrenceville, back then in 2003, I used to take a lot of pictures of the birds in our backyard.