Thursday, October 30, 2008

Skywatch Friday

Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area is located in Greene County, Indiana. Sunrises and Sunsets on the property can be amazing and the wildlife, especially birds, is extremely diverse.

This photo was taken at sunrise over one of the many marshes. The clouds in the sky really were a red color from the rising sun.

My main goal when I was there was to photograph Monarchs and find some rails. I succeeded on both accounts. I was able to find a King Rail at a distance of about 10 feet. There was no need for binoculars. I was also able to find many Monarchs warming up in the sun in the early morning so many sat still which made it much easier to photograph them. These photos were taken in the middle of September when the Monarchs migrate through Indiana.

Checkout more great SkyWatch Posts here.

22 comments:

reluctantfarmchik said...

Beautiful, reflective moon. Love the colors! Excellent monarch shot too - I meant to get some butterfly pictures during the late summer, but never did....next year!

Anemone said...

What a shot..., and what a butterfly!!

Just great.

Nice weekend to you from Anne in Norway.

Louise said...

Two spectacular photographs. I can't believe how red the first one is. The monarch is wonderful, too.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Beautiful skywatch photo. I love the butterfly too. Very nice photo.
Marnie

bobbie said...

That sunrise is spectacular!
the monarchs are always so lovely, and this is a beautiful picture.

Coloradolady said...

very calm photo. What a wonderful contribution to SWF.

Sara G said...

Beautiful photo's. Love the colors in BOTH!
Take care and thanks for sharing your pics.

Kyle said...

Wow, what a beautiful sunrise, Eric! I love to watch the sun rising or setting over such a calm body of water -- such a sight never gets old.

Happy SkyWatch!

~Kyle

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Great SWF post, love the Monarch

vincibene said...

Gorgeous pictures!

Arija said...

Great sunrise with perfect refletion and beautiful butterfly too.

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

WOW... that first photo is fantastic. Sensational sky color that I don't think I have witnessed around here!
The butterfly is incredible!
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat- Canada

Kahshe Cottager said...

Both photos are lovely ... but your sky watch was breathtaking! Have a wonderful weekend!

Lindaen said...

Nothing more to add! Both photos are stunning!
Wish you a wonderful weekend!!

Kathiesbirds said...

That first photo is positivly dreamy! Both are beautiful!

nina said...

That reflection is beautiful.
Nice photos!
Nina at Nature Remains

babooshka said...

Incredibly beautiful images

Afanja said...

The butterfly is a beauty, but I especially love that lovely peaceful sunrise.

Naturegirl said...

Nice to meet a nature loving Sky Watcher!I am a fan of the monarch and recently posted their host plant for laying their eggs! The silk attracted me too! (you'll have to scroll back a few psots to see)
Love meeting new nature friends!

Larry D said...

Great sunrise, and the monarch was excellent! Happy SWF!

AphotoAday said...

Those are great shots...
I grew up in Pacific Grove, California, and a large number of Monarchs congregate there in the Fall... The city makes a big deal of it with a parade and everything... It's a big tourist thing...

Jeanne said...

I'm not very reluctant about being up before the sun rises but when you're rewarded with a sight like this it's well worth it.