Zenfolio | Photography by Dan Quinn | 9/13/2017 Dawn before Storm: Oaks, Kites, Ants, and More
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Modified 4-Aug-18
Created 2-Aug-18
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An early morning walk through oak woodlands and almost down to Corte Madera Creek, with stormclouds overhead and a storm threatening. Along the way, I encounter a fragment of a rainbow in the fog, with two kites kiting for voles, and a falcon (?) cruising overhead. Heads, bodies, and legs of larger ants litter the entranceway to a harvester-ant nest; some residents are cleaning up while others bring in the harvest.

This folder shows all aspects of the morning. The second shows insect adventures, including a grasshopper and a butterfly in addition to an extended view of the harvester ants and their harvest of death. The third folder focuses on birds: a falcon overhead; a hawk resting in the forest; and kite after kite, kiting in the heavens, descending to earth, flying off with prey, and devouring prey from the apex of a twisted valley oak. Enjoy this varied day with me.

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