Sunny Tulips

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

The birds...the birds...

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Late April, early May found me moving carefully.

One of the warning signs at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, Wisconsin

I didn't want to disturb the birds. They had nests to build and eggs to hatch.

When I walked through the gardens with my camera I did my best to stay on the brick paths that kept a slight distance from the bushes and trees.

Yes, a couple of times, anxious red wing blackbird papas, or fathers-to-be, let out great attack cries and swooped down to make flying attacks at the back of my head.

It was very annoying, but I understood the reason. They were being good parents and protecting their babies.

Side Yard © Janis Nussbaum Senungetuk

It's now past the first week of August,

 although those baby birds of early May

should be ready for a life on their own or graduate school,

those very vigilant papa blackbirds have continued to terrorize me.

Lilies and Bee © Janis Nussbaum Senungetuk

Each time I've paid a visit to Olbrich I've been attacked.                                                 At 4'9" I'm so low to the ground, do they think I'm a raccoon?

Scarlet Lilies © Janis Nussbaum Senungetuk

Today's the day I return to the gardens.  Cap on head, propelled by optimism, off I go to capture more of those beautiful images.

But...if this early evening you're driving on Atwood Avenue

and you see a very short, rather stout woman

running from Olbrich...

you'll know the bird have won.


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