John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.
A little effort was put forth on the Fourth to present some photos with red, white and blue in them. They ranged from cardinals, to bluebirds to blue skies and "Little Ralphie" decked out in all the colors of the "Flag for which it stands." I used to think that phrase was "The flag for witches stand."
Two months ago the robins were born in a briar patch about ten feet from where photos the photos below were taken.
I wasn't paying much attention except to check on the sprinkler that I had going on that side of the yard. I first noticed the mature robin and shortly one of its four offspring flew up to get breakfast that the parent picked up at McWorms. The robin went through the fly-through lane in order not to have to go inside and put up with all the hassle from a friendly clerk wanting to know if coffee and a greasy potato patty needed to be added to the order.
Bluebird season is going full blast and I had to rely on some store bought meal worms in order to help mom and dad in their final days of feeding the little ones. There are about a dozen rogue sparrows that drive the bluebird couple to utter distraction so I placed the worm box up close and personal to the bluebirds and mom and dad were able to stop long enough to have their first sit down meal in a couple of weeks. I guarded the nest while they enjoyed a meal they didn't have to catch in mid-air. The little ones seemed to like the worms as much or more than flying bugs.
Not many of the bluebird photos are in this submission. The next set of photos will be primarily bluebirds and the hummingbirds who have given up on the sugar water feeders for the butterfly bush nectar. They also pose for better photos on plants rather than sitting on plastic and glass contraptions filled with "Pure Cane Sugar from Hawaii."
If you don't want to see the bluebird and hummingbird photos in about 18 to 20 hours you better get in touch and with me and indicate you've seen all those birds that you care to look at in this lifetime.
Any photo you see of a bluebird heading away from the nest with a white substance in its beak you'll know that bird is on "potty carry off." It appears to me that dad takes on that job more often than mom. But, I might be prejudiced.
If you can't view the slideshow above, view it on Flickr here.
Do you have photos from the Fourth of July that you'd like to share? Email submissions@ColumbiaMissourian.com and we'll include them in a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. Here's how you can contribute. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.