Mark Renz Photography

Hide and Seek

"4, 3, 2, 1...Ready or not, here I come!" Sandhill Cranes.
Arcadia, FL.

If I could see me through the eyes of the grackle
perched quietly in the shadows of the wooded lot next door
What would I see
Who would I see
Am I to this bird the best of my kind or the worst
Is there a curiosity about me or fear or indifference
I peer back and think aloud
I hope I don't disappoint you
I really am trying to be the best I can be
In spite of my big-brain bull-headedness
and my little-brain short-sightedness
Then I hear another grackle calling deeper into the woods
and my wife in the other room
One of us blinks and one of us is gone

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula). Lehigh Acres, FL.

Ain't no bug gonna hide from me!
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus). Lehigh Acres, FL.

Black and White Warbler (Mniotilta varia). Arcadia, FL.

Insomnia. Arcadia, FL.

Gator vision. Arcadia, FL.

"If I remain perfectly still, nobody will see me."
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula). Lehigh Acres, FL.

Some days I get the focus right, but my subject refuses to cooperate.
Tree frog. Nocatee, FL.

Tired of hanging out in trees.
Red Bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus). Lehigh Acres, FL.

Not sure if I want to be seen or not.
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula).

Blending in. Male Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris).
Lehigh Acres, FL.