Fun Friday: Surprise!

Today’s post features one of my tiny friends that I often see when photographing on some of Missouri’s prairies … the Jumping Spider. While photographing a clump of wildflowers that were located along the edge of some woods, I caught this little guy as he hunkered down between some leaves, intently watching me:

Jumping Spider closeup

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Bogen 3221 tripod and ballhead
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/6.3
  • Shutter 1/800 sec.

 

 

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Colorful Quacker

Today’s post features an image I captured a few years ago, while kayaking the waters at Amarugia Highlands CA, in west-central Missouri.

While kayaking there, this Mallard drake popped over the trees and flew overhead, giving me a great view of this colorful duck:

Mallard drake flies over my kayak

Kayaking in Missouri during the spring or fall bird migration can be very fruitful for capturing some nice images!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1000
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/1250 sec.

 

 

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Fishing the Muddy Mississippi

Today’s post features an image I captured a few winters ago, while photographing wintering bald eagles on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities area of Iowa.

Although eagle activity was slow at the time, a small group of American White Pelicans fished the cove near where I was standing. While photographing them, this pelican brought his pouched beak out of the water and this decent-sized fish was busy trying to escape the pelican’s clutch … no such luck!

American White Pelican with fish

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/320 sec.

 

 

 

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Party Birds

Today’s post features a few images I captured a few years ago, while exhibiting in an art show in Stillwater, Oklahoma. After a day in my booth, I returned to the hotel for the evening. To my surprise, and excitement, there was a large flock of Cedar Waxwings that had stopped to rest and forage in some trees surrounding the hotel:

Cedar Waxwings sitting in a tree

Cedar Waxwings sitting in a tree

Cedar Waxwings sitting in a tree

Cedar Waxwings sitting in a tree

Cedar Waxwing closeup

And the “Party Tree”:

Cedar Waxwings sitting in a tree

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D camera body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400 and ISO 500
  • Aperture f/9 and f/11
  • Shutter 1/200 sec. to 1/500 sec.

 

 

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Searching the Shoreline

Today’s post features a previously unpublished image from a trip to south Texas a few years ago. While photographing whooping cranes along the coastal waters of the Aransas NWR, we came across an American Oystercatcher busy searching the waterline for food:

American Oystercatcher

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 camera body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4.0 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Wemberley gimbal head
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/3200 sec.

 

 

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Inclined To Be Kids

Today’s post features a couple of young Mountain Goat kids at the top of Mount Evans (Colorado). Young kids are such a joy to watch and photograph. They gather in groups and run about, jumping from rock to rock and often jumping on each other … and all of this while often precariously perched, or moving about, on steeply inclined boulders!

While watching these two as they playfully ran about, they took a moment to stop and watch me:

Young Mountain Goat kids

But not for long. Shortly after this image was captured, the two began running about the boulders once again … when you’re a kid, ya gotta be a kid!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 camera
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/1250 sec.

 

 

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Jet Lag?

Today’s post features an image I captured on Mount Evans (Colorado) during my last visit there, as I photographed the Perseides meteor shower over the mountains.

Shortly after setting up for the night shoot, I got the camera rolling and captured this transition from day to night, with both the setting sun and some stars in the sky at the same time:

Transition from day to night on Mount Evans

Unfortunately, not many meteors were captured on this trip, due to clouds moving in and lots of rain!

 

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera
  • Rokinon 14mm, f/2.8 lens
  • Bogen 3021 tripod and ballhead
  • ISO 3200
  • Aperture f/2.8
  • Shutter 20 seconds

 

 

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All Natural Diet

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured at the church bluebird box (Laurie, Missouri) a few days ago.

As the four babies in the nest are rapidly growing in size, both parents are constantly hunting for insects to feed the young bluebirds. In this post, I feature a couple of images of the beautiful male bluebird as it brings food to the babies:

Bringing back a caterpillar:

Male Eastern Bluebird with caterpillar

And a moth:

Male Eastern Bluebird with Moth

In another post I will feature the female parent as she stays busy, too!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 camera
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens
  • Bogen 3021 tripod and Wemberley gimbal head
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/4
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec.

 

 

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New Parents

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured yesterday at the bluebird nest box that I put up in the outside sanctuary area at my Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) church.

After installing a bluebird box this spring, a pair of Eastern Bluebirds (our state bird) began showing interest in the box. It took them a while, but they eventually built a nest in the box and laid 4 blue eggs. Those eggs recently hatched and the new parents are now busy bringing in insects for the young birds. Here are a couple of images I captured yesterday morning with the male bluebird at the entrance to the nest box:

Eastern Bluebird Male

Eastern Bluebird Male

Coming up … more images of the parents, busy feeding the youngsters.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 camera
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens
  • Bogen 3021 tripod and Wemberley gimbal head
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/4
  • Shutter 1/1600 sec.

 

 

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Reminiscing!

Today’s post features 3 images I captured a few years ago, above Black Bear Pass in Colorado. Sunsets can be great … some are even unforgettable! While updating my Lightroom catalog, I ran across a few that hold a special place in my heart … enjoy!

Black Bear Pass with sunset approaching

Black Bear Pass with sunset approaching

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I’m looking forward to re-tracing my footsteps in this area!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Bogen 3021 tripod and ballhead
  • ISO 400 and ISO 800
  • Aperture f/8, f/18, f/16
  • Shutter 1/5 sec. and 1/13 sec.

 

 

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