One of My ‘Tenants’

Today’s post comes from my rural Missouri home. While working around my back deck the other day, this brilliantly-colored Five-lined Skink was moving about, sunning on the exterior wall of my basement:

Five-lined Skink

Five-lined Skink

I’ve seen a lot of these beautiful lizards this summer. Always a treat to see the summer sun glistening off their colorful tails!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/14
  • Shutter 1/1,000 sec.

 

 

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Swallowtails in the Garden

Today’s post features a few of the many Swallowtail butterflies that have been busy in the Monarch butterfly garden I designed this spring at the Lake of the Ozarks:

Swallowtail butterfly on Tropical Milkweed

Swallowtail butterfly on Tropical Milkweed

Swallowtail butterfly on Tropical Milkweed

Swallowtail butterfly and Tropical Milkweed

Swallowtail butterfly on Tropical Milkweed

Although this butterfly garden is new, and small, it has been very successful this first year.  With more plantings planned for fall and again next spring, this should be a “butterfly haven” soon!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3021 tripod and ballhead
  • ISO 200 and ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5 (all)
  • Shutter 1/500 sec. to 1/6000 sec.

 

 

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Keeping the Species Alive

As you may know, Monarch butterfly numbers have been declining the past few years. In the new butterfly garden that I put in at the Lake of the Ozarks this spring is flourishing with Monarchs.  Here are a few of my favorite images captured recently in this garden.

Monarchs busy laying eggs:

Monarch butterfly laying eggs

Monarch butterfly laying eggs

Monarch butterfly laying an egg

Monarch butterfly eggs on Tropical Milkweed:

Monarch butterfly egg

Monarch butterfly egg

Monarch butterfly egg

I haven’t been at this garden for a little while, but am planning a return trip soon.   It will be interesting to see what’s happening now, and if there are Monarch caterpillars busy chewing up the milkweed and readying themselves to transition into a beautiful Monarch butterfly!

Coming up … another common visitor to this butterfly garden.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3021 tripod and ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/125 sec. to 1/6000 sec.

 

 

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Fun Friday: “Squid” Spider

Caution, Acracnoids … Spider Ahead!!!

Today’s blog post features an unidentified species of spider I found on a Tropical Milkweed leaf, while photographing butterflies at the new butterfly garden at the Lake of the Ozarks (MO).  My first reaction was it looked like a very small, land-based squid!

Spider on a Tropical Milkweed plant

If you are an entomologist, or know what this is, please send me it’s name!

Coming up … Monarch butterflies laying eggs.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3021 tripod and ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/30 sec.

 

 

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Tropical Monarchs

Today’s post features some images I captured this past week at a new butterfly garden on the Lake of the Ozarks (MO). When this butterfly garden was set up earlier this year, several species of milkweed were grown/planted, to attract the Monarch butterfly. It is rare to walk through this garden and not see any Monarchs!

Here are a few of my favorite images from last week’s photo shoot in the garden:

Monarch butterfly on a Tropical Milkweed

Monarch butterfly on a Tropical Milkweed

Monarch butterfly on a Tropical Milkweed

Monarch butterfly on Tropical Milkweed

Additionally, I was able to capture some images of some of the Monarchs as they laid eggs on the Tropical Milkweed plants … those images will be shared in my next blog post.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3021 tripod and ballhead
  • ISO 200 (top image) and ISO 400 (all other images)
  • Aperture f/3.5 (all images)
  • Shutter 1/3000 sec. and 1/4000 sec.

 

 

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Fun Friday: Bird Games

Today’s “Fun Friday” post comes from my spring trip to Magee Marsh (Ohio) to photograph migrating warblers. During my 3 days at the wildlife area, I saw several male and female Scarlet Tanagers.

This image really stuck out at me as it appears this male Scarlet Tanager is playing “Peek-a-Boo” with me:

Male Scarlet Tanager

I will be sharing more Scarlet Tanager images in subsequent posts.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/320 sec.

 

 

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Monarch Nursery

Back home, after some R&R at the Lake of the Ozarks. Actually, spent a fair amount of time working a new butterfly garden that I’ve helped a friend put in. Over the past few months, I planted multiple milkweed species, along with other butterfly-attracting plants, and while working in the garden last Friday, I had several Monarch butterflies visit me.

As they feverishly flitted around some Tropical Milkweed plants, I noticed at several times that the Monarchs were busy laying eggs. Later, after the Monarchs had left the garden, I inspected the plants and found quite a few eggs. A day later, I took my camera to the garden and photographed a few of the Monarch eggs (unfortunately, I hadn’t taken my macro lens to the lake with me, so had to use a small lens). Here are a couple of images of the Monarch activity.

In this first image, you can see a single, Monarch egg, just below and to the right of the plant’s flower. The egg is on the underside of a leaf, which is where the Monarchs typically lay their eggs:

Monarch butterfly egg

In this next image, you can see multiple Monarch eggs, again laid on the underside of a leaf:

Monarch butterfly eggs on Tropical Milkweed

All in all, I found roughly a couple dozen of Monarch eggs, scattered about on the 6 Tropical Milkweed plants I had planted in the garden. My count is probably much lower than the actual number of eggs, as I made very quick counts. Now, I’m waiting for the little Monarch cats to hatch!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 640 (top image) and ISO 1600 (bottom image)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (both images)
  • Shutter 1/90 sec. (top image) and 1/180 sec. (bottom image)

 

 

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Nesting Time!

Today’s post comes from my recent trip to Magee Marsh (northern Ohio) to capture the migrating warblers. Near the end of my trip, I ran across 3 separate Yellow Warbler Nests being built. In today’s post, I’m featuring a nest that was being built, directly above the marsh’s boardwalk.

Bringing in nesting materials:

Yellow Warbler at nest

Weaving the material into the nest:

Yellow Warbler working on nest

Checking out the “feel”:

Yellow Warbler on nest

Coming up … more Magee Marsh trip images.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, all shot at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1000 (all images)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (all images)
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. and 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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A Fiery Fourth!

Today’s post features some of my favorite images that I captured on the Fourth of July, over the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri). I had a perfect, front-row seat to a fantastic display of fireworks:

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Quite a patriotic show!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm f/3.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod and ballhead, with IS “Off”
  • ISO 100
  • Aperture f/11
  • Shutter Variable times, from 7.2 seconds to 21 seconds (shot in “Bulb” mode)

 

 

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Lake View

Well, back at home for a while.  I’ve been at the Lake of the Ozarks, photographing landscapes and fireworks at the lake. A few days before the Fourth, a pop-up thunderstorm resulted in a wonderful rainbow stretching over the lake:

Rainbow over the Lake of the Ozarks

Rainbow over the Lake of the Ozarks

Coming up … fireworks over the lake.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm f/3.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/125 sec.

 

 

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