Fun Friday: Baja Hillbillies?

Today’s post comes from my last trip to Baja (Mexico) for some interesting nature photo ops there.  Flying in to Cabo San Lucas, I met up with some friends as we embarked on a 10-day photo tour of the Baja Peninsula. Our first “encounter” was just outside of Cabo, where our van caught up with this seemingly “Beverly Hillbilly” scene … the only thing missing was Granny in her rocking chair!  Wait, thee is a red chair there … did Granny fall off, along the way?

Actually, our van driver explained that this was a roving, housewares salesman that went from small town to town with his goods for sale:

Baja traveling salesman

This image was captured with my Pentax underwater camera, the only camera readily available to me at the time.

 

 

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A Tiger’s in Our Garden!

Today’s post features some images of a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (one, among many) that visited our butterfly garden, here at our home on the Lake of the Ozarks (MO) this week:

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

I love taking a walk out to the garden and watch the butterflies, hummingbird moths and tons of pollinators, all busy jumping from flower to flower to catch every bit of nectar that they can!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200 and ISO 250
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/500 sec. to 1/2000 sec.

 

 

 

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Are You Ready?

Today’s post features one of my favorite meteor shower images that I’ve been able to capture … with the Perseids only a couple of weeks away, I’m busy getting things planned out and ready for this year’s shower.

In this image, a very bright Perseids meteor is streaking over the Goliath Wilderness Area of Mount Evans (Colorado). This image was captured a few miles up the Mount Evans Highway during the 2017 Perseids meteor shower.  If you look closely, you may be able to see a second, very faint meteor that is below the bright meteor:

Perseids Meteor over Mt. Evans (Colorado)

I’m busy planning my meteor shoot this year, but you can expect to see some meteor images as they once again fly over some wonderful landscape … barring bad weather!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Rokinon 14mm, f/2.8 manual lens
  • ISO 3200
  • Aperture f/2.8
  • Shutter Speed 28 seconds

 

 

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Seek and Ye Shall Find

(… but not this time.)

Today’s post features a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher as he hunts for insects in the trees along the shoreline of Bittern Bottoms CA (Missouri), captured while I kayaked the area.

The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is a fun bird to watch as he flits from tree to tree, foraging for insects that are found among the flora of the area. Here are a couple of images of one little guy as he forages.

Flying from tree to tree, always keeping a keen eye open for insects:

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher seeking insects

Spotting a spider web, he moves in for a better look:

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher seeking insects

This time … nothing was found. But these are successful hunters that can often be seen with an unlucky insect in it’s beak!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • ISO 3200 and ISO 2500
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/320 sec. and 1/500 sec.

 

 

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Seeing Clearly

Today’s post features an interesting visitor to my butterfly gardens, the Clearwing Hummingbird Moth. As of lately, I see at least one of these little beauties daily, both in my home butterfly garden and the butterfly garden I tend at the church.  Can’t get enough of these lovely visitors!

Here are a few images:

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

The butterfly gardens are really attracting butterflies, moths and other pollinators right now … I’m sure more posts are forthcoming that feature our visitors!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • ISO 200 and ISO 1600
  • Aperture f/22 and f/5
  • Shutter Speed 1/20 sec. and 1/800 sec.

 

 

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Going Underground?

Today’s post features a shot I captured while kayaking the creek at Amarugia Highlands CA (Missouri) a few years ago. As I paddled the creek, I saw this Barred Owl as it feasted on some morsel for breakfast.

Just recently, when I edited a lot of older images, I found that the prey looks to be a mole … guess the owl caught him before the mole returned to his burrow:

Barred Owl with prey (mole?)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Handheld from kayak, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/160 sec.

 

 

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Hot as a Firecracker!

Today’s post features a couple of landscape photographs I captured during one of my photo trips to South Dakota’s Badlands National Park. The Badlands area is very diverse, and depending on when you visit, you can experience bitterly cold winds, or a landscape with dry, parched grounds that pretty much supports only wildflowers and some prairie grasses.

Here are a couple of images I captured while hiking around the area, after the hot sun fell behind a large rock formation, a couple of years ago:

Dry, parched landscape

Dry, parched landscape

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/4.5- f/5.6 IS lens, both shot at 135mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/11 and f/16
  • Shutter Speed 1/40 sec. and 1/100 sec.

 

 

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Dangerous Weapons!

Today’s post features another image from one of my photo trips to Alaska. While visiting Ketchikan, where bald eagles are seen everywhere, I found an adult eagle that was pretty close to where I was standing. While perusing the fine specimen, my eye was drawn to those powerful talons … very strong and very sharp … and something I’d prefer not to be stuck with! Here is an image of this mean machine’s talons:

Adult Bald Eagle talons, closeup

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5- f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1600
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/20 sec.

 

 

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Heading to the Midnight Sun

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured on my last trip to Alaska … aka, “The Land of the Midnight Sun”. This trip was a bit different than my earlier trips to Alaska … caught a ride on the M/V Columbia, one of the ferries of the Alaska State Ferry fleet. It was an interesting trip, and lots of time for sightseeing along the Inside Passage!

Here are a couple of images I captured aboard the ferry as we left Washington (the Alaska State Ferry port is in Bellingham, Washington):

Not long after leaving port:

Leaving Washington state via Alaska State Ferry

Our first evening sunset:

Lots

Sunset along the Inside Passage

Lots of memories from this trip … hoping to do it again one of these days!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/3.5- f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld on boat, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200 (top photo) and ISO 400 (bottom photo)
  • Aperture f/16 (top image) and f/22 (bottom image)
  • Shutter Speed 1/200 sec. (top image) and 1/80 sec. (bottom image)

 

 

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Ahh, Memories!

Today’s post features a couple of (previously unpublished) images from Alaska’s Inside Passage, during one of my several Alaska photo trips on a 50-foot boat in the beautiful Inside Passage.

Alaska is so very unique … so much, that you can never plan on what you will see! I take that back … you can usually plan on encountering some rather dramatic conditions in Alaska!

On a trip in 2011, these two images were captured about 40 minutes apart. These images really bring back memories!

Landscape along Alaska's Inside Passage

Rainbow over the Alaska Inside Passage

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon28-135mm IS lens
  • Handheld on boat, with IS “On”
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/16 (top image) and f/22 (bottom image)
  • Shutter Speed 1/500 sec. (top image) and 1/200 sec. (bottom image)

 

 

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