Surrounded by Ears

Today’s post features an image I captured a few days ago on our boat dock at the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri). We have several potted plants on the dock, including a couple of very large pots of Elephant Ears. We’ve been planting these bulbs for a couple of years, but this year yielded a special surprise … both pots have plants that bloomed!

Here is one of the blooms that was covered up by the large ears of the plant:

Elephant Ear plant, with bloom

We’ve been watching to see if we can get some seeds off the plant, but so far we’ve been unable to find any. It seems that maybe the flowers are not being pollinated (?). But no harm, still a nice sight to see!

 

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/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/750 sec.

 

 

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Li’l Quackers

Today’s post features one of the Mallard duck families that often visited us by our dock at our Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) home, this past summer. This Mallard hen allowed us to watch as her family grew up:

Mallard Duck family

Photographic Equipment Used:

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

 

 

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Birth of Royalty – Video

 

Today’s post features a project I’ve been working on for a while. In late August, I found a Monarch butterfly egg on a milkweed leaf, in my butterfly garden. I removed the leaf and placed it inside a mesh butterfly cage in the garage.

When the caterpillar was close to hatching (as evidenced by the head turning black, inside the egg) I set up a camera and captured hundreds of images, at short intervals, so I could put together a time-lapse video of a caterpillar hatching from it’s egg.

Here is one of the single frames of the video, showing the caterpillar escaping his egg:

Monarch butterfly caterpillar emerging from egg

 

To see the entire time-lapse video (a little over one minute in length) click on this link:

https://youtu.be/ymCNxcHoSCk

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/32
  • Shutter Speed 0.9 sec./frame

 

 

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Plenty of Character

Today’s post features one of the Mount Evans (Colorado) inhabitants, a very old Bristlecone Pine tree that has lots of character built into it’s trunk (captured a few years ago, during one of my many photo trips to this beautiful place):

Bristlecone Pine tree

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/22
  • Shutter Speed 1/200 sec.

 

 

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Rocky Mtn Senior Citizen

Today’s post features an interesting wildflower I found growing all along the road to the top of Mount Evans (Colorado). Commonly called “The Old Man on the Mountain”, it seems to certainly live up to it’s name!

Old Man on the Mountain wildflower

Old Man on the Mountain wildflower

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, and Canon 180mm f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 400 and ISO 250
  • Aperture f/5.6 and f/11
  • Shutter Speed 1/640 sec. and 1/160 sec.

 

 

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Fun Friday: A Joyful Meal

Today’s post features a male Prothonotary Warbler that I photographed a few years at the Amarugia Highlands CA Lake (Missouri). As he flitted about, looking for insects, he found a nice morsel, captured and consumed it, then sang with joy:

Prothonotary Warbler male, about to grab an insect

Prothonotary Warbler male with an insect

Prothonotary Warbler male sings with joy after feeding on an insect

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Bogen 3221 tripod and Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/3200 sec.

 

 

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In Love With a Bluebell

Today’s post features a Bumblebee that is “head over heels” in love with a Virginia Bluebell … busy collecting nectar from a spring bell:

Bumblebee collects nectar from Bluebell wildflower

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 180mm f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/200 sec.

 

 

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Taking Flight

Today’s post features a Blue-winged Teal drake (male) as it lifts off the Amarugia Highlands creek (MO), captured from my kayak. Yes, there is a beautiful green patch on the wing, but the leading edge is blue, giving this colorful duck it’s name:

Blue-winged Teal drake (male) takes flight

Photographic Equipment Used:

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

 

 

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Colorful Shoveler

Today’s post features an image I captured a few years ago, while kayaking at Amarugia Highlands CA, in west-central Missouri. This drake (male) Northern Shoveler was captured resting on a log in the creek, during the duck migration:

Northern Shoveler drake, resting on a log in Amarugia Creek

Photographic Equipment Used:

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

 

 

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A Common Visitor

Today’s post features a very common visitor to my yard, seemingly no matter where I live! This image is a previously unpublished image of a Northern Flicker, yellow-shafted group, male sitting in a weeping, flowering cherry tree that was in my Drexel, Missouri front yard:

Northern Flicker, yellow-shafted group male

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1600
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/1250 sec.

 

 

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