Bird Heaven, Part 1

When I travel in 2018 to photograph in Florida, one of my destinations will likely be the Venice Rookery, where many different species of birds visit and nest. Here are a few images of Great Egrets I captured during my 2014 trip:

Great Egret in breeding plumage

Great Egret in breeding plumage

Great Egret in breeding plumage

I still need to research this location, to determine if the recent hurricane impacted the rookery. If you read this post and live near the rookery, I’d appreciate you leaving a comment as to the condition of the rookery.  :o)

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Rush Hour!

Today’s post comes from a photo trip I made to Florida in 2014. As I work on planning out my 2018 return trip, I’ll share a few of my favorite encounters from this past visit.

In today’s post, I found a remarkable water pool in Myakka River State Park, where both the Black Vultures and Alligators were seemingly in a “face-off” along the bank:

Large congretation of Alligators and Black Vultures at a water pool

So much for getting away from the typical, everyday traffic jam!  :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

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

 

 

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Missouri Bison

From about a year ago, I photographed a bison herd in Prairie State Park, a beautiful park in southwest Missouri:

Bison on the prairie

Bison grazing on the prairie

Always a lot of enjoyment photographing these large beasts!

 

 

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It’s About That Time!

With temperatures getting colder next week and winter knocking on our door, it’s about time for Bald Eagles and Short-eared Owls to again take residence in Missouri for the winter. In fact, I saw an adult eagle soaring over a field near my home just a week or so ago. And yesterday, a good friend sent me a photo of a short-eared owl that she found a couple of days ago. So I’ll likely be out in the fields after this next cold front moves in, to see what I can find. In the meantime, I’m featuring a few of my favorite many images of these two birds that I’ve captured over the past couple of years:

Bald Eagle fishing in the Mississippi River

Adult Bald Eagle flying over the Mississippi River

Immature Bald Eagle soaring over the river

Bald Eagles in tree overlooking the Mississippi River

Adult Bald Eagle fishing

Short-Eared Owl flying over the prairie

Short-Eared Owl flying by me in the prairie

Short-eared Owl flying over the prairie

Short-Eared Owl flying over the prairie

And, with a little luck, maybe we’ll have another irruption of Snowy Owls back into the area!

 

 

 

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Longing For Summer, Yet?

We really haven’t had a winter, yet. But seeing the bright colors of summer, while recently editing some old images, has already got me thinking of next spring! Just seeing the bright and vivid colors of wildflowers, like this Tall Bellflower that readily grows along the woodline of my rural Missouri home, really makes me wish that spring was just around the corner!

Tall Bellflower wildflower

Spring will be here before we know it … but a bit faster would be ok, too!

 

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Giving Thanks!

It’s that time of the year for us all to think back over the year and remember all the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. Myself, it’s been a tough year at times, but I still have plenty to be thankful for! I’m posting this Thanksgiving Post to all my family, friends, and followers, wishing each of you a Happy Thanksgiving and may your life be filled with wonderful blessings!

Wild Turkey

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

 

 

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Fun Friday: Reaching the Summit

Another image captured in October in a nearby butterfly garden … a small beetle successfully reaches the top of a Celosia stalk:

Beetle on top of a Celosia flower stalk

Can’t you picture what he must be thinking: “Oh, no. I left my flag on the ground!”  :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm f/3.5 macro lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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Mellow Yellow

Another interesting insect found in the butterfly garden, while photographing in mid-October, was this small beetle that was busy moving around the yellow flower:

Beetle on flower

I just LOVE shooting nature in the fall colors, with crisp mornings and lots of end-of-season activities!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm f/3.5 macro lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/8000 sec.
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Fall Beauty

I’m making my way back through some of my 2017 images for some new things I hadn’t yet posted. One that caught my eye was this image I captured in mid October, at a friend’s butterfly garden near Paola, Kansas. When photographing there, I was immediately drawn to the vivid color of the Celosia flowers and this unidentified wasp that was busy searching for nectar:

Unidentified Wasp on Celosia flower

The patch of celosia flowers acted like a magnet for many different insects. Guess I need to plant some in my butterfly garden next year!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/4000 sec.

 

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Milky Way Over Roseman

Today’s post concludes my recent photo trip to Madison County, Iowa to photograph the covered bridges in fall colors and at night (and with playing with my new drone!). Today’s two images were captured during my last night in Madison County. Although the Milky Way’s galactic core are not nearly as visible or impressive as it would have been in the summer months, it still excites me to be able to photograph our heavenly skies over historic landmarks like the Roseman Covered Bridge. Here are a couple of my favorite images from my last night’s shoot.

I first set up to shoot the Milky Way as it stretched from behind the Roseman bridge, using a small amount of light painting to light the bridge and surrounding foliage:

Milky Way over the Roseman Covered Bridge

After shooting some images from this position, I moved to the far end of the bridge and shot the Milky Way, including a small portion of the bridge’s roof and the creek below the bridge:

Milky Way over the Roseman Covered Bridge

This photo trip was a lot of fun! I may try to make it back next year, when the galactic core of the Milky Way is colorful and much more impressive.

If you missed any of the previous posts from the Madison County Covered Bridges, you can click on these links to see my earlier posts:

Photographic Equipment Used:

Canon 5D Mark 3 body
Rokinon 14mm, manual lens (my favorite astrophotography lens!)
Bogen 3221 tripod with ballhead
ISO 6400 (top photo) and ISO 3200 (bottom photo)
Aperture f/2.8 (both photos)
Shutter 28 seconds (both photos)

 

 

 

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