“Low Altitude Flight”

Today’s post features a few more previously unpublished images of wintering Bald Eagles along the Mississippi River, near Davenport, Iowa.

While photographing the eagles fishing in the river, the eagles sometimes fly low over the banks of the river, offering the great joy of capturing images of them low and close to where I was standing.

An adult bald eagle swoops out of the trees and heads full speed to a fish he has spotted near the surface of the river:

Bald Eagle fishes the river

An adult Bald Eagle with a fresh caught fish flies back toward the trees to eat his breakfast:

Bald Eagle with a freshly caught fish

Flying low, over a graveled parking lot where I was standing, this adult bald eagle heads back to the water for more fishing:

Bald Eagle flying low over a gravel parking lot

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800 and ISO 500
  • Aperture f/5.6 and f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/1250 sec. and 1/1600 sec.

 

 

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What Does Your Calendar Say?

… Mine says it is the month of the Eagles!

Well, hopefully I’m back on the computer for a while! Last week was a week I’d like to forget … lost my internet and tv for several days … my, how we forget how it is without our modern conveniences!

Today’s post features one of my favorite winter photography subjects … the Bald Eagle. These images were captured a few years ago on the Mississippi river, near Davenport, Iowa:

Wintering Bald Eagles

Adult wintering Bald Eagle

But now that I’m at the Lake of the Ozarks, another wintering eagle hot spot, I’m hoping to grab some eagle images soon. With cold weather moving in the area soon, I’m just waiting for the right conditions!

I’ve also been informed of at least two bald eagle nests nearby. I’m hoping they are active again this year and that I can find them!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800 and ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/1600 sec.

 

 

 

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Weather, or Not

Today’s post features  3 images I captured one day at Amarugia Highlands CA (west-central Missouri). Amarugia has always been a place where I enjoyed photographing wildlife. However, in today’s post a storm was brewing and clouds began forming and rolling around the sky … and there I was, with only a couple of wildlife telephoto lenses!

Corpuscular rays of light splitting through clouds always catch my attention:

Clouds with Emotion

Backlighting from sunshine can render interesting shapes:

Clouds with Emotion

And if you can catch cloud formation near sunrise or sunset, a nice touch of color is often displayed:

Clouds with Emotion

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body and Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens and Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On” (with 100-400mm lens) and with Bogen 3221 tripod with Wemberly gimbal head (500 mm lens)
  • ISO 500 and ISO 250
  • Aperture f/4.5, f/11 and f/4
  • Shutter Speed 1/6400 sec., 1/100 sec. and 1/800 sec.

 

 

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Forecast: Bitter Cold!

Today’s post features a previously unpublished image captured a few years ago along the Mississippi River near Iowa’s Quad Cities. With bitterly cold temperatures forecast, the early morning saw a lot of steam rising off the river … with an occasional Bald Eagle looking for a fish breakfast:

Bald Eagle fishing in frigid temperatures and steam

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 3200
  • Aperture f/18
  • Shutter Speed 1/1600 sec.

 

 

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King of the Mountain

Today’s post features one of the most common residents of the Rocky Mountain’s at higher altitudes, the Yellow-bellied Marmot. Here are a few favorite images I captured during one of my trips there:

Yellow-bellied Marmot

Yellow-bellied Marmot

Yellow-bellied Marmot

It’s always fun to be around these guys, particularly when you can be with young marmots playing.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6 to f/6.3
  • Shutter Speed 1/125 sec. and 1/2500 sec.

 

 

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Unforgettable Adventure

Today’s post features a group of Mountain Goats that I encountered while hiking around Mount Evans, Colorado, a few years ago.

As I hiked over the rocky terrain, taking in the glorious scenery, I noticed a group of Mountain Goats that were heading towards me. I decided to find a nice, flat rock to sit on and see (while photographing, of course) if they continued towards me. It didn’t take long to find out. As I watched and photographed, this adult soon popped over the rocks ahead of me … all while intently checking me out:

Mountain Goat approaching me

Then I saw a small group of young kids working their way up behind her:

Mountain Goat clan aproaching me

Fast forward a couple of minutes and the group of kids were standing on a large rock, directly in front of me:

Mountain Goat kids checking me out

They didn’t show any fear of me at all … only curiosity.

I’m sure they encountered humans before me. But it is so awesome to have our wild brothers and sisters view us at close range, and with no apparent fear. Gee, I guess we all can get along together if we try!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1200
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec. (top two images) and 1/1600 sec. (bottom image)

 

 

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Perched in the Wildflowers

Today’s post features an image I captured on one of my last photo trips to Minnesota. While driving the Sherburne NWR, I came across a nice patch of wildflowers that was very busy with pollinators and other insects. This nice red dragonfly captured my attention as it’s red body contrasted nicely with the yellows of the coneflowers:

Dragonfly resting on a coneflower

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/1250 sec.
  • Manually focused

 

 

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The Green Deal

Today’s post features a night photograph I captured over northeast Wyoming’s Devil’s Tower a few years ago.

The green, mist-like sky is called “Green Airglow” (there also appears to be a small amount of red airglow). This airglow phenomenon was identified in 1868 by Swedish physicist Anders Angstrom, and scientists say is caused by photochemical reactions occurring at different levels of the atmosphere. Most of the effect comes from oxygen in the air. Green light is the brightest airglow. It comes from excited oxygen atoms located between 56 to 62 miles high. Red airglow comes from atomic oxygen (O) excitation at 93 to 190 miles.

Here is one of the many images I captured that exhibit the airglow:

Green Air over Devil's Tower

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Tamron 17-35mm, f/2.8 lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 6400
  • Aperture f/2.8
  • Shutter Speed 29 seconds

 

 

 

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Colorado Sings the Blues

I’m glad to be back at the computer … been busy with lots of things and have not had internet for a few days. So it’s nice to be able to get back online!

Today’s post features a lovely blue wildflower, the Blue Columbine that can be found growing about the wonderful San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Captured in 2014, I’m getting a feeling of the need to travel back for some more wonderful mountain wildflower photography!

Blue Columbine wildflower

Blue Columbine wildflower

Blue Columbine wildflower

Blue Columbine wildflower

Blue Columbine wildflower

Blue Columbine wildflower

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D 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; IS “Off”
  • ISO 100 and ISO 200
  • Aperture f/3.5 thru f/22
  • Shutter Speed 1/1600 sec. thru 0.3 sec.

 

 

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Colorful Colorado

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I’ve been visiting with family and friends, and now it’s time to get back to “work”!

Today’s post features a couple of colorful landscapes from a trip to Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, captured a few years ago. When entering Colorado, there are several signs that welcome you to “Colorful Colorado”.

Colorado has many wonderful landscapes, but if you haven’t experienced the San Juan mountains, you’ve missed some spectacular scenery! Here are a couple of images I captured right around sunset one evening, while high  on the Black Bear Pass:

San Juan Mountains (CO) in late afternoon light

San Juan Mountains (CO) as sunset approaches

I’m kinda thinkin’ that I need to experience this again!!!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead; IS “Off”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/16 and f/18
  • Shutter Speed 1/5 sec. and 1/13 sec.

 

 

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