How’s the Weather Up There?

Today’s post features another image from one of my Alaska trips (2006). During one of our Alaska, small boat cruises, we were with brown bears at Windfall Harbor. As we pulled our boat into the harbor area, this adult brown bear stood up to check out his competition ahead, at the creek where salmon were running:

Brown Bear standing

You might also notice the lone bald eagle (bottom of photo), busy eating a fish carcass, with several gulls waiting to scavenge any leftovers.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld (on boat), with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/320 sec.

 

 

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Fun Friday: Inquisitive!

Today’s post features a very inquisitive squirrel. One day, while photographing along a creek in the Amarugia Highlands CA (Missouri), I felt as if someone or something was watching me. Looking up, this curious little fellow was watching me photograph some ducks that were in the creek:

Squirrel

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 10D body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/500 sec.

 

 

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Can You Feel it in the Air?

Today’s post features 3 images I captured along a creek in the Amarugia Highlands Conservation Area (Missouri) a few years ago. In spring, I love to hike and kayak rural creeks and streams. Often, warblers that migrate into the area are so cheerful.  Makes me have “cabin fever” to go back and experience these outings via the images! Today’s images were captured of several male Prothonotary Warblers that I captured during one of these trips:

Prothonotary Warbler male

Prothonotary Warbler male, singing

Prothonotary Warbler

My spring fever is flaring up … how about your’s?

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 Tripod, with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 400 and ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/200 sec. and 1/250 sec.

 

 

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Growing Into Adulthood

Today’s post features a couple of images I found while editing some of my older images. I have been fortunate to visit Alaska’s Chilkat River Valley (near Haines, Alaska) a couple of times. During one of my trips, I captured these 2 images of a young adult Bald Eagle. As you can see, it is approaching adulthood, as evidenced by the white head and tail … but still has some of the juvenile coloration … “dirty white”, or “salt and pepper” look:

Bald Eagle

In this next image, this eagle is about to latch onto a chum salmon in the Chilkat River:

Bald Eagle Catching a Fish

The Chilkat River Valley is one of the best places to watch/photograph bald eagles, particularly late October thru December, as they feast on a late salmon run in the river.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 Tripod, with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 400 and ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6 and f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/400 sec. and 1/250 sec.

 

 

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Your January Eye Test

Today’s post features an image I captured a few years ago, as I photographed Bald Eagles along the Chilkat River in Alaska, during their late season gathering for a late salmon run in the river.

When editing this image, I wondered exactly how many eagles were in this photograph, so I took the time to move slowly around the image and count them.  I thought this “eye test” would be a good way to start off the New Year!  Be sure to count the ones in the trees, and the many that are on the ground in the background! (Hint: if possible, enlarge the sections of this image to see more eagles!)  Note: my count is shown below the photograph.

Bald Eagles along the Chilkat River

My “eye test” gave me a result of “45” … hopefully, that’s not too far off from the actual number! What did you come up with?

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens, shot at 105mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/200 sec.

 

 

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Out of the Blue

Today’s post comes from the now defunct Hallo Bay Bear Camp, located along the Katmai National Park coast, near Kodiak Island in Alaska. I have traveled to this exceeding beautiful location many times over the years … until the camp owner passed and the land went back into the hands of the National Park Service.

This area was always so amazing … beautiful, snow-capped peaks nearby, volcanoes in the not-so-far distance, and such wonderful wildlife … Alaskan coastal brown bears, salmon runs, bald eagles, wolves, moose, red fox, etc., etc.

One of the unique things about this camp was that it was never very predictable with regards to the weather. Weather would change, often drastically, out of the blue. This image was captured in camp one afternoon, when a storm began to form, without warning, over the camp:

Incoming storm clouds over the Hallo Bay Bear Camp (Alaska)

I have many fond memories of this camp, and will be featuring more camp images as I continue to edit my older images.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2 body
  • Tamron 17-35mm lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 640
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/250 sec.

 

 

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Midnight Adventure

Today’s image was captured from my cabin deck in Little Tutka Bay, Alaska, in 2007. When this image was captured (around midnight), the sun was just beginning to “set”:

Little Tutka Bay is about a 30-minute boat ride from Homer, Alaska. From this location, I spent several trips photographing bald eagles, exploring the low tide flora and fauna, kayaking around the bay area, and just having a ball being pretty well isolated from the world!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 28-135mm IS lens, with IS “Off”
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/22
  • Shutter Speed 1/8 sec.

 

 

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Sing a Joyful Song!

Today’s post features an image I found from 2006.  While kayaking in Amarugia CA (Missouri), I came upon this happy little Prothonotary Warbler, singing like no tomorrow.

I decided to feature this image today as this morning has been a cheerful morning to me … sun up in clear skies at the lake, steam coming off the tranquil lake waters, temps to hit  the 60’s today, Christmas almost here. So much today is bad news, but I encourage you to sing a joyful song for everything that is right!

Prothonotary Warbler male, singing

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 500mm f/4 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Handheld in the kayak, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/400 sec.

 

 

 

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Fun Friday: Locked & Loaded

Today’s “Fun Friday” post features a very aware Green Heron. While kayaking in the Amarugia CA (Missouri), I came upon this Green Heron who was perched on a stump in the creek, busy preening. When he saw me, he immediately turned his focus from himself, to me (with me feeling as if he was “locked and loaded” on me!):

Green Heron

In some locations, such as Florida, these herons tend to be pretty forgiving of people in close quarters with them. But back in Missouri, it is quite rare to be able to get very close to them. I have found in many instances, that being in a kayak helps to shorten the distance you are able to get to these beautiful birds.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens + Canon 1.4X TC
  • Handheld, with IS “On” (one of the few times I’ve dared to use this large, heavy lens, while kayaking)
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/100 sec.

 

 

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Nature’s ‘Glass’

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured near the LeConte Glacier in Alaska, in 2006. I believe one of these was previously published, but the second one is new to my blog.

Icebergs are basically chunks of a glacier that break off (“calve”) from the glacier and then float around in the frigid waters, until they melt. Glacial ice, from where icebergs come, is a very tightly-compressed ice. On a cloudy day, these often give a brilliant blue appearance, as these images show:

Blue Iceberg

Blue Iceberg

These images are somewhat different than the typical icebergs one would see in Alaskan waters. The above icebergs have “flipped upside down”, showing the portion that is normally underwater. These super-smooth bergs resemble large chunks of blue glass!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 10D body
  • Canon 28-135 mm, f/3.5 – f/5.6 IS lens, shot at 56 mm (#1) and 120 mm (#2)
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/90 sec. and 1/180 sec.

 

 

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