Just Because …

Today’s post was published “Just Because … Some Days You Arise and Need a Motivating Kick in the Pants”.

This photo was taken some time ago but I was inclined to publish this image as a way to motivate me (and hopefully, others) as I start off the day. (And if you look closely, there appears to be a second rainbow on the righthand side of this image):

Rainbow Over the Lake

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, shot at 70mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/125 sec.

 

 

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Wonderful Chestnuts

Today’s post features a trio of images I captured a few years ago when I visited Magee Marsh, a favorite warbler stop on the south bank of Lake Erie, in northern Ohio. During spring migration, Magee Marsh comes alive with warblers heading north to Canada. At Magee Marsh, the warblers feed and rest while awaiting a good southerly wind to help them fly across the lake.

One of my “lifer” warblers I was able to photograph was the Chestnut-sided Warbler, and I was able to catch up to a few of them during my visit. Here are 3 previously unpublished images of the colorful Chestnut-sided Warbler:

Chestnut-sided Warbler male

Chestnut-sided Warbler male

Chestnut-sided Warbler male

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D camera
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/400 sec. and 1/320 sec.

 

 

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Shared Housekeeping Duties

Today’s post features some recent images of an active Eastern Bluebird nest box, with the parents sharing housekeeping duties. During development of the baby bluebirds, both parents keep the nest scrupulously clean by removing the fecal sacs (body wastes from the babies) from the nest box.

Furthermore, the parents don’t just remove the waste from the box, but carry the fecal sacs away from the nest before disposing. This helps to prevent highlighting to potential predators where the nest of babies is located.

Here are a few images I captured recently of both parents removing the fecal sacs from the nest box.

The male:

Male Eastern Bluebird with fecal sac

Male Eastern Bluebird with fecal sac

The female:

Female Eastern Bluebird with fecal sac

Female Eastern Bluebird with fecal sac

Since capturing these images, I understand that the baby bluebirds have successfully fledged the nest and are doing well.

 

 

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Fun Friday: Ever Feel You’re Being Watched?

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured a few years ago, in my rural Missouri yard. While wandering around and photographing wildflowers, I came upon this praying mantis that was in one of my flower gardens:

Praying Mantis taking a good look at me

Working slowly, I kept moving closer until I could get this nice closeup:

Praying Mantis taking a good look at me

Reminds me of a 1950’s alien invasion sci-fi movie … “Take me to your leader!”

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon  1D Mark 3 camera body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 Macro lens
  • Bogen 3022 tripod with ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/2000 sec. and 1/1000 sec.

 

 

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A Nice Shade of Red

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of these beauties here in the Ozarks … the Red-headed Woodpecker (photos from the archives, captured while kayaking a Missouri creek):

 

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Always a wonderful find when they profile against a blue sky (which we’ve not seen very often, lately).

 

 

 

 

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Tending to the Youngsters

Today’s post features some images I captured over the weekend. The Eastern Bluebird, Missouri’s state bird, is a beautiful bird to watch and photograph. During their nesting season (often up to 3 clutches per season) a lot of opportunities exist to photograph this gem.

Here are a few of the images I’ve edited so far … more to come, later!

A male bluebird approaching the nest box:

Eastern Bluebird male

A female bluebird approaching with a caterpillar:

Eastern Bluebird female

Later, the female arrives in a tree above the nest box, with another caterpillar for the young birds:

Eastern Bluebird female with caterpillar

… and just before entering the box, she perches on top of the box with her “carry-out” meal:

Eastern Bluebird female with caterpillar

I’m already looking forward to another visit at this nest box in the next few days. As the young birds grow, they are not unlike our “teenagers” … always hungry! This increases the activity of the parents as they strive to keep up with the increased food demands, creating great photographic opportunities.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 camera
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS telephoto lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Vanguard Alta Series 70 tripod, with a Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 250 to ISO 800
  • Aperture f/4 and f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/400 to 1/6400 sec.

 

 

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Newbie on the Hill

Today’s post features a new wildflower find for me … the Pale Corydalis. During my last trip to Ha Ha Tonka State Park (in the Missouri Ozarks), I found this one clump of nice, yellow wildflowers that were growing along a woodland trail, just below some rock bluffs. I wasn’t sure what I had found until I got home and checked some of my resource books.

Here are a couple of macro images I captured:

Pale Corydalis wildflower

Pale

An unusual and unexpected find. I have walked past this spot several times, and over the past few years, yet this is the only cluster I’ve ever found. I’ll be looking for these newbies on future visits on this woodland trail.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Vanguard Alta Series 70 tripod, with a 3Pod H3 ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/30 sec.

 

 

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One of Yellowstone’s Jewels

Today’s post features another geyser near Old Faithful, in the Biscuit Basin. The Jewel Geyser is a small, but rather active geyser, erupting frequently (every 8-9 minutes is typical). Although the eruption reaches up to 20 feet, it is nowhere near what Old Faithful offers (100 – 180 feet).

Jewel Geyser has a shiny, beaded sinter (a deposit of opaline or amorphous silica that occurs as an incrustation around hot springs and geyser vents), easily seen in these images, below.

Here is a sequence of Jewel Geyser eruption images that I captured during my recent visit there.

“At Rest”

Jewell Geyser "at rest"

Jewell Geyser erupting

Jewell Geyser erupting

Jewell Geyser erupting

Jewell Geyser erupting

Jewell Geyser erupting

And it begins to rest again:

Jewell Geyser transitioning from erupting to back at rest

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera
  • Canon 28-135mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens, at 115mm to 127mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/180 sec. to 1/500 sec.

 

 

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New Definition of “A Cold Shower”

Today’s post features a Yellowstone regular actor … Old Faithful as it erupts in the winter landscape.  Enjoy this sequence of the eruption.

Geyser at rest:

Old Faithful just before eruption

Eruption inevitable:

Old Faithful just before eruption

Shower Time!

Old Faithful erupting

Steam filling the Old Faithful landscape:

Old Faithful erupting

Near the end of eruption:

Old Faithful erupting

Coming up … some other geysers were actively erupting during our visit.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera
  • Canon 28-135mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens, at 120mm to 135mm
  • Vanguard tripod with Sirui ballhead (lightweight, travel setup)
  • ISO 320
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/350 sec. to 1/1500 sec.

 

 

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Bubbles in the Mud

Today’s post features some more images I captured in late February in Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming).

The mud pots featured in this post were located in the Fountain Paint Pots area of the park, near Old Faithful. One definition I found of the mud pot is that it is a sort of acidic hot springs with a limited amount of water.

Another description of the mud pot is that it is surface water that collects in shallow, impermeable depressions. Thermal water beneath these depressions causes steam to rise through the ground and heat the collected surface water to a very high temperature … causing the collected, muddy water to “boil” as hydrogen sulfide gas is released (and yes, it can be quite smelly!).

Here are images captured at the Fountain Paint Pots area:

Bubbling mud pot in Yellowstone NP

Bubbling mud pot in Yellowstone NP

Bubbling mud pot in Yellowstone NP

Cropping/expanding the preceding image, you can more clearly see the mud bubbles as they rise from the gooey surface water, some in the process of bursting:

Bubbling mud pot in Yellowstone NP

Still to come … more Yellowstone images, images from the Grand Teton NP area, and early, Missouri woodland wildflowers that are now beginning to appear.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera
  • Canon 28-135mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens, at 135mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/11 and f/16
  • Shutter 1/125 sec. to 1/250 sec.

 

 

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