A Late Visitor

As I left my house to pick up my mail at the road yesterday, I noted a beautiful Monarch butterfly that was very interested in a stand of aster wildflowers that are blooming in my rural Missouri butterfly garden. I went back inside and grabbed my camera and grabbed a few images of this regal butterfly:

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly

Next up, an update on the Black Swallowtail chrysalises (chrysali?) that I’ve been nurturing in my kitchen.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 100-400mm IS lens, shot from 125mm to 135mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/6.3
  • Shutter 1/500 sec. and 1/640 sec.

 

 

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Cabin in the Woods

The images in today’s post comes from a hike near the St. Mary Lake, on the east side of Glacier NP (Montana) in August.

Sitting at the edge of a wooded area, this old (and no longer used) ranger cabin sits:

Old Ranger Cabin

As you can see, lots of wildflowers (mainly Daisies) are growing around the cabin, along with assorted “weeds” and some tree saplings. A closer look at the daisies:

Daisies growing near old ranger cabin

And if you stand in front of the cabin, this is the view of the St. Mary Lake valley:

View from the Cabin

This would have been ideal weekend “getaway” spot! In this last image, there are lots of Fireweed wildflowers blooming, indicating that summer is about over and snow will soon replace all the color in the valley.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Canon 28-135mm IS lens, shot from 125mm to 135mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/19 and f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/45 sec. to 1/250 sec.

 

 

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Aster Falls

When I was leaving Glacier NP (Montana) during my August photo trip, I could not drive through the park to exit on the west side. Two nights earlier, a storm came through and lightning started a fire inside the park, on the west side, causing the road to be closed and even evacuation of the Lake McDonald lodge there. Since I needed to travel down the east side of the park, I decided to leave early and stop for some photography in the southeast region of the park, an area I hadn’t previously visited.

One of the places that sounded interesting was the hike to Aster Falls. This hike was about 2.5 miles from the trailhead and ended (for me) at Aster Falls. This was a beautiful waterfall, tucked back into the trees and surrounded by yellow wildflowers. Very picturesque:

Aster Falls, Glacier NP (Montana)

Aster Falls, Glacier NP (Montana)

Aster Falls, Glacier NP (Montana)

Aster Falls, Glacier NP (Montana)

The lighting seemed to be ever changing here, making photography a bit challenging but such beautiful area!

Note: If you live in the Kansas City area, I will have a booth at the Lee’s Summit Art Festival this coming weekend, Friday Oct. 12 (4pm to 8pm), Saturday Oct. 13 (10am to 8pm), and Sunday Oct. 14 (11am to 4pm) … stop by and say “Hi”. I will have some paper and metal prints of my August trip to Glacier NP on display.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Canon 28-135mm IS lens, at 135mm
  • Bogen 3221 Tripod with ballhead
  • ISO 100
  • Aperture f/22 and f/32
  • Shutter 1/4 sec. and 1/10 sec.

 

 

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Fun Friday: Changes in My Nursery

As I mentioned in a post last week, I have collected several Black Swallowtail butterfly eggs and caterpillars. They are housed in a mesh, indoors “nursery” in my rural Missouri home. I had been waiting for the caterpillar to begin making it’s chrysalis. Well, I went to bed on Tuesday night and the caterpillar was very quiet, just holding on to a stick I had placed inside the mesh cage. When I got up at 6:00am Wednesday, it had already formed the chrysalis:

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Chrysalis

I was hoping to capture some time-lapse images of this process, but clearly missed it! No problem, I captured another couple of caterpillars from my butterfly garden and they are now busy, feeding on parsley inside the nursery:

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

I’m hoping to catch at least one of the 2 caterpillars as they begin forming the chrysalis, as well as catching the new butterfly emerging from the existing chrysalis! Time will tell :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Canon 180mm macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5 (chrysalis) and f/11 (caterpillar)
  • Shutter 1/10 sec. and 0.7 sec. (caterpillar)
  • Chrysallis image is a focus-stacked capture, using 5 images

 

 

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Common Toadflax

Today’s post features a pretty cool wildflower that I found blooming near St. Mary Lake in Glacier NP (Montana) in August. The Common Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris) is a rather showy wildflower, with bright yellow and orange flowers:

Common Toadflax wildflower

Common Toadflax wildflower

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Canon 28-135mm IS lens, at 135mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/350 sec. and 1/250 sec.

 

 

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Hungry Hummers!

Today’s post was captured a month ago, on September 01, on the covered, front porch of my rural Missouri home. About this time every year, the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds begin a “feeding frenzy” as they take in more calories to begin their annual, fall migration southward. The male hummers were mostly gone when I made this capture … they leave before the females, arriving and setting up their territories before the females make their pilgrimage there.

This photo is not a high quality photo. I had to shoot this behind a screened door, so that I wouldn’t frighten them away. I counted 12 hummers in this image, but more were on the periphery, outside the camera’s angle of view. Seeing this sight every year is both a sad and happy time. Sad to see them leave for the winter, but so happy that they spent another summer with me!  Until next year …!

Hummingbirds frenzy feeding before migrating

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 100-400mm IS lens, at 130mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1250
  • Aperture f/5
  • Shutter 1/125 sec.

 

 

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Fun Friday: No Longer an “Empty Nester”

About a week ago, as I was walking past my rural Missouri butterfly garden, I noticed a Black Swallowtail that was busy laying eggs on a parsley plant (host plant for these beautiful butterflies). Yesterday, I closely inspected the plant to see if I could find the eggs … voila, I found about a dozen eggs scattered about on the parsley plant:

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Egg

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Eggs

And a closer look found one freshly-hatched Black Swallowtail caterpillar:

Freshly-hatched Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

After capturing these images, I moved about half the eggs to my mesh butterfly garden, inside the house. Why? Well, a couple of reasons. First, to prevent all of them from being picked off the plant by birds visiting the garden. Second, I am looking forward to monitoring the eggs (and a single, large caterpillar I also found) and photographing the life cycle stages of the Black Swallowtail. Upon transitioning to adult butterflies, they will be returned to my butterfly garden so they can continue their life journey.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Canon 180mm macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/45 sec. (top 2 photos), and 1/10 sec. (bottom photo)

 

 

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Another Logan Pass Sunrise

Today’s image is another Logan Pass sunrise, captured during an early morning hike in Logan Pass, Glacier NP (Montana). As the sun began to rise above the background mountains, I set up to shoot the sun as it broke over the mountains. Shooting in this manner can give some nice “sun stars”:

Sunrise over Logan Pass, Glacier NP (Montana)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Canon 28-135mm IS lens, shot at 35mm
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with ballhead
  • ISO 100
  • Aperture f/22
  • Shutter 1/20 sec.

 

 

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Logan Pass Sunrise

Today’s image was captured during one of my recent, early morning sunrise hikes at Logan Pass (Glacier NP, Montana). As the sun began to peak over the surrounding mountains, the wildfire smoke created a beautifully colored sky for the sun to try to pierce (this image is one of the images that is appearing in my 2019 nature calendar, at the printer right now, and to be launched for sale soon):

Sunrise Over Logan Pass

This image was captured using HDR (High Dynamic Range) and combining four images of varying exposures.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Canon 28-135mm IS lens, shot at 135mm
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/22
  • Shutter 1/45 sec. to 1/1000 sec.
  • Four images combined using Photomatix Pro software

 

 

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Fun Friday: “Got Milk?”

While hiking Logan Pass in August, I came upon two Mountain Goat nannies, one with a kid, along the side of a mountain. They were not very active at the time, so I hung around for a little while. When one of the nannies stood up, her kid quickly moved underneath her to nurse:

Mountain Goat nannies and a kid

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 100-400mm IS lens, shot at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/200 sec.

 

 

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