Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Brrrrrrrr!!! Another cold day in the Heartland! Got up this morning, with much hesitation, with the outside temperatures at -3F. That reminded me of one of my trips to Alaska’s “Valley of Eagles”, located outside Haines, Alaska. So I decided it was very appropriate to go back and post a few of my favorite images from that cold day:

Are these guys frozen to the tree limbs?

Bald Eagles along the Chilkat River Valley, AK

Where did this Eagle go?

Bald Eagle feather covered with frost

Alaskan-sized frost!

Heavy frost on shrub in the Chilkat River Valley

A weasel in it’s winter camo coat:

Short-tailed Weasel in snow

Short-tailed Weasel in the snow

That day was one of the coldest I have ever endured in nature photography … only the -25F morning in Yellowstone was colder! But these images bring back many fond memories of a frigid day (high of 5F) in the Valley of Eagles! Wishing I was back there :o)

 

 

 

 

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Fun Friday: Out On a Limb

While editing some older, Alaska images, I ran across this one image that I don’t believe I ever posted. While photographing bald eagles in the Valley of Eagles (near Haines, Alaska), this adult eagle flew in and landed in a dead tree a short distance from me:

Bald Eagle perched on short limb

In this image, he is conversing with another eagle, perched a short distance below him.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC (shot at 540mm)
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/1250 sec.

 

 

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Valley of the Eagles

Today’s post features another Alaska image, one captured along the Chilkat River Valley near Haines, Alaska. In this protected region, also known as “The Valley of the Eagles”, warm thermals keep the Chilkat River open well into November and a late salmon run attracts thousands of bald eagles along a 2.5 mile stretch.

This image was captured in early November, 2008, on a weeklong journey to photograph the amazing display of eagles in the valley. Here is an image captured shortly after sunrise on one cold morning, as the sun began to filter through the clouds and onto the birds and valley. You can see many eagles already starting to congregate around the river:

Valley of Eagles

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, shot at 170mm
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/250 sec.

 

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Midnight Sun

Today’s post features an image I captured in Little Tutka Bay, Alaska, a few years ago. While lodged in a cabin in Little Tutka Bay, this “sunset” was captured just a short while before midnight. Good example of Alaska’s “Midnight Sun”:

Midnight Sun in Little Tutka Bay, Alaska

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 28-135mm f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, shot at 105mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/14
  • Shutter 1/800 sec.

 

 

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A Chilling Encounter, Part 3

This is the third, and final post featuring images captured this past Monday evening as 2018’s first Super Moon rose above a farm grain silo that is near my rural Missouri home. As I drove to this location, clouds were really beginning to flow across the sky and the moon. Although I did not capture what I was trying to get (clear sky), I like the atmosphere the clouds give to the images. Here are my favorites:

Super Moon over farm silo

Super Moon over farm silo

Super Moon over farm silo

Super Moon over farm silo

I had planned on shooting the peak of the Quadrantids meteor shower late last night/early this morning, but the moon was too large/bright and too close from where these meteors would radiate from. So I had to take a pass!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens (with IS “Off”), shot from 100mm to 400mm
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 400 (all images)
  • Aperture f/11 (all images)
  • Shutter 1/10 sec. to 1.2 sec.

 

 

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A Chilling Encounter, Part 2

In Part 2 of my “A Chilling Encounter” series, I’m highlighting another image I captured on New Year’s Day of the year’s first Super Moon. In this post, I feature a merged image of a couple of images I captured as the moon rose over Cornerstone Community Church (my church home) in Harrisonville, Missouri. With the moon so bright and all the outside lights of the church, merging was necessary (since no Neutral Density filter with me) so I could use a detailed image of the moon. Would rather have captured the image on it’s own accord, but sometimes you just have to improvise:

Super Moon over Cornerstone Community Church

In my next post, I conclude this series with some images I captured over the grain silo that stands in a farm field near my rural Missouri home. And if you missed Part 1, here is a link to that post:  https://tinyurl.com/ydyklzdh

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 400

 

 

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A Chilling Encounter, Part 1

Today’s post contains images shot last night in bone-chilling (7F) temperatures, near my rural Missouri home. With the year’s first Super Moon rising at sunset, I headed out to one of my favorite, nearby areas … Amarugia Conservation Area. I set up my equipment at the edge of the frozen lake and pointed it towards where I thought the moon would be rising. Within minutes of sunset, I could see the orangey Super Moon rising behind the trees, across the lake. Here are a few of my favorite images:

Super Moon Rising over Amarugia Lake

Super Moon Rising over Amarugia Lake

Super Moon Rising over Amarugia Lake

After shooting at this location, I then packed up and headed out for a couple more locations to shoot. I’ll share some of those images in followup posts.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6 (top 2 images) and f/11 (bottom image)
  • Shutter: 1/45 sec. (top image), 1/30 sec. (middle image), 1/10 sec. (bottom image)

 

 

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Fun Friday: Hitching a Ride

This Fun Friday post comes from my last trip to the Venice Rookery. While photographing the large variety of birds arriving at, departing from, and nesting at the rookery, I captured this Laughing Gull flying over with a hitchhiker, a frog:

Laughing Gull with Frog

 

 

 

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Finally!!!

First, I want to say “Merry Christmas” to all my blog/social media readers! I took a few days off from the computer and tried to just get into the wonderful season and enjoy being with family and friends. And to finally enjoy a truly White Christmas!

On the morning of Christmas Eve I got up a bit earlier than normal, so that I could grab some aerial images of my snowy, 9.5 wooded acreage before heading out for church services. Here are a few of my favorites.

My home, surrounded by woods:

Drone image over my rural Missouri home in winter

Drone image over my rural Missouri home in winter

A view showing my home (at bottom of the image) and the lone silo (at top, left of image) where I often shoot night skies and meteor showers:

Drone image over my rural Missouri home in winter

I really want to grab multiple aerial images so that I can piece them together for a “total package” image of my acreage … but it was much too cold on this morning!

Photographic Equipment Used:

DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, with 20MP camera (8.8mm lens)
ISO 100 (all images)
Aperture f/2.8 (all images)
Shutter 1/60 sec. (all images)

 

 

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Bird Heaven, Part 2

Today’s post contains more images from my 2014 Florida photo trip. In today’s post I’m highlighting some of the many Great Blue Herons that call the Venice Rookery home:

Great Blue Heron with two chicks in the nest

Great Blue Heron displaying

Great Blue Heron arriving at the rookery

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron perched at top of rookery

Juvenile Great Blue Heron chicks in nest

Looking forward to another trip to the Rookery!

 

 

 

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