Author Archives: Jim

Professional nature photographer, specializing in capturing animal behaviors, wildflowers and scenics. Member of NANPA, Great Plains Nature Photographers and Missouri Prairie Foundation. Also a Master Gardener.

Fun Fri: Ready or Not, Here I Am




Today’s Fun Friday post comes from the Venice Rookery (Florida), where I captured this beautiful male (in fantastic breeding plumage) calling out loudly as he approaches the rookery nesting site: Coming up: more Florida travel images and some woodland wildflowers. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D Mark II body Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens Bogen 3021 […]

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A Regal Bird




Following up to yesterday’s post on the regal Great Egrets carrying nesting materials back to their nest in the Venice Rookery, today’s post features some of the birds returning to the rookery without nest materials. I love photographing these white beauties, especially in their colorful and frilly breeding plumage: Coming up … more images from […]

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Home Construction




When I visited the Venice Rookery (Florida) this past February, there was tons of activity by the Great Egrets. Besides the one pair of egrets that were being incubated (in last Friday’s post), all of the other egrets were busy attracting mates or collecting sticks and building their nests. Here are a few of my […]

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Fun Friday: Eggs-cuse Me …




… but please watch your step! This image was captured during my 2-day photo outings to the Venice Rookery, in Venice, Florida. Most of the Great Egrets were busy building nests (will be covered in another post) and a couple of pair even mating. But this was the only nest that was busy with parents […]

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Warbler Time, Again!




Yesterday was a great “working” day. I conducted a full-day, private workshop to work with a photographer on gaining proper exposures when photographing birds. Since the client was also a kayaker, we kayaked for half of the day and then broke for lunch, following that with downloading and critiquing his images. We had a great […]

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Time to Unwind




During last week’s hike through the woodlands at Clifty Creek CA (south-central Missouri), numerous ferns were actively growing and beginning to unfurl. As the geometry of unfurling ferns has always captured my attention, I took a few breaks from hiking, to capture these beautiful plants: More Clifty Creek images and some new Florida trip images […]

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Fun Friday: Mystery Object




Today’s post features an interesting macro image I captured a couple of days ago along a woodland hiking trail at Clifty Creek Conservation Area, in mid-central Missouri. Do you know what it is? (Answer is shown below the photo) This macro image shows moss actively growing on a large rock, along the woodland hiking trail […]

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Jack’s Back!




Today’s post features one of my favorite spring, woodland wildflowers, the Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Every spring, when I begin making my almost-daily woodland hikes in search of finding wildflowers to photograph, I always spend some time checking out the hilly slopes, in hopes of finding the Jack-in-the-Pulpit. This unusual wildflower can be quite difficult to spot. In […]

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Variegated False Solomon’s Seal




Meanwhile, back at the ranch … After taking a little time off from the blog, I feel recharged and ready to go! After returning from my Oklahoma art festival, I felt the need to just “kick back” and enjoy life a little bit. In my absence, I have weeded and pruned back my butterfly garden, […]

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Spring Color Arrives




Whew, been quite busy getting new prints ready for my upcoming first-of-year art show. I’ll be in Stillwater, Oklahoma soon for the Stillwater Arts Festival (if you live nearby, hope to see you there!). And I’ve been busy teaching a 6-week class in digital SLR photography; I have a wonderful group of photographers that are […]

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