Category Archives: 2009

Double the Fun

Today’s post comes from one of my past Baja (Mexico) photo trips. On the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula, Laguna San Ignacio is a popular and most extraordinary place to visit. This area is normally a busy fishing area for the area’s fishermen. In late fall, Gray Whales migrate here for both breeding and […]

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Life Under the Sea

Today’s post features a collection of underwater photographs I captured while snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez (Baja, MX) a few years ago. I don’t even have identifications for most of the fish … but I still enjoy pulling these up on my computer and reliving the “Sea of Cortez Experience”! Some of the varied […]

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The “F” Bird

Today’s post features some more images captured in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez … the Magnificent Frigatebird. With it’s normal northern range limited to the very southern U.S. and northern Mexico coasts and islands, this was a “lifer” for me. As we sailed the Sea of Cortez, we would occasionally see one or more of these […]

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Crabby but Colorful

Today’s post features a couple more images I captured while photographing the Sea of Cortez, off the Baja MX peninsula a few years ago. The Sally Lightfoot Crab, according to a Galapagos Conservation group, is rumored to have been named after a Caribbean dancer, thanks to its agility and her lightfoot way of dancing. The […]

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“I See You!”

Today’s post features an image I captured in 2009, while on a 10-day adventure in the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. This image was captured in the Laguna San Ignacio wintering grounds of the Gray Whale. In late fall, gray whales migrate to this refuge to give birth to young whales, and to mate with other […]

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Fun Friday: Struttin’ His Stuff

From 2009, this male Greater Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) is “booming” on a prairie “lek”, in north-central Missouri: “Booming” refers to the rather eerie noise the male makes, by filling his air sacs, then exhaling in several, short bursts. This behavior is performed to attract the females (hens) for mating. And the “lek” refers to […]

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Another “Fake”

Another “false” wildflower captured at Prairie State Park was the False Dandelion (Krigia biflora). Growing to 2-feet tall, it reminded me of the real Dandelions that grow so large in Alaska (where the all-day sunshine really gives them a hefty growth spurt)! Maybe not one of our “dainty” wildflowers, but still a beautiful plant with […]

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Skirting the Truth

Another fond spring memory … the False Garlic (Nothoscordum bivalve) wildflower: This little beauty looks like it might be an onion or a garlic, but isn’t. Also, does not have the characteristic odor of it’s look-alike plants. The False Garlic is in the Lily family. The flower is an umbel (many shoots coming out of […]

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Close Encounter From the Kayak

While on a kayak outing a few years ago, I ran across this juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus). Normally, it is quite difficult to approach this species, but sitting low in the water in the kayak, I was not seen as a threat. Here are a few of the many images I captured of this […]

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Fun Friday: Like My New Do?

Green Herons (Butorides virescens) are a lot of fun to watch. Many times, they will cause their head feathers to become erect, giving them a quite comical appearance: This image was captured from my kayak a few years ago. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 1D Mark 3 body Canon EF 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, with Canon […]

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