Fun Friday: The Itch!

Today’s post features an image I captured on Wednesday. I had an appointment in Camdenton, Missouri, for my annual physical exam. Being so close, I decided to check out nearby Ha Ha Tonka State Park. This decision was made despite the intermittent rain showers and the cool, early spring temperature (41F).

Well, I must have been bitten by a bug while there … the itch has started and spring fever has a hold on me! I was pleasantly surprised to find about a dozen species of woodland wildflowers during my short, one-hour hike. Many of the wildflowers are emerging from the cold, wet ground, but a few were already in the process of blooming! One of the wildflowers that will be blooming any day now is the Trillium (aka, Wake Robin):

Trillium wildflower begins to open it's flower

Oh, woe is me … I have a dental appointment next week in Camdenton … NOT! I’ve already added a note to that day’s calendar to take my photo equipment with me and hit the park again … the itch is here!!!

 

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 800
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/90 sec.

 

 

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‘Icy Hot’, Part 1

Today’s post features some of the thermal pools located near Old Faithful, in Yellowstone NP. These were captured during my recent short visit to Yellowstone and the Tetons.

Thermal pools in winter snow

Thermal pools in winter snow

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Thermal pools in winter snow

Thermal pools in winter snow

Coming up … a few more thermal features, along with geysers “at work”.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/3.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/16 and f/11
  • Shutter 1/80 sec. to 1/350 sec.

 

 

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Chilling Heat Wave

Today’s post features a few images I captured as we entered the thermal feature area around Yellowstone’s Old Faithful. With temperatures starting at about 14F, mentally it “felt” like we were encountering a temporary heat wave as we began entering the thermal features area:

Landscape entering Yellowstone NP's thermal area

Landscape entering Yellowstone NP's thermal area

Landscape entering Yellowstone NP's thermal area

Coming up … some images captured as we hiked around some of the thermal features, including several geysers erupting.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/3.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/90 sec. to 1/180 sec.

 

 

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Behemoths in the Snowy Landscape

Today’s post features a few of the bison images I captured during my recent trip to Yellowstone NP. It gets quite cold in winter here … the snow can fall to incredible depths in winter here … but the “Behemoths”, or bison remain a fixture within and around the park as they struggle to overcome nature’s roadblocks to survival in the winter.

From our snowcoach, traveling a snow-packed park road, bison were frequently seen as they traveled around, looking for a grazing spot. Capturing a slow shutter speed image, these two look like they are running down the park road (actually, they were taking their time, slowly rambling down the road):

Bison running along the snow-packed park road

This guy was captured using an even-slower shutter speed:

Extreme blur of Bison in snow

(Note: I am not particularly fond of motion blur images, but a lot of people are, so I decided to grab a couple. Anyway, please know this is not my favorite type of photography!).

As we grew closer to the thermal area around Old Faithful, we began finding larger numbers of bison. They often graze in this area of the park as the thermal features can be a big help in keeping the snow depths at a lower level, making it easier to graze:

Bison foraging in the snow, near Yellowstone's thermal area of the park

Bison foraging in the snow, near Yellowstone's thermal area of the park

Bison foraging in the snow, near Yellowstone's thermal area of the park

Bison foraging in the snow, near Yellowstone's thermal area of the park

Coming up … some of the amazing thermal features of Yellowstone, along with some more wildlife that were active during our snowcoach trip.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/3.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/4 sec. to 1/500 sec.

 

 

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Firehole Riverscapes

Today’s post features a look at Yellowstone NP’s Firehole River and some of it’s many picturesque views in the winter.

A wide angle view of the river with some of it’s many cascades:

Firehole River and some of it's cascades

A closeup at the river’s edge, with snow and ice covered rock:

Edge of the Firehole River

Along the banks of the Firehole River, a small tree collects snow, steam and frost and in the frigid temperatures, gives us a chilling look at Yellowstone in the winter:

Snow and frost covered tree along the banks of the Firehole River

Coming up … more Yellowstone NP winter landscapes, along with some of it’s winter wildlife.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/3.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On” (and sitting down, bracing the camera against my body to prevent “camera shake” at the slow shutter speed)
  • ISO 100 to ISO 250
  • Aperture f/27, f/5.6, f/4.5 (in order of photos)
  • Shutter 1/8 sec., 1/350 sec., 1/2000 sec. (in order of photos)

 

 

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A Change of Season

Today’s post features an image I captured a few days ago when I visited Yellowstone NP and Grand Teton NP in Wyoming.

Yellowstone and the Tetons are always great places to photograph landscapes and wildlife, but the picturesque landscape during the winter months adds an extra layer of interest!

Today’s post features an image captured at Firehole Falls, a very dreamy place during the winter:

Firehole Falls in winter

In a future post, I’ll be sharing some more images captured at a different location along the Firehole River.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/3.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On” (and sitting down, bracing the camera against my body to prevent “camera shake” at the slow shutter speed)
  • ISO 100
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/6 sec.

 

 

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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 for the pregnant cows to give births to their calves. Once whale season is here, fishing is prohibited to keep the whales safe. In exchange for not fishing, the village fishermen are allowed, under tight regulations, to conduct whale watching excursions to tourists in their pangas (small fishing boats).

During one of our expeditions here, this “double ‘spyhop'” occurred not far from our panga:

Gray Whales spyhopping

“Spyhopping” is the activity where a whale raises himself straight out of the water, often holding that pose for a short time as he looks around to see what is going on above the water.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 camera
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/9
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec.

 

 

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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 sea life captured while snorkeling:

Snorkelling in the Sea of Cortez

Snorkelling in the Sea of Cortez

Snorkelling in the Sea of Cortez

Snorkelling in the Sea of Cortez

Snorkelling in the Sea of Cortez

Snorkelling in the Sea of Cortez

Not wanting to be overlooked, this seal pup “photo bombed” some of the colorful fish!

Snorkelling in the Sea of Cortez

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Pentax Optio W60 Underwater Camera
  • Handheld, underwater
  • ISO 50 – ISO 64 (automatic mode)
  • Aperture f/3.8 – f/5.6 (automatic mode)
  • Shutter Speed 1/80 sec. – 1/240 sec. (automatic mode)

 

 

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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 beauties fly overhead. Here are a few of my favorite images that I captured during that trip.

Flying over an island, the frigatebird shows off his long tail:

Magnificent Frigatebird in flight

From another flyover, we can see the long, strongly-forked tail of the Magnificent Frigatebird:

Magnificent Frigatebird in flight

As we approached a very small island of rocks, this pair of frigatebirds were perched on one of the rocks:

Magnificent Frigatebird in flight

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250 and ISO 400
  • Aperture f/11
  • Shutter Speed 1/80 sec. to 1/640 sec.

 

 

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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 Sally Lightfoot crab has ten legs and is able to run in four directions.

Not only are they a brilliant color, but are quite interesting to watch as they quickly move about when approached.

Here are a couple of images that I previously have not published:

Sally Lightfoot Crab

Sally Lightfoot Crab

Quite colorful on a otherwise drab, barnacle-covered shoreline!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC, at ~540 mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/9 and f/11
  • Shutter Speed 1/800 sec. and 1/200 sec.

 

 

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