Fun Friday: It’s a Pool Party!

Today’s “Fun Friday” post features a group of Canada Geese captured at the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri), near our lake home recently. The dock owners had left their swim mat tied to the dock and the geese decided it was time for a Pool Party!  Enjoy!

Canada Geese relaxing at the Lake

Canada Geese relaxing at the Lake

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec. and 1/1500 sec.

 

 

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A Dip Into the Lake

Today’s post features an osprey that was fishing in our cove at the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) a couple of days ago. Recently, the ospreys have been quite active in our cove. On this particular day, there were two ospreys circling overhead. One dove into the water and emerged with a fish and then flew away.

After grabbing my camera, the second osprey was still fishing. Here is the scene that played out in front of me … I’m not very good at estimating distances, but my “best guess” is that this osprey was somewhere in the 150-200 yard range. Thus, not good closeups, but still a thrill to observe. Here is the sequence that I witnessed, standing on our boat dock:

In this first image, the osprey can be seen diving, against the tree backdrop:

Osprey diving into the lake waters

Closing in on the water:

Osprey diving into the lake waters

An instant before hitting the water:

Osprey diving into the lake waters

Splash … touch down!

Osprey diving into the lake waters

After this dive, the osprey emerged with a nice fish, flying over me on his return to a perch to feed:

Osprey with fish

I’ve been trying, seemingly forever, to catch the osprey’s dive as it fishes. Although I managed to capture this event, I’m still looking to photograph a plunge that is even closer … still a “to do” item on my list!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/250 sec. to 1/4000 sec.

 

 

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Solitary Beauty

Today’s post features a single standing Trillium wildflower that was blooming in the woodlands of Ha Ha Tonka State Park, earlier this spring. There were quite a few Trilliums blooming, but this lonely flower was off to the side, all by itself:

Trillium wildflower

Springtime walks in Missouri woodlands are something special to me.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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Late Breakfast

Today’s post features a Yellow-crowned Night Heron, patiently waiting for breakfast to show up. These images were captured in Ding Darling NWR (SW Florida) this past February:

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Typically, I’ve found these birds to be a bit difficult approaching. But this bird was pretty tame … and probably pretty hungry, as he sat motionless for quite some time. He was captured along one of the roadside water “ditches”, a short time after sunrise.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/10 sec. and 1/40 sec.

 

 

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A Little Gold in the Garden

It’s not just butterflies … today’s post features some of the many American Goldfinches that frequently visit our Lake of the Ozarks butterfly garden, searching for just that right seed snack!

American Goldfinch male

American Goldfinch male

American Goldfinch male

American Goldfinch male

American Goldfinch male

American Goldfinch male

I have multiple species of coneflowers, along with some Prairie Blazing Star … the goldfinches seem to enjoy all of them!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400 and ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/60 sec. to 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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Buckeye

Today’s post features the Buckeye butterfly … the one with “eyes on it’s wings”. This common butterfly is almost always present in our lakeside butterfly garden. Here are a few of my favorite images:

Buckeye butterfly

Buckeye butterfly

Buckeye butterfly

Buckeye butterfly

Buckeye butterfly

Coming up … more lakeside visitors.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250 and ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/90 sec. to 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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A Tiger Showed Up!

Today’s post features another beautiful butterfly that showed up yesterday afternoon in our Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) butterfly garden … the Tiger Swallowtail.

This is not the first one seen this year, but the first one that I was able to capture with my camera. Here are my favorites.

First stop was a second-year cascading butterfly bush:

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Next on the menu, our Zinnias:

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Still more butterfly species (and more critters) have been visiting our garden and will be shared in upcoming posts.

 

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400 and ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/60 sec. to 1/125 sec.

 

 

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Royalty Visits the Garden

Today’s post features the “granddaddy” (or “grandmommy”) of the butterfly world … the Monarch. It’s been a rather slow summer for seeing Monarchs in the butterfly garden, but just recently a few have been observed seeking nectar from the flowering plants in the garden:

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly

Since I have a couple different species of milkweed planted (the host plant for the Monarch), I am busy checking the plants for eggs/caterpillars on a frequent basis. Hopefully, will have some “nursery” images one of these days!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/250 sec. to 1/3000 sec.

 

 

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Our Special Little Guest

Today’s post features a very special little guest that I’ve seen only a few times in our lakeside butterfly garden. The Clearwing Hummingbird Moth is always fun to watch as it mimics the movements of the hummingbird, moving about flower gardens as it collects nectar. Here are a few of my favorite images, so far:

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

Coming up … more visitors to our blooming gardens!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/500 sec.

 

 

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Why Can’t We All Share?

Today’s post features a pair of Silver-spotted Skipper butterflies, sharing nectar from a Zinnia flower. This was captured a few days ago in our Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) butterfly garden. We should all be willing and able to share with others … maybe this will inspire us to at least try!

Silver-spotted Skippers sharing nectar

Coming up … more visitors that have been enjoying our butterfly garden!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/6000 sec.

 

 

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