It’s Not Just For Little Birds!

Today’s post is the first, of many, from the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, located along Lake Erie in northern Ohio. Magee Marsh is well known for a stopover location for migrating warblers in the spring. These warblers are small, especially in comparison to this bald eagle’s nest that is located at the western entrance to the Magee Marsh boardwalk! Here are a few of my favorite images:

Bald Eagle and it

Keeping a close eye on the nest:

Bald Eagle near it's nest

Calling to it’s mate:

Adult Bald Eagle near the nest

Adult Bald Eagle near it's nest

The large nest:

Bald Eagle nest

In upcoming posts, I will be featuring the subject of this recent photo trip … the migrating warblers of Magee Marsh! I photographed many new, “life” birds at this location and I’m still working on identification of some!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, shot from 210mm to 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/800 sec to 1/1600 sec.

 

 

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Here a Duck, There a Duck

Withing the past few days, I was pleasantly surprised to see a Wood Duck hen with 7 little ducklings, as they swam past me as I worked in a friend’s yard at the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri). Here are some images I captured as the group filed by me:

Wood Duck hen and spring ducklings

Wood Duck hen and spring ducklings

Wood Duck hen and spring ducklings

Wood Duck hen and spring ducklings

About the same time, I also saw some Canada geese with their little goslings … I’ll feature that in another post.  I’m back home from a wonderful trip to Magee Marsh, located along Lake Erie in northern Ohio. I photographed migrating warblers there last week, and am now in the process of downloading some of the hundreds of images I captured! Those will also be shared soon!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/80 sec to 1/350 sec.

 

 

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Small, White Beauty

Today’s post features another wildflower I found along the trails of Ha Ha Tonka State Park (Missouri). I’m pretty sure this little, white beauty is Rue Anemone, but welcome any correction I may have made to this ID.

While hiking the Natural Bridge Trail this spring, I found lots of different woodland wildflowers along the trail. This little one captured my attention for quite a while … here are a few of my favorite images:

Rue Anemone wildflower

Rue Anemone wildflower

Rue Anemone wildflower

Rue Anemone wildflower

More wildflower posts coming up … plus, I’m about ready to chase some migrating warblers, so stay tuned!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Induro Stealth Carbon Fiber tripod + 3 Pod, Model H3 ballhead (I’m evaluating this setup as a new, lightweight macro setup for hiking)
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5 and f/8
  • Shutter 1/125 sec. thru 1/750 sec.

 

 

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Blue Phlox

During my recent wildflower trek on the Natural Bridge Trail, in Ha Ha Tonka State Park (MO), I ran across several patches of Blue Phlox (aka, Wild Sweet William) just starting to bloom. Here are a couple of images of these blue beauties:

Blue Phlox wildflowers

I always love seeing the unfurled petals of the phlox, as it begins to open (above). And a few phlox were observed that had just opened:

Blue Phlox wildflower

Coming up … more wildflowers from my wildflower trek at Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Induro Stealth Carbon Fiber tripod + 3 Pod, Model H3 ballhead (I’m evaluating this setup as a new, lightweight macro setup for hiking)
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/500 sec. and 1/1000 sec.

 

 

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A Near White-Out

Today’s post features more Flowering Dogwoods (Missouri’s state tree) that were blooming profusely last week in the Lake of the Ozarks area. These images were captured along a rural roadside, on my way to check out an active bald eagle’s nest. Well, the eagle’s nest seemed to unoccupied (unless an eagle was very low in the nest, protecting the eggs or eaglets from the rains), but at least I didn’t come back empty handed!

Flowering Dogwood trees

Flowering Dogwood trees

Flowering Dogwood trees

Flowering Dogwood Tree

Next spring, I’m going to work at locating a more scenic location where I can photograph these white beauties.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/5.6 to f/18
  • Shutter 1/15 sec. to 1/200 sec.

 

 

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Missouri’s State Tree

I’m back home after a wonderful Easter trip. During this trip, I was able to get out and capture some more woodland wildflowers. One morning, while hiking in Ha Ha Tonka State Park, I came upon a lot of wonderful wildflowers. But the subject of today’s post, captured along this trail, is the Flowering Dogwood, which happens to be the state tree of Missouri.

I’ve always enjoyed the dogwoods in bloom, but this trip was exceptional. I happened to hit the peak flowering of these handsome trees and the landscape was often breath-taking. Today, I am focusing on a couple of trees I found at the trailhead of the Natural Bridge Trail.

Here are a couple of images I captured as I headed from the parking lot into the woodland:

Flowering Dogwood

Flowering Dogwood

The number of dogwoods at this location was pretty small, so I was only able to capture a couple of trees blooming. But just before I drove back home, I happened along a rural, gravel road where the whole woods seemed to be in bloom! I’ll have those images downloaded soon and will share them in a separate post.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Handheld
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/3.5 and f/8
  • Shutter 1/6000 sec. and 1/500 sec.

 

 

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Bellringers Everywhere!

Today’s post features some of the hundreds of Virginia Bluebell wildflowers I came across during my recent woodland hike, near my rural Missouri home:

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

I always look forward to my spring woodland hikes, where the woodland floor often appears to be blue in color, due to the abundant Virginia Bluebells.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 200 and ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5 thru f/16
  • Shutter 1/90 sec. thru 1/3000 sec.

 

 

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The Beauty of Spring

A couple of days ago, I wandered the woodland area of my neighbor’s rural land, looking for spring wildflowers. A great outing and many species of wildflowers were observed during this hike. In today’s post, I’m featuring a couple of images of one of our earliest woodland wildflowers, the Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica).

The Spring Beauty rises about 5-inches above the woodland floor, when flowering. The flower petals are typically white (some may be pinkish) and have a pink veins through the flower. Native Americans ate the roots of the Spring Beauty.

Here are a couple of images I captured:

Spring Beauty wildflowers

Spring Beauty wildflowers

In upcoming blog posts, I will be publishing more woodland wildflowers that I captured during this week’s outing.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/8 and f/16
  • Shutter 1/250 sec. and 1/90 sec.

 

 

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Bell Ringing Time!

Today’s post features the first clump of Virginia Bluebells that I found this morning on my rural Missouri landscape:

Virginia Bluebells wildflowers

The bells are not fully opened yet, but that will happen very quickly.  Headed out shortly to see what other spring woodland wildflowers are smiling at me!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/250 sec.

 

 

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Symbols of Spring

Today’s post features some of the early spring bulb flowers that are now telling me it’s spring time in Missouri! These images were captured over the past couple of days in my rural Missouri landscape:

Spring bulb flowers

Spring bulb flowering

Spring bulb flowering

Spring bulb flowering

Spring bulb flower

Over the next few days, I expect to go looking for woodland wildflowers, which should be starting to bloom.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 200 (still conditions) and ISO 800 (windy conditions)
  • Aperture f/3.5 to f/11
  • Shutter 1/30 sec. to 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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