When it Rains, it Showers!

Over the weekend I reviewed and edited the many images I captured last Wednesday night/Thurday morning of the spectacular Geminids meteor shower. I processed 8 images a bit differently than normal, rotating each image (to compensate for the earth’s rotation over time) to show the approximate travel of each individual meteor, from it’s radiant point (the constellation Gemini). Here is the final result:

2017 Geminids Meteor Shower

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Rokinon 14mm, f/2.8 manual lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 3200
  • Aperture f/2.8
  • Shutter: 24 seconds
  • Processing: 8 images were composited into a single image, using Photoshop CC / images were rotated to compensate for the movement of the earth over time, thus allowing the individual meteors to flow from the general area of the Gemini constellation, the radiant point of the Geminids

 

 

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Fun Friday: Night of Astrology

I hope you had a chance to view the recent Geminids meteor shower (being a Gemini, I was particularly interested in photographing this popular meteor shower), which was outstanding where I live. It was a very long Wednesday for me, but I got to watch and photograph the very best meteor shower I’ve ever seen!! With the peak of the Geminids predicted for the very early morning hours of December 14, I set up my camera in a nearby farm field at about 10:00pm on Wednesday, December 13. Even then, meteors could be found flying all around me, and at a pretty constant rate. But since the real “shower peak” was predicted to be in the early morning hours, I set up to first do some star trails over one of my favorite nearby landscapes, a tall silo standing at the edge of the field. As the crow flies, this field is only about 1/2 mile from my rural Missouri home. Here is my favorite star trails image I captured on Wednesday night:

Star Trails over a rural farm silo

In the lower sky, some clouds were commonly found during most of the evening. But they didn’t really create a huge problem until about 2:30am, when the approaching cold front began moving southward, towards me. There are also a couple of rural farm homes, hidden behind the silo, which added a bit of light pollution to the image. But still an interesting landscape.

I’m still reviewing/editing my meteor images, but hope to have some to share by early next week!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Rokinon 14mm, f/2 manual lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/2.8
  • Shutter: 4 images, each shot for 5 minutes
  • Processing: combined the 4 images in Photoshop CC

 

 

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Bird Heaven, Part 1

When I travel in 2018 to photograph in Florida, one of my destinations will likely be the Venice Rookery, where many different species of birds visit and nest. Here are a few images of Great Egrets I captured during my 2014 trip:

Great Egret in breeding plumage

Great Egret in breeding plumage

Great Egret in breeding plumage

I still need to research this location, to determine if the recent hurricane impacted the rookery. If you read this post and live near the rookery, I’d appreciate you leaving a comment as to the condition of the rookery.  :o)

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Rush Hour!

Today’s post comes from a photo trip I made to Florida in 2014. As I work on planning out my 2018 return trip, I’ll share a few of my favorite encounters from this past visit.

In today’s post, I found a remarkable water pool in Myakka River State Park, where both the Black Vultures and Alligators were seemingly in a “face-off” along the bank:

Large congretation of Alligators and Black Vultures at a water pool

So much for getting away from the typical, everyday traffic jam!  :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/500 sec.

 

 

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Missouri Bison

From about a year ago, I photographed a bison herd in Prairie State Park, a beautiful park in southwest Missouri:

Bison on the prairie

Bison grazing on the prairie

Always a lot of enjoyment photographing these large beasts!

 

 

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It’s About That Time!

With temperatures getting colder next week and winter knocking on our door, it’s about time for Bald Eagles and Short-eared Owls to again take residence in Missouri for the winter. In fact, I saw an adult eagle soaring over a field near my home just a week or so ago. And yesterday, a good friend sent me a photo of a short-eared owl that she found a couple of days ago. So I’ll likely be out in the fields after this next cold front moves in, to see what I can find. In the meantime, I’m featuring a few of my favorite many images of these two birds that I’ve captured over the past couple of years:

Bald Eagle fishing in the Mississippi River

Adult Bald Eagle flying over the Mississippi River

Immature Bald Eagle soaring over the river

Bald Eagles in tree overlooking the Mississippi River

Adult Bald Eagle fishing

Short-Eared Owl flying over the prairie

Short-Eared Owl flying by me in the prairie

Short-eared Owl flying over the prairie

Short-Eared Owl flying over the prairie

And, with a little luck, maybe we’ll have another irruption of Snowy Owls back into the area!

 

 

 

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Longing For Summer, Yet?

We really haven’t had a winter, yet. But seeing the bright colors of summer, while recently editing some old images, has already got me thinking of next spring! Just seeing the bright and vivid colors of wildflowers, like this Tall Bellflower that readily grows along the woodline of my rural Missouri home, really makes me wish that spring was just around the corner!

Tall Bellflower wildflower

Spring will be here before we know it … but a bit faster would be ok, too!

 

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Giving Thanks!

It’s that time of the year for us all to think back over the year and remember all the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. Myself, it’s been a tough year at times, but I still have plenty to be thankful for! I’m posting this Thanksgiving Post to all my family, friends, and followers, wishing each of you a Happy Thanksgiving and may your life be filled with wonderful blessings!

Wild Turkey

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

 

 

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Fun Friday: Reaching the Summit

Another image captured in October in a nearby butterfly garden … a small beetle successfully reaches the top of a Celosia stalk:

Beetle on top of a Celosia flower stalk

Can’t you picture what he must be thinking: “Oh, no. I left my flag on the ground!”  :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm f/3.5 macro lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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Mellow Yellow

Another interesting insect found in the butterfly garden, while photographing in mid-October, was this small beetle that was busy moving around the yellow flower:

Beetle on flower

I just LOVE shooting nature in the fall colors, with crisp mornings and lots of end-of-season activities!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm f/3.5 macro lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/8000 sec.
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