Wood Duck Drakes from the Kayak

While looking for a specific image in my large collection of nature images, I ran across a few from a few years ago, that I never published. The Wood Duck drake (male) is such a colorful duck and always fun to photograph.  Although they are typically quite skittish, wearing camo clothing in a kayak often […]

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Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse

Wednesday morning saw a rare event … a “Super Blue Blood Moon (Lunar Eclipse)”. The last time we had one of these was approximately 150 years ago! To capture this event, I was really challenged. First, the eclipse would be occurring in the morning hours as sunrise was beginning. It also was in the very […]

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Do the Dew!

Back from Des Moines. It was a mixed bag. Spent a day at the Neil Smith NWR, with the highlight of capturing images of some Ebony Jewel-Wing Damselflies … a blog post with some images is forthcoming. Then, wonderful weather! After a rather warm day on Thursday, a cold front passed overnight and Friday thru […]

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Damselfly

On my last kayak outing, I found a Damselfly (species unknown) perched on a plant leaf and hanging over the water. Here are a couple of images I captured of this wonderful insect: The damselfly differs from the dragonfly by the way it carries it’s wings. While the dragonfly lays it’s wings out to either […]

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Early Morning Dragonflies

During my last kayak outing, I captured several dragonflies in the early morning, as they rested along the bank of the lake: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D Mark 2 body Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens Handheld from the kayak, with IS “On” ISO 500 Aperture f/5.6 Shutter 1/125 sec. to 1/800 sec.    

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A Rare Sighting

During my last kayak outing, I was both surprised and pleased to catch some rarely seen birds … the Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum). These birds typically keep to heavy thickets, making it difficult to spot them. But while kayaking, I was fortunate to see a total of three, out in the open. The one sitting […]

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Look, But Don’t Touch!

A couple of days ago, I had another, early morning kayak outing at a local Missouri Conservation Area. As I unloaded the kayak and prepared to enter the water, I had to stop for a moment and capture the beautiful sky developing around me as sunrise neared. Now I didn’t come prepared, so had to […]

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Enter the Dragon’s Lair, Part 3

In Part 3 of this mini-series, I’m featuring a Banded Pennant dragonfly that was photographed last week at a local Missouri Conservation Area: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D Mark 2 body Canon EF 100-400mm, f/4.5 to f/5.6 IS lens Handheld, with IS “On” ISO 500 Aperture f/8 Shutter 1/200 sec. to 1/250 sec.    

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Enter the Dragon’s Lair, Part 2

In part 2 of this mini-series, I’m featuring some of the many Eastern Amberwings dragonflies that I found at a local Missouri Conservation Area last week. These are some of my favorite dragonflies. They are such a beautiful color, although sometimes a bit more difficult to find due to the transparent amber coloration of the […]

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Keeping My Fingers Crossed!

A few days ago, I stopped by a local, Missouri Department of Conservation area. I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of locations that had been recently plowed. In the past, these areas had been used to grow sunflowers in the summer, but had not been planted for 3 years. So, I’m keeping my […]

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