Author Archives: Jim

Professional nature photographer, specializing in capturing animal behaviors, wildflowers and scenics. Member of NANPA, Great Plains Nature Photographers and Missouri Prairie Foundation. Also a Master Gardener.

Frosty Face

Today’s post features an image I captured in Yellowstone NP this past February. Bison are readily seen in the winter landscapes of Yellowstone NP. How can you hide all that dark coat against the snow?! Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D Mark 2 camera Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens at 100mm Handheld, with IS […]

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Not Quite a “Monkey on the Back”

Today’s post features an image captured during my recent winter trip to Teton NP (Wyoming). While photographing elk that winter here, we came upon a group of Bighorn Sheep who were busy grazing and slow traveling along the ridge of a mountain range: Did you notice the strange-looking sheep on the right?  A closer look […]

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Fun Friday: Love One Another

Today’s post features a common sight in nature, particularly in early spring during mating season. Courtship behavior is often displayed between sexes. Today I’m featuring a pair of Burrowing Owls (from Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains) and a pair of River Otters (from Amarugia Highlands CA, in west-central Missouri) in my post. Both images were captured early […]

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Clowns of the River

Today’s post features some of our “water clowns”, the River Otter. When out photographing waterways, I’m always looking for the elusive river otter to appear. When I am graced with an otter showing up, you can usually count on at least a few antics in the water … and they are so curious. I’ve had […]

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Burrowing Beauties

Today’s post features some Burrowing Owls that I captured in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma a few years ago. I always enjoy finding and photographing these small prairie owls. Burrowing Owl with Tarantula: Burrowing Owl flying back to burrow with a buffalo chip for the nest: Burrowing Owl stretching after exiting the burrow (on left […]

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Alaskan Ice Cubes

Today’s post features a couple of earlier photos I came across while recently reviewing/editing my Lightroom catalog (as I prepare to move all my photo apps and data to a new computer). When in Alaska, one of the “must-see’s” is to witness firsthand one of the many glaciers. As the blog title suggests, these natural […]

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Just Because …

Today’s post was published “Just Because … Some Days You Arise and Need a Motivating Kick in the Pants”. This photo was taken some time ago but I was inclined to publish this image as a way to motivate me (and hopefully, others) as I start off the day. (And if you look closely, there […]

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Wonderful Chestnuts

Today’s post features a trio of images I captured a few years ago when I visited Magee Marsh, a favorite warbler stop on the south bank of Lake Erie, in northern Ohio. During spring migration, Magee Marsh comes alive with warblers heading north to Canada. At Magee Marsh, the warblers feed and rest while awaiting […]

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Shared Housekeeping Duties

Today’s post features some recent images of an active Eastern Bluebird nest box, with the parents sharing housekeeping duties. During development of the baby bluebirds, both parents keep the nest scrupulously clean by removing the fecal sacs (body wastes from the babies) from the nest box. Furthermore, the parents don’t just remove the waste from […]

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Fun Friday: Ever Feel You’re Being Watched?

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured a few years ago, in my rural Missouri yard. While wandering around and photographing wildflowers, I came upon this praying mantis that was in one of my flower gardens: Working slowly, I kept moving closer until I could get this nice closeup: Reminds me of a […]

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