Tropical Waterfall in the Dead of Winter

Today’s post features an image I captured last week at the St. Louis Botanical Garden, inside the “Climatron”. I visited a good friend for several days and we made our way to several gardens/museums around the big city.

While visiting the Botanical Gardens, we spent most of our time in the tropical-controlled Climatron … much nicer than being outside in the snow!

Waterfall inside the Climatron

I have a few more captures from the gardens and I hope to have them ready to share in a few days.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera body
  • Canon 128-135mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/15 sec.
Posted in: Travel Photography | Tags: , ,
Leave a comment

Merry Christmas 2023!

Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas … and may you have a Peace-filled 2024!

Snow-covered Pine Cones

(From a winter visit to Yellowstone NP, a few years ago)

Posted in: Landscape Photography, Nature Photography, Travel Photography, Uncategorized | Tags: ,
Leave a comment

Beautiful ‘Greenies’

Today’s post features an image I captured on one of the Squaw Creek NWR (now called Loess Bluffs NWR) pools, in northwest Missouri, a few years ago.

Mallard drakes (males) are brilliantly colored when you can find them in good light. These Mallard drakes were cruising one of the refuge pools in beautiful, early morning light:

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2 camera body
  • Canon 100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/6.3
  • Shutter 1/320 sec.
Posted in: Bird Photography, Nature Photography, Uncategorized | Tags: ,
Leave a comment

Coyote On the Move

Today’s post features a previously unpublished photo that I captured in December 2005.

While hiking around the Amarugia Highlands CA in Cass County, Missouri, this coyote bolted out of the treeline and ran across the frosty trail:

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2 camera body
  • Canon 100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/320 sec.
Posted in: Mammals | Tags: ,
Leave a comment

Monarch Egg Hatching – Video

Today’s post has been a few days in the making. Back in September when the Monarch migration was underway, I photographed a lot of Monarch caterpillars and butterflies in their busy, nonstop activities. I collected several Monarch eggs from the church butterfly garden and set up a “nursery/studio” in my dining room.

One of my main projects this fall was to video the hatching of a Monarch egg. This was done for several eggs and I have been busy the last couple of weeks editing and chopping up the video into smaller clips. From there, I spliced pieces together relevant sections to get a much shorter (less than 3 minutes long) video of one of the little guys hatching. Here is a link to the resulting video, which is posted on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/80hFfyMFKYY

Please watch the entire video … the beginning of the video is a bit slow, but watch for movement inside the egg. And after the caterpillar emerges, watch it eat it’s first meal … the protein eggshell. At the end of the video, I’ve included a photo of a newly-hatched caterpillar with a reference, so you can see how small the caterpillar is! Also, please note that all young caterpillars were released back into the butterfly garden, so that they could continue their life’s journey.

Here is an extreme closeup photograph of a Monarch caterpillar emerging from it’s egg:

Extreme closeup of a Monarch caterpillar emerging from an egg

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens, with extension tubes
  • Bogen 3021 tripod, with ballhead
Posted in: Butterfly Photography, Macro Photography, Video | Tags: ,
Leave a comment

Spring Fever … Already?

Today’s post features one of my favorite warblers, the Magnolia Warbler.

Captured at Magee Marsh in northern Ohio, this beautiful male was flitting about the trees as it fed and rested, before crossing Lake Erie for his summer home in Canada:

Magnolia Warbler

Magee Marsh is a wonderful place to see and photograph migrating warblers in the spring.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 camera body
  • Canon 100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, shot at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/800 sec.
Posted in: Bird Photography, Nature Photography | Tags: , ,
Leave a comment