Easy Glider

Today’s post comes from one of my two trips to Baja, Mexico and the amazing Sea of Cortez, a few years ago. While cruising the Sea of Cortez and watching for whales and other marine life, we ran into a group of Manta Rays a couple of times. These magnificent creatures would glide by our boat with such ease and grace … a beauty I will never forget!

Here are a few of my favorite images of the rays, captured as they glided just below the water’s surface:

Manta Ray

Manta Ray

Manta Ray

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC, at ~140-170 mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200 and ISO 400
  • Aperture f/11 and f/16
  • Shutter Speed 1/80 sec. to 1/400 sec.

 

 

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Chilling Duet

With today’s continuing snow and frigid temperatures here in the Missouri Ozarks, I thought this winter scene from a few years ago in Yellowstone NP was very appropriate to feature!

While driving the snow-covered roads in the Lamar Valley, we came upon a pair of coyotes who began serenading us with a chilling duet:

Pair of Coyotes howling in the snow

Our snow here should end later today, so I’m planning on checking out our snowy landscape tomorrow.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter Speed 1/200 sec.

 

 

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Food Fight at the Dam

Today’s post features some fresh images of wintering Bald Eagles that I captured last Friday, here at the Lake of the Ozarks.

During the winter months, bald eagles from Canada and the northern United States often winter in our area, particularly around Bagnell Dam at the Lake. Last Friday the weather was frigid cold (single digits) and had a 10 mph wind … Brrrrrr! I got up early and headed out to the dam before sunrise. Once I reached the dam access area, the sun was just beginning to rise. And out in front of me were 10-12 eagles.

During my time at the dam, there seemed to continuously be 5 or 6 bald eagles that were circling over the water, looking for fish. At one point, an eagle captured a fish and was immediately mobbed by two other eagles trying to take the fish away from the one eagle. Here is a sequence I captured of this activity:

In this first image, the top eagle has a fish in one of his talons:

Wintering Bald Eagles fighting over a fish

In this next image, you can see the fish hanging from the eagle’s right talon (the eagle on the upper right):

Wintering Bald Eagles fighting over a fish

In this next image, the 2 “pirates” are closing in on the fish-carrying eagle:

Wintering Bald Eagles fighting over a fish

In this next image, you can see the fish as it free falls back to the water:

Wintering Bald Eagles fighting over a fish

Not quite realizing what has just happened, the attack is still on:

Wintering Bald Eagles fighting over a fish

Well, it looks like we have an appreciable amount of snow headed our way over the next 2 days. I’ve got my fingers crossed that we get a nice snowfall so I can check out the snowy landscapes at Ha Ha Tonka State Park!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/800 sec. to 1/2500 sec.

 

 

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3-Minute Differential

Today’s post features a couple of early morning sunrise images I captured on my way up the Mount Evans Highway, in Colorado. With such spectacular colors, I ended up staying in this one location for quite a while, capturing the transformation from night to day. Being a Sci-Fi enthusiast, the sky/sun reminds me of some of the atmosphere images you sometimes see in a sci-fi flick (e.g, “Predators”, which I watched just a couple of days ago)!

The time differential in these 2 images is 3 minutes apart.

6:01 am:

Sunrise over Mt Evans, CO

6:04 am:

Sunrise over Mt Evans, CO

Lesson to learn? When you think it’s about over, stay with it a while longer … you never know!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, both at 100 mm
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/22
  • Shutter Speed 1/10 sec. and 1/15 sec.

 

 

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Web of Intrigue

Today’s post comes from a trip a few years ago to Orgeon’s Columbia River Gorge area.

While hiking around the Rowena Plateau area, this interesting wildflower was observed. When setting up for a close, macro image, the natural beauty was quite eloquent to me:

Macro image of an Oregon wildflower

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Tamron 17-35mm, f/2.8 lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter Speed 1/350 sec.

 

 

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“Low Altitude Flight”

Today’s post features a few more previously unpublished images of wintering Bald Eagles along the Mississippi River, near Davenport, Iowa.

While photographing the eagles fishing in the river, the eagles sometimes fly low over the banks of the river, offering the great joy of capturing images of them low and close to where I was standing.

An adult bald eagle swoops out of the trees and heads full speed to a fish he has spotted near the surface of the river:

Bald Eagle fishes the river

An adult Bald Eagle with a fresh caught fish flies back toward the trees to eat his breakfast:

Bald Eagle with a freshly caught fish

Flying low, over a graveled parking lot where I was standing, this adult bald eagle heads back to the water for more fishing:

Bald Eagle flying low over a gravel parking lot

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800 and ISO 500
  • Aperture f/5.6 and f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/1250 sec. and 1/1600 sec.

 

 

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What Does Your Calendar Say?

… Mine says it is the month of the Eagles!

Well, hopefully I’m back on the computer for a while! Last week was a week I’d like to forget … lost my internet and tv for several days … my, how we forget how it is without our modern conveniences!

Today’s post features one of my favorite winter photography subjects … the Bald Eagle. These images were captured a few years ago on the Mississippi river, near Davenport, Iowa:

Wintering Bald Eagles

Adult wintering Bald Eagle

But now that I’m at the Lake of the Ozarks, another wintering eagle hot spot, I’m hoping to grab some eagle images soon. With cold weather moving in the area soon, I’m just waiting for the right conditions!

I’ve also been informed of at least two bald eagle nests nearby. I’m hoping they are active again this year and that I can find them!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

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

 

 

 

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Weather, or Not

Today’s post features  3 images I captured one day at Amarugia Highlands CA (west-central Missouri). Amarugia has always been a place where I enjoyed photographing wildlife. However, in today’s post a storm was brewing and clouds began forming and rolling around the sky … and there I was, with only a couple of wildlife telephoto lenses!

Corpuscular rays of light splitting through clouds always catch my attention:

Clouds with Emotion

Backlighting from sunshine can render interesting shapes:

Clouds with Emotion

And if you can catch cloud formation near sunrise or sunset, a nice touch of color is often displayed:

Clouds with Emotion

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body and Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens and Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On” (with 100-400mm lens) and with Bogen 3221 tripod with Wemberly gimbal head (500 mm lens)
  • ISO 500 and ISO 250
  • Aperture f/4.5, f/11 and f/4
  • Shutter Speed 1/6400 sec., 1/100 sec. and 1/800 sec.

 

 

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Forecast: Bitter Cold!

Today’s post features a previously unpublished image captured a few years ago along the Mississippi River near Iowa’s Quad Cities. With bitterly cold temperatures forecast, the early morning saw a lot of steam rising off the river … with an occasional Bald Eagle looking for a fish breakfast:

Bald Eagle fishing in frigid temperatures and steam

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 3200
  • Aperture f/18
  • Shutter Speed 1/1600 sec.

 

 

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King of the Mountain

Today’s post features one of the most common residents of the Rocky Mountain’s at higher altitudes, the Yellow-bellied Marmot. Here are a few favorite images I captured during one of my trips there:

Yellow-bellied Marmot

Yellow-bellied Marmot

Yellow-bellied Marmot

It’s always fun to be around these guys, particularly when you can be with young marmots playing.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6 to f/6.3
  • Shutter Speed 1/125 sec. and 1/2500 sec.

 

 

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