Raynox DCR-250 and the Tan Jumping Spider

The Raynox combined with the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD continue to be a killer combination. It’s not often I get three portfolio worthy shots in one afternoon. All three shots were taken on the Nikon D500 with the Tamron 90mm and a Venus Twin-Flash (with diffusers.)

Tan Jumping Spider on daylily

Tan Jumping Spider

Tan Jumping Spider (2-image stack)

Nesting Wood Stork of Harris Neck

I visited Harris Neck Wildlife Refugee today. The refugee is home to protected nesting grounds of the endangered Wood Stork which have begun spring nesting. Standing between 3-4 ft tall and with a wing-span of up to 6 feet, they make for an impressive sight. I also spotted my first Roseate Spoonbills today. Murphy's Law - my camera battery died as it took off and flew right by me.

Flock of Wood Stork (and a White Ibis and Tri-Color Heron)

While I usually favor a good close-up, my favorite shot of the day - a flock of endangered Wood Stork startled by a military transport helicopter at Harris Neck NWR (outside Savannah).

Wood Stork

Roseate Ibis

Here you see the sheer size of the stork when compared to a Spoonbill and a pair of Great Egret.

Count the species!

Roseate Spoonbill

Wood Stork

Great Egret

Wood Stork

Great Egret

Common Grackle

Following Harris Neck, a quick trip to Savannah NWR unfortunately didn’t offer up much variety but some friendly grackle.

Anhinga

Birding on Jekyll Island

Saturday I spent hiking Jekyll Island in the Southern tip of Georgia. The island is a public island, but don’t be surprised by a $6.00 daily parking fee. But, it was six dollars well worth it.


W
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Ruddy Turnstone

Royal Tern

Laughing Gull

Royal Tern

Great Egret

Laughing Gull

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

If you visiting the Savannah, a must stop is the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. If it’s just to catch a glimpse at the alligators - thats fine. But, take some time and get out of the car and go for a hike. These converted rice plantation are home to a rich variety of species , many of which are hiding in the reeds.

Sora

Sora

Sora

Male and Female Ring-Necked Duck

Cow Egret

Male Ring-Necked Duck

Great Blue Heron

Glossy Ibis

Little Blue Heron

White Ibis

Little Blue Heron

Super Blood Wolf Moon

Oh - I hate that marketing name, but it was a wonderful lunar eclipse last night. Here are a few images.

Super Blood Wolf Moon - Composite from start to totality.

Super Blood Wolf Moon - Totality and Stars

Click on the image above to enjoy the star details…

Super Blood Wolf Moon - HDR at Totality

Super Blood Wolf Moon -Llunar Eclipse Near Totality

Oddly, my favorite image was before totality. The soft orange glow in contrast to the sliver of white.

Super Blood Wolf Moon - Approaching Totality

Merry Christmas from the Bartlett's

I hope you and your family are having a great holiday season. For my family, that holiday is Christmas and this is our first try at a family photo including the pets. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Merry Christmas!

…and here are a few others and BTS.

Mrs. Claus

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First Snow - Looking for Birds

With a couple inches of snow, the hope was to find a local barred owl and photograph it in the snow. Not luck with the owl, but I did find several friendly kinglet and woodpeckers.

Golden Crowned Kinglet

The Golden Crowned Kinglet might look relaxed in the photos, but I don’t think I know a more caffeinated bird - jumping from branch to branch endlessly looking for something to eat.

Golden Crowned Kinglet

Pileated Woodpecker (male)

A pair were eating at the same tree, but the male was apparently feeling more photogenic.

Pileated woodpecker (male)

Bands of America - Grand Nationals

Last weekend I had the pleasure to photograph the Bellbrook High School Marching Eagles at BOA Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. Although the Eagles didn’t progress past preliminaries, they put on their best show of the year - leaving their hearts and souls on the field. Here are a few of my favorite images.

Missing in Action

This Fall it has proven difficult to get out and shoot. Today I was able to venture out and visit the Savannah National Wildlife Refugee - in particular the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive (apparently the visotr’s center is closed on Sundays.)

The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is a 31,551 acre National Wildlife Refuge located in Chatham and Effingham counties in Georgia and Jasper County in South Carolina

Juvenile Common Gallinule

Great Blue Heron with Gar

Great Blue Heron with Gar

Immature Little Blue Heron

Immature Little Blue Heron

American Alligator

Thank You Janice!

A special shout out to Janice Sullivan for having me on her Macro Photography Live Chat! Janice has put together a great forum for close-up, macro, and micro-photographers. Monthly she hosts an artist, and focuses on their work, process, gear and motivation. 

Click on the picture above to check out the episode!

Iridescence Emerald Euphoria

I saved this monster from our swimming pool, an Emerald Euphoria. I love the coloring and iridescence. Euphoria fulgida, the emerald euphorium, is a species of scarab beetle in the family Scarabaeidae. Adults measure between 13.4 - 19.8mm. 

Euphoria fulgida, the emerald euphorium

Euphoria fulgida, the emerald euphorium

Born on the Fifth of July

Welcome to Penny - our future puppy. Penny, her brother and sister were born early in the morning on the fifth of July. Proud mommy Luna and father Dez welcomed their first liter - a healthy three pups.  

Penny Bartlett - Day 1

Penny and Mom

Penny's Big Brother

Luna and her pups

Dez (and Louise)

Hummingbird at the New House

Very glad that we have ruby-throated hummingbirds at the new house. We have a regular female and have occasionally spotted a male 

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird (wing detail)

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Friendly Neighborhood Rabbit

Dusting Off the Macro Gear

I'm excited  - it's that time of year. The wildflowers are starting to bloom and the bugs are out in full force. This morning I visited Bellbrook | Sugarcreek Park District's newest park - Morris Reserve. 

Morris Reserve - Bellbrook, Ohio

Endless Wildflowers (Lanceleaf Coreopsis)

Swallowtail on Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Hover Fly on Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Tradescantia Spiderwort

Tradescantia Spiderwort

And here are a couple shots of our resident Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow with Wasp

Song Sparrow with Wasp

Song Sparrow with Worm

And I don't think I ever put up shots of our resident Tree Frog. 

Eastern Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)

Eastern Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)

Eastern Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)

Third Night's a Charm

A little experiment tonight - I put the 2.0x Tamron teleconvertor on the back of the 600mm lens for 1200mm of focal length on the DX-format, Nikon D500. Focusing is a bit more challenging, but the result was notably better than the 600mm version. I've tried this experiment a number of times on different camera bodies - this is by far the best result I've had with the 2.0x on. 

Moon (stack of 52 images)