Photographed an unexpected visitor on our orchid.
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.
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).
Here you see the sheer size of the stork when compared to a Spoonbill and a pair of Great Egret.
Following Harris Neck, a quick trip to Savannah NWR unfortunately didn’t offer up much variety but some friendly grackle.
Extending my day trip to Jekyll Island, the sky cleared an I scooped out a location on Driftwood Beach.
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.
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.
Oh - I hate that marketing name, but it was a wonderful lunar eclipse last night. Here are a few images.
Click on the image above to enjoy the star details…
Oddly, my favorite image was before totality. The soft orange glow in contrast to the sliver of white.
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.
…and here are a few others and BTS.
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.
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.
A pair were eating at the same tree, but the male was apparently feeling more photogenic.
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.
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
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!
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.
Enjoying a little backyard photography.
Thanks to Moose Peterson, Tony and Chelsea for the nice review of my Ruby-throated Hummingbird photo (yes - its a female Ruby-throated.)
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.
We've been traveling the last couple weeks. When coming home, I was greeted by beautiful weed. So, what do I do - photograph it.
Very glad that we have ruby-throated hummingbirds at the new house. We have a regular female and have occasionally spotted a male
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.
And here are a couple shots of our resident Song Sparrow
And I don't think I ever put up shots of our resident Tree Frog.
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.
A birding trip with a friend today was a bust, but clear skies shared the moon again.