6 September 2017
Over the last few years I became interested in the Orb Spiders, in particular the Black and Yellow Garden Spider as the common name or the Argiope aurantia, scientific name. Ultimately my fascination for spiders and insects in general always cause me to stop and take a closer look when I run across them out in the wild. As a photographer I enjoy taking a few photos at any opportunity, here in this write up I share my observations and images of the Black and Yellow Garden Spider.
27 August 2017
My setup and gear
I spent a few hours outdoors enjoying my macro photography and I hope you enjoy and find inspiration in the images I captured. What do I use for my Macro setup and why? read on...
6 June 2017
I was not all that lucky in previous years of getting any real useable photos of Wood Ducks in the location I lived, due to the scarcity and short time frame they seem to stay in this area during the late spring season. I find the Wood Duck a stunningly beautiful waterfowl. The males in particular with iridescent browns, blacks, white green, ornate patterns on nearly every feathe, this is one pretty bird. Females very attractive but have a less colorful pattern but the same distinctive profile and delicate white pattern around the eye. I find Wood Ducks in the wooded marsh ares that have hardwood forest adjacent to the water. With some research I discovered they nest in holes in trees or use man made nest boxes. Little did I know they are one of the few duck species with claws that can grip bark and perch on branches- see my photos of a group perching.
29 May 2017
Each year I am blessed by the migration of the Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum through my area of the country. Their visits are timed almost perfectly with the arrival of the fruiting trees and bushes. These delightful birds will stay in the area for several months basically as long as the fruit holds out. See my gallery and read more on these birds.
28 May 2017
I have a couple photographic weakness, Birds and Flowers. Whenever I am out doing some photography shooting regardless what my intentions are, if i run across a great looking flower I stop and take a photo or try to incorporate the flower into my scene. The great thing about flower photography is you really dont need any specialized equipment. I have even taken flower photos with a fish eye lens. I you want to discover more about flower photography read on...
20 May 2017
Super Song Bird
When you spot the Wren it looks to be rather plain but is a Whitney Houston of birds song wise; mostly brown with some lighter brown and speckles on the wings. The Wren is commonly found over nearly the entire Western Hemisphere. Listen for its rush-and-jumble song in summer and you’ll find this species zipping through shrubs and low tree branches, snatching at insects. Wrens will will accept and use man made nest boxes.
13 May 2017
Shooting in the Rain
I admit I like being out during rainy days Why? It is refreshing and stimulating to walk a wooded trail hearing and feeling the rain, and besides that, It offers many opportunities for photographers - if we come prepared.
7 May 2017
Forest for the Trees
I truly enjoy the outdoors especially during spring months, plants and animals begin to flourish and the forest comes alive with colors, sound with a calm atmosphere.
1 May 2017
Help Save My Life on the Wildlife Refuge
HELP SAVE MY LIFE! If you are reading this and live in North Virginia - send the Occuqan Wildlife Refuge an email and ask they NOT ALLOW TRAFFIC on park "grassy" trails during March - Jun due to turtles mating and laying eggs.
FACT: Occoquan issues "special permits" for autos that unknowinly CRUSH the turtles - Help stop the decline of this special creature!! email: email@example.com
The photo you see is of a 16 year old female Easter Box Tortise who lives in the Wildlife Refuge. Over the years I have the pleasure of seeing her out and about in the area she lives in. Also in the area are Eagles, Osprey, Owls, but I respect this creature the most, due to the extreme habitat loss.... Read More..
13 April 2017
Get Out and Shoot
You probably noticed most of my blogs cover the upper end of the Photo Spectrum. I owe it to many my recommendation for getting a 90% solution for fantastic wildlife photography.
10 April 2017
Getting a good Photo
I am lucky to live in an area that the Great Blue Heron is found in most of the year. Here in North Va, you can expect to see the Great Blue Heron in numbers starting in Mid April through Late September. I really enjoy watching and photographing these birds. They are large and somewhat predictable and with some good planning you can acquire a few good photos on most occasions..
13 February 2017
Thank you Nikon for being a wonderful company. In particular as my camera company of choice, I could not think of photography without Nikon as being part of it.
12 February 2017
Last Throes of Winter
This wonderful Male Cardinal sits on a perch as sleet comes raining down, and is undaunted by the ice crystals that are falling on his face and feathers. The Cardinal is a native species of North America and suited for the elements, he appears well protected from these elements.
3 January 2017
Life & Nature
While out hiking a couple years ago my interest in fungal growth started to peak when I began to run across what I thought were a few simple mushrooms scattered about. As I made my way further down the trail, I spotter more and more of various mushrooms everywhere. I knew I was on to something. Why were there so many and what do mushrooms provide or their purpose. I spent several months photographing every mushroom I ran across - It was fascinating.
4 December 2016
Stalking the Elusive
The Pileated Woodpecker is an elusive bird. At least for me it is very true that this bird species is difficult to approach and photograph. For over a year I tried to get one good usable photograph, but at every turn the Pileated eluded me. I keep trying....
12 November 2016
Techniques for Bird Photography
How many times have you either wanted to take bird photos or tried and was disappointed in the results? My guess if you are like me you have had a few false starts and missed opportunities. Although bird photography is extremely rewarding it is also extremely challenging when out in the field. You need to be the master of the equipment you use, and knowledgeable of the birds themselves. Lets cover a few things that will increase your productivity.
11 October 2016
Change of Seasons
Time is moving fast this year.. wow, already Fall Season; sometimes we are reminded about passage of time through visual clues and the habits of animals. When I begin to find Orb Spiders and the Pine Siskin birds in the area I know fall is closing in.
11 September 2016
We love you!
Our family feline of 13 years passed away early this morning, bringing to closure Easter's wonderful life with our family. At his passing he was believed to be 20 years + of age. Everyone in his family will miss his presence and are saddened by the loss of our cat Easter. He is survived by Teeny his fellow feline house companion, and three caretakers who provided and received his love over the years.
9 September 2016
Life moves on
Time does move fast when your having fun, and the Summer of 2016 is fast fading away into the memory folder. 2016 was hot and fun, sorry to see it go. My camera was barely worked this year due to my laziness, and photography things went to the sidelines until today, I was out and about enjoying the last sweaty days, here is what I have.
3 June 2016
Still Roam Earth
This past May was Turtle and Tortise Month! In the area close to the Potomac many river turtles climb out of their natural habitat and walk to higher ground to dig out and lay their eggs. This big girl is on her way back from depositing a dozen eggs in an area that is close to water but not too wet to cause the eggs to not survive. Turtles naturally deposit eggs in best of locations. I now wait for the eggs to hatch....