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Friday, September 22, 2017

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Reviews on digital imaging, Nikon Cameras, Canon Cameras, Macro, Micro, Telephoto and Super Telephoto lens and all things photo optics and equipment, such as the D5, D500 and D850. My ambition is to provide useful and solid photography tips and information with the best real world reviews of all the photographic gear and astronomy equipment - that I use.

Summer Flower Read more

Summer Flower

On June 20th we officially enter into summer known as the summer solstice and on that day summer arrives.  I took a stroll through open  wooded area looking for signs of summer, you know - Dragon flys, and beautiful cone flowers.  I was greeted with this wonderful specimen, using my long telephoto I took a moment and snapped a couple images.  The color and contrast speak for themselves. Summer is Here!  

Cedar Waxwing Read more

Cedar Waxwing

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.

Flower Photography Read more

Flower Photography

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...

Carolina Wren Read more

Carolina Wren

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.

Rainy Day Photography Read more

Rainy Day Photography

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.

Birds Read more

Birds

Many times each year I take time to appreciate wild life and nature, These creatures who fly, walk, slither and live along side us humans. Several things stand our as I write this, one being how amazing are the birds survival capabilities out doors in the cold, wind, and snow, I took a few hours today to brave the near 0 temps to go out and take a few photos of birds being birds. 

The Common Buckeye Read more

The Common Buckeye

A common buckeye caterpillar shown on a host plant. This species is  resident across the southern United States, much of Mexico and as far north as southern Canada.  When in the butterfly state, it regularly expands its range each year  northward to temporarily colonize much of the U.S., reaching Canada. Starting in late summer and continuing through fall, huge numbers of adults migrate southward, where the adults overwinter.

Flowering Tree of Summer Read more

Flowering Tree of Summer

When you are able to go out carry along your camera, then take a few minutes to look around, you will find nature is beautiful. The colors, texture, sounds, and smell came rushing in.   Today as I walked through an area I  spotted a blush of color that caught my eye in the distance, a flowering tree so, I took a moment to capture a few images of the  plants and life happening around me my photographic reward captured.

Dinosaur Read more

Dinosaur

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....
Wild Turkey Read more

Wild Turkey

The Wild Turkey is an interesting bird, who as groups share in the child rearing duties among other females. The male gives gobbling call to attract females. In courtship, males puff out feathers, raise and spread tail, swell up face wattles, droop wings; in this exaggerated posture they strut, rattling the wing feathers and making humming sounds. One male will mate with several females. Nest site is on ground, often at base of tree, under shrub, or in tall grass. Nest is shallow depression, sparsely lined with grass, leaves. The American Wild Turkey is a keen aware bird - always on the look out.

Cedar Waxwing Read more

Cedar Waxwing

I found a small flock of Cedar Waxwings going about their child rearing chores. These birds  are social that you’re likely to see in flocks year-round. This small flock was in a Mulberry tree swallowing the berries whole, and some plucking them in mid-air with a fluttering hover.
Nest Building Read more

Nest Building

This Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea

) migratory bird is visiting the North East USA  for some nest building and baby rearing duties.  You can find this fine bird along trails near wooded swamps or marshes.  Here I was able to get a photo of the activities of preparing the nest.  

Early Arrival Read more

Early Arrival

This tiny bird smaller than a sparrow was  very busy jumping from branch to branch in hunt of small insects to eat. He was so quick, I had a very difficult time capturing a usable sharp image not to mention the distance and size of the bird, with patience I was able to acquire a few images.  Although this bird species looks similar to a pygmy nuthatch but is a Blue Gray Gnat Catcher. The Gnat Catcher has an expanded breeding range through the northeast and now is seen up the East Coast into lower New Hampshire, and expansion may be continuing. Enjoy this fine bird this spring & summer season.
June Flower Read more

June Flower

On a otherwise boring day I ran across this wonderful flower growing in the sunlight next to the Potomac River, Not having a macro lens, I used my 400mm to capture the beauty.

Great Blue Heron Read more

Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue stands 132 cm (four feet) tall, has a 213 cm (seven-foot) wingspan and weighs 2.5 kg. It has a long yellow bill. Adults have blue-grey wings and back and a white head with a black cap and a long black plume. In flight, the long neck is held in an S-shape with the long legs trailing behind. This bird flies with strong deliberate wing beats.

Fox Read more

Fox

A fox wanders close but discovers me before it is too late.  Picture taken - Foz.

Flower Pink Read more

Flower Pink

This image was taken using a Nikkor 105mm Macro Lens (old style lens) and a D700 in the Month of April. I enjoy the Spring time, life and everything it brings with it. In and around my home are bird houses and I have returning generations that reproduce and I am in AWE!  Nature is simply amazing.
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