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Spring and the Wildlife it Brings

It’s a beautiful time of year.  The leaves are open, the grasses are growing, and there are animals moving and grazing and raising young everywhere.  It’s that time of year where my camera goes with me almost everywhere.  You never know what you’ll find!

It’s also been a good year for new sights.  You may remember the bear and her cubs that I was lucky enough to get on camera.  I’ve also seen Sandhill Cranes, Canadian Geese, Woodpeckers, Robins, Squirrels, Toads (noisy, singing toads), Bullfrogs, Redwing Blackbirds, Butterflies, Houseflies, and other insects.  While houseflies don’t sound too exciting, I was pretty happy to get some up close and personal shots of them.

I’ve also been really enjoying my new Macro lens.  I’m still practicing and getting used to it, but I think it’s going to be a truly essential addition to my photography equipment.  What am I saying?  It already is. 🙂

I hope you enjoy seeing some of the local wildlife in these photos I’ve taken.  All but the Sandhill Crane were taken here on our land.  It’s amazing what you find when you open your eyes!  There is one photo of a blackbird in flight with his beak open.  Look closely, and you’ll see an insect flying in front of him.  I have a feeling that insect was lunch!

As for the not-so-local animals, I recently went to a wildlife park nearby and saw the most amazing fanning peacock.  He was gorgeous and mesmerizing to watch.  I hope you enjoy the photos of him, as well as a couple other animals I saw there.  I think the hyena is a rather handsome creature. 😉

Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Photography

 

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Blood Moon

Two nights ago, I set an alarm and got up at 2:30 because there was supposed to be a “blood moon”.  I was not disappointed!  Putting on my snow boots and coat and trusty fingerless gloves, I grabbed my camera and tripod and went out.  The moon was fascinating, a true reddish-orange, and rather dim, but quite dramatic!

The orange color of the moon in the photos is accurate.  It was stunning!  Be sure to enlarge the photos, because you’ll see stars too!

Enjoy, and thanks for looking. 🙂

Blood Moon 006Edit Blood Moon 005 CROP

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Odds and Ends (Uncategorized), Photography

 

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Ah, Winter…

A few weeks ago, we got a big snow storm.  It’s been a brutally cold and difficult winter for us in Wisconsin, so we are very ready for spring to come.  It’s been in the 40s F lately, so that’s much improved.  However, I did get some photos of this drastic winter that I decided I may as well share.  Snow, while a bit frustrating at times, is pretty, I must admit.

We had some over 2 feet of snow at the time that I snapped these shots.  It was pretty crippling for awhile.  But it’s melting and settling pretty fast now, which is good.

Enjoy the photos!  Thanks for looking. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2014 in Photography

 

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Icicles and Sunbeams

Though I just posted some winter photos, I can’t resist posting more.  In truth, our winter here in Wisconsin has been brutal.  Very, very cold and a lot of snow.  Despite the struggles that causes us, I have to admit that it does make for a pretty world to photograph.

Day before yesterday, I was unable to resist going out with my camera as the lighting was warm and pretty.  Despite the fact that it was only 11 degrees F out there, the sun had that hint of spring warmth, and the icicles were dripping.

The sunshine shone like a brilliant star out there, and I was so glad that came through in the photos.  The shafts of light coming from the sun made it look so star-like.

I also have some photos of icicles, which I tried to photograph as they dripped.  I’ve never had a camera able to capture that quick drop of water until now, so as you can imagine, I took many, many photos and then deleted the uneventful ones later.  I encourage you to enlarge the images so you can see the water droplets larger.  They are quite mesmerizing.  Just these perfect little upside-down worlds.  Another interesting thing was that there was always one large water drop, and one tiny one following it.  Like a perfect little marble.  So pretty!

I hope you like the photos.  Thanks for looking.  Stay warm!

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Photography

 

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Winter Lace

To glance out the window today was a good idea here, because a recent snow and drizzle has frozen onto the branches of the trees, and they are wrapped in a winter lace.  The photos I am sharing were taken on two separate days.  Yesterday’s weather was very heavy and foggy, shrouding the landscape and adding a sense of mystery to the woods.  Today, the clouds were lighter, and the air clearer, so that the trees glowed white against a pale blue background.  It was beautiful.  Some of the photos were taken with various settings to portray different moods in the images.  It was hard to stop snapping photos today.

It is scenery like this that inspired me to write the poem for our Christmas card for 2012.  You can see that poem, the 2012 Christmas card, as well as the original Winter Cow drawing here.

Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2014 in Photography

 

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Cloudy Fall Day

It has been rainy and cloudy the past day or so.  I like rainy days…it’s cozy and snug in the house.  However, there was a break in the rain yesterday, and the light outside was rather pretty, so I thought I would hike around a bit with my camera.  While the lighting conditions weren’t quite ideal, it was still kind of beautiful in its own way.  I always enjoy macro photography…a good macro lens is one of my “someday” purchases.  However, I can do some decent macro with the lenses I have now, so I am happy for the time being.

It’s not the most breathtaking fall color this year, but it’s still beautiful.  I always enjoy the mustard yellow leaves and the cherry red leaves.  One of my favorite things about photography in the fall is trying to capture a single brilliant color with a very subdued background.  One stark leaf over a grayish background.  The eye really is attracted to that one pop of color and makes the composition that much more interesting.  Another thing I like, oddly enough, is the withering leaves and plants.  Somehow, a brown leaf, brittle and curled up, can be a thing of beauty.

As always my pets make an appearance here and there too. 🙂

So here is some of what I photographed yesterday.  I hope you enjoy the pictures and are enjoying fall.  Thanks for looking.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2013 in Photography

 

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Happy…um…May?

Three days ago, we hit 82 degrees and it was such bliss! Tender young grasses were growing, the leaves were beginning to peek, the animals outside were sunning themselves happily… Such loveliness!

This morning, I looked out the window to see something quite different.

And a couple of days ago, I was outside in a tee shirt…taking pictures like these below. The good news is that my new camera is wonderful to work with, and I love the camera more with each trick I learn.

May 2013

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Thanks for looking, and I hope your May looks more spring-like than mine! 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Photography

 

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