I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration.
After church I drove down to the river to see if there was anything going on. It is said that one definition of insanity is, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I’ll explain…
I have three images for today. One of my favorite places to photograph wildlife in the area has been the 16th Street Basin for a variety of reasons. It has offered an abundance of geese, ducks, herons, egrets, eagles, and various other species including pelicans. I could always count on finding something to photograph at the Basin, no matter what time of year it was.
The Basin was close, only a few miles from home, so it was easy to get to no matter what the weather was doing. There was a lot of distraction (buildings and power lines) to inhibit photographing wildlife in flight but it could be done.
It had a lot of fish in it so it attracted lots of fish-eating birds. Two years ago they chopped down all the trees around the Basin. Trees that provided cover and a resting area for the wildlife. They put in a large solar farm adjacent to the basin, hence the removal of threes. 😦
I keep going back to the basin in hopes of finding something to photograph thus the definition of insanity, because for the last two years there has been nothing to photograph.
Imagine my surprise when I went to my favorite spot of years gone by and found a half-dozen Blue Herons resting. I was excited to say the least. However a sad things is there is no one is taking care of the Basin any more and so I spent a lot of time on each of the photos I’m showing today cloning out all the junk and debris that have built around the banks of the Basin, with Photoshop. 😦
There were some geese and this pair of Mallards swimming near the herons. I couldn’t pass them up.
That’s it for today.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Off at Zero Dark Thirty Hours this morning for a full day of benefit meetings. Two long days but it’s good to see all the folks at our different banks. I have some more images from my Green Island session.
I found this guy crossing the road on my way into the preserve. I stopped the car and approached him on foot. He withdrew into his shell so I had to wait for him to come of his shell for this image. 🙂
Just a reminder you can click on any image and reveal a larger more detailed version of the image.
I saw some movement behind the over growth on one of the canals. I followed it for awhile and then this little Mallard Duck emerged. He was having a little turf battle with a Red-Winged Black Bird. I love photographing Mallards.
This is not the image I wanted to capture. The auto focus system caught the branch that was closest to the camera, which left the Egret a little softer than I like. When I was photographing this magnificent creature I didn’t realize the AF was on the branch and not the bird so I just kept shooting. Still it’s a nice shot so I present it today for your enjoyment.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have some random wildlife images for you today and none of them are eagles. 🙂
Busy work week didn’t leave anytime for photography. I hope to correct that today as I get out and see what there is to make images of.
I made these images last Monday at Mud Lake Park, North of Dubuque. I saw this little squirrel scurrying about but didn’t realize he had a nut in his mouth until I got the second image of him when he climbed a tree. The first shot is of him playing hide and seek with me, hoping that I had gone away. 🙂
“Any port in a storm.” Gulls rest and sleep on a thin piece of ice floating in the back waters of the Mississippi.
I can never pass up a chance to photograph Mallard Ducks. They are such a vibrant, beautiful, and colorful bird.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your day and as always be careful.
Yes I know it’s a common Mallard Duck. I think they are a wonderful looking bird and I enjoy photographing them. I found these guys at the Bee Branch Project, enjoying the open water and each others company. I actually think I can see this guy’s eye looking back at me as he slowly swims away.
As I approached (even though I tried to be stealthy) they all started swimming away from me. Not fast just a slow, “lets act nonchalant” type of swim. 🙂
There were probably 50 or more ducks in the creek where I was.
I just stood motionless for a few minutes and they slowly started coming back to where they had been, which let me get up close and personal with a couple of them. After a while they didn’t seem to mind me being there.
That’s it for today. Probably no blog tomorrow as I have a late evening meeting and a busy day so no time for photography. 😦
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
As they use to say on the Monty Python show, “and now for something completely different.”
I made these images last week while visiting the Mississippi River. I can never pass up an opportunity to photograph a sail boat especially on a bright sunny day that make the muddy Mississippi look all blue and pretty.
This pair of Mallard Ducks were just riding the waves watching the world go by. Didn’t seem to be the least bit bothered by my picture-taking.
Lock & Dam #11. Part of the Lock and Dam series of flood control up and down the Mississippi River.
Nothing much else to report. Having coffee with an old friend this morning and then trying to finish up some projects I have promised to other friends.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day, cooler and rainy here today. Be careful.
Happy Hump Day Wednesday!
I never tire of photographing wildlife. Be it the ubiquitous Mallard Duck or any other common critter. I enjoy watching them interact with their environment an each other. Of course what I really enjoy is photographing them.
The Ducks and Geese in this post were all photographed at the 16th Street Basin. It has not been replete with wildlife this season as it was last year. But occasionally like this past Monday there will be a few water fowl there.
I caught these ducks napping in what little sun there was Monday It was overcast most of the day, cool and windy. I guess they had nothing better to do then nap.
I have never seen a pose like this. He was rubbing his neck on his back and scratching his underside with his foot at the same time. Sort of like rubbing a circle on chest while patting your stomach. 🙂
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
It’s been a while since my last post. I would say that part of that was because of a busy work schedule but part of that was just being lazy as well. I hate to admit it but I let a couple of good photography days slip away in favor of rest and relaxation. 😦
Yesterday Jeanne and I went out looking for some wildlife photos. First of course we went to our favorite places and there was nothing. On the way back from the river we spotted these Mallard ducks swimming in some little pools of water from the melting snow. Any port in a storm I guess.
Then we tried a couple of other places that didn’t yield any luck when we happened by these Canadian geese gathered on a frozen body of water. There must have been fifty or sixty just congregated for whatever reason. There was no open water for them to swim in nor any discernible food source so I’m not sure what the big attraction was but there they were none-the-less.
I noticed in post production that the one on the left has a metal band on its leg.
Finally we went on the Wisconsin side of the lock and dam to check things out. We heard these geese honking and I was lucky enough to capture them as they flew over.
So not exactly what I had in mind when we set out but I’m happy anytime to photograph ducks and geese so it was a good afternoon.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have Mallard Ducks for you today. Why? Because Mallard Ducks is what I have for you today. 🙂
I did a video for the local access channel yesterday in Maquoketa. The lady who runs the operation is a professional and a very nice person. She made us feel so comfortable it was almost like not having a camera recording your every word. I think it went well and it was actually enjoyable.
Had a nice lunch with some of my friends yesterday. One of them had received a gift card to the restaurant and in the true spirit of the season he invited us to be his guests for lunch. It was rewarding.
Then before leaving for home I was invited to another friend’s home for a Christmas cheer. We spent an hour visiting and enjoying some banter with another friend.
I love this time of year. The spirit of giving and fellowship with your peers and friends. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of everyday living that part seems to get lost.
That’s all for today. Hope you enjoy your Tuesday. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I enjoy the events of the day.
Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.
Happy Hump Day!
None of the images I’m showing you today are technically good images but I like each of them more for what they say then for their technical quality or lack of it.
The image above shows a Ring Billed Gull struggling with a fish that is just a little too large for him to handle comfortably. He did manage to get it to the ice but then dropped it. I tried to get an image of the eagle that swooped down and stole it from him but all I ended up with was a brown and white blob. It illustrates the struggle of nature and how the strongest and fastest win out.
I like this image only because of the action it shows. I was too far away from the action and didn’t have enough shutter speed to really freeze the eagle. But I love the instant the eagle’s talons splash into the water and he uses his huge wings to pull himself back into the air. I have watched a lot of nature videos in slow motion and I never tire of watching this scene. My friend Andreas was at the Basin over the weekend as well (although we were not there at the same time) and he got a much better shot of a eagle’s catch then this one. I’m jealous. 🙂
Finally I’ll leave you with this image of 4 ducks leaving the Basin headed for (who knows where) perhaps the river. This formation reminds me of 4 military jets flying in formation. I watch the military channel from time to time because I enjoy watching war birds from all generations. I don’t know, that’s the first thing that came to mind when I saw them take off in the same formation they are here.
That’s it for today. I’ll have some better images for you tomorrow and I’ve got a fair amount of video I need to get processed. So much to do, so little time to do it. 🙂
Enjoy your mid-week hump day. Thanks for supporting the blog and be careful.
Some more images from Saturday’s photo shoot. Oh, by the way, Happy Hump Day!
Jeanne and I really enjoy going to the Basin especially during migrating season as there are usually a lot of wildlife there. Saturday was no exception. Our friends the ducks were there and just like the last time we were there they put on their Keystone Cops routine with the fish. One duck finds or catches a fish and then desperately tries to eat it before another duck or goose takes it away from him.
We watched this for 20 minutes and enjoyed every moment of it.
I continue to be frustrated with my lack of knowledge about electronics. I have spent the last few evening searching the web for “how to” information about how to install a pan/tilt/rotate device on the Phantom. I have “all the parts” (I think) but apparently the hobby shops assume you’re knowledgeable about how to hook everything up and the difference between a capacitor and resister. I don’t know ohms from amps, from voltage. I just want to plug wire A into socket B and have the damn thing work. Is that too much to ask? 😦
Anyway I continue to struggle with putting the thing together and I sit here with all these neat looking parts and nowhere to put them. Stay tuned.
This guy looks like he is getting ready to conduct an orchestra. This one is for you Betty.
I didn’t have time to work on the video last night. Well I did but I was busy trying to find a “how to” instruction on the web. They speak a language that I am unfamiliar with.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your midweek hump day. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.