Saturday, May 29, 2010

Moonrise over Traverse City

On the second night of the full moon, I captured this image of the moonrise over Traverse City. There were some high clouds partially obscuring the view of the moon.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010


I have been planting native wildflowers in my yard for a few years now. Some are doing quite well. Who needs to mow grass when you can grow flowers? Of course they become models for my camera when they look their best. This columbine was just outside of my back door. The dark background was part the dark area under my deck and part a few tweaks in Photoshop©.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

More Pickney Birds

My father was the one who lead me to Pickney Wildlife Refuge. Thanks dad. Fantastic place for nesting birds. Here is another from there - a tricolor heron. Shot early in the day while the light was still soft.

Pickney Wildlife Refuge Birds

If it weren't for some excess vegetation I would really like the image of a tricolor heron at the Pickney Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina. Quite an amazing place. Next up is a green heron. Beautiful bird striking a good pose for the camera. The last is a great egret carrying a stick for a nest building project.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Another from Big Creek

Here is another from one of my favorite places in the Smokies the day after a night of heavy rainfall. What a great place.

Pickney Wildlife Refuge

Went to the Pickney Wildlife Refuge on the South Carolina coast yesterday. There were so many birds and one gator. The gator kinda startled me as I did not see it at first and it was close to the trail. Kinda makes you nervous being about 25 feet away from an alligator. Many of the birds were nesting and some had young birds. Unfortunately, I could not get a photo of the young birds.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Spring Flood on Big Creek

I was in the Smoky Mountains when the flooding hit Memphis and Nashville, TN, and the Smokies fortunately did not get the flooding rains. However, we did get a lot of rain and it was quite dramatic on one of the streams.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Cataloochee Cove

Thanks to our NANPA leader, Bill Lea, our group at Cataloochee Cove in the Smokies captured this image. I have even learned a couple of new techniques. One more Smokies shoot tomorrow morning. With our leader Donna Eaton, we found some amazing trilliums, and with Bell Campbell we found the painted trillum to be posted later. Some light does not faze me any more.