Monday, October 23, 2017

Raised Paw of One Happy Jaguar

This pretty girl had just had a roll in the hay and afterwards was rolling in the hay, putting her feet up in the air and just as happy as she could be.  Click her to see that wonderful face and paw a little closer.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Best Friends


A Lid for Every Pot

Yesterday after a great lunch in Philadelphia with an old friend I came home just needing to get out to the fields of Valley Forge.  I was looking for the coyotes but also had my macro lens in case of a good bug.  I found the crane fly, a very interesting but difficult insect to photograph.  The crane fly looks like a huge mosquito with long, long legs and wings often wide open and a really long snout and beautiful psychedelic eye if the light hits it correctly.  They are all over the fields these days, but I have such trouble getting them fully in the frame.  So I found one yesterday low in the grass.  The only way to get him was to lay down deep in the weeds and shoot up.  As I was doing this, I first scared a runner who was running in the middle of the field and almost stepped on me.  Then another man walked by and was totally startled when I stood up.  I think I must have looked a little frightening, so I tried to calm him down by acting like a normal human being and just said I was taking pictures of insects.  His gruff response, "I guess there is a lid for every pot."  Oh dear.

Here's my little crane fly whose long legs I could not get in the frame.  Please click on him to see that psychedelic eye.  Lid for every pot.  humph......

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Watch Closely As Yellow Billed Tern Steals Fish and Feeds her Family (Click on photos for better viewing)

Skimmer with Fish
Skimmer presents fish to girlfriend


Yellow Billed Tern Attempts to Steal Fish
Tern Still Trying to Steal Fish


Tern Steals Fish


Tern Washes off Fish

Tern Feeds Fish  to the Kids


Monday, October 9, 2017

Jaguar with Raised Foot

This beauty stayed with us for a good half hour walking from the jungle to the beach all the while looking at the Capybaras in the water.  No capture this time around, but we were holding our breath and just amazed at her beauty.  She was a mom and it would have been so great had she brought out her cubs.

The Beautiful Plumage of the Red and Green Macaw - Pantanal, Brazil


Monday, October 2, 2017

Oh What a Time We Had

The Whole Crew - From Left Heather Heaps, Yours Truly, Julie Gustafson in Blue, Chris Hamilton, the Tall Todd Gustafson, Sharon Templin, Karen the Doctor, Melissa Groo, Jerry and Sean Traynor, Aaron Winters, Larry Master, and Naun Silva
Here are a few photos from our recent trip to the Pantanal in Brazil.  

Kitty Taking Photos from the Boat

Kitty and Todd Gustafson

Melissa Groo, Yours Truly, Julie Gustafson and Sharon Templin enjoying the national drink the Caipirinha

Snail with a Trail Wins Second Place!!!!!! in BetterPhoto.com Macro Contest


Monday, September 18, 2017

I'm Here in the Pantanal in Brazil with a very slow Internet

Well we have been here for about four days and it is beyond the beyond.  Macaws, anteaters, caimans, Buff Necked Ibis.  My vocabulary is growing by leaps and bounds.  Here are a few photographs if they will upload:
Blue and Red Macaws Against a Canyon Wall of a Huge Sink Hole
Sweet Little Caiman Racing Up Shore for a Little Dinner
Anhinga

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Birds in the Woods Today at Eastern College Pond

Little Yellow Warbler

Black Capped Chickadee

Black and White Warbler

Friday, September 1, 2017

K E N Y A

Finally after a year I've put together a book of photographs taken by Yumiko and me while we were in Kenya last August.  Here's a link. Go ahead, be brave,  click on that link, pull up a chair, and relax and enjoy. http://www.blurb.com/books/8151470-k-e-n-y-a


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Big Boy or Girl in Valley Forge today

I had a mission to find a Praying Mantis in Valley Forge today.   Lots of egg sacks were laid last year  at Paulings Farm.  I drove there today, walked down into the lower field and searched the tall grasses and voila -  There he or she was.  Just magnificent.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Osprey at Eastern College Pond!!

I couldn't believe it, but I guess I could because Eastern College Pond never ceases to amaze.  Yesterday as I was looking for something to photograph, there in the sky was an Osprey!!  First time ever to see one at Eastern.  He circled for a bit and then landed high in a tree overlooking the pond.  I waited and waited for him to descend down and pick up one of the huge carp, but he just said "Not this time."

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Oh, The Wonder of it All

This little damselfly could not have been more curious.  He just stayed and stared.  Flew up and away to chase a bug or two, but came back time and time again to look the camera in the eye.  Such magic in the woods.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Grasshopper and the Indigo Bunting

I was taking a picture of an Indigo Bunting when all of a sudden a little yellow grasshopper jumped onto my 600 mm lens.  I had my macro lens over my shoulder and was able to grab a shot of him too.  Oh technology!