Thursday, November 15, 2018

Working on a Little Photo Book for Natalie and Pete Stepanoff

Natalie and Pete about to Tie the Knot
O.K., We are going to do this!!
Flower Girl and Icon Girl
The Priests

The  newest little Stepanoff

The Brothers
More Yeah!!!
Mom and Grandmother of the Groom

Natalie looking for the Groom

Still Looking

And Still Looking

Here he comes.  Yes that is the groom!!

Floating on down (rather fast I might say)

Still coming

About to touch down!!

Open Arms - That's Natalie's bouquet!!

Made it!!
Love Sweet Love

Love those Goggles

And the Hug

And the Bagpipes

And another Kiss

Mom and others watching the dancing

Natalie - beautiful Natalie

And the rest is history

Monday, November 5, 2018

Pete and Natalie Get Married

On Sunday, Yumiko and I went to the wedding of Natalie Butler and Pete Stepanoff.  We took thousands of photographs and I am now slogging through all of them.  This is one of Yumiko's many gems.  More to come!!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Lincoln's Sparrow

The Cutest Spider EVER!

I found this little jumping spider on a tall leafless spine of some kind of plant in the woods in Valley Forge.  When I first saw him he was crawling up a thread of something he had spun (not jumping).  Then he saw me or my lens and was just as curious as could be.  Not fearful at all, he jumped closer and closer and finally I lost him when I think he may have jumped onto me.  Here are two photos.  Click on the photo to expand and just look at those four eyes!

Monday, October 29, 2018

"Oh! Oh! Oh!

Golden Crowned Kinglet impressed by the 600mm lens this morning in Valley Forge.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

"Froggie" Chosen by National Wildlife Federation

Brag, brag, brag.  I got a note from the National Wildlife Federation the other day saying my little "Froggie" photo was selected as one of the designs for the 2019 NWF All Occasion Birthday card line.  How about that!!  And for $2 more, you can get a cup of coffee......

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Another True Story

It was almost noon today and I still hadn't found the picture of the day. Then as I was walking out of the woods I saw activity under the pines.  It was a lot of little ruby crowned kinglets and chickadees and sparrows and wrens.  A real find.  I slowly made my way under the pine tree and got into position to photograph anybody.  But nobody moved.  And not a peep.  They were all in there, all protecting themselves, all thinking they could wait me out.  I waited and waited and waited and nothing.  Oh they are so clever....  So, I decided to start talking to them.  In a gentle voice saying, "Come on out you guys.  I really want to take your picture. Come on.  Don't be shy.  I am just here to be your friend.  Come on out...." And that kind of stuff.  And believe it or not, they soon started to come out.  First one, then another, then another  They knew I was there.  I could even take photographs.  They were shy, but they were very curious too.  That's how I got this little cutie (ruby crowned kinglet) to come pretty close, look right into my lens and give me a little curious smile.

This is a TOTALLY TRUE Story

I got to the small parking lot across the street and down the hill from Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge about 9:00 a.m.  yesterday.  Soon after I got out of the car and had the camera set up on the tripod I could see a red tailed hawk flying towards me in the distance.  I got hurriedly out to the field and could see a second hawk.  They were playing together in the sky.  Following each other in big sweeps and close calls.  Then one sort of scooped down to the ground in a funny flight pattern.  When he came back up I could see he had picked up a mouse and a lot of dead brush.  I got a few not great photos.  But then the two of them came together again - the one with the mouse above the other about 20 feet.  Then the one above dropped the mouse right in front of the one below.  The second hawk caught the mouse in mid air - right in front of me.  I said "WOW" out loud it was so cool.  I didn't get the shot, but I was unbelievably impressed at the acrobatics of these two.  And I wondered if hawks actually play pitch and catch.  So darn cool!!!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Oh the Fall Colors

Paper Wasp

Little Sweet Be a on a Wild Aster

Wooly Bear Caterpillar

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

NAMIBIA - The Book

It's been over two months since returning from Namibia. The book is finally ready.  Feel free to click the link and view all the contents for free by then clicking the "Preview" button.  Go ahead.  Be brave....

The Ootheca

I have always wanted to find a praying mantis as she is laying her egg sack.  Today I got lucky.  I was watching a mating pair (for over an hour) hoping to see what would actually happen at the end.  I was waiting so long, I started looking around and right behind me was a big fat lady praying mantis laying an egg sack!!  If all goes well, there may be some 100 or more little baby praying mantises when they hatch next March or April.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Aunt Suzy Comes to Town

My dear sister Suzy came east from Seattle for the first time in maybe ten years.  We had a little party for her yesterday.  For fun, here are some of the pictures:
Back Row: Vicki Russell, Caitlin Russell, Abby Riley, Suzy Blair,
Peter Riley, Kitty Riley Kono, Alex Riley;
Front Row: Claire Riley, Josey Russell, Avery Russell

Josey, Claire and Avery


Peter and Suzy

Peter, Suzy and Kitty

The Whole Gang
Yumiko hugging Josie with Charley looking on