Friday, April 30, 2010

more from Eastern South Dakota & Western Minnesota

Horned Lark
Red-tailed Hawk
(more to follow)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

1 week in Eastern South Dakota & Western Minnesota

Earlier this month I spent a week at Blue Cloud Abbey near Marvin, SD and environs. I will be posting bird, nature, and other pictures on this blog;  photos pertaining to the Abbey will be posted on my Voice blog.
Ever have one of "those" days?
female Yellow-shafted Flicker (Northern Flicker)
Wilson's Snipe

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

upgraded Nikon 200-400mm lens

My Nikon user friends may read about it here. Expect the price to be in excess of $6,000 -- and what I've read about the current model, it is well worth it.

Monday, April 26, 2010

the photographer's laptop

Great Blue Heron rookery -- part IV

This concludes our Great Blue Heron rookery series.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Great Blue Heron rookery -- part III

What's with the sticks?
They are part of the mating ritual combined with nest building. The male is attracting the female with the splendid branches he brings and hopes the female will accept. Below are some examples.
Will she take it?
She's reaching for it . . .
She TOOK it!
And it's put into place. Success! He: "I had better fluff up my feathers now!"

Here's another pair.
Another completed pass!
And a third pair . . .
He: "Now THIS is a splendid branch for your nest, my dear! Don't you like it?"
He: "Here, let me put it in place for you."
She: "GIVE it to me! You're not doing it right!"

(final installment will follow)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

a few hummingbirds have made it to Minnesota

see the map here

heart & mind

Look and think before opening the shutter.
The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.
-- Yousuf Karsh

Friday, April 23, 2010

Great Blue Heron rookery -- part II

Lots of flying going on!

What's with the sticks in the bills?
Answer in our next post.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Great Blue Heron rookery -- part I

About three weeks ago my friend Gregg & I visited the rookery at North Mississippi Park located on an island in the River just South of I-694 and East of I-94. The trees were budding so the nests were much more visible than now. The island is some distance from the West shore; bring along your longest lens and any teleconverters you may have. The wide angle photos were taken with my iPhone, the rest with Canon's f/5.6 400mm lens and either 1.4x or 2x teleconverters. Obviously, a tripod is essential except for the flight photos when the Herons may be closer to the Park.

Gregg on the left and Ivars on the right.

(next, flight photos)

photographing people

It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.
-- Paul Strand

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

photos from another perspective

I was in South Dakota last week, specifically Blue Cloud Abbey, and came close to filling two 8 gigabyte flash cards -- now to find the time to edit all the photos. Meanwhile, take a look at the ingenious way of getting nature shots from a different point of view here.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

photo vs. painting

It's really not a competition. Each has its strengths in representing the artist's vision. Take a look at the comparison on my Voice blog and let me know what you think.

still more from Springbrook


Saturday, April 10, 2010

more from Springbrook

They look almost good enough to be decoys!   

Friday, April 9, 2010


Neat hummingbird high-speed camera video.
How close are the hummingbirds to you? Check here.

photographing warblers

review these tips

Lexar Professional 600X CF card

Do you need one? This may help.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring at Springbrook

Nesting Time



wildlife shooting tips

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sculpture at Blue Cloud Abbey

From many of my bird & nature photos over the years, you know I am a frequent visitor to Blue Cloud Abbey. On my last visit, I was pleasantly surprised to find an extensive exhibit of sculptures created by two of the monks, Br. Sebastian Goldade and Br. James Hanson. You will find photos of individual sculptures on my Voice blog.