Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
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)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
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
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
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)
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
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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.