Hungry Heron

The heron ignored me, walked right past me in hungry pursuit of  a meal.  His quick pace and steady glare told me he was more interested in filling his belly than worrying about me. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.  Lucky for me. Thought for the Day:  Diligence … Continue reading Hungry Heron

Chipmunk

While cleaning out old files, I came across this chipmunk taken 11 years ago in Estes Park.  One of my first photos with a DSLR.  It needs a little head room, but otherwise a fairly decent shot.  BTW, the chipmunk was alive. Cute little fella. Thought for the Day:  One touch of nature makes the … Continue reading Chipmunk

Desoto NWR

The word was out; snow geese were gathering at Nebraska's Desoto National Wildlife Refuge.  Gathering is an understatement, more like a national convention; local naturalists estimated upwards of 500,000. Over 1200 acres of fields and wetlands provide a welcome stopover for migratory water fowl.  They are easily heard, but hard to find along the seven … Continue reading Desoto NWR

Catbird

This is a decent bird photo for me.  I don't have the right equipment or temperament to get good bird shots, especially song birds who never stop moving. This photo won't qualify for any photo contests with nature categories because it shows the "hand of man".  This bird lit on the top of a bird … Continue reading Catbird

Sand Pipers

Like a well-choreographed dance team, these sand pipers seemed to move as one.  Spacing was perfect, posture was exact, and all were leading with their right foot.  And this was without music. Were they showing off or does this come natural? Thought for the Day:  It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds. … Continue reading Sand Pipers

Bubble Bath

Small waves rolled in on a regular basis as if controlled by a metronome.  Gentle waves, lazy enough to loll you to sleep in a beach chair, just loud enough to encourage day dreams.  A cloudless day and gently breeze made a walk on the beach irresistible. Serenity was everywhere ... except the shore line, … Continue reading Bubble Bath

Egret

Early morning, just after sunrise, I was walking along a gravel road on Florida's Sanibel Island when I spotted this egret.  Hard to miss; its size is impressive, standing about 3 feet tall. The water was shallow, maybe 4-6" deep, swampy, almost stagnant.  The egret moved easily among the heavy brush, constantly stabbing at something in … Continue reading Egret

Sea Stars

Thousands of Sea Stars had washed ashore on Sanibel Island.  I'd never seen or heard of these before -- Star Fish yes, but never Sea Stars.  The one pictured above measures about 10-12" across, a large one; most were 6-8". What I found interesting was where they were located on the beach -- on the … Continue reading Sea Stars

Tri-Colored Heron

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to watch birds, especially water birds.  The 6,400 acres of natural habitat take up about two-thirds of Sanibel Island on the Gulf side of Florida. I found this tri-colored heron close to a board walk that wandered through a mangrove forest.  Roots of the … Continue reading Tri-Colored Heron

Heroes’ Square

One of the major squares in Budapest, Hungary is the Heroes' Square.  A massive open space, dominated by a centerpiece of statues honoring national leaders in Hungary's history, and also the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. At the top of the column is the Archangel Gabriel holding the Hungarian Holy Crown.  At the … Continue reading Heroes’ Square

New Friend

I found this fuzzy little guy on the trail that follows the rim of the Rio Grande River Gorge near Taos, New Mexico.  It was early morning, the sun had just popped up above the peaks of the Sangre De Cristo mountains. I had just completed my photo shoot of the bridge that spans the … Continue reading New Friend

Serengeti Stand Off

I was in Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania, perched on top of a high bank watching a hippo pool below.  The small river flowed toward me straight out of the northern horizon, made a left turn at my feet and headed east.  Several hippo families were lazing in the river's elbow. The 6,000 lb hippo came … Continue reading Serengeti Stand Off

Giraffe & Friend

How's the weather up there?  Boy, those giraffes are tall!  I was close to this magnificent creature, felt like within spitting distance (probably was ... for him), no more than 30 yards in the Serengeti Plain, and it took all of my 300 mm lens to get this close-up. I think this is a decent … Continue reading Giraffe & Friend

Dolphin

Another first for me: a dolphin cruise, taken in late February from Marco Island, Florida. This particular cruise combines tourism with research; i.e. every time the boat goes out for dolphin research, the two marine biologists/tour guides take tourists with them and explain what they're doing and why.   Very interesting. This particular dolphin was following our speeding boat, … Continue reading Dolphin

Wanted – Burrowing Owls

The search for safe habitat for Burrowing Owls on Marco Island, Florida continues.  This particular species of owls are considered Endangered and everything possible is being done to protect them.  When their burrows are spotted on empty lots a perch is provided and the area around their burrow is roped off in a 20' square.  Once a birds' … Continue reading Wanted – Burrowing Owls

Ngorongoro Crater

Mt. Ngorongoro was the size of Mt. Kilamanjaro until it blew its top three million years ago, covering the Serengeti Plain with volcanic ash.  The mountain collapsed into itself leaving the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world.  The crater rim is 7,500' above sea level and 12 miles in diameter; 2,000' below, the wooded slopes give … Continue reading Ngorongoro Crater