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I recently relocated a bird house to the back yard and Tree Swallows seem to fancy the new location. They become quite vocal if you invade their space. This is dad after depositing nest material inside the house. Mom was hanging out on the fence you see in the background. His blue color is pretty [...]
I caught one of my visitors doing an exercise routine on the bird feeder. Look ma, no hands: Canon EOS 7D (189mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec, ISO100) almost there …. Canon EOS 7D (189mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec, ISO100) wait for it …. Canon EOS 7D (176mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec, ISO100) [...]
We all take sparrow’s for granted; there are like a zillion of them on earth, but I think everyone takes them for granted. I didn’t realize just how much cool detail they have. Canon EOS 7D (200mm, f/5, 1/200 sec, ISO400)
Just a photo of Zephyr in the kitchen looking inquisitive. Canon EOS 7D (24mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO100)
We’ve has a number of small snow falls this year, never more than an inch or two. When we had the first snow, I put a small dish of food on the back step and the birds flocked to the food. Each subsequent snowfall, they’ve come back top the same spot looking for food. Now, [...]
I was at Peace Valley Park the other day, looking for photos near the creek, when I heard this bloodcurdling battle. It sounded like dogs, but as I approached the area, I didn’t see anything on the ground. Looking up, I saw these two raccoon’s fighting to the death. I took this shot to give [...]
Who? me? I’m not touching your suet feeder. Nope, not me, not ever. Canon EOS 7D (200mm, f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO100) I think he’s gone, let the feast begin! Canon EOS 7D (200mm, f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
We has a nice little snowstorm earlier today and there were tons of birds on the feeders. Here’s a Carolina Wren, I’ve been seeing a few of these lately. Canon EOS 7D (200mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec, ISO100) I decided to get a little sneaky to get some close up shots. I put a small [...]
Here’s looking at you kid. I have no clue what type of bird this is (Texwisgirl to the rescue?), but I thought he is cute; I like his eyebrow. The best part, is that these birds like to feed on the squirrel feeder!! Revenge! This was cropped, here’s the original.
Zephyr tuned 4 today, so we put a candle on a special treat. She is a special dog, for sure. As Cesar Milan says “You don’t always get the dog you want, but you always get the dog you need’. She make us laugh every day. I’m surprised she got this close to a lit [...]
My wife likes to make costumes for the dogs, here are two shots of Zephyr modeling a Dracula cape, which was her Halloween costume this year.
I stole the idea for this post from TexWisGirl, she’s got critters galore! I put an additional big feeder closer to the house. The birds found it, but so did the squirrels. This one is just hanging out. I though this one was funny – the expression on the squirrel’s face is because I came [...]
I caught this painted lady skipper (thanks texwisgirl) hanging out on the butterfly bush a few weeks ago.
My wife has decorative dragonfly’s all over the place, so at first glance, I thought this was one of them. Since it was attached to a plant hangar outside, I began to think this was real and I was correct. A contribution to Macro Monday
As mentioned in previous posts, we’ve had many butterfly’s in our back yard this year. I’m not sure what type this is but I like it. A contribution to Macro Monday
A squatter took up residence in our lamp post and I found the evidence one morning before work. I suppose I may have to evict it, my wife is not at all fond of spiders.
One of the three butterfly’s that hatched recently. I was peeking at it between the flowers. A contribution to Macro Monday. I learned that when butterfly’s are hanging out waiting for their wings to dry, they will flap their wings slowly if they feel threatened. This one was perched on a flower and [...]
As I mention in earlier posts, we’ve had a banner year for butterflys, three more ‘hatched’ Monday evening and Tuesday morning, they were still hanging around. Out comes the macro lens and what do I see? A row of hearts – for Random Hearts #127 Here’s a shot of my holding them before they crawled [...]
In newbie, I showed you a swallowtail butterfly that took a liking to my arm. I put it on some flowers on a planter and the next morning, it was still hanging around. I liked all the colors in this shot. A contribution to Macro Monday. I was able to get up close and [...]
One of our butterfly’s hatched this evening. It decided it liked my arm better than the flowers. Go figure. I captured this with my cell phone and it was nearly dark. Amazing how technology has progressed. DROID RAZR (4.6mm, f/2.4, 1/33 sec, ISO1131)
As the Summer comes to a close, we still have a lot of butterfly traffic and lots of caterpillars. As of this morning, we have our 3rd ‘batch’ that consists of *14* chrysalis and 1 more that is soon to go. I do not recall having this many in one Summer. I took this one morning [...]
We has a Monarch visit the butterfly bush. I decided to use selective colorization to make it pop. A contribution to Macro Monday.
Meet Ohio, an 8 week old Yellow Lab/Golden Retriever mix. He belongs to a friend of my sons and she’s raising him to be a helper dog. When he’s 18 months, he’ll be tested and if he passes, he’ll go through intensive training geared towards the needs of the recipient. Ohio is pretty mellow, but [...]
I noticed something in the yard the other evening and was really surprised to see a hawk prancing about. I think he was preying on a small bird. The hawk was walking around a clump of ornamental grasses and I slowly walked toward him. I managed to get about 40′ (12M). As you can see, [...]