Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ice Fog At Oak Openings Metropark January 14, 2015

An Ice Fog and no wind causes ice crystals to form on everything.

Though I could have made the adjustment in the camera I used GIMP to increase the contrast and brightness. A slight sharpening and size reduction and they were ready to go.

The light changed several times from clouds to sun, and the temperature went from 3 to 7 above zero.

An ice fog causes snowflakes to fall with no clouds. I shot this into the sun. Another name for this phenomena is "Diamond Dust". The white spots are bright sparkles in the air.

Playing with depth and composition.

Oak trees keep most of their brown leaves throughout the winter. The grass is both small and tall Bluestem.

Composition with color in a snowscape. I so rarely take landscape photos.

Same brown oak trees, but different light changes the colors.

Everything is covered in a thick layer of feathery ice crystals.

I should have cropped this to highlight the crooked tree to the right but I was too lazy..

I have this scene at every time of the year, under many different lightings including moonlight. Just a few minutes after the sun came out the ice crystals started to disappear even though it was only 7 degrees.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Think Small ...Really Small!

Chances are that these are blooming in your lawn. You have to look close, or you will miss them. The white flower is Mouse Reared Chicory, and the blue is Blue Field Madder. Now ya know.

How I did it...

Mouse Eared Chicory

Blue Field Madder

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Few Picture From Upper Peninsula Michigan June 2013

While off-roading we came out in a meadow to find this fine fellow.

Beaver in Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Watched a pair of them munching on Yellow Water Lillies. Too cute!

...just in case there was any doubt ; )

Osprey on nest, also at Seney NWR ...actually there is a pair of them.

Night shot of the moon on the lake next to our tent

Chilly morning. 35 degrees!

A couple red-headed chickens on stilts ...or maybe they are some kind of Ostrich ...naw! Sandhills!

Presque Isle near Marquette has some of the oldest exposed rocks in the world.

Ever see a Pitcher Plant flowering? Me either until I found this one at Presque Isle. Was unable to get closer for a better picture.

Saw a few Mourning Cloaks. Not many butterflies yet in the U.P.

OK! This one is in my own backyard. Several of my naturalist friends and I have discussed how we NEVER see baby doves. Well ...they were waiting for me to take their picture when I got home.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

Bath Time! Hawk 10-2-2012

It has been a while since I posted any pictures here. That is because most of last Fall I was unable to walk, so I was not out taking any. But these were actually taken through my kitchen window! This beauty stopped by for a bath on my swimming pool cover. He spent about 20 minutes splashing and playing in the water. I took about a hundred pictures. They are all taken hand-held through a dirty window and a screen with a canon 100-400 zoom lens on my T2i as I was concealed behind a sweet potato vine that was growing on the windowsill. Here are a random few of them.

I think it is a juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk, but I am terrible with hawks

He repeatedly dunked his head. Sometime he submerged completely.

He would come up, and shake off, then do it all over again.


Glub! Glub!

Note the membrane covering the eye. Kool!

After the first few times he was plenty clean. This is just fun!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It's That Time Of Year. Gentian!

Closed, or Bottle Gentian

Closed, or Bottle Gentian

Fringed Gentian

Fringed Gentian

Prairie Gentian, State Listed as Endangered in Ohio

Prairie Gentian

Prairie Gentian

Soapwort Gentian