Most critters have a fear of people. I suppose God put this there to protect the animals from extinction. Just ask the Passenger Pigeon and countless other species what we are capable of!But then there are those critters quite comfortable with life in close association with us. In fact, they seem to prefer it! Eating from our bird feeders, trash cans, cat food bowls… Some, like the Eastern Gray Squirrel, even seem to have this intense desire to chew through your siding and move into your attic!Here... continue reading
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For the last few weeks, since the Northern Mockingbirds have fledged, it seems that all I see on my morning walks is Mockingbirds. (Don't get me wrong, I like the Mockingbirds. But we can become bored with anything so common.) Five juveniles and their parents have continuously hung out in a tangle of blackberry briers and pokeweed near my office.This morning's walk was no different. Here a Mockingbird, there a Mockingbird, everywhere a Mockingbird! I nearly walked by... continue reading
You never know what you’ll see.After literally hundreds of morning walks by my office, this morning there was something I had never seen before on this pond. At first I thought the splash in the brown murky water was one of the beavers ending a night of tree-felling and heading back to his home. But when the creature surfaced, it had a much longer neck than a Beaver!A Double-crested Cormorant popped up out of the water with a fish in his hooked bill. Since it didn’t immediately notice my... continue reading
As photographers, we all know that the sunrise action happens during a short period of time when the sun comes up. During the daylight hours, we scout what we think will be great locations. The next step being the early rise out of bed in the morning. Seems pretty simple, right?Well, if these locations are in a natural setting, there's a number of common sense items you should consider beyond camera settings and all the money you'll make off your images...Pack a flashlight! You scouted the... continue reading
On my drive home from work last month I pulled a Common Snapping Turtle out of the roadway. Thankfully I got to him before a large truck smashed him into turtle pie! He spent the night in the back of my pickup truck and got a photo session the next day. Taking him to a shallow mud puddle, I laid on my belly and got some shots at that low perspective. The eye-to-eye level made him look much bigger than he was in person. Although not as big as some snappers, he was just as feisty and snappy as the big... continue reading
A few weeks ago, I was walking around a pond behind my office, camera in hand, and I observed a real family feud! Two Canada Goose families were resting near each other in the shade. As I approached, the goslings were startled and ran down helter skelter into the pond, the two groups of goslings getting mixed together in the process. Almost immediately, one of the parents of the smaller goslings began to chase and attack the larger goslings. This prompted a parent of the larger goslings to fly... continue reading
Within walking distance of my office are several ponds and beaver swamps. This gives me plenty of wildlife and bird photography opportunities without travel expenses! When I’m not too busy, I try to talk a walk every morning and occasional afternoons. With all the spring and early summer rains falling, the briars and undergrowth have really taken off, making it a bit more difficult to get close to some of those more secluded spots. In a moment of inspiration, I decided to keep a pair of branch trimmers... continue reading
Journey is often more beautiful than the destination , this is proved again and again.Mostly we start the journey for Photography destination early in the morning and as soon as we reached the outskirts of city we first encounter Sunrise then season specific fields, then hills and forest, rivers and bridges, lakes.We we pass through the fields and forest we got opportunity to shoot lots of birds , wild animals and reptiles.Season after rain provides opportunity to shoot clean blue... continue reading
Twice a day, Monday through Friday, I make a 32-mile journey to and from my job at the Walton County Animal Control shelter in Monroe Georgia. My path takes me on country backroads through tiny towns like High Shoals, Good Hope and Watkinsville. Each and every trip, my camera rides shotgun in the front seat next to me. You never know what you’ll see on those routine rides. So much of my “wildlife photography” is shot on those boring rides to and from work. One day it might be an armadillo ambling... continue reading
It's hard to believe that it's been almost a ten years when I first saw a little yellow bird in my garden eating my Zinnia flowers. I had never seen this little bird before. He was bright yellow with a touch of black on his head and wings and I thought he was a Canary. I actually thought it was one of my neighbors Canaries and that it got out of its cage. But after doing some research I found out it was the American Goldfinch the state bird of New Jersey.I was simply mesmerized seeing... continue reading
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