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A Sample of Pop’s “Bee” Images

Some of Your Beeswax

Sedum Bumbler

Look of Defiance

Chicory Bee

Bumbling Bees

Garden Cafe

Buzz By Here - To Infinity and Beyond

Pick Your Poison

Blind Side Attack

On a Mission

Honey Bee on Sedum

Covering the Cosmos

Center of the Cosmos

Three's a Crowd

Popular Spot

On A Pedestal

On Golden Rod

The Beeline

Messy Hands

Bee on Yellow

Incoming

Bumble Bee Choreography

Messy Hands

A Sample of Pop’s “People” Photo Collection

Front Porch Portrait

Caged Competitor

Early Adoration

Child In the Ligtht

Stroll Through the Weeds

Attention Grabbing

Eye Contact

On the Line

Eyes of Wonder

Rounding the Curve

Troubadours of Basin Spring Park

Down by the Creek

Sun Day

Catching Some Light

EAA Fireworks

Hear Me Roar

Grass

Crane Down

Sandhill Crane, Crane, Bird, Nature,
A sandhill crane seems to have found a green spot to rest.  It was struggling to walk, due to some injury to its right leg and dropped to this stance for a short while.

Though sandhill cranes are plentiful in our area, I’ve had a difficult time getting a good photo of any.  They are particularly shy and head for the hills whenever I attempt to get close enough for a decent photo. I spotted this one out my back window one morning as I was preparing to go to work.  I could only see its head and upper body because it was behind the mound of grass it eventually rested on, as seen here.

When I first saw it, it was bobbing its head and hopping around with a flutter of its wings.  It’s early spring so I thought it was some kind of mating dance going on.  Of course, I ran for my camera.  When I returned, it had made its way up the mound and I could see that its bob, hop and flutter was the result of some kind of painful leg injury.  It was limping on it’s right leg and the herky-jerky motions, as it hobbled, to take some of the weight of its leg. After limping to this spot, at the top of the mound, its long legs buckled and it plopped into this position where it remained for several minutes.  I closely looked at some of the other photos I took, while it was standing, and I didn’t notice any malady with the right leg other than the joint seemed to be larger.

When it eventually got back on its feet, it limped around a little until it reached down and ate a huge night crawler it found in the grass.  A few moments later, another sandhill crane flew in and landed nearby and this one took to the air, flying off across the farm field and beyond the woods.

As I mentioned, these birds are shy – at least all the ones I’ve encountered.  I was only able to get this image by shooting out the not-so-clean window of my garage.  Even then, I was keeping myself hidden as much as I could; shooting at the edge of the window frame.  I’m sure, if I would have attempted to get outside for a better vantage point, the bird would have been off at the slightest sound of the door opening.

I also got a few photos of the second sandhill crane that came just before this one flew away.  I’ll post it sometime in the near future.

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Grass Hopper

Bunny, Rabbit, Hare, Grass, Green, Brown, Cute
This little rascal was very alert, keeping an eye on me while I kept my camera focused on him.

I photographed this wild bunny on a recent trip to Missouri. I was strolling around in the early morning and found out I wasn’t the only one up early. He looks steady here, but he only stood still for a moment before scurrying off to the woods.

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Lakeside Landscaping

Lake Michigan, Sunrise, Lighthouse, Kewaunee, Grass, Reflection
In an early morning outing I captured the sun rising over Lake Michigan and the Kewaunee, WI lighthouse and pier. Normally I shoot the lighthouse sunrises from the edge of the water, on the beach.  For this shot, I moved back into the grassy area beyond the sand.

I love looking at the detail in the plant life.  You can see more detail in the larger version by clicking on the photo.

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Baby Steps

Ground Squirrel, Baby, Standing, Grass, Young, Juvenile
On its first day exploring the world above ground, this juvenile ground squirrel stands tall on its hind legs to get the best view possible.

We’ve been watching a pair of ground squirrels scurrying around our yard since last fall. I suspected they might be up to something.

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Forked Tongue


Snake, Tongue, Forked Tongue, Grass I’m not a ophiologist, but I believe this is a Western Fox Snake – also commonly called a Pine Snake. This formidable looking serpent, measuring a bit longer than 4 feet, was spotted gliding across our lawn. My camera’s fast shutter speed stopped that quickly flicking tongue.  My apologies to those who are creeped out by snakes.

Here’s a bit of info about this type of snake from a Wisconsin DNR publication…

Family: Colubridae    Size: 36-56 in.    Status: Common
The fox snake has many large reddish-brown, chocolate brown, or black mid-dorsal blotches along its back and other smaller blotches on its sides on a background color of yellow, tan or olive gray. The head of adults is usually a dark copper, rust or orange color. They live in a variety of  open habitats including marshes, sedge meadows, prairies and old fields. Their diet consists primarily of rodents and ground-nesting birds. Young fox snakes will occasionally eat amphibians. This species is the most frequently encountered snake in people’s homes, especially if the house has an old rock foundation where the snake(s) may be hunting for food or hibernating in the basement. The fox snake is often mistaken for the venomous copperhead snake due to its head color, and subsequently is often killed. Copperheads do not live in or near Wisconsin. Fox snakes are also often mistaken for rattlesnakes, as they often ‘rattle” their tails in dry leaves, grasses or against objects when disturbed.

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Grassland Lighthouse

Lighthouse, Sunrise, Sunset, Monochrome, Sepia, Beach Grass

In a few moments, the sun will rise in the middle of this image. Before the blinding light breaches the horizon, the clouds create a dramatic background.

I’ve taken countless photos of this lighthouse and decided to take a lower angle. I lowered my tripod to just a foot or so above the ground – shooting through the beach grass.

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Sneaky Snake

Snake, Snake in the Grass, Grass, Wildlife, Nature

I call this guy, Sneaky Snake.  I stumbled upon him on a walk through the woods of northwest Missouri.

On vacation I got to spend some time in the woods with my camera.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, when I’m alone in the woods I like to walk slowly, stopping often to look around me, taking my time to spot anything of interest. It was at such a stop on a path that I noticed this snake in the grass. I really don’t know how I spotted it, it was so well hidden.

This was an unusual find for me because the snake wasn’t on the ground. It had coiled itself up on some of the stalks of grass, resting in its own stand, about a foot of the ground.

It sat motionless as I tried to move my camera into a position that would allow me to get a shot through the grass. After snapping a few frames, I decided to try and move some of the grass that was obstructing my view since the snake was holding steady, with only the a slightest movement of it’s head. Using a stick, I tried to part some of the grass nearest me. The moment a blade of grass moved the stake dropped to the ground and was gone.  It was freaky fast. No way to follow it through the tall grass.

I have no idea what kind of snake it was. I’m guessing its overall length was about three feet.

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Memorial Morning

Lighthouse, Sunrise, Sunset, Beach Grass

I call this image Memorial Morning because it is one of several I took on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013.

It was a great morning for colorful skies.  In this image the sun was above the lighthouse and filtered by thin clouds.  It created a very interesting light.  Taking the photo from shore gave me an opportunity to put some beach grass in the foreground – another point of interest.

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Low Profile

This female Red-winged Blackbird was foraging through the tall grass on an early spring morning.  She’s finding seeds dropped from a feeder that hangs above this spot.

The female looks quite a bit different from the male, with his jet-black body and bright red shoulders.

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Lawn Twinklers

Lawn, Dew, Grass, Green, Bokeh, Sparkle, Landscape

Now and then, we need to look at the simple things around us with new eyes…from different angles.

This is a photo of my lawn early last spring – before the first mowing. I took this photo from just a couple of inches from the ground, early in the morning while it was still wet with dew. The circles in the background are all dew drops on grass in the background catching the light. Because I used a short depth of field with a telephoto lens, the background sparkles are out of focus.

It’s a simple image…but something about it is very appealing to me.

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