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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

Kewaunee

Sandhill Crane

This is a Sandhill Crane. They’ve recently migrated back to our area of Wisconsin. You know their back in the area long before you see one by their amazingly loud and irritating call. Sandhill Cranes are large birds, standing nearly 4 ft tall with a wingspan of 6 to 8 feet. (Learn more about Sandhill Cranes HERE)

These exotic birds have become common during the warmer months but are very difficult to photograph (at least, for me) because they are extremely shy.  When you attempt to get close enough to capture a good image they flee.

This opportunity came by chance.  I was driving home and noticed a pair of cranes grazing near the road a couple of hundred yards before my house.  I drove by and turned around when I thought I was far enough away that I wouldn’t spook them.  I got my camera out of the case and then headed back down the road.  (I try to always keep my camera with me.)

I took this photo while driving with one hand holding the camera and one hand on the wheel.  I was the only vehicle on the road and moved as slow as I thought I could without sending the birds to flight.  Even at 30-mph, the cranes became agitated and started to move.  They were out of range before I could circle back for another shot.

I will keep a lookout for more opportunities to capture Sandhill Cranes.  If I succeed, you’ll see them on this blog.

(Click the photo to view a larger image.)

Fire in the Sky


This is one of my favorite photos, taken a few years ago with my Kodak EasyShare DX7590.

My wife and I had just settled in on the sofa to watch a DVD when I noticed some color in the sky out my living room window. I had to pause the video and run outside with my camera to capture a few frames of this beauty.  A wider version from the same shoot is below.

About being left on the sofa in “pause” mode, my wife simply said, “I kinda thought this was going to happen.” She knows me well.

(For a larger view, click on either image.)

Fading Fast


Out of the four worthwhile images I captured in this series, this is the one with the warmest tones.  Even the snow-covered field looks a little warmer.

This is the last of the series. Even though all of these images were captured within a half hour on the evening of February 13th, they show a surprising amount of variety.  If I weren’t the one who took them, I’d think they were from different sunsets.

Page through the previous posts to see them all.  Feel free to pick a favorite.

(Click the image to view a larger version.)

Subtle Sunset


The combination of setting sun and layered clouds create an enjoyable view.

I spent about a half hour on my front porch early on the evening of February 13th and got several nice images.

This is the third of four images that I’ve posted from the series.  Page through the previous posts to see them all.  I’ll post the last one of the group tomorrow.

(Click the image to view a larger version.)

Serenity Wow


This image strikes me as the perfect end to a peaceful day.

I spent about a half hour on my front porch early on the evening of February 13th and got several nice images.

This is the second of four images that I will post over the next several days. Check back for more beauty.

(Click the image to view a larger version.)

Drama Scene


My thought, while taking this photo was, “My, that’s an angry looking sky.”  It looks very dramatic but, in reality, it was a very peaceful finish to a warmer than usual winter day.

I spent about a half hour on my front porch early on the evening of February 13th and got several nice images.

This is the first of 4 images that I will post over the next several days. Check back for more beauty.

(Click the image to view a larger version.)

Morning Moonset


The moon has been beautiful the last few days. I was finally able to capture a shot about 6:30 this morning as it was slowly slipping behind the trees.  I was set up on my driveway, shooting across the farm field west of our home.

The moon was so bright, you can see where it melted the snow.  (Of course, I’m just kidding.)

I was using my 300mm lens and had my Sony SLT-A55 on a tripod.

Shining Star of Kewaunee

A night view of the Kewaunee, WI lighthouse – on the western shore of Lake Michigan.

Kewaunee Night-House

A couple of weeks ago, I took a night photo of this same scene I entitled Kewaunee Night-House.  There wasn’t much to see, because the lighthouse light overpowered the image.  (Click the thumbnail for to view the original post.)

I decided to try again.  This time, in order to brighten the house and balance the bright light, I shined a 2,000,000 candle power spotlight on the lighthouse for about 10 seconds of a 30-second exposure.

This photo was taken from the parking lot of Kewaunee’s beach.  I used a 300mm lens on my Sony SLT-A55 stabilized on a tripod inside the open side door of my Dodge Caravan.

I like this image better, but still feel there’s more work to do.

Kewaunee Lighthouse Group

Here are a few images of the Kewaunee, WI lighthouse. It sits at the end of a long pier, extending out into Lake Michigan.

These were taken late in the afternoon of January 22, 2011 as the sun was dropping behind the hills and and shadows were moving along the pier.

(Clicking on any of the images will open a larger version.)

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