Archives
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

Lake Michigan

Splash of Light

Splash, Waves, Lake Michigan, Lighthouse, Sunrise

The waves seemed to dance on Lake Michigan’s western shore as the sun emerged from behind the lighthouse at Kewaunee, WI.

I snapped this yesterday.  It was the kind of morning perfect for an early stroll along the beach.  The temperatures were comfortable with a slight breeze, the sun provided comforting color and the fishermen – on the pier and in boats further out – provided points of interest in the distance.

Photographing waves, and capturing the light in them, is a challenge that I still want to improve on.  Of course, as you can tell by the relatively calm lake, these were very small waves and tiny splashes.  Some good rolling waves might provide a bit more action and, consequently, opportunity.

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Pure Algoma

Lighthouse, Harbor, Algoma, WI, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan, Blue
The Algoma lighthouse and pier present a welcome sight to shore-side visitors and, more important, the watercraft entering and departing the small Lake Michigan harbor.

This image doesn’t contain the dramatic sunrise elements usually seen in my photos of the Algoma lighthouse.  I was there at the break of dawn, hoping for a dramatic sunrise, but it never materialized.  Still I like this photo for the clear, clean feel of the blue water and sky…with a hint of sunrise pink on the horizon.

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Colorful Kewaunee Fourth

Fireworks, Beach, Kewaunee, 4th of July, Spectators
A crowd of wide-eyed spectators watch the Fourth of July fireworks show from Selner Beach in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.  Along with the booming colors the crowd was serenaded by the gentle, rhythmic sound of Lake Michigan waves on the shore.

I enjoy photographing fireworks. I particularly enjoy capturing the fine detail.  Unfortunately, you have to really zoom in to see the kind of detail I’m talking about. Fortunately, with the large megapixels of today’s cameras, you can see some amazing detail when you enlarge the image.  You won’t be able to see that kind of detail in this image, but you can view a larger version to get a better, overall view by clicking on the photo. When you do, a full-screen version will open in a new browser tab.

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Sunrise and Splendor

Sunrise, Clouds, Lake Michigan, Lighthouse, Kewaunee
A magnificent, pre-sunrise, panoramic display by the morning sky and clouds seems to envelop the Kewaunee lighthouse and pier. The warm reflection off Lake Michigan’s calm waters only accentuates the exhibition.

I’ve always believed, the best part of a sunrise is not the sun, but the clouds.  The sun creates the light and color, but the clouds provide the character.  Not heavy cloud cover, but the light, wispy kind that provide natural texture and interest to a scene. To me, a cloudless sunrise is pretty bland.

It seems I’ve been writing a lot about how I don’t often post panoramic images because their wide-view perspective doesn’t fit well within the typical web site parameters. Well, I must be on a bit of a panoramic kick these days, because I’ve posted more panoramas in the last few weeks than I have in as many years. I guess, when the mood and the beauty hits me, I can’t pass it up.  It’s a little more work in processing, but I believe the results are well worth it.

Of course, when I post a panoramic image I must urge you to click on the photo so you can view a much larger version.  There are  a lot of birds in this photo, but you’ll miss most of them if you don’t view the larger version.  Again, just click on the photo and a full-screen version will open in a new browser tab.

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Out of the Blue

Blue, Lighthouse, Lake Michigan, Algoma, Water, Harbor
The deep red color of the Algoma lighthouse stands in sharp contrast to the deep blue of Lake Michigan and the early morning sky above.

I have taken a lot of photos of this lighthouse.  On this trip, I was hoping for another nice sunrise.  Unfortunately, the rising sun was concealed by a band of clouds on the horizon so a true sunrise photo wasn’t in the cards. I decided to catch a low angle view of the lighthouse across the Algoma harbor.  To get this shot, I crawled down on the rocks near the mouth of the Ahnapee River, just off the marina parking lot, and held my camera just above the water.

I like this image for 1) the different perspective, 2) the reflection of the lighthouse, 3) the ripples in the water giving it depth and interest, and 4) the predominant blue color with contrasting red.

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Tall Drink of Comfort

Kewaunee, WI, Lake Michigan, Lighthouse, SunriseThe sky above, the water below and the sun rising over its shoulder all combine to make a warm, comforting atmosphere around the Kewaunee, WI lighthouse. This image was captured on the western shore of Lake Michigan, just south of the pier in Kewaunee.

This is a panoramic image.  Usually we think of panoramas as being wide, horizontal images. In this case, I wanted more of the sky and water in the shot than a single frame would allow, so I combined three frames (high, middle and low) to create a tall image.  The changing hue in the upper sky adds to the interest of this image, as does the sun’s reflection dancing along the ripples of the lake.

As I’ve said before, I don’t normally post many panoramas because they don’t display well within the size constraints of most webpages.  This one would be truly awesome if you could view it very large.  It is a large file and could be printed as tall as eight feet.  Wouldn’t that would be cool!

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Beyond the Harbor

Sunrise, Algoma, WI, Lake Michigan, Clouds, Harbor
This is a panoramic view at the mouth of the harbor at Algoma, WI; on the western shore of Lake Michigan.

A couple of weeks ago I set out to capture a sunrise, but as you can see, the sun was blocked by the thick clouds on the horizon.  The best feature of the morning were the lighter clouds, highlighted by the hidden sun, that filled the sky above.

To capture this wide-angle view, I took four separate photos and combined them for the final image you see here.

I don’t often post panoramic images because of the width limitations of most websites, including my own.  To get the best view of this one, you should click on the photo.  When you do, a larger version will open in a new browser tab.

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In the Spotlight

Sunrise, Lighthouse, Kewaunee, WI, Lake Michigan, Morning
The calm of morning is accentuated by the warming hues of a sunrise, poised for effect, over the lighthouse at Kewaunee, WI.

It is difficult to grab the sun in just the right position because it’s always moving…and faster than you think. By the time I get into position and get the camera set, I have to adjust a few more inches to the left…and a few more inches down…and a few more inches….   Well, you get the idea.  Try it sometime. It seems to be moving very slowly until you are trying to get a precise placement.  Same problem with the moon on similar shots.

The other difficult aspect of this shot is trying to get some detail in the subject in front of the sun.  With the overwhelming brightness of the sun, everything else can become a black, silhouette.  The morning haze helped mute the brightness a bit.  However, to get the level of definition you see in the lighthouse and navigation marker, I blended several shots of varying exposures.

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Short-billed Dowitcher

Bird, Shorebird, Sandpiper, Dowitcher, Water, Blue
The short-billed dowitcher is a medium-sized, stocky, shorebird in the sandpiper family (Scolopacidae). These birds are found in North America, Central America, and northern South America. This one was photographed along the western shore of Lake Michigan.

I captured this handsome character a couple of weeks ago, on an early morning excursion to Algoma, WI. I was there hoping to capture a nice sunrise alongside the lighthouse. The sunrise didn’t turn out to be the beauty I had hoped for. Thankfully, this little guy (or girl) showed up before I headed home and showed a willingness to be photographed. It’s been awhile since I last posted a bird photo.

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Be Still My Soul

Lighthouse, Lake Michigan, Kewaunee, Sunrise, Waves, SkyI find this to be a very therapeutic scene. It is the Kewaunee, Wisconsin lighthouse with the waves of Lake Michigan rolling and reflecting the sunrise in the foreground. To add and extra measure of calming grace, six Canada geese fly past the lighthouse.  (If you look close, you’ll even see a sea gull above the geese, on the right side.)

This is one of my favorite images.  I captured this at the end of last February – the same morning I captured, Morning Rolls In, posted March 1st. Look back and compare the two.  This one was after the sun was up and into the clouds.  Morning Rolls In was shot earlier, before the sun breached the horizon.

I like both, but I like this one more.  The sun’s reflection among the waves and the near perfect timing of the geese flying by make this an easy favorite.

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