I snapped this photo on a recent hike thought the woods to find some autumn color. It wasn’t colorful, for sure, but I thought it was interesting – in gruesome kind of way.
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My photography typically focuses on the beauty of nature. I’m sure many would not find the grasshopper to be “beautiful,” but I think it is. I find the structure and patterns in the design of this creature a work of beauty. Again, a contrast to the “pretty” of the flowers but a very cool and interesting subject.
Grasshoppers are insects and are probably the oldest living group of chewing herbivorous. I imagine this one has found a pleasant, final resting place.
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On a pleasant summer day, hiking through the woodlands of Northeast Wisconsin, we found this frog chillin’ in a small creek. The sparse sunlight, filtering through the trees, seemed to highlight the frog and made it an interesting scene. I rather like the blueish reflections on the water.
We were hiking on the trails of Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve, in Brown County. I used a 250mm telephoto lens to get close enough to this critter without scaring him away. Even then, I had to crop this image quite a bit to get a good view of the frog.
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I spotted this little guy on a recent trip to Missouri. He seemed a bit disinterested in my presence. It would have been nice if he would have turned toward the camera, smiled and offered a friendly wave. He, obviously, wasn’t in a friendly mood.
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This is a panoramic view of Horseshoe Falls in Marinette County, Wisconsin. It is one of my favorite waterfalls out of the many we visited in Marinette County last weekend. I found the setting and the water swirling in and out of view very appealing.
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I combined five separate shots, holding my camera in “portrait” orientation to create this detailed, wide view. Though it doesn’t seem so from this image, it was a cloudy, rainy day. (I don’t think it was raining at this moment.)
There are 14 waterfalls in Marinette County. We didn’t have time to visit them all, because I can spend a lot of time at each one, trying to find all the angles, changing lenses and experimenting with a variety of camera settings. We visited seven of the 14. Most of them were better than I was hoping for, based on the photos I’d seen on the web or in brochures.
On a walk through the woods, I spotted this collection of mushrooms growing in the hollow of a large tree. I thought the colors, textures and just the oddity of mushrooms growing in a tree made it an interesting sight.
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On a recent getaway to the upper peninsula of Michigan, we stopped at a favorite spot for visitors to the Munising area – Wagner Falls.
Just on the edge of town with a nice path and viewing deck, it’s easy to see why this is a popular stop.
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I was driving home yesterday afternoon and I noticed a flash of color in the tall grass of the ditch along the road. I pulled my camera out of it’s case and doubled back. When I got there, these two, gorgeous, ring-necked pheasants were moving in the grass.
When I first spotted them while driving by, they may have been sparing, but now that I’m closing in they decided to head for the hills – literally.
They ducked into the very tall grasses (taller than me) that filled the ditch. I followed, crossing the muddy ditch water, hoping to get a clear enough view to snap a good shot. Beyond the tallest grass was a very steep hill. I chased them up the hill expecting them to get spooked enough by the pursuit to just fly away. They didn’t fly and I kept following.
I could usually see one or the other moving through the brush, but never in an area where I could get an unobstructed view. Finally, a little further up the hill, where the cover wasn’t so thick, I was able to snap a couple of frames. They continued to move and soon were back into thick brush, now among trees where I couldn’t follow.
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There are times when I look out the window of our rural home and think, “What a circus!” Birds are flying in every direction to take advantage of a free meal from one of our many feeders.
Of all the birds we see, the American Goldfinches are among the most active and consistent performers at our house. It can be quite entertaining to watch them zipping in and out; hither and yon.
When frozen by the camera, the Goldfinch’s quick, bouncy style of flight seems unnatural and awkward.
All of the birds in this photo are American Goldfinches – except the one Chipping Sparrow whose tail can bee seen as he perches on the back side of the feeder.
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