This was an American Goldfinch that I found by the marina in Algoma, Wisconsin. He was feasting on the thistles growing near the water’s edge; pulling out the white tufts and munching on the seeds. As you can see, thistle seeds are light and airy and tend to float with the breeze.
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At first glance, this tree swallow seems to be basking in the sun or going through some sort of mating dance to show off its plumage to some nearby female. Well, you have to look closer to get the full picture.
This tree swallow is not just showing off to impress a girl – at least, primarily. He is exerting his dominance over a rival swallow – whom he is sitting on.
The above image is at the end of a fierce battle. I noticed this pair of birds going at it and grabbed the camera to catch the action.
The battle began in mid-air near the nesting box. Both birds, locked in a death grip, tumbled to the ground where the rough and tumble battle raged for several minutes.
As serious as it looked, everyone flew off looking none the worse for the encounter.
This is one of those photos that seems like it could support some inspirational quote or Bible verse added. I like the image, as is, and have been able to resist the temptation so far, but I’m feeling a little weak. If someone were to suggest the right quote or verse, my resolve might crumble.
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It was an extraordinarily windy day along the Lake Michigan shore. I was out taking photos of the rolling, crashing waves on the lake. On the way home, while driving home something unusual caught my eye.
There were hundreds of Canada geese floating in the harbor at Kewaunee, WI. They had retreated to the calm waters, waiting out the strong winds. Nearly all of them were facing in the same direction… facing into the wind. It just struck me as interesting and worthy of a photo.
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I find the natural markings of zebras irresistible. The crisp, black and white, zig and zag are a magnet to my eyes.
I deliberately over-cropped this guy’s image to emphasize the pattern – the genius of natural design.
I added a little twist of my own to the natural design of the zebra’s stripes to create the “thing” below. (I don’t know what to call it.) It’s actually the neck and short mane of a zebra (original picture on the right) mirrored left and right and up and down.
Reminds me of those old, psychological, ink-blot tests. What do you think it looks like? I wonder what it might reveal about me, for creating it?
Something about that high-contrast, black and white…
These Ring-tailed Lemurs didn’t care to walk among the herd of turtles on their path, so they took to leaping over them. The turtles just watched.
Notice the pink reflection in the water. Those are flamingos on the shore beyond the water’s edge.
I snapped a number of photos of the Lemurs on a recent visit to the zoo in Indianapolis, IN. You’ll see a few more images posted here in the near future, so check back often.
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On a walk along the trails of a Missouri nature center, we encountered this docile woodland beast. One look at that face and the meaning of the term “doe-eyed” becomes crystal clear.
Here’s the American Heritage Dictionary definition…
1. Having wide-open, innocent-appearing eyes.
2. Credulous and unsophisticated; naive.
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These are Sand Hill Cranes that spent the night in the farm field across the road from our home. They are a very exotic and, unfortunately, elusive bird. I’ve not been able to get close enough to capture any decent pictures.
There were at least a dozen Sand Hill Cranes sharing the field with three or four times as many Canada Geese. I tried to slowly work my way toward them, but before I could get any worthwhile photos they took off. The only saving grace is that a few happened to fly by on their way to some other secluded spot.
Sand Hill Cranes are graceful and somewhat majestic in flight, with a wingspan of six to eight feet. They are also very noisy when flying. (They can be pretty noisy on the ground, too.) Their distinctive “call of the wild” has been described as a bugling or trumpeting sound. It’s very annoying, particularly early in the morning when you’re trying to sleep in. They can be heard long before they are seen.
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