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A Sample of Pop’s “Bee” Images

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

Wisconsin

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Sandhill Crane in Profile

Sandhill Crane, Crane, Bird, Wildlife

The stately Sandhill Crane is a common sight in the farm fields of rural northeast Wisconsin during spring.

As I’m typing these notes, I can hear the loud, unmistakable call of the Sandhill Cranes interrupting the early morning silence around our rural homestead. I can’t see any, but they are out there.

This is the second of two Sandhill Cranes that appeared in my yard a couple of weeks ago.  Take a look the first image and the story behind it, titled “Crane Down.”

According to Wikipedia

The sandhill crane (Antigone canadensis) is a species of large crane of North America and extreme northeastern Siberia. The common name of this bird refers to habitat like that at the Platte River, on the edge of Nebraska’s Sandhills on the American Plains. This is the most important stopover area for the nominotypical subspecies, the lesser sandhill crane (Antigone canadensis canadensis), with up to 450,000 of these birds migrating through annually.

 

Adults are gray overall; during breeding, their plumage is usually much worn and stained, particularly in the migratory populations, and looks nearly ochre. In flight, their long, dark legs trail behind, and their long necks keep straight. Immature birds have reddish-brown upperparts and gray underparts.  These cranes frequently give a loud, trumpeting call that suggests a rolled “r” in the throat, and they can be heard from a long distance. Mated pairs of cranes engage in “unison calling”. The cranes stand close together, calling in a synchronized and complex duet. The female makes two calls for every one from the male.

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Should Have Been There

Sunrise, Lighthouse, Lake Michigan, Kewaunee, WI, Orange
The blazing orange, pre-sunrise sky provides a brilliant background to the lighthouse and pier at Kewaunee, WI located on Lake Michigan’s western shore.

This is a compilation of three separate images, stitched together to create the full image you see here. The lens I was using was limiting my view, so to expand the viewing area I took several shots with the intention of joining them together later.  Normally the process doesn’t work well when there is movement in the frame – as you see with the waves in the foreground.  This one blended better than expected.

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Springtime Vibe

Spring Beauty, Wildflower, Purple, Stripes, Fairy Spud
These sweet, tiny, wildflowers are known by a variety of names such as, Spring Beauty, Virginia Spring Beauty, Eastern Spring Beauty or Fairy Spud. Not all clusters are as vibrant in color as these, most plant blooms are white with very subtle striping.

They bloom in early spring. The life of the individual flowers is short. They bloom lasts only three days, and the five stamens on each flower are only active for a single day. They can be found in many different habitat types, especially in forests. I found these in the woods of northeast Wisconsin.

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King of Thrones

Kohler, Toilets, Display, Wall, Mannequin
An artistic display of toilets and tubs at the Kohler Design Center at the world headquarters of Kohler products in Kohler, Wisconsin.

This image was captured on a recent visit to the Kohler Design Center.  It made for an enjoyable and interesting afternoon.  We began our visit to Kohler with lunch at The Horse and Plow; one of the restaurants nearby – also operated by Kohler.  Then we toured the Design Center which is a showcase of bathroom and kitchen products, as well as other products manufactured by the Kohler corporation.  We also strolled through their museum in the lower level of the Design Center.

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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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Rehabilitation Rising

Lighthouse, Kewaunee, Lake Michigan, Sunrise, Scaffolding
The Kewaunee, WI lighthouse has a different look lately.  It is undergoing renovation, as evidenced by the scaffolding surrounding the structure.

This was a photo taken just after sunrise from the beach at Selner Park, on the western shore of Lake Michigan. I’d heard they were sprucing up the lighthouse and decided I needed to get a photo while the work was in progress.

If you look closely, you can see a small fishing boat leaving the harbor, just visible off the end of the pier, where the sun is reflecting on the water.

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Pauper’s Throne

Butterfly, Brown, Thistle, Macro, Nature

This unlikely king takes a rather stately stance on an even more unlikely throne.  This brown butterfly was photographed at the edge of our backyard in rural N.E. Wisconsin.

I spent a good deal of time looking for a similar butterfly on Google.  I’m sure I looked through thousands of images, but was never able to find another that looked just like it.  Consequently, I have no idea what kind of butterfly it was.

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Kewaunee Light & Sky – Video Slideshow


This is another attempt at showcasing some of my favorite photos using a video/slideshow.  These images are from my Kewaunee lighthouse collection.

I used a different, more complicated, software solution.  I’m not sure the results are so dramatically different than using the simple software I used in my previous post.  Only the pros might notice or care about the difference.  I was glad that, with a little determination, I was able to figure out the software and get the results I wanted.

I’ve seen varying activity for the slideshows when I post them to social media.  On Facebook, I got fewer “Likes” than a normal photo post but a lot more comments and many more shares.  Oddly, with all those comments, shares and views I’m not seeing any increase in actual traffic to this website.  On Google+ they seem to barely get noticed – much less activity than for a normal photo post; even when I put them in a “Collection.” Well, I still consider this the experimental stage.

For the best viewing experience, I suggest you click on the “full-screen” icon in the bottom right corner of the video.

All of the images featured in this video can be found on my sight.

Algoma Light & Sky – Video Slideshow

I have been wanting to produce a slideshow of my images for some time.  I finally got around to getting one done.

For my first effort, I decided to focus on sunrise images of the lighthouse and pier of Algoma, WI. Of course, I have plenty of other material to work with, as well, so that poses a couple of questions. What will be my next slideshow theme and how long before I get it completed?

I’m sure the next one will come together quicker.  This one took me much longer than I anticipated.  Finding the right software or app was a big hurdle. (I actually tried several software options before I found something simple enough to be workable, at least for me.) It took me hours just to find music I liked.  And, of course, I’m trying to create a masterpiece and stay within my budget of $0.00.

Well, now that I’ve released it to the wild, I guess I’ll find out if the beauty that was in the eye of this “beholder” resonates with others.

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Sunrise Solo

Lighthouse, Kewaunee, WI, Lake Michigan, Sunrise
A solitary seagull surveys the beauty of a Lake Michigan sunrise as it emerges beyond the Kewaunee, Wisconsin lighthouse and pier.

This is a scene from mid October, 2016.  It was a rough morning on the lake.  Of course, I was shooting from the shore, staying far enough away from the waves breaking on the beach to keep my equipment dry.  The gull was a nice addition.  It isn’t the only one in the sky.  If you view the larger version of this, you’ll be able to see a few others nearer the lighthouse.

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