Today my daughter and I took a drive to try and find a piece of property I have been wanting to visit. This piece of property that was looking for was swampland with public hunting grounds and was where my uncles and grandfather used to hunt during the fall. It was a beautiful country drive with views of fields of sandhill cranes. Continue Reading →
The Eastern American Toad thrilling video – (thrilling) is the sound they make. The thrilling sound can last for up to 30 seconds at a time and you normally hear them in May in Wisconsin.
Currently, this is what the little pond down the street from me sounds like. The video contains one image of the toad so you know what critter to look for and the audio sound – so you too, can identify the thrilling sound the Eastern American Toad makes.
PS – Yes, the name of the sound they make is called thrilling 🙂
I was out laying down in the woods, dressed in brown and green clothing and covered in leaves, hoping, waiting and praying to lure in the fanning male turkeys but I received a little surprise. I looked over to see two little eyes staring at me.
I could almost hear him say, “Hey lady! Occupied!”
Guess you will have to wait on turkey photos. Yep! Got ’em too. It was a good day!!
Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Print The banded woolly bear caterpillar – moth can be found nearly everywhere in Wisconsin. It feeds on low growing plants but is not a pest to garden and farm crops. Continue Reading →
This week has been a glorious week, the snow is melting and the temperatures are comfortable. I have resumed my weekly walks with wildlife. Welcome spring and more wildlife and plant life to point my lens at.
Early spring there isn’t much color, everything is brown with a little green. Bored with the regular walking paths and nature areas I decided to take my neighbor up on his offer and walk their new property of 50 acres.
When you see a large patch of white in an area that has no snow, you have to investigate. Low and behold – it isn’t snow! It is Snow White though 🙂
I told a gentleman that I follow on Instagram last month I never see Belted Kingfisher on my walks with wildlife in mind. Never say never, because you will certainly be proven wrong.
This male Belted Kingfisher was just sitting over one of the little streams on my walk along Bairds Creek. I sat and watched him for a period of time hoping he was going to come back with a fresh catch. I think he was a little bummed out about the winter flurries coming down again, as I am.
Win Some Lose Some
No such luck with fishing pictures of themale Belted Kingfisher today, he just flew off after watching him for ten minutes.
Red bellied woodpeckers LOVE peanuts. I attract them in winter by adding unshelled peanuts to the feeders. I enjoy watching them take peanuts, one by one. They are interesting to watch. Continue Reading →
Why? Why, didn’t I think flies drank water before this week? After a rainstorm, I was out searching for raindrops on flowers in my yard but this fly captured my attention.
Do Flies Drink Water Yep, They DO!
He was drinking the raindrops off my raspberry leaves in my garden boxes. Now, if you have never had the pleasure of watching a fly drink raindrops…run. Do it! Flies are not cute little furry creatures; but. man oh, life are they a blast to watch suck up drops. Whole raindrops, mind you.
Interested in Learning Extreme Close-up Photography?
If you want just one book that will teach you everything you need to know about Macro photography run and grab this book.
Close Up Photography in Nature by John and Barbara Gerlach
The book is extremely well written for beginner to novice. John & Barbara present the information and terms in ways everyone can understand. They also cover flash and focus stacking, which you will soon learn will be something you will want to play around with.
I also enjoyed the comparison of Nikon to Canon gear.
The eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), is a species of swallowtail butterfly native to eastern North America. It is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States, where it is common in many different habitats.
A poor little guy has an itch he just couldn’t seem to get to.
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Watched him chase his tail for a period of time and then finally, hopped up on a wooden fence to grab his tail and chomped down.
You could see the instant relief in his eyes. Then he happily went on his way.
Shooting Wildlife? Extend Your Focus by 2X
Canon users can extend a lenses focal length by a factor of 2x. Compatible with Select EF fixed focal length L-series lenses 135mm and over, as well as the EF 70-200/2.8L, EF 70-200/2.8L IS, EF 70-200/4L, and EF 100-400/4.5-5.6L Type your model number into the search to see if you can use it.
If you can’t afford to shell out the big bucks, this is the next best thing to being able to fill your frame with wildlife and still be a distance away.
Are turkeys not the ugliest birds you have ever laid eyes on? At least I think so. It is the face that kills me. A face only a mother could love. But, they are big, beefy and run pretty funny. The only thing I can say that is pretty, or should I say – pretty special is the way they fan their feathers during mating season, now there is a plus! That is a pure beauty!
I don’t sit and stay long in one place. I am a wandering fool. I capture what is in front of me, or what I happen to run into on my explorations. There is something to be said for enjoying a cup of coffee while sitting at the edge of a pond or lake. Nothing rushed, nor expected. Just out enjoying the environment and sipping coffee. Perfection. Bliss.
I was on my way to photograph the sunset along the shores of Green Bay which requires me to head out through the country roads but I didn’t get all that far. This splendid gray fox was ducking in and out of a few cars on a piece of property right in town.
Normally, I get ever so close to a wood duck in the wild and it rapidly takes to flight. I have been practicing my master skills of patience and stalking the drake wood ducks on this little retention pond down the street from my home. Hoping to come up with one, head on excellent keeper photo.
The thirteen-lined ground squirrel, also known as the striped gopher, leopard ground squirrel, squinney, and as the leopard-spermophile in Audubon’s day, is a ground squirrel. It is widely distributed over grasslands and prairies of North America.
Ever so often I get the chance to capture something extraordinary that is wildlife related on camera. Let’s face it, Wisconsin doesn’t have items that are all that rare. But, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying them.