Solar Eclipse Oct. 23, 14

Shot at 1/8000 of a second with a .9ND neutral density filter (sun glasses for your camera).
I'm still seeing spots but I think my cameras okay.






Frog Eating a Bird

  So, my wife (Patty) and I were out front feeding the fish at the pond last night when she said what does that frog have in it's mouth? The first thing that came to my mind was it's a large dragonfly sticking out. But then, I noticed something that looked like a foot. Now, from what I know, dragonfly's don't have feet like that. To get a better look (and pictures of corse) I stepped in the house to grab my camera and with my telephoto lens I could see what looked to be a birds foot. We're thinking no way right. I mean, I'm sure it's possible for a large frog to eat a bird, but this guy is not that large. He's maybe mid size or so. But yeah, it's a bird and from what I can tell it's an American Gold Finch.

Frog_eating_bird

The other day we saw a frog leap at a bird getting a drink and thought what the heck is that frog thinking. Well, apparently they do eat birds. It's kind of like when the alligators snatch a gazelle at the waters edge. It's like Kenya in my front yard.

Frog_eating_bird


Frog_eating_American_gold_finch


South Dakota, Custer State Park, State Game Lodge

  Well, I have finally got out to take some shots of my favorite subject..."Nature". My family and I took a  little vacation to Custer State Park in South Dakota. Wow, I loved it and would love to go back within the next couple of years or so. If you get a chance and love the great outdoors, check it out. We stayed at one of the lodges in the park called "The State Game Lodge" (shown below) where in the morning when you wake up you will most likely find buffalo grazing on the front lawn.
This particular lodge was the White House for the summer when President Calvin Coolidge was in office back in the 20's.



State Game Lodge, Custer State Park, South Dakota


The State Game Lodge front lawn

Bison, BuffaloBison, Buffalo, calf

Bison, Buffalo calf

Bison, Buffalo
 Bison, Buffalo calf
The following shots where taken in or around the park.

White-tail deer with fawn


White-tail fawn


white tail fawn










Pronghorn


White-tail deer


Pronghorn


Prairie dog




Prairie dog


Buffalo ,Bison


Bison




Prairie dog


Wild turkey


Wild turkey

These shots were taken in the Bad Lands National Park just east of Custer State Park.






I think that, do to fact that buffalo are not the most colorful creatures and that they can be a high contrast subject in there bright grassland environment. They make great black and white images. Below are a few of my, lets say creations or rendering of B&W buffalos.


North American Bison


North American Bison


North American Bison


North American Bison

These are a few panoramas that were taken either in the Bad Lands or Custer State Park. They are made up of anywhere between 12 to 17 shots each and then stitched together to make one image.

Hope ya liked them and thanks for viewing, Ken