Sunday, August 25, 2013

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


Saturday, August 10, 2013

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







Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Female Ruby throat

Female_Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

 Recently our neighbor told me they had found a hummingbird trapped in there garage and just by chance while trying to learn more about them and there migration I found an article about hummingbirds getting trapped in peoples garages. Here is a clip from it....
"The government insists that all garage doors have red emergency release handles. Unfortunately, to a hummingbird they look a lot like trumpet creeper flowers, one of their favorites, and they fly in to investigate. But hummers aren't particularly analytical and don't have a natural concept of ceilings, and when they get scared their immediate reflex is to fly straight up, which only compounds the problem. In an hour, a trapped and exhausted hummingbird can starve to death."
For more information visit hummingbirds.net
 Thanks for viewing, Ken

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ruby-throat Portrait


Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

  Well after reading about the migration of the Ruby-throats I have come to realize why I'm not seeing any males. It turns out that the males head south before the females. I guess they've done there part, why stick around?
Thanks for viewing, Ken

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ruby-throated Hummingbird


  I recently took a few days of vacation and decided to try something that I have wanted to do for quite some time now. And that would be to photograph some Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. I've seen them around the yard from time to time and thought I would try camping out in our living room with my lens pointing out the window near the Hummingbird feeder. I'm sure my neighbor's, if they saw me, probably think I'm either nuts or some kind of perv. Anyway, through trial and error of different exposures and combinations of ambient light and flash I am pleased with what I have so far and will be posting them in the days to come. Above is a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird and unfortunately that is all that I have seen in the yard. I believe that there are about 3 females and no males, therefore no ruby throats. Never the less they do make for some interesting photos and quite the challenge to capture in camera. Thanks for viewing and do check back again for some more of these beautiful creatures.