November 2, 2008

THE WORLDS MOST ENDANGERED WARBLER

In 2006, The Audubon Society listed the tiny Kirtland’s Warbler as the fifth most endangered bird species, behind the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, California Condor, Whooping Crane, and Gunnison Sage Grouse. in 1989, the total population was estimated to be around 200 total birds.  The main reason for the decline of this species is the loss of…
October 25, 2008

PHOTOGRAPHING FALL COLOR IN MICHIGAN’S UPPER PENNINSULA

Due to the fact that I had shows scheduled on the weekends when Michigan’s upper peninsula’s fall color is at it’s peak (the Porcupines usually peak during the last week of September and the rest of the upper typically fires up around the first weekend of October) I really thought I wouldn’t be able to…
October 8, 2008

CAMOUFLAGE IN NATURE

Here are some examples of different creatures using camouflage to blend in with their environment.  
September 13, 2008

More High Speed Photography

Basically the way that I am able to freeze such high speed action is by using a special electronic flash that puts out an incredibly short burst of light (between 1/15,000 to 1/50,000 of a sec.).  This brief pulse of light is what freezes the subject.  Most commercially available flash systems produce a seemingly fast…
August 24, 2008

High Speed Flash Photography Hummingbirds in Flight

After my trip to the Galapagos Islands, we took a few extra days and went into the cloud forests of Ecuador, mainly to photograph hummingbirds. Ecuador has 130 of the world’s 330 species of hummingbirds. I visited many of the well known lodges in the Mindo valley and ended up photographing about a dozen different…
July 20, 2008

THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

I have to say the Galapagos Islands is nature photography Nirvana. It really was unlike anything I had experienced before.  I have been blessed on many occasions to have many of my subject’s accept me as part of their natural world, but that has typically come after many hours, days, weeks, months, or even years…
June 19, 2008

HERE ARE SOME MORE BIRDS FROM THIS SPRING

Well I just returned from my trip to the Galapagos Islands and the cloud forests of Ecuador. It was a great trip and a real adventure.  I shot over 6500 pictures over the course of two weeks.  It will take me some time to get through the editing process but in the mean time I…
May 29, 2008

MORE WARBLER PHOTOGRAPHY

Here are some more images I made during this years warbler migration.  I have to say that we really never did have a great fallout day of warblers this year.  A fallout day is when you get a large arrival of migrating warblers that have been blown into an area. This often happens when there…
May 13, 2008

WARBLER PHOTOGRAPHY

At last it’s May.  I have to say I have been looking forward to May ever since last May.  You see, May is the time when tiny colorful birds called warblers grace our local woodlots for a few weeks, as they migrate north.  Last May, was the first time I ever attempted to photograph these…
May 3, 2008

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was invited down to Knoxville Tennessee to put on my multi-media presentation “A Wilderness Year” for the Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers Association.  While I was down in that area, I was able to get a few days shooting in at Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  We really…