Nov 282010

Barn near Soda SpringsIt is definitely WINTER!

Snowing all day today.  Did not even get out this morning for the early bird shots.  Oh well.  Dug deep into my memory for that one spring shot that still to this day brings back the true smells, temps, and aura of spring.

Near Soda Springs Idaho.

This is an 8 image compiled HDR image using the new NIK software HDR Efex pro.   Holy cow is it incredible.  Little or no ghosting.  Almost negative hot spots.  and an awesome color balance.  ( I drop the awesome word now and then to stay hip) Are we just down right blessed, lucky, fortunate or just in the right place to live with all the cool digital advances?  Imagine just 10 years ago doing what we are with digital photography.  The photo above of the barn really exemplifies how simple we have it in the digital dark room.  I would almost argue that maybe the talent factor is not as needed nowadays.  I mean – look at my stuff.  I was born with two right hands, little or no talent, and now have one bad eye.  Thanks digital world inventors and visionaries.

 Posted by at 5:19 PM
Nov 262010

Blue Heron looking at Camera

The Blue Heron is …..Funny?

I never ever get tired of recording this bird.  When they will allow.  Today as I was leaving the refuge this one caught my attention.

Blue Heron Profile

I watched him for about an hour.  It appeared the Heron was trying to catch a mouse.

Blue Heron in Reeds

Eventually I had to leave.  Even tangled in the reeds this Heron pushed on……

 Posted by at 10:45 PM
Nov 252010

It has been a few days since my last post.

A few days of that early winter flew!

Traveling to the max.

Never have left my camera back.  Though the posts thinned out the camera has been working.  A great photographer I know says that your photography skills will never increase while you are in front of the computer.  Good advice!  Last Sunday morning was spent at the wildlife refuge. I was sick….not too sick to watch the fowl.

kestral preen

The Kestral.  It’s beauty, tiny structure and fierce attitude amaze me.

Kestral Bow Spread

There is always the predictable stretch while preening.

Egret close

Just after entering the refuge this egret was waiting for me.  Always a beauty!

Egret take off

Not much better than a Backlit Egret!

Northern Shovler

I don’t know how many Northern Shovelers are left this hunting season….this one at least as of last Sunday!


I found a few shots I took this fall of the ever proud and “cocky” pheasant.  Man they think they are tough.

pheasant crow2

The last few weeks have been nuts.  Until the end of the year time is limited.  That being said I plan to always carry my hobby wherever I go.  It is a stress reliever.  A mood booster.  And a chance to clear my head.  I am fortunate to still have one working eye.  An understanding family.  Incredible co-workers.  And a little bottle of Xanax in case of emergencies…… :D

 Posted by at 8:09 PM
Nov 072010

It’s a woodpecker.

The Northern Flicker is another beautiful bird that travels in our area.  I had to look in my trusty bird Field Guide to discover the name of and learn some biology about this guy. This morning almost turned out to be without pixels.  Until I spotted this Flicker.  Bright red markings on his throat.  Kinda handsome.


Almost like a base jumper when he took off a split second of flight was without using his wings.  Maybe a dare devil flicker!


When  the wings spread….yikes.  What a beauty!


My first record of this beautiful woodpecker the Northern Flicker.  Hope to get more!!!!!


 Posted by at 5:49 PM