Saturday, August 29, 2009

Experimenting with motion





I saw a YouTube video with Bryan Peterson, a well know professional photographer, that showed how to make these shots using ND and CP filters combined and either spinning the camera or your body while holding the camera to get these really cool shots. I thought they turned out kind of neat.

More Hummingbirds

I tried to move so as not to have the shepherds hook in the way but when I did it flew away.





They finally found the flowers I planted for them. Looks so much better than when they are at the feeder. I was able to sit within about 15 feet of them. I shot off over 400 frames in about an hour before I quit. I was really pleased with how these came out.
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Using my 200mm with 2x teleconverter. Had good light too, that always helps.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Humming birds at Indian Cave SP






Larry and I rode to Indian Cave SP on Sunday. There are tons of humming birds there right now. I couldn't believe how many there were.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Look who came to visit.




Was up early this morning and when I looked out the back door......well, I was running for the camera and spent the next few hours waiting for these guys to come back. I managed to get a few decent shots of the female but they were being pretty cautious. Maybe they'll be back tomorrow morning too. I'll be watching.

Lillies from the Sunken Gardens










Went with Krist to the Sunken Gardens. To be honest, I wasn't too impressed with their selection of flowers. However, I did like the water lillies. Here are a few of them.

Storms a brewin'





One dark and stormy night.....

Had a storm roll through a few nights ago that had some really awesome cloud formations. I hopped in my car and went down the road a few blocks to get away from all the houses. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to avoid the power lines but still got some nice shots of the clouds. Clouds are hard to take pictures of, at least for me they are. I need to practice this a little more to get some really, really good ones. These are just so, so.
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Falling leaf





This must be how you get good shots of falling leaves. This one was hanging by a spider web strand.

A walk by the river

Railroad bridge

The spider of this web is going to be disappointed when it sees it is only catching leaves.


Very noisy House Wren.

Two whitetail fawn. So cute, I wish I could have been closer and gotten more pictures before they went back up in the trees.


This is a Northern Pearly Eye butterfly. I couldn't get this one to open up it's wings. I like to try and get a picture each of them open and closed. Sometimes the colors and markings between the two are so different.


This is called a Question Mark because of the white comma shape with the offset dot on the hind wing. There is one called a Comma, it is missing the little white dot. I couldn't get a good shot of it with wings open. Totally different color than the underside of the wings.



Just another dragon. I have a bird book, a butterfly book and now I may need to invest in a dragonfly book since I'm starting to get a collection of different kinds.




I don't know what this is but I wasn't about to get too close to it. It appears to have a very large stinger!



When the sun finally came out this morning I went down to the river and here are some things I saw along the walking path. I went looking for the Cuckoo bird but did not see it today.

Crystal Springs, Fairbury, NE

Okay now, everyone bend to the right.
There are some Pelicans that decided not to migrate with the rest of the flock. They really are fun to watch.


sniff, sniff...could use a little deodorant.

These carp are everywhere in the backwater. Swimming on the top and sucking in bugs. I call them Hoovers..they sound like little vacuum cleaners. They have creepy eyes.


My very poor shot of a Kingfisher..but it's a shot and I can cross it off the list in my bird book.



Here are a few more from a few a couple weeks ago that I took while at Crystal Springs.

Here's the beetle


Forgot the picture of the beetle in a previous post. Here it is. I saw another one high up in one of our trees. Still don't know what kind it is.

Friday, August 14, 2009

More butterflies, a dragon and a beetle

Dragonfly

Painted Lady butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail (dark)



Tiger Swallowtail (dark)



Sulphur



A few more butterflies from my yard. I also got a shot of the dragonfly that has been hanging around. Then I found this really HUGE beetle in the garage. I put it out in the yard to get some better light on it and it didn't like being in the sun. I got a couple shots of it before it disappeared in the grass. I'd hate to step on that thing! I hate crunchy bugs.!!!

Tiger Swallowtail





A Tiger Swallowtail came to visit my butterfly garden this year. The first few times I saw it he was pretty skittish. He finally gave in and came back for several days. I haven't seen this one or the darks for several days now, they may be all done. I'm not exactly sure what their life span is.