Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Barred Owl in a White Pine Grove

This is one of the most difficult photo shoots that I’ve pulled off. I was walking through Appleton Farms and herd a bunch of Blue Jays scolding in a pine grove. After listing to the Jays bicker and complain for a while, I saw a large shape fly through the white pines. He landed in close to the trunk and was in the shadows. It was about 50 feet in the above ground and the pine grove was thick and dark.

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The Blue Jays started to scatter as I came in, but the Barred Owl didn’t mind my presence. Eventually the Jays disappeared which perplexed me because the jays were not afraid to harass the owl, which may like to dine on jays, but they were afraid of me, a creature that has never tasted a jay.

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Nevertheless, the Barred Owl was not the least bit afraid of me and let me take some shots. This is my favorite!

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Eventually he found another branch and started preening as the sun started to go down. What you are seeing here is its foot with the claws retracted. For a brief moment, the sun peeked through the clouds.

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Having captured my images, I left it in peace. Perhaps he was happy that I came by an spooked the jays away. Or maybe it just didn’t care.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Forgotten Photo Friday, wine shots

Bartholomew Park Merlot with apples and avocadoIt seems a like a long time ago, maybe it was. We used to have a wine blog. It gave me something creative to do. Each post included photography. Believe it or not, most of these were shot with only a 3.5 Mpx point-and shoot with absolutely no studio gear! IMG_0146

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Red-bellied Woodpecker

My first encounter with this bird was in Tennessee in 2006 when I was living there for a brief period. When I started birding in the ‘80s, the Red-bellied Woodpecker was not found in Massachusetts. Now they are a common visitor to my yard.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hey, dude, you’re in my shot.

My brother likes to photograph lighthouses, too. I was taking a selfy to let my brother know that I got one that he didn’t have. Further proof that some people belong behind the camera.

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This lighthouse is know as the Seven Foot Knoll Light. It was initially installed on a shoal of that name, locate at the mouth of the Patapsco River. It was moved to this location in 1988.

 

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