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Midnight Macros

I couldn’t sleep last night.  Insomnia has always been an issue for me, so I’ve learned to deal with it.  One of my tools is my camera…

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I couldn’t have created better lighting for the green Praying Mantis.  It was sitting on the brass base of my porch light, glowing from the bare bulb above it, and I used a hand-held flash.  I’m pretty happy with the results of all that brass and reflected lighting…

Thanks for looking!


Been A While…

Wow.  It’s been quite some time.  A lot has happened.  Initially, I was unemployed for a little bit, and anyone that has ever been there knows that priorities change.  The internet had to go.  Time was spent looking for a job, pounding the pavement, rather than walking the streets looking for photographs waiting to be taken.  Money got tight, gas prices rose, and activity in my life ran down to a minimum.

But I’m back.  I’m working, making money, and putting my camera back in hand, and priorities back in line.  So by way of a re-introduction, here’s just a few random shots that have helped pass the time…

Zayne and Great Basin Gophersnake

Spike and Andee

My son and his girlfriend hunting for petroglyphs in the Volcanic Tablelands.

Goldfinch

Zayne enjoying Hot Ditch. Natural reflection from the water cured backlight shadows nicely.

Random front yard flower

1982 Shovelhead Custom Rigid. She will be mine. VERY soon…

So…yea…just a few shots to say, I’m back.  And things are getting better.  Thanks for stopping by!!


Little Lakes Valley

Went for a quick hike up through Little Lakes Valley this morning.  Such a beautiful area…

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American Kestrel Release

We had the distinct pleasure of releasing a gorgeous young female American Kestrel this morning.  She was with us for about a month, learning to hunt and fly, and feed on her own, and she’s going to do just fine out in the wild…

Getting ready to step out

 

Perfect flight to a perfect perch

I also got a shot of our Evening Grosbeak.  He, too, will be released fairly soon…

Evening Grosbeak

Thanks for taking the time to look!


Cruising for Snakes

I went out last night for a short snake cruise, hoping to scare up some Sidewinders and Panamints, but alas, the rattlers didn’t want to come out and play with me.  I did find a couple of other snakes, though…

California Kingsnake--Lampropeltis getula californiae

This king was absolutely gorgeous!  He was about 4-4 1/2 feet in length, very healthy and crisply colored with jet black and pure white bands.  This is a true “Desert Phase” California Kingsnake.  Quintessential in color, size, and attitude, but he did settle down and stop trying to bite for long enough to get a few pictures…

Further down the road I found this guy…

Great Basin Gophersnake--Pituophis catenifer deserticola

I have found and played with a ton of Great Basin Gophersnakes over the years.  This species is always fun to find, because you never know what kind of attitude they are going to have.  Some are incredibly calm, content to be picked up, held, and moved out of the road, and others…well…not so much.  This was one of the most defensive Gophersnakes I’ve ever had the pleasure of encountering.  He was medium size, about 3 1/2 feet in length, but he was absolutely FULL of piss and hatred for me.  He was easily one of the loudest hissers I’ve ever encountered, and he struck at me more times than I could possibly count.  Not little strikes…2/3 body length, almost aerial, lunges towards me, the flashlight, the camera…anything that moved in front of him.  Of course, he was determined to convince me that he was gonna kill me, but that’s what I like to see.  If a snake is that angry at me, it means he will treat every other human he encounters the same way.  When this dude reaches 6 feet or more in length, he will be one helluva snake to deal with.  Hopefully, I will get the opportunity to meet him at that point.  Think he’ll remember me? 😉

Here’s another shot of the same Gophersnake.  Notice the similarity of pose and attitude?  He didn’t stop for a second…

Even after picking him up, moving him across the road in his intended direction of travel, and calmly setting him down inches from the cover of sagebrush, he had his sights on me.  What a great little snake!

Thanks for taking the time to look!


Barn Owls

I have never had the pleasure of seeing a Barn Owl in the wild.  Yesterday, two fledgling Barn Owls were brought to the wildlife center.  I was honored and privileged to be able to give them both their initial exams, and luckily, neither one has any apparent injuries!  So other than being orphaned and a bit young, they are perfectly healthy.  We will feed them and keep them safe until they are able to fly, and then they will be released.  I have no worries about these two retaining their wild attitude.  They let me know with no uncertain terms that they wanted nothing to do with me…

Fledgling Barn Owl

Fledgling Barn Owl

I’m really excited to be working with these two.  The Great Horned Owls are awesome, don’t get me wrong, but you just don’t see these guys very often and to be able to work hands-on with them, knowing they are healthy and will be returned very soon, is an incredible opportunity and experience.

Thanks for coming along!


Wild Iris

Well, flowers are starting to bloom, and spring is trying to be here, but for some reason, this cold wind just doesn’t seem to want to release its grip on the valley.  So rather than battle the wind and shoot fast shutter speeds, or wait for the wind (and the Iris) to die, I decided to just go with it…

Wild Iris

 There was a couple of other photographers out shooting, but the color never popped, and the wind was incessant.    Rather than battle the conditions, I went with it, stopped down to f/22, and even dropped a 3stop ND filter on to slow it down and really exaggerate the blur.  I think it came out fairly neat!

The Victoria and Wild Rose are blooming in the front yard, too…

Victoria

 

Wild Rose

And this is the closest I have ever gotten to a good shot of a Whiptail lizard…

Great Basin Whiptail--Aspidocelis tigris tigris

 One of these days, spring will actually get here and stay for a little while…

Thanks for looking!


Mojave Desert Sidewinder

I like Sidewinders.  They are a fairly small rattlesnake, with males topping out around 2-2 1/2 feet in length, and females reaching a massive 3 feet, but what they lack in body size, they typically make up for in attitude and venom production.  This little girl was fast asleep in the middle of the road.  She’s lucky my daughter and I found her first…

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