I like to take photographs (lots of them!) of things I see in nature and am going to post some of them here. Clicking on a picture will bring up a larger version of the photo. I am not very skilled in the technical aspects of photography. I just take pictures of things and scenes that I like. Hopefully, you will see something you like as well. My photography gear includes a Canon 60D (for use in a kayak and potential dunking), Canon 7D Mark II with 16-400mm ultra zoom, 70-300mm zoom, 150-000 mm zoom, and 90 mm 1:1 macro lens and a Sony 6500 mirrorless with 16-70 mm and 100-400 mm lens.
The banner photo for this blog was taken at sunrise on a crisp September morning looking across Sparks Lake at the South Sister and Broken Top peaks. This area is just to the southwest of Bend, Oregon.
The Painted Hills of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument on a rainy June (2013) morning.
These are from a sunny early September afternoon (2014)
South Sister from Sparks Lake.
A late autumn shot of Alsea Falls in the Coast Range. The rocks from which this shot was taken were as slippery as walking on ice. Right after taking the shot, I ended up in the frigid water…but managed to save the camera!
Tumalo Creek drops 97 feet over this basalt shelf forming Tumalo Fallls in the Deschutes National Forest southwest of Bend, Oregon.
Salt Creek Falls in the Oregon Cascades
Sunrise over Crater Lake.
Sunset on the Oregon Coast
Joshua Trees at sunset in Joshua Tree National Park,
The view through Pine Tree Arch. Arches National Park.
The Green River in Canyonlands National Park.
The Nubble Lighthouse on the Maine Coast at the blue hour.
Reflecting on the Pemaquid Lighthouse – the Maine Coast.
A bee getting the summer’s last nectar from fall blooming rabbitbrush in the Oregon Badlands.
The high desert may look like an inhospitable environment, but there is beauty if you look for it. Many of the plants are small due to the harsh environment.
A harbor seal spotted off Yaquina Head on the central Oregon Coast. These guys were so fun to watch!
A sagebrush lizard on a juniper tree in the Oregon Badlands.
Another river otter
A marmot from atop the Beartooth Pass near Red Lodge, MT. It took about 10 minutes of stealthy sneaking from behind one rock to another to get up close and personal with this marmot!
Adult Osprey and chick. After watching this nest for several weeks, the chick finally showed itself.
Osprey are monogamous and return to the same next year after year. Here are some late summer pictures 2017 pictures of the osprey in our local nest just east of Bend, Oregon. Taken with Canon 7D Mk II and Sigma 150-600 mm lens.
My best osprey photo of the year. The two chicks.
Adult (left) and Chicks.
Both adults take turns caring for the chicks. Here both are returning to the nest with dinner (notice the fish).
Adult leaving the nest.
Chick getting ready for a test flight.
Look Ma I can fly! The adult had left to go sit on a deadfall. First one chick took to flight. This one had taken a little persuading.
I came upon this moose in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming. Don’t let the docile Bullwinkle look deceive you. One must be careful around moose as they can be bad tempered possibly due to their poor eyesight. I made sure I was up the hill from this one before stopping to take a picture!
I am fascinated by dragonflies and damselflies so I spent some time during the summer stalking them with my macro lens.
A blue damselfly from Red Lodge Montana
The next several are from near the irrigation canal at the edge of the Oregon Badlands.
Such intricate wings…
This one is “hiding” at the Turtle Pond in William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Willamette Valley Oregon.
Mother duck and her ducklings from my kayak at Hosmer Lake in the Oregon Cascades
A duck portrait from my kayak Paulina Lake, Newberry Crater National Monument Oregon
California Quail on the Las Alamitos Creek Trail San Jose, California
Some of the amazing creatures of the Galapagos Islands. They have little fear of humans.
The wizened face of a 100+ year old tortoise. Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
A gull and chick. Isla Santa Fe, Galapagos
Marine Iguana on its way to feed at sea. Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.
Land Iguana on Isla Santa Fe, Galapagos. And yes that prickly pear pad has sharp spines.