March 17, 2009

MORE SNOWFLAKE IMAGES

Actually this post should be called snow crystal images because the images here are of single snow crystals. Most of the crystals shown here are between 0.04 and 0.08 inches. That means they would easily fit in this O. Snowflakes, at least the puffy balls of snow that fall from the sky are generally a…
March 15, 2009

GIFTS OF ART PROGRAM AT U OF M HOSPITAL

The University of Michigan Health Care System has a very unique art program called Gifts of Art in which they bring in the work of different artists to display in the common areas throughout the hospital.  This art program is designed to not only reduce the stress and anxiety often associated with health care facilities,…
February 12, 2009

WHITE WINGED CROSSBILL INVASION

White winged crossbills are usually birds of the boreal forests of Canada.  This year we have seen an unprecedented invasion of these birds here in Michigan, they have been spotted in virtually every county in the state.  Crossbills have developed an unusual crossed bill which they use to extract the seeds of conifer trees which…
January 16, 2009

IMAGES FROM THE FROZEN NORTH

Last week I travelled up to Northern Minnesota in search of northern bird species whose idea of going south for the winter is coming down to the far northern edge of the US. I picked a great time to do this because it was brutally cold when I was up there.  One morning it was…
December 26, 2008

SNOWFLAKE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sorry I havn’t been able to do a post in awhile, but between orders for the holidays and of course the holidays themselves, this is an especially crazy time of the year for me. I have been trying to photograph snowflakes for quite a few years, with limited success.  This fall, I came across the…
November 2, 2008

THE WORLDS MOST ENDANGERED WARBLER

In 2006, The Audubon Society listed the tiny Kirtland’s Warbler as the fifth most endangered bird species, behind the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, California Condor, Whooping Crane, and Gunnison Sage Grouse. in 1989, the total population was estimated to be around 200 total birds.  The main reason for the decline of this species is the loss of…
October 25, 2008

PHOTOGRAPHING FALL COLOR IN MICHIGAN’S UPPER PENNINSULA

Due to the fact that I had shows scheduled on the weekends when Michigan’s upper peninsula’s fall color is at it’s peak (the Porcupines usually peak during the last week of September and the rest of the upper typically fires up around the first weekend of October) I really thought I wouldn’t be able to…
October 8, 2008

CAMOUFLAGE IN NATURE

Here are some examples of different creatures using camouflage to blend in with their environment.  
September 13, 2008

More High Speed Photography

Basically the way that I am able to freeze such high speed action is by using a special electronic flash that puts out an incredibly short burst of light (between 1/15,000 to 1/50,000 of a sec.).  This brief pulse of light is what freezes the subject.  Most commercially available flash systems produce a seemingly fast…
August 24, 2008

High Speed Flash Photography Hummingbirds in Flight

After my trip to the Galapagos Islands, we took a few extra days and went into the cloud forests of Ecuador, mainly to photograph hummingbirds. Ecuador has 130 of the world’s 330 species of hummingbirds. I visited many of the well known lodges in the Mindo valley and ended up photographing about a dozen different…