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One photo a day challenge: Day 200. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to be able to photograph subjects we weren’t expecting. It is a great feeling to have the opportunity to be able to create beautiful images of subjects we weren’t even looking for. I am not often presented with the opportunity to photograph snakes. But it is always nice when such opportunities turn out so nicely.

One photo a day challenge: Day 195. I have been seeing more snakes in the yard lately. I always enjoy seeing all varieties of wildlife in our yard. Even the snakes. Despite seeing more snakes in recent days I haven’t had any good opportunities to photograph any of the snakes recently. Today I went outside thinking I would try to photograph some of the flowers I don’t get a chance to photograph…. Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 194. I wanted to do some photography that I haven’t been doing as much of lately. I set out into my yard to hopefully see some birds. The birds were out there flitting about along the edges of the woods and moving across my yard. I just needed a few to get close enough for a decent photograph. There were woodpeckers, finches, and flycatchers moving about…. Read More

Some days when you go birding at a National Wildlife Refuge like Montezuma you see a smattering of everything. There are some ducks. Shorebirds are foraging along the shallows. Raptors are soaring overhead. And there are songbirds in the trees. On other trips to the wildlife refuge the trip feels more like, and now presenting the star of our show…. On days like this there are often still a lot of birds… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 152. Today I was trying to get things done around the house that I hadn’t been able to due to the weather. That meant mowing the lawn. The grass had gotten pretty high and wild looking after all the rain we have had put the kibosh on getting caught up on the mowing shores. I slowly tried to chew threw the grass with the push mower…. Read More

Lately I have done most of my bird watching from my backyard. There’s nothing wrong with back yard bird watching. I always find it enjoyable. But I never get to see the variety of birds that I would if I made a trip to a specific location to dedicate some time to birding. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge It is always fun to get online and keep up with what other people are… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 145. Today I started teaching a cell phone photography course at 171 Cedar Arts in Corning. So my plan for photography today was to get to Corning early and sit in the park and wait to see what would happen. I took my entire camera bag to the park to sit for an hour before I was going to go teach class. I didn’t know what… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 139. Today I had no real plan for my photography. I just wanted to get outside. Wander around. Look at nature. See what looks interesting to photograph. I didn’t know what I would be photographing. To give myself the most opportunities for creating images it made sense to use my most versatile lens. I took my 60mm f2.8 macro lens. I started off photographing some of… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 133. Today I was able to get outside for a little bird watching at home. Some birds are so bold. They will fly right by me or land right up close to me. Other birds are more standoffish. They watch from a distance and mostly wait for me to leave before appearing anyplace close to where I am. The Northern Cardinals in my yard always seem… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 126. I most frequently do my birding from home. But today I wanted to make a concerted efort to go out birding someplace other than at my hosue. I wanted to go out and hopefully see some of the birds I am seeign people reporting. I decided to visit one of our beautiful local parks, Sperr Memorial Park. This is not only a beautiful park, but… Read More

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