A Grounded Red-Tailed Hawk

Normally I don't get to photograph red tailed hawks very often. In fact, I can only remember a couple of times I have even gotten a decent image of a red tailed hawk. They are camera shy as most raptors seem to be. [caption id="attachment_6701" align="aligncenter" width="900"] A close-up head…

Head Study Of The Snowy Egret

I don't often photograph head shots of birds. I typically prefer a portrait of the whole bird but on occasion when I have little other choice I find myself taking a head portrait shot of a bird. This is usually, however, in response to the photographers least mentioned frustration, the…

A Black-necked Stilt In Flight

Birds in flight are always an interesting photography subject for me. It doesn't matter what the bird species is, birds in flight just fascinate and intrigue me. I have always had interest in birds and that interest seems to translate into my strong desire in photographing them. Growing up I…

A Quiet Evening In My Backyard

It's late in the day and all is quiet in the yard except for a scrub jay at the feeder and a few chickadees sounding off in the distance. This time of night dragonflies are the staple visitor to the yard. Them, along with small white butterflies, are comprising my…

Backyard Photography

One of the joys of photography is going out and finding new places and seeing new things. Recording those new experiences are what keeps me behind the camera. Unfortunately, however, I don't always have time to go to new areas and look for new things. I don't go photograph far…

A Common Raven On A Slow Day

A couple months ago I found myself on one of those birding excursions where nothing was happening. Yes, it happens and I hate to admit it happens quite often. Finding and photographing birds isn't always an easy endeavor and there is never a guarantee birds will be there to photograph,…

My Heart Has Turned To Butterflies

I admit summer is usually a time for pelicans and other wildlife but this year my heart has literally turned to butterflies. I have been spending as much time as I can photographing butterflies but I have started to get interested in their biology as well. I have started to…

The End of Summer

Summer is fading fast. It looks like all my hummingbirds have moved on and the bees are in a feeding frenzy, cleaning out my hummingbird feeders almost daily. Soon it will be fall with cooler temperatures, shorter days and fall like colors in the mountains. I will miss the bright…

The American Avocet

The american avocet is a summer resident on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. It is one of the priority species the refuge directly manages for. They are an interesting and quirky bird, often found squabbling over a small patch of territory during breeding season. Like many birds the american…

Photographing Great Blue Herons

Great blue herons are a favorite bird of mine and I spend a ton of time on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge watching and photographing them. These unique fishermen offer a great opportunity for birders and photographers alike to get a great portrait shot of one of nature's skilled…

Great Salt Lake Sunset

Photography is all about light and color. Sunsets provide the best opportunities to capture and exhibit the great color nature has to offer. I go out and photograph sunsets every chance I get, whenever it looks like there is even the remotest possibility of a grand sunset. The shoreline of…

Red Winged Blackbirds

Red winged blackbirds are one of my all time favorite birds. I love their sweet sounding spring songs as they perch high on a cattail and declare their territory towards other male blackbirds. They also offer a unique and challenging subject to photograph due to their dark black feathery attire,…

Great Salt Lake Sunsets

Some of the most incredible things I have ever seen in my endeavors in photographing nature are sunsets on the Great Salt Lake in Northern Utah. It offers incredible views and spectacular colors on those days when the clouds are around to offer up one of Utah's spectacular sunsets. I…

American Kestral Posing

One of the hardest birds I have tried to photograph is the american kestrel. It's quite perplexing as they are very common birds. But for some reason they just don't sit still for me when I am in range to photograph them. I was able to get a quick portrait…

Todays Visitor

I get a lot of birds in my yard and trees throughout the year and that is always exciting. One frequent visitor stirs more excitement, however, than most other birds and he paid me a visit again today. I got to see another great horned owl in my yard today,…