Month: August 2017

The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Is More Than Just Birds

The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, nestled between the Wasatch and Promontory Mountains in far northern Utah plays host to a vast variety of creatures. One of those, the monarch butterfly, is a little known summer resident but can be easily found on the refuge in August and parts of September before they journey southward. […]

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An American White Pelican And A Question Of Compositional Cropping

Quite often a successful photo is merely a matter of editing, namely compositional cropping. How an image is cropped is a big part in the story it tells. I was at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge a couple days ago and came home with this image of an american white pelican. It portrays my […]

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A Rough Day Behind The Camera

It was a rough day behind the camera. All I came home with was an american white pelican. Well, sort of. I did get an image of a hummingbird this morning I am happy with but more about that in another post. I spent hours and hours today on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge […]

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Dragonfly Resting On A Sunflower

When I photograph dragonflies I almost always try to get a real good close up to see their really cool head but sometimes, as in this case, I saw something different and tried to capture it in such a manner. I thought this little fella was looking pretty cool while sitting on this sunflower. He […]

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Showy Milkweed Is More Than Just Another Weed

I was not aware showy milkweeds were a nectar producing plant. A couple weeks ago I was surprised to see a variety of butterflies and a few hummingbirds feeding from the showy milkweed on the hillside where I was photographing butterflies. I watched in amazement all the different species of animals which utilized this often […]

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A Breezy Morning With A Monarch Butterfly

It was a breezy morning today. Normally I don’t mind a little wind to help cool things down from the intense heat we have been having but this morning was not one of those times. Photographing butterflies is hard enough by itself, especially in very low light, so the added frustration of a slight breeze […]

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My First Ash-Throated Flycatcher

I am not an expert birder by any means. I am barely a novice by most standards but that doesn’t keep me away from the excitement of finding new birds along my travels. A couple months ago I was out in a very remote part of northern Utah looking for owls to photograph when I […]

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Butterflies Are Beautiful

Like the title infers I think butterflies are beautiful. They have stunning colors and are so peaceful to watch and photograph. I honestly can’t say I have a favorite species because I love all the butterflies I have had the opportunity to observe and capture on film but the monarch is near the top of […]

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A Great Love For Butterflies Has Gotten Even Greater Today

The monarch butterfly has always capture my interest. Not uncommon really as it has captured the hearts of possibly millions or more people worldwide to some degree. It is unquestionably the most well known of all the butterfly species. and today I had a great and very personal experience with one of these beautiful creatures […]

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An American Avocet Against A White Background

I have to admit I don’t remember exactly where this picture was taken. I don’t even remember when it was taken but I admire it for how soft and smooth the background turned out. The background is all natural and exactly how the camera captured it. I am sure it is a shallow pond as […]

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