Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
This photograph was taken last September in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone. I didn't know much about this animal then, but after a scare with this male, I soon learned.
Brian and I separated in this field each looking for the best spot to shoot this male and his herd of females. After getting my tripod set up this guy began watching me like I was about to get my butt kicked. After a short time he decided to run, straight at me. Everything in me said do something but the stupid part took over and all I could do was to keep shooting as he approached me at those speeds. He passed by me within feet and just kept going until he reached the next mountain.
I joined up with a couple other photographers shooting the same herd to learn that the pronghorn was really looking through me to the next mountain. It turns out they are in rut the same time as the elk and he spotted competition.
A short time later he returned and posed for numerous photographs, including this one.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The Emerald Society is made up of local firefighter, police officers and public safety personnel. The band is based in Harrisburg and practices at the Pennsylvania National Fire Museum. They first performed at the 2006 St. Patrick's Day parade and have since participated in numerous other events including opening for Rod Stewart at Hershey, Pa. Additional information on the Society and museum can be located at http://www.lochielhbg.com/index.php and http://pnfm.org/
Monday, September 24, 2007
I call it unexpected because when I first spotted these deer they were at the bottom of this hill in the river. Of course I got excited thinking I would get shots of them in the water, but they started up the hill. I waited thinking I could still get a few shots, but I never thought they would come to the top and pose for me. The three bucks stood on the top creating the perfect repetition and rules of third for a photograph.
The Lamar Valley is my favorite place in Yellowstone. This area has the least amount of tourist, most of the people that are there are to watch the wolves. The wildlife is plentiful, although you must work for it. Buffalo are abundant, deer are plentiful, wolves run in packs and there is the occasional black bear.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
The Harbor seal ofter called hair seals by Alaskan coastal residents because they are covered with short stiff bristled like hair. They are warm-blooded air breathing animals that reach weights of about 180 pounds. Males can live to about 26 years and females to about 32 years (I was going to comment here, but I will let it go). In Alaska waters they predominately eat walleye, pollock, Pacific cod and capelin.
They day we went on this cruise looking for sea life the waters were very ruff with high swailes. I had to take many shots of these guys just to get something half decent, the part of the boat I was on was moving up and down probably 10 feet. Note the large male laying in the center (I worked for a Battalion Chief that resembled this for a few years).
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
I have more Katmai grizzly photos coming in the future.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I like this photograph because I feel it portrays life in the city and our life as firemen in the city. The street has our typical three story row homes, the building the man was killed at is vacant and graffiti covered. From the fire department's side, the station Captain, EMS and an engine man check out the fire, while another from the engine brings the can. The truck driver can still be seen in the window sitting in his seat, the firefighter looking back is a Probie waiting for me.
We took the time to take the memorial apart, extinguish the fire and put it back together again. We still got cursed out by a lady on the street. But it is still a great job.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
The three day event featured an 18th century market and military fair. 18th century sutlers, demonstrators and military reenactors performed special programs, lectures and demonstrations.
My family had the opportunity to play numerous 18th century games including Cricket and to meet General Washington. Most of my postings this week will be from our experience at Washingtonburg.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
In the summer the bull elk keep to themselves roaming Yellowstone eating. The cows can be found in herds with their young normally along the river in west Yellowstone. Not long from now the rut season will begin and a big bull like this one will have his own herd of cows.
This is a fantastic time of year in the west as the bulls keep the cows in line looking to mate. The sound of the bulls bugling is as exciting as watching with them with their herds. Other bulls will show up and attempt to compete for the herd. They may bluff charge and if you are very lucky they may fight.
I wish I was heading west again this year. Check this link http://brianbastinelli.com/Artist.asp?ArtistID=4800&Akey=KLB3KPWC for a wonderful image of two bulls fighting, while there look around at Brian's other photographs. Good luck again this year Brian.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Only the larger males get to stand on the falls and catch the fish. Below the falls the grizzly bears are in groups according to strength and size, the last in line being the young cubs with there mothers.
After down loading images that day, we had a good time with this photograph. Looking at the fish's eyes and mouth it appears he is saying HELP ME!! HELP ME!!. And if he knows what this bear is going to do to him that may be correct. This large male will only eat the skin off the salmon without killing it before eating the brain and walking away to catch another one. Those parts of the salmon contain the fat and that is all the male wants. The bears below the falls will catch what the male didn't want when it reaches them. And if anything is left after that the sea gulls will fight over it.
Friday, September 14, 2007
This was my first attempt at shooting fireworks. I learned a few things and captured a few good images, of course I get some really bad ones also. The photograph was taken in Carlisle, Pa. during there 2007 4Th of July fireworks display.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Shane has now played rugby for two seasons, he also plays ice hockey and for the first time flag football with a Church league. By the way Shane's rugby team won the championship this year.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Every year around Labor day at Williams Grove Park just outside Mechanicsburg, Pa. the association holds there annual picnic that last about 10 days. The train runs non stop taking passengers for a short journey. There are tractor parades featuring John -Deere, Allis-Chalmers and many other types. And there is a number of steam tractors operating sawmills, thrashers and other vintage farm equipment.
Never go hungry as most the food is home made and worth the wait in line. Before going home it is always good to stop in the butcher shop and pick up some sausage and scrapple.
The show has been going on since 1959, they can be found at http://www.steamtraction.com/
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
As a child I also dreamed of being a fireman when I became an adult. I fulfilled those dreams and have never regretted it. Six years ago this day 343 FDNY fireman gave their lives so that many others may live. Those men and women make us all proud to wear the blue uniform.
On this sixth anniversary please remember the firefighters that gave their lives that day and the men and women in the armed forces and emergency services that continue everyday to insure your freedom and safety.
Monday, September 10, 2007
My earlier digital images were recorded with a Nikon D70, I have been shooting with a D2X for about a year now. My son Shane has been showing an interest in photography and has been using my D70. Hopefully as he gets a little older he will be able to teach me a few things in post processing.
I am going to try and post a different photograph each day, some days it may be Shane’s photo.
I don’t know if anyone out there other than my family is viewing this blog or not so if you are lurking please feel free to comment good or bad about my images.