Saturday, April 21, 2012

Using The IPhone To Make A Post...

I know, I have not made a post since Christmas. Life has been busy with projects, family and an endless amount of overtime at work. I have not even used the DSLR since November.

Thanks to the IPhone I have managed to stay connected in some manner since then. I can use it at work during down time or when on the go. The camera is pretty good with some really cool photo apps. These four were all taken and worked up on the phone.

I am hoping to get to SNP in June and maybe even Elk County. Who knows I may be retired by then.

Being my first post from the phone and the blogger app I hope it works okay.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone

No photos this morning folks, this was a last minute thought as I set at the fire station kitchen table drinking coffee after a busy night. With any luck I will get off at 8:30 this morning. I have my fingers crossed. For all the regulars and just the occaisional web surfer, have a Merry and safe Christmas

This is the first time I have ever tried making a post from my ipad, I hope it turns out.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Do You Remember This Buck?

Do you remember this buck?  I posted him on November 17 and mentioned that he was the most impressive buck I had seen during the rut.  Not the most points but most impressive spread and length of tines.  This view gives you a better view of the rack and provides you the opportunity to see all 12 of the points including the spot with the broken brow tine.

This is not the best of the photographs I got of this buck but I still liked it.  It was taken early morning just as the sun came up over the horizon.  He had been chasing does and was in the beginning stages of a lip curl allowing him to smell the does in estrogen.  I sure could use another one of these trips right now to relax me and relieve some stress.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Do You See It?

Well do you, do you see it?  Do you know what the "it" is I am referring to?  I am speaking of the beauty of this whitetail buck.  When I look at this animal I see strength, beauty and pride.  I may not hunt anymore but I still like venison and get it often at work.  But I could stand all day and watch this magnificent animal.  Now do you see it?

Now for the photo details, like most these days it was taken with the D7000 and the 200-400 VR F4 on the Wimberly.  It was captured in low light at ISO 640, 1/40 sec. F4 at 600 mm.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Juvenile Red Shoulder Hawk...

This is a juvenile Red Shoulder Hawk I photographed last month in SNP, Virginia.  There is more to this story and more photos than I am showing here but all that will have to wait for another time.  As in the past time is short and I have no ambition to set in front of this thing working on photos or pecking away.

This photo was taken late afternoon with back lighting.  Sometimes I try for the back lighting other times it is because it was mt only choice.  This hawk has that nice glow around it I am just never sure how to post process them.  For that reason I do next to nothing to them.  By the way this photo was taken with the D700, 200-400 Vr f4 lens at ISO 400, 1/400 sec., F4 at 600 mm hand held.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Do You Think His Tongue Was Planned?

Do you think this young bull stuck his tongue out on purpose?  I am betting he did knowing I was taking his photo, that has been the story of my life.  Time is still short, this is all you get.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

This Bull Has Been Hard At Work...

This photo was taken at this years Elk rut in Northern Pennsylvania.  Time is short and the brain quit working sometime back, okay it was years ago so I will keep this very short.  This bull was busy keeping his herd together and tearing everything up to impress the cows.  And now while the cows look towards another bull he needs to rip off a most impressive bugle.  What an awesome sight and even more awesome sound it is.  I can't wait to do it again next year.

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Danger Appears...

Continuing on my last post after looking for the danger the whitetails made us aware of for almost one and a half hours Shane spotted a Coyote in the meadow.  He was about 50 yards from the deer when we spotted him and feeding on the blueberries.  He never approached the deer any closer after we seen him but he did stay in the area long enough to allow us to get a few photographs.  The whitetails remained in the meadow feeding and were never ran off by him.  This coyote would never take down a healthy adult whitetail but I am sure they remember him feeding on the fawns earlier in the summer and remained on high alert.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

On High Alert!

It is funny I should use this as a title since that is what I am in every day of my life with this job.  The sad part my high alert is not from the bells sounding an alarm but from everything else in the city.  Enough said about that onto the subject at hand.

In August when Shane and I traveled to SNP to photograph the fawns and bucks in velvet we entered the meadow under the cover of darkness and waited for the sun to rise.  When the sun rose we were surrounded by 27 deer, seven of those being bucks.  We held our positions and enjoyed the morning photographing the deer.  An hour or so into it we noticed the bucks and does paying attention the the back part of the meadow.  Frequently tails would be raised along with the occasional snort and stomp.  We knew that the deer were alerting to danger and that it was not us.  We scanned the meadow for the danger for almost an hour and a half before the danger appeared.

For that you will need to tune into my next post.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

SNP In August...

Okay I missed a day, but I have already posted more than twice as much this month that any other this year.  I thought I would stay with the whitetail in Shenandoah National Park but dig into my August files.  After posting big bucks the fawns seemed like a nice change of pace.  It is amazing what one can see when they spend some quality time around the whitetails.  Most people do not observe wildlife enough to see them interact with each other.  I was lucky enough on this day to see these two fawns grooming each other.  Do you think he was trying to get some attention when he gave him that little kick?