Friday, July 24, 2015

Sunrise over Lake Superior

SUNRISE OVER LAKE SUPERIOR, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JULY 23, 2015

Pentax K-3
Sigma 18-250 at 26mm
1/125 sec. f8
ISO 400

It was worth arising early for this one. Much of a good sunrise photo depends on cloud formations in the distance, and Mother Nature cooperated.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Cabbage White Butterfly

CABBAGE WHITE BUTTERFLY, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JULY 5, 2015

Pentax K-01
Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro
1/400 sec. f9
ISO 400

I was hoping to catch a bumblebee with my macro photography outfit set up next to a pot of purple flowers on the back deck when this specimen of Pieris rapae flitted within range. It's a pretty butterfly, but its larvae play hell with crops in the cabbage family.




Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fresnel lens

FRESNEL LENS, SPLIT ROCK LIGHTHOUSE, SILVER BAY, MINNESOTA, JULY 1, 2015

Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-135 at 28mm
1/160 sec. f10
ISO 400

Deborah Abbott, sprightlier than I am, climbed the long winding staircase inside the historical lighthouse at Split Rock on Minnesota's Lake Superior north shore to capture this view of the mighty Third Order Fresnel lens from the landing below. Although the lighthouse was retired in 1969 and has become a museum, the lens remains on its pedestal and emits a beam every November 10 to mark the loss of the lake freighter Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Red squirrel

RED SQUIRREL, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JULY 2, 2015

Pentax K-5
Sigma 18-250 at 250mm
1/100 sec. f6.3
ISO 1600

They're cute, cheeky little fellows, but red squirrels are destructive pests in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I chased this one from our bird feeders and he stopped while climbing a nearby tree to flip me the squirrel equivalent of the bird.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Merganserlings

COMMON MERGANSER WITH YOUNG, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JUNE 11, 2015

Pentax K-5
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 plus Pentax HD 1.4x converter (420mm)
1/1250 sec. f9
ISO 640

Through the kitchen window I spotted this feathered flotilla chugging west on the lake shore. I grabbed the nearest camera and dashed out the door and around the cabin, creeping up on the tree line just in time to capture the babies as they spotted me and tried to crawl atop Mama. It was the first time this spring that we've seen them.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Hummer No. 4

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, GREEN, MICHIGAN, AUGUST 16, 2013

Pentax K-5
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5
1/6400 sec. f8
ISO 1600

Here's an unusual angle on a hummer that was overlooked when I first captured the bird in the summer of 2013. I found the shot while looking in my photo archive for something else.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hummers No. 2 and 3

MALE RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JUNE 2, 2015

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 plus Pentax HD 1.4x converter (420mm)
Top: 1/640 f8  Bottom: 1/200 f8
ISO 1600


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Hummer No. 1

FEMALE RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, GREEN, MICHIGAN, MAY 30, 2015

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 plus Pentax HD 1.4x teleconverter (420mm)
1/180 f8 with on-board flash
ISO 400

This one was captured through the front window with flash on a gray, rainy day—not the best conditions, but acceptable.