Thursday, August 14, 2014

And it's only August 14

MAPLE LEAF, GREEN, MICHIGAN, AUGUST 14, 2014

Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-135 at 115mm
1/500 sec. f8
ISO 400

The title says it all. For maple leaves to turn this early suggests that the winter ahead will be another harsh one in the Upper Peninsula, with deep snows and unending subzero temperatures the norm from December through April.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunset 7/17/14

SUNSET ON LAKE SUPERIOR, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JULY 17, 2014

Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-135 at 135mm
1/2000 sec. f5.6
ISO 1600

Using a medium telephoto added visual interest to this shot of Lake Superior at about 9 p.m. The wind was offshore, not ruffling the close-in water but kicking up wavelets farther out that caught the blue in the sky directly overhead.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Musk Mallow

MUSK MALLOW (MALVA MOSCHATA), GREEN, MICHIGAN, JULY 18, 2014

Pentax K20D
Tamron 90mm macro
1/750 sec. f8
ISO 400

At first I thought this might be a Wild Geranium, but the lobed petals and delicate, lavender-like scent  bespoke Musk Mallow, a wildflower native to Europe, Turkey and southeast Asia and brought to America as an ornamental plant. Several specimens are growing by the side of the driveway to our cabin through the woods.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Merganserlings and mama

COMMON MERGANSERS, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JULY 14, 2014

Pentax K-5
Pentax 55-300 at 300mm
All photos 1/400 sec. f8
ISO 1600

It has been a while since I posted a new photo, so here is a threefer. Fortunately I was looking out the window of our cabin when this flotilla of mergansers paddled by, and quickly I sneaked up the beach through the woods and captured them before they sailed out of sight.



Monday, June 30, 2014

Views from our front porch, 9 p.m., June 29, 2014


LOOKING OUT OVER LAKE SUPERIOR AT 9 P.M., GREEN, MICHIGAN, JUNE 29, 2014

Both photographs:
Pentax K-3
Sigma 18-250 at 43mm
1/400 sec. f10
ISO 400

At long last the summer late-evening skies over Lake Superior are becoming photographable. Earlier in the year the sunsets tend to be "barenaked," or without clouds to give them visual interest—or completely overcast.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lady's Slipper

LADY'S SLIPPER, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JUNE 22, 2014

Pentax K-3
Sigma 18-250 at 250mm
1/2000 sec. f8
ISO 1600

I happened to be glancing out the bedroom window in our cabin when I spotted this specimen just fifteen feet away. Out I went with the K-3 and captured its essence. The Sigma travel lens yields surprisingly sharp results in macro mode. I shot at high ISO because of the deep shade.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Merganser

FEMALE COMMON MERGANSER, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JUNE 17, 2014

Pentax K-01
Sigma 135-400 at 400mm
1/640 sec. f9
ISO 400

Ordinarily, mergansers are as common as houseflies in this spot on the western shore of Lake Superior, but we've seen no more than four or five in a group all summer. This one was sunning herself on the crib in front of our cabin while I took her portrait.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Peep

SPOTTED SANDPIPER, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JUNE 16, 2014

Pentax K-01
Sigma 135-400 at 400mm
1/500 sec. f11
ISO 400

This "peep"—as people hereabouts call the various sandpipers—stepped onto the crib on Lake Superior in front of our cabin this morning, and stayed although I went out on the beach with camera on tripod. Despite the long lens, I had to crop the photograph hard. That meant the image quality suffers a bit but is still usable on the Internet.