Category Archives: photography

Evening Clouds Through a Short Telephoto Lens

We had an intense thunderstorm tonight, and the clouds were something to see afterwards.  Take a look. I used a 105 mm macro lens–essentially a short telephoto.  The sky was blue in places, but I concentrated mostly on the dark … Continue reading

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Hanging Out by the Swamp Milkweed

Big Creek State Park is an artificial lake in Polk County Iowa.  On the north side of the lake is a little used boat access–mostly used by people with canoes and kayaks.  The boat ramp is gravel mixed with mud, … Continue reading

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On a Misty Day

When I moved into my house a little more than a year ago, there were some flowers planted alongside it.  Bleeding hearts!  One of my favorites. They were getting ready to bloom this spring, then we got a late freeze … Continue reading

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On Bugshot Alabama

I just got back from a macro photography workshop called Bugshot Alabama.  These workshops have been going on for several years and are named after their locations–typically some place with high biological diversity. This is from the outside a pretty … Continue reading

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Making Friends with a Toad

I found a little county park near where I live and wandered around with my camera. Kind of a nice area. I found a toad and made friends with him. Sometimes girls will kiss a frog, thinking he will turn … Continue reading

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Snow and Lichens

So it is the middle of winter and I have recently relocated.  I haven’t had the camera out for a while, but with the little bit of snow we got today and the lichens, I had to take a few … Continue reading

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A Little Snow for Christmas

We got a little bit of snow yesterday.  Just in time for Christmas. Christmas blessings to you and yours.

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When Butterfly Photography is Easy

Butterfly photography is often a challenge.  It can be difficult to get close enough to an individual to get a good shot.  If you scare it away, it will be a while before you get close to another one. Not … Continue reading

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Giants in Trees

West Oak Park in Mills County Iowa is a great place to observe butterflies.  It has a pretty diverse butterfly fauna, but one species really makes it special.  Giant Swallowtails, Papilia cresphontes can be found here in good numbers. The butterfly … Continue reading

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View from the Porch

It is great to live in the country.  Here was the view from my front porch tonight. The deer wondered around the yard then went across the road.  I watched for four or five minutes before it moved on.  It … Continue reading

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