Miss me? Since I last wrote I’ve had some great encounters. Some of them I’ll mention now and a few will come out in the next few days.

Although I haven’t seen any snakes yet this year, I’ve heard they’ve re-emerged. In the reptile and amphibian department, I’ve been seeing plenty of turtles, frogs and toads. I’ve also spotted one skink in Huntley Meadows Park.

On that same outing, as I ventured down the informal trail at the back of the park, I caught motion that happened to be an Osprey coming in to land with a meal. Acting on instinct, I fired off a few shots and was able to capture the shot below. Read the rest of this entry »

Birds, birds, birds! That seems to be all I’m getting these days. Don’t get me wrong – I think they’re great. I just crave a little variety thrown in the mix.

On Thursday I returned to Holmes Run Park, hoping the snow would have cleared to a point where easy navigation would have been possible, but that wasn’t the case. Read the rest of this entry »

Bird activity at dusk

January 6, 2010

I’m not sure if this is common, but around my area of Alexandria, at dusk swarms of birds take to the sky. Almost as if from some movie, they sweep overhead for a few minutes and then are just gone.

While the usual variety that I see doing this are a type of black bird (that I’m admittedly poor at identifying), earlier this week I noticed a group of pigeons (Columba livia) weaving through the sky like a giant school of fish.

I’d been used to seeing straight flyovers, but not this. The group turned in unison again and again like a well-choreographed dance for nearly a minute. Read the rest of this entry »

Well hello there, world! I’m somewhat back. I still don’t have Photoshop, but I do have access to it for a little while. That counts for something, right?

While digging through some old images, I stumbled on this little beetle from earlier this summer in Ashburn. Something about it makes me smile. Extra points for anyone who can ID it. Read the rest of this entry »

On Friday evening I made a long overdue return to the mountains of Shenandoah National Park. It was horrendously foggy and ridiculously cold, but I didn’t care. It was heaven. Read the rest of this entry »

Where have I gone?

July 7, 2009

Funny you should ask. I’m here!

So you’ve noticed this site hasn’t been updated in a while too, eh? So sorry. Remember how I’ve brought up my issues with Photoshop in the past? (Mini-recap: Had it, comp crashed, lost it, 2 computers and 2 trial versions later I’m without again) Well… it makes presenting photography somewhat difficult. I’m working on it! (Donations accepted)

As soon as that’s straightened out, I’m hoping to find more bears this summer.

In other news, I’ve moved to Alexandria and have been amazed by how unafraid many animals around here seem. Among my would-be-ideal-if-I-had-had-a-camera-on-me subjects have been blue jays and even a raccoon. The residency here is relatively temporary, as I’m scheduled for another move to San Antonio next summer. On the bright side, I’m bound to see a great diversity of wildlife unlike anything out here in the East.

Until I get the PS issue squared away, if you haven’t yet, check out my book and, as always, I’d love to hear about your wildlife outings.

Since everything is going so swimmingly with the production of the book, I’ve set up an ISBN number and bar code.

Now before I go any further, let me state that this is not a requirement for printing the book, but it is a personal preference. When I began this project, I embarked on it as a learning experience and as such, will fulfill all steps of a traditional bookmaking process (except for the substitution of a POD, print-on-demand, publisher). I want to learn as much as I can, so I figured someone somewhere may appreciate me sharing what I’ve learned along the way. Read the rest of this entry »