Posts Tagged ‘eastern’

First Look Photo: Rarely Seen Animal

November 22, 2017

In Maine, it is said that people can live here their entire lives and never see a rabbit.  The reason for this is simple. Eastern cottontail rabbits, like foxes, are primarily nocturnal. On occasion one might be seen during the day, but that is an extremely rare occurrence.  I found this rabbit on my way into work the other night.

Eastern cottontail

First Look Photo: In with a Bang.

July 5, 2017

I love photographing firework shows, and July 4th is the ideal day.  In the past I have been scheduled to work, or weather conditions weren’t accommodating, but this year was perfect, so I headed out.

Fire works 4

Photo Friday: Hanging from a Cliff

June 3, 2016

This week I took a nice walk to Fort Williams, to take shots of the Portland Headlight in scaffolding.

The way I figure it, the best way to get the most out of my opportunities is to take pictures from multiple angles.  One of my angles was from the bottom of a cliff next to the ocean.  It was here that I found this week’s photo.  It was not, as I figured, of the headlight, but of something growing on the cliff itself.

As I headed back I saw a flower I had never seen before.  It looked like a columbine, but all the columbines I have seen were purple and white.  This was the first time I’ve seen a red and yellow columbine.

After a little research I learned it is an Eastern Columbine, and it’s not unusual to find them growing on cliffs.  So here, then is my favorite shot from that day.

Eastern Columbine_

Photo Friday: Let Nature be Nature

May 20, 2016

This week, I went to a beautiful nature trail with a water fall.  While walking on the path, I came across an incident that reminded me that you never have to force nature to cooperate with you.

Some of the best shots I have ever taken of animals have been when nature is free to run its own course.  In this instance, I had spotted an eastern black swallowtail, and took a few shots.  I was going to move on when the butterfly decided my thumb looked like a good resting spot.  It was my right hand, so I couldn’t get the picture.  When it took off, I thought it would be fun to stick out my left hand, not expecting much.  When the butterfly landed right in my left hand, I started snapping.  I ended up with 40 shots before it left, including this week’s picture.

Eastern Black Swollowtail

 

 

Photo Friday: I got a frog in my lens

June 12, 2015

The first full week of every June, I take my vacations from my full time job, so I can do my photography work.  One of the places I frequent, for some of the best nature shots, is a place called Hinkley Park.  This year, I decided to use my nature lens to get close-ups of turtles, since they are numerous, and pretty.  My fascination with turtles stems from the shell, which is a spinal chord, pelvis, and ribcage rolled into one unit, making turtles, and tortoises some of the only species’ with both an endo, and exo-skeleton.

As I got to the upper pond, I could hear the green frogs, and bull frogs croaking, so I figured, why not start with them.  I set my lens to 900 mm, and was immediately welcomed to a frog staring directly at my lens.  It was a breezy day, so I took extra pictures to get the clear ones I’m showing now.  I hope you enjoy them.

bull frog 1

bull frog 2

Of course, the whole purpose was the turtles, so here are a couple I shot.

 

painted turtle 2

painted turtle 1

painted turtle 4

Baby Turtle!!!

June 21, 2012

this is a picture I took at Hinkley Park the other day.  This was my third pass over the bridge, (I’ll supply the picture of that as well.)  and looking into the water, I saw the cutest baby turtle at just under 3 inches around.  The baby is an Eastern Painted Turtle, which are common in this area.  I’ve seen a lot of the turtles, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen a baby.

Ain’t he cute?

Now here’s the bridge.