Sunday, April 28, 2013
Snow trilliums are the first woodland ephemeral to emerge, well before the often photographed hepatica. Everyone is asking the question, "How late is spring this year?". In my experience snow trilliums are usually done blooming at the end of the first week of April. This one is at peak and others were just opening. Technical: focal length 20 mm at f29, slight crop. The leaf gives a size perspective to the flower.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
We walked the Louisville Swamp savanna new the Renaissance Festival on Sunday after an absence of 10 years. The only signs of ephemerals were a couple trout lily shoots struggling to get through the leaves. The teal were swimming and the frogs were singing on this small pond.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
The weather has been brutal on these guys recently. Wind chills in the high teens this morning did not bring any relief. There was a brief respite on Friday when this image was captured. Technical: Should the beak be touching the sumac?
Friday, April 12, 2013
After several days indoors I was out looking for images in the fresh snow this morning. The early migrants were busy eating sumac seeds all morning giving lots of opportunities for both video and still images. Technical: cropped vertical from C100 frame.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
I watched a pair of greater yellow legs along the Cottonwood River several evenings last week trying to get a tight shot of them feeding. Thursday I set up a blind and waited for them to arrive. After two hours I gave up waiting for them. After starting to put the blind away only to hear their familiar calls and see them land where I had been watching. Technical: f8, 1/60 second + 6 hours over 3 evenings.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Water Sculpture from Shinichi Maruyama on Vimeo.
My best source of ideas is the web and asking how did they do that followed by applying the technique to nature videos, if possible, using my basic equipment. I came across this fascinating piece that has had over 600k views. Minimal motion, no sound, and only 30 seconds long but compelling!
Friday, April 5, 2013
The Cottonwood River is open and no spring flooding so I have been watching beaver feed on the brush along the river bank. As long as I'm sitting and quiet they carry on although most evenings are not very exciting. Recently the pair ate for an hour and groomed for half an hour, after all that excitement I had to leave. This video is from one of the more interesting evenings.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The challenge of recording this stream was conveying the sense of motion. A slow shutter speed would have been too calm, a fast one would have frozen the action losing the sense of movement. I tried several speeds and settled on 1/10 second. Recorded at Lester Park, Duluth.