Saturday, November 28, 2015

Are you done?

Getting two animals interacting in a single frame is always exciting. Their communication is left to the imagination and creativity of each viewer. How would you title this image? If you are interested in creative squirrel photography follow this link: The Secret Life of Squirrels

Friday, November 27, 2015

Keeping Dry

I was in the woods as it started snowing yesterday and recorded some good fall to winter transition footage as the ground turned white. this guy was busy stocking up but could not figure out who else would be moving around in this kind of weather.

Technical: My last post had some footage uploaded directly to the blog instead of going through YouTube. Apparently it is not visible on all platforms so I'll go back to the intermediate step unless someone knows how to get footage visible to all using a direct upload.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Camera trapping

I start camera trapping this time of year and have just finished the preliminary edit of over 2000 files. I think I left in location too long. This hollow log was the site of all the activity. While I am determining a story line for a short video I'll share some of the more interesting clips. The trap is set up in an area where travel or activity is likely and left in place for at least a week. This location was used for almost 2 weeks with over 90% of the recorded activity from field mice at night. No lures or bait is used.

Monday, November 23, 2015

First Snow

The first snow of the season has a different meaning to each of us. For me it is the beginning of a season of simplicity. The jangle of grass stems and twisted leaves will soon be covered leaving a clean palette of white and contrasting lines on the prairie. There is also a peace and tranquility with only sounds of the snow hitting the blades of grass and wildflowers. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

November Roar


The recent rain has made for great waterfall photography. The color may be a little flat but what a great time to spend an hour or so exploring the edges of the roaring water.

Technical: Recorded on an iPhone6.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Nest of Leaves

I was walking in the  rain earlier this week searching for any remaining color in fallen leaves. These rain soaked oak leaves nestled in a fallen log caught my attention. 

Technical: tripod mounted iPhone6 capture, WB 6100 using Procamera8 app

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Autumn Bubbles

A quiet, peaceful stream can take the world's troubles away for a few minutes. Such is the beauty of nature.

Monday, November 16, 2015

November Transition

We may soon get back to a normal November. The blue sky has been beautiful and believe me I'm not complaining. This pond reflection at Richardson Nature Center reminds me of the impending change of seasons. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Are you watching me?

This guy was busy burying acorns when he looked up and suddenly realized I was not a tree. Working in such close quarters I had a hard time maintaining focus and keeping him in the frame.

Technical: cropped vertical from C100 video frame

Friday, November 13, 2015

Planning Ahead

Fox squirrels are busy storing acorns for the winter. An interesting article about how their stored nuts are found and how they choose to put certain acorns in the ground can be found at: How do squirrels find their nuts?

Technical: Frame capture from C100 video, cropped to 35 mm format

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Getting the "eye"

After this fox squirrel had foraged for acorns to within 4 feet of me he discovered I was not part of the normal landscape. He then climbed a nearby tree and watched me for a few minutes while trying to make up his mind. Finally he moved on. 

Technical: still image taken with Canon C100

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November Color

The golden color of October has faded. I'm grateful for blue sky in November. One of my current projects is recording squirrel behavior. Yesterday I donned an orange vest and went out looking of them. I saw a nice deer but the final shot of my sequence did not happen. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Small subject, small camera

I was walking with my iPhone and saw this bright color on a log covered with green moss.  It was a perfect opportunity to test a close up lens attachment. The depth of field cannot be controlled but the focus locked nicely on the leading edge of the mushroom.

Technical: iphone6, iProLens macro lens, Procamera 8 used which allows white balance adjustment.

Friday, November 6, 2015

A morning with the cranes

I recorded this one morning a couple weeks ago. I like to watch the cranes wake up routine and listen to their raucous calling as they leave the roost each morning. As the season progresses they spend more time warming up making for even more interesting dancing and stretching routines.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Each one is unique

I was reminded of this when someone said each sunset has been different this week. So is sunrise but few of us see it on a regular basis. This was taken before sunrise last week at a small park on the edge of Madison Lake, MN. 

Technical: To clone the light or not? What would you do?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015