Mr. Old School strikes again with his photo of a tree swallow at John Heinz NWR. Such beautiful birds. Jewel-toned, shining blue feathers. This was shot at 300mm requiring a bit of stealth and patience to get close enough for the capture. Shot with the Sony a500 and the Minolta 75-300mm at 300mm.
Swallows, snakes, nesting eagles, and turtles out of hibernation. The vibrancy of spring is returning to the refuge. Beautiful day. Clear sunny skies. A multitude of photographers and bird watchers. The orientation of the main impoundment boardwalk can be tough going. You almost lose one side of the action unless you are comfortable shooting straight […]
Mr. Old School’s gathering of turtles hits Flickr’s Explore making it to 255 in the top 500. Of course I can understand the appeal. TURTLES! Plus, it’s a great shot. From John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Shot with a Sony a500 and the Minolta 75-300mm.
The weekly walk was productive. Tree swallows have returned to John Heinz. Shot with the Sony a65 on the Ravelli tripod using a Minolta 500mm Rokkor-X manual focus lens and the A65’s focus peaking feature. I think I need to start an album just for The Dogs of John Heinz NWR. So many dogs. So […]
February is that month just before everything starts to wake up. Icy, cold, fairly devoid of inhabitants. But if you look there is plenty to photograph. Like Missy. Charming dog having a good day along the boardwalk impoundment. This was an excursion primarily to shoot with the new ‘old’ lenses. The Minolta 75-300mm. Boy, do […]
70F in mid-December. As much as I like the warmth this is just not right. Took advantage of the warm weather to hike through a part of the John Heinz NWR that we rarely go to. The Route 420 entrance in Prospect Park. This end of the refuge can be disappointing in terms of wildlife […]
Beautiful day after Thanksgiving means a trip over to John Heinz NWR once again to try and find the wild turkeys. Once again, FAIL. But there are gulls everywhere. Despite the slang term, ‘dump ducks’, I like gulls. They are noisy, irreverant and fairly non-plussed at human proximity. We also shot a Northern Shoveler but […]
Another John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge was picked up by Explore this past week. Shot at sunset with MY CELL PHONE. Motorola MotoX 1058.
Catching the last of the autumn colors at John Heinz NWR. What a difference a month makes! The impoundment feels deserted with the summer residents gone to their winter homes. But the duck brigade is there in full force! Mallards, Green winged teal ducks, pintails, shovelers. We hunted most of the day for the […]
Pretty excited. The first photo Explored on Flickr! Shot down at John Heinz NWR. Great White Heron. The exceptionally amazing part of making Explore is that the photo was taken with the Minolta 500mm Rokkor-X which is a manual lens. Very tricky to use especially with wildlife. It’s encouraging that getting a good shot with […]