First time visiting Forsythe. As with all of the NWR system it is a beautiful place and worth multiple visits. The visitor center is at the southernmost end of the refuge in the vicinity of Absecon, NJ. Technically, Oceanville, NJ. Here’s the not so great — THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY construction. What. a. mess. And, […]
Bombay Hook NWR. 2591 Whitehall Neck Road Smyrna, DE 19977 302-653-9345 email@example.com Approximately 60 miles south of Wilmington, Delaware. Fabulous place to spend the day. Added bonus? WAFFLE HOUSE right off DE-1 South on US 13 before you make the turn onto Smyrna-Leipsic Road. A different snowy egret shot with the Minolta 500mm mirror. […]
Shots from the Philadelphia airport protests against the travel/muslim ban on January 29, 2017.
Really enjoying the Macro Mondays group on Flickr. Nice weekly challenges. This past week the challenge was monochrome. Any subject. This is a shot of a replica of a Gunter’s quadrant. As a bonus the photo was Explored! Shot with the Sony A65 and the Minolta 50mm f1.7 with a +2 closeup filter.
Shot at Longwood Gardens railroad display with the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 on the Sony A65. This is my favorite Minolta lens and my #1 walking around lens. Great for portraits and low light situations. It’s razor sharp and creates beautiful bokeh when wide open. Available on eBay for approximately $50.00. Can’t go wrong. Minolta AF […]
Great trip to Bombay Hook NWR for fall migration. You haven’t seen a sunrise until you see it at Bombay Hook. Always spectacular! Some hints for visiting: Hilton Garden Inn, Dover: Really great place to stay that is on Route 13. About 5 miles to the Waffle House and a 20 minute trip to the […]
Bokeh can be beautiful. It can also be crazy. Especially when using the Minolta MD Rokkor-X 500mm mirror lens. Because the lens is not refractive it requires a careful choice of background to avoid doughnut bokeh. Catadioptric lenses use two mirrors. The secondary mirror partially blocks the main mirror blocking out the center of each light […]
Time for dragonflies! Anywhere you have a pond or a still body of water you will find dragonflies. We stalk them at various sites: Newlin Grist Mill, Hibernia Park, John Heinz NWR. All were shot with the Minolta 75-300mm and either the Sony A500 or Sony A65.
Nice surprise to find the pileated woodpecker shot by Mr. Old School is up on Flickr’s Explore! We were actually hunting the frog pond for photo ops when the pileated flew down and stated attacking the rotted stump. Had a quick window to get a couple of shots before he was chased away by a […]
Sunrise at Bombay Hook NWR is a glorious thing to experience. It was absolutely worth waking up at 3:45 a.m. We hung around Raymond Pool for about an hour watching the avocets, ducks, herons, and bald eagles. Tree swallows everywhere. I totally love American coots and wasn’t disappointed. We even saw wild turkeys off along […]