Luna Lander

Pretty much didn’t go out and photograph anything in February, but I remembered this photo from Delaware a couple years ago and thought I’d use it. This is one of those stories that starts out “There I was…”

This was the same day that I was out in Delaware’s Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge when I saw the two fox kits.

Feeling pretty good for having seen the foxes, some herons and an egret, I was wondering what else I could come across when I spotted this Luna Moth clinging to a tree. It was quite a ways off the trail, but the color stood out very distinctly against the bark.

The details: Fujifilm X-e2/xf 55-200 @200mm, f/4.8, 1/200 sec ISO 3200

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March 2018

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Scaled

Made a trip to a reptile zoo this month, but the photos I ended up with were rather uninspiring. I was hoping for a photo of the lunar eclipse, but despite being able to see the moon before going to bed last night, the skies were thoroughly clouded over this morning.

So… what do I have in the yard I can make a picture of? The spruce tree in the front dropped these cones which kinda looks like a reptile and I found a couple boughs out of the Douglas Fir on the back yard to rest them on, let’s see how this looks…

The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with Nikkor 55mm. 1/10th @f2.8 ISO 200

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February 2018

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Floating on Clouds

I like this picture because it messes with your head a little. It’s the reflection of a branch and the clouds in a pond. The leaf is floating on the surface of the water…

I shot this twice, once focused on the leaf and the branch and cloud out of focus and again as below with the leaf out of focus. I think if I were to do it over, I’d split the difference and shoot to keep both the leaf and the branch in focus.

The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF55-200mm @55mm. 1/300th @f3.5, ISO 200

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December 2017

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What a colorful world

We just returned from a vacation – a cruise through the Panama Canal (LA->Ft. Lauderdale) and it was, as you might expect, quite incredible. We had stops in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Columbia and Aruba.

While in Costa Rica, we visited the Natuwa Macaw Sanctuary where they work with injured and otherwise vulnerable birds. Its good work these guys do and you can find out more on their website.

In addition to having Macaws recovering in huge aviaries, many are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. There are a bunch that hang around the sanctuary – perhaps it’s the presence of so many of their brethren that makes them comfortable with staying. Either way, they’re beautiful birds.

These two scarlet macaws were keeping an eye on our group as we toured the grounds.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Fuji XF 55-200 @120mm 1/40th @f4.2, ISO 400 (This baffles me a little bit – I thought I had set the camera to increase the ISO if the shutter speed dropped below 200. So that wasn’t working or I had it set wrong. Aside from that, I have no idea how this is a clear shot. I simply shouldn’t have been able to hand hold 120mm @1/40th of a second exposure. Oh well – I’ll take it)

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June 2017

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Squeaky-Scratchy

Found myself in Edmonds the other day and thought I’d go look for herons at a marsh near the beach. Found the Herons, they were all huddling against the cold wind, trying to stay warm. Kinda boring, actually. Walking along the path, I kept hearing the squeaky-scratchy song of a hummingbird. Eventually found this guy up in the top of a nearby tree.

I did later find out that of the four species of hummingbird in Washington, only one of them actually sings. Narrows it down some. The Anna’s Hummingbird is also the only one that winters in Washington. Apparently, they do migrate in the winter, heading for lower elevations, they just don’t go south like the others.

FujiFilm X-E2/XF 55-200 @ 200mm, 1/2900th at f / 4.8, ISO 200

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March 2017

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Again with the Mushrooms?

I was lazy this month, didn’t get out to shoot at all, so here’s another shot from last’s month’s safari.

Shot with a Fujifilm X-E2 and a Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm lens. Exposure 1/8th @f2.8, ISO 200.

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December 2016

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