Monday, October 12, 2015


This morning both Lenore and I were up before sunrise. I must say that with the shortening days that is much easier to accomplish. We went for a walk and then I grabbed my camera and tripod and went and photographed a leaf in the pond in our backyard. I just loved the light coming through and the mirrored reflection on the water. My thanks to Karolina Fonseca Moreira for the image idea. If you want to see some beautiful bird photography from South America please check out her photography. God's love and blessings to all, chris Image created with a Canon 7D on a Manfrotto tripod using a 100mm macro lens. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800,F 8.0 at 1/25th of a sec.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Yummy Berries

The Pyracantha Berries I put next to my water set up to add some color for photographing birds have been a hit. The birds and squirrels have been loving eating them. Here is my favorite from yesterday afternoon of a Vireo eating one of the berries. Have a great weekend. God's blessings to all, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Squirrels Love it Too!

Today the squirrels found the water set up I created for my bird photography in the backyard. They loved the water and were particularly intrigued with the Pyracantha Berries I put along side of it to cast some color onto the water for my photography. One Western Gray Squirrel gave it the sniff test and then later decided they were pretty good to eat too. Considering the squirrels small range these are probably the first Pyracantha Berries these squirrels have ever seen. May you have a blessed weekend, chris If you are interested in building a small pond set up like this for photography please check out my book, Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography as there are step by step directions on how to build one. It is available at Amazon and many other fine book sellers as well.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sometimes My Brain Just Wonders

What is so compelling about sunrises and sunsets that people all over the globe get up early or stay and wait for the first or last glimpse of the sun? After all it happens twice daily at least in the middle latitudes of our planet. There are even famous places where people make special trips to watch it happen. Volcanoes in Hawaii and beaches on the west coasts of continents. I find myself caught up in it too, capturing images of sunrises and sunsets with my photography. The bright, rich colors contrasting with the shapes of the land are visually stimulating and beautiful to look at. Is it the red light that hits a special nerve in the pleasure center of our brains. Maybe it is a way of marking the beginning or end of a new chapter in our lives. Just maybe it is simply that we are in awe of God's handiwork in the heavens and we just find it to be beautiful. It's something to wonder about. May you have a wonderful day. God bless, chris These are a few sunrises from over the Mendocino Range and the Little Lake Valley earlier this week. They were captured with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens. Exposures varied.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


One of the cool things about sitting in a photoblind waiting for birds is how your ears become quite tuned into the sounds around you. Typically when I am photographing I only have a small roughly six inch portal to look out of. Your ears tune into the environment around you. This morning I could hear the small town of Willits waking up below me. Traffic noise gradually picked up from trucks on the highway and cars on the surface street until it became a background hum. I heard a Pileated Woodpecker hammering away somewhere in the woods behind me. Off to the side I could hear the plaintive calls of a group of Red Breasted Nuthatches as they got closer and closer and then they were in front of me sneaking drinks and darting away. I watched and waited. There were feeding calls of the Dark Eyed Juncos as they fed on the ground around the feeder kicking up leaves with their little feet. There was the call and hammering of a Northern Flicker off to the side but I couldn't see it. I waited and waited. Eventually a brave little Junco hopped up and got a drink. A couple more followed and then they nervously took off. About twenty minutes later they returned and a bolder one in the group took the plunge and took a bath. After that it was a free for all of bath times and birds. I carefully photographed a few of them. Suddenly off to the side there was a flash of color as a Townsend's Warbler came in for a drink and a bath. I rarely get warblers so this was a real treat. I am so glad I stuck it out and waited. Shortly after that the lighting got to bright and I called it a morning. Thank you Lord for the special morning. May all of you have a wonderful day, chris Image created using a Canon 7D and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Is usm Lens. AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 at 1/30th of a sec.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Simple Gifts

This morning I was up and around photographing an expansive sunrise and colorful clouds across the horizon. There was this little Oak twig that kept getting into my composition. A burst of inspiration hit me that the slender little twig was very beautiful as a silhouetted subject all on its own. I shifted my focus to the twig and I came up with a little piece of the sunrise that was quite beautiful. Enjoy the little gifts that God puts before you today, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens at 150mm on a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 200, F 8.0 at 1/80th of a sec.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Marvelous Millipede

When I was taking Badger the Wonder Dog for a walk down the road on Saturday I spotted a millipede sauntering along on the edge of the road way. Not wanting him/her to be smunched by a passing car I scooped it up and brought it home. It was a pretty good sized one so I photographed it next to a yardstick before I let it go in the forest behind the house. What a cool looking creature. How do they keep all those legs organized and traveling in one direction? If you look closely at the image you can see evenly spaced groups of legs that are out of focus because they are moving faster than the shutter speed I used. There are waves of motion that travel down each side of the body to go forward. It is quite fascinating to watch. God created such a marvelous little creature. Have a wonderful evening and God bless, chris