Sunday, August 31, 2008

Snake in the Grass

Its a time of transition as new colors blend into the summer landscape.
The cooler nights and sunny days have the snakes out seeking the warmth of an unshaded spot.
I captured this as this young wooduck dries out his wings.
At last a decent look at the elusive Belted Kingfisher. No he is not having a bad hair day his plumage sticks up like a cow lick.
Its peaceful along this stretch early in the morning.
He has his sharp eye on something and he will power dive into the water to get his meal.

Some color frames to add to the composition is always nice!
Blue winged teal in the early morning light.
The fox grapes are ripe and look so inviting but they are sour and tart. How do I know, I checked!
Everything is beautiful in its time. (Even a Bull Thistle)
This one was on a stump and he blended in perfectly.



Saturday, August 23, 2008

Lake Champlain Birders Trail

Birds and flowers are some of the favorite targets on any walk. They come together beautifully in this shot as the magic of digital slows and captures this moment in time.


I was surprised by a visit from this Snowy Egret

They can drop by anytime! I love how the white stands out against the green background.
Keeping life in balance.


A good look at a Spotted Sandpiper.

Just the right moment.
It was dark in there, had to use flash to get this one.


Stop by again soon, Fall is almost upon us!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Back Country Trail

Out early on Saturday headed south on the Northway, destination the Adirondack Park. As late summer begins its transition into early fall the mountians and lakes begin to call and its time once again to strap on the hiking boots and spend some special time in this beautiful place. This year you are invited to share its beauty with me as I will try to capture and record some of the trips.


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It came out of the sky

While hiking a remote area in the Adirondack Forest I came upon this strange sight which quickly became the subject for my first Video.



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I will let the readers draw their own conclusions as to what it is and where it came from.

Monday, August 11, 2008

August File

These images are from recent field trips in our area and were chosen to try and convey the beauty that surrounds us in this late summer season.
















I like the contrasting colors as ripening fruit and blossoms blend with the natural backgrounds.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Rainy Season

Lots of rain in our area and two species are thriving in the dark dampness of the woods. The mosquito population is thriving and has grown to epic proportions. The abnormally large pest's have taken to the tree's to better ambush any unsuspecting hikers foolish enough to enter their domain.
A country lane looks inviting in the early morning mist.
Fungi is everywhere, the moist humid conditions have produced a bumper crop with many varietys in various stages of development.


This is Indian Pipe I usually them in small bunches, it was a sight to encounter so many in one place!


I won't quote the " Tangled Web" line on this one it was a perfect job very neat and symetrical.







This rain cloud did have a silver lining after all. Thank's for stopping by and sharing the pictures with us.