Sandhill Cranes at Sunrise on the Platte

Sandhill Cranes at Sunrise on the Platte

My friend and I made an early morning trek on fresh snow to a bridge above the Platte River at the Fort Kearny State Historical Park (NE) a couple of weekends ago. It was nearly pitch black outside and you could see clusters of people on the bridge, wrapped tightly in blankets and gripping their cameras and binoculars. We heard the cranes begin their morning chatter before the sky began to illuminate and thousands joined the larger flock. I waited for more light and stabilized the camera on the bridge to get this shot. Thanks to an ignorant photographer who flashed (and, therefore, flushed) one group, we didn’t get the most dramatic flight scene, but it was still special to see this part of one of the world’s last great migrations.

Nuremberg Flowers

Nuremberg Flowers

Just a pretty picture of FLOWERS to end your Saturday evening! I finally culled through, edited and processed a batch of photos I took during the summer of 2012 during a day visit to Nuremberg, Germany. The contrast of seeing the Nazi Party Rally Grounds earlier in the morning with the sight of these (and many other) gorgeous flowers above the town at the Nuremberg Castle was quite something.

Perched

Perched

When I get lazy with a bird or butterfly picture, I use the title “Perched” because it always works!

OK, that out of the way, this is one of the first photos I’ve taken with my new camera, the Nikon D5100. I did a little cropping and sharpening to really bring out the details on the butterfly.

So far, I am impressed with the Live View shooting mode, as it is much faster than the D3100 (what I had before). This isn’t necessarily WHY I upgraded my camera, but I was intrigued by the flip-out monitor… I like to take a lot of shots “looking up” and “from the bottom,” so I hope this feature works when I need it to! I look forward to seeing what I can do with this new camera!

Another Day of Adventure! This One Involved A Lizard…

Another Day of Adventure!  This One Involved A Lizard...

In what I hope is becoming a trend, I once again set out this weekend in search of new lands and photogenic subjects. Last time was when a friend was visiting, and this time was with my brother interrupting my binge-a-thon of Orange is the New Black (OMG, I love this show!!) with a phone call asking if I wanted to join him.

I was a bit reluctant to go on that journey because, let’s be honest, it was a Saturday morning and I was perfectly positioned under a warm blanket and tuned into the addictive show playing out on my iPad.

REGARDLESS, I said “sure” and, as is the continuance of another trend, was glad I decided to actually – ohmygoodness – do something with my weekend.

While hiking a small hill (yes, Kansas isn’t really all that flat, thank you very much) in the Big Basin area in Southwest Kansas, my brother spotted this Collared Lizard. He was almost perfectly still (he did turn around at one point to glare at me), even after we came back down from the short hike.  This angle was the third attempt at photographing the little guy, showing me that sometimes it’s worth a bit more time to better compose a shot.