Last week we did an overnight trip to Lakeland’s Circle B Bar Reserve. It’s one of the few reserves where there is activity all day long thanks to an abundance of wildlife. You don’t have to get up early and be out there at sunrise, though that is still a good idea, to capture nature’s beauty.
The San Juan Islands consist of a string of islands (over 100) located in the northwest corner between the mainland U.S. and Vancouver, B.C. We stayed in the town of Friday Harbor, the big tourist spot on the island of San Juan. From there for three days we went out on the nearby waters, including the Strait of Georgia, to photograph Orcas and Humpback Whales, Seals, Porpoises and Eagles. We also spent a few hours at the San Juan Island National Historic Park where we photographed Foxes.
This is the first in a series of photographs I will be posting. Enjoy.
The Skagit Valley, particularly the Skagit River, is known at this time of the year to be a haven for Bald Eagles. It’s located in the northwestern part of Washington State. About half of the time on our recent trip was spent on the Skagit River photographing eagles, and the other half on land photographing swans, snow geese, and a bit of landscape. Although the weather was cold and rainy, the experience yielded some exciting photos making the colds, both my wife and I now endure, worth it. Below are some photographs.
Earlier this week my wife and I took a short trip to the Naples area of Southwest Florida. Included was a short day trip to the Ding Darling WLR on Sanibel Island where we were greeted by a small pod of Pelicans. Here are a few of my photographs.
Humpback whales are beautiful, graceful and majestic mammals ranging 40 to 60 feet in length, weighting as much as 44 tons. We were fortunate to catch a couple of Humpbacks on a recent trip to Boothbay Harbor in Maine.
Last week we took a drive down to the George C. McGough Nature Park which includes the Largo Bird of Prey and Exploratory Nature Center. Inside the Nature Center, at the front desk, we were introduced to Lucy, a Screech Owl who has become the Center’s official greeter. Visitor’s love Lucy and I got the impression Lucy liked all the attention she receives.
Unlike the other birds of prey at the center, Lucy is completely healthy. So you may be asking, what is she doing at the center? Why isn’t she out in the wild? Well, according to the volunteers we spoke to, Lucy was stolen as a chick from her nest by someone who decided the owlet would make a good pet. She was so young, her eyes were still closed at the time. When she eventually opened her eyes, Lucy’s first sighting was that of the human who took her from her natural home. This person began posting photos on their Facebook page which was discovered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The owlet was confiscated and the individual was given a hefty fine. Lucy, who only knew humans, could not be released into the wild. She taken to the Largo Bird of Prey and Exploratory Nature Center where she is happy being among her own kind….people.
Prairie Dogs are generally found in Western States, Canada and Mexico. These fellows were photographed at Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico about five years ago. On my most recent trip to Bosque del Apache we looked for them and they were gone. When I asked one of the officials, all they said was the just disappeared a few years ago.