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Least Bittern

I spend the entire month of June on a boat watching the sunrise and sunset. I do this because I am leading wildlife photography tours, to capture images of Loons. I am so fortunate to be outside, surrounded by nature for such a sustained amount of time. I see and hear so many cool birds and...

Great Golden Digger Wasp

After the rush of the spring nesting season, things tend to slow down a bit in the natural world. Sure, some birds such as Cedar Waxwings and American Goldfinch are just getting started in their nesting efforts for the year, but most other species are done with baby birds in the nest and are...

Yellow Warbler

Sitting alone in a small dark blind waiting for a bird is a wonderful time to reflect or think deeply about all the wonderful and amazing aspects of nature. This happened a couple days ago when I was sitting in one of my ground blinds that I set up to photograph a tiny and delicate yellow bird,...

Black Bear

Last week while leading a wildlife photography workshop to capture images of American Black Bears (Ursus americanus) we experienced a cuteness overload. Over three and half days, we saw many mother bears with spring cubs. The term “spring cub” refers to cubs that were born this past...

Trumpeter Swan

Recently I have been spending some time photographing a pair of Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) with six little cygnets. This swan family is not in a wilderness setting but a suburban backyard pond. Wow, have things changed. First, when I started my career in wildlife photography 40 years...

American Redstart

The key to “seeing” nature is to stop and look. I know that seems rather obvious but it’s true. The simple act of stopping and looking is really all it takes to start to see more nature. This is something I learned a long time ago, but it seems that I need to stop and remember...

Not always what it appears to be

Not everything in nature appears the way you see it! I’ve said it over and over again in various ways. We see the natural world through the lens of a human and all the things that go into being a human. This is not a bad thing, but it is important to understand the lens colors the way in...

Ruffed Grouse

I am fascinated by the diversity of mother nature. And this was abundantly clear to me the other day while I sat in a tiny chair blind, in the dark, waiting for the sun to come up and for a Ruffed Grouse to enter the habitat that lay before me.

The grouse of the world are one of the more...

Sage Grouse

Looking up into the dark Wyoming night sky, all the stars in the Milky Way where shining so brightly it looked like white paint had been splashed across the sky from horizon to horizon. I blinked my eyes a couple times to bring the entire scene into better focus. After all, it was 4 in the...

Snail Kites

It seems like there are as many different strategies employed for a bird’s survival as there are species of bird. Think about all the different ways and things a bird must do just to survive. These include a wide range of nesting strategies and feeding strategies. This fact was glaringly...

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