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Photography of the Natural World

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August 2015

Camouflage

An American toad hides in the leaf litter near Cobb Brook
An American toad hides in the leaf litter near Cobb Brook

Watch where you step! If this little toad hadn’t moved as I was walking by, I would have completely missed him (or squashed him!) His coloration perfectly matched the leaf litter where he was hiding!

Panasonic Lumix GM5, 12-32mm lens @ 28mm, ISO 500, f/5.5, 1/60″ exposure.

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Flowing

Cobb Brook in low water
Cobb Brook in low water

I’ve been getting to know a new camera and putting it through its paces on some of my favorite subjects. This shot of Cobb Brook in low water seems to indicate that the camera might be a keeper…

Here are a couple more:

The deep pool on Cobb Brook
The deep pool on Cobb Brook
Water slides over a mossy bed
Water slides over a mossy bed

Panasonic Lumix GM5, 12-32mm lens @ 27mm, ISO 200, f/20, 2.5″ exposure

Nashville Warbler

A yellow warbler on our front porch
A Nashville warbler on our front porch

I was making dinner the other evening when I heard a bump on the window by the sink and caught a fleeting glimpse of a bird fluttering down. Looking out, I saw this yellow warbler sitting on the arm of one of our front porch chairs. It was stunned but still alive. I went cautiously outside to take a closer look (and to make sure the cats hadn’t heard it as well…) Gradually the little bird came back to its senses, but not before allowing me to get close enough to snap several shots with my iPhone. It shortly took off into the trees seemingly none the worse for wear…

Crepuscular

Crepuscular rays burst from behind the clouds above Indian Lake
Crepuscular rays burst from behind the clouds above Indian Lake

We were paddling on Indian Lake in the Adirondacks the other evening—dodging showers—when the sun streamed out from behind the clouds in a spectacular display of crepuscular rays (a.k.a. “God rays”).

Sony RX100mIII, ISO 125, f/4, 1/60″ exposure.

Let sleeping bees be…

A bumble bee slumbers on ornamental thistle
A bumble bee slumbers on ornamental thistle

I was shooting right after sunrise on a coolish summer morning—the temperature was in the mid-50s. I checked out the ornamental thistles in our knot garden and came across this bumble bee slumbering on one of the blossoms. A few more minutes of sunlight and he began to get active. I checked out the same flowers in the late evening as well and found a couple of  other bumbles settling in for the night…

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 1250, f/5.6, 1/1600″ exposure.

Round bales

Fresh-cut round bales in Orwell, Vermont
Fresh-cut round bales in Orwell, Vermont

On our way back from kayaking on Lake Champlain on Sunday, we drove through this hayfield in Orwell. The fresh-cut round bales dotted the field out to the horizon line of the Green Mountains.

Sony RX100 III, ISO 125, f/11, 1/200″ exposure

Clover dew

Morning dew on red clover
Morning dew on red clover

Tiny droplets of morning dew cling to the fine hairs on red clover leaves in our front field.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 1250, f/13, 1/1000″ exposure.

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