Hummingbirds are difficult to photograph. They move very fast. Also to get them in the wild, away from a feeder presents an optical challenge. They tend to disappear in to the foliage of the plants they feed on. In this case I used a vignette to make the bird stand out however you still can’t see the fast beating wings.
Recently I posted an image of a Flamingo Squabble at the Highland Park Zoo in Pittsburgh. All the flamingos, maybe a dozen in all, were engaged with one another but off to the side was one flamingo all by himself. There were also a few blue herons together but one was also estranged and hung out near the solitary flamingo. Were these two pals ostracized from society for some unknown avian crime? Guess I will never know.
There were three turtles sitting on a log near a seven foot alligator. This turtle was closest to the gator and covered himself with all this gunk as if to hide himself from the predator. It seemed to be working.
During our hiatus in Florida we had the pleasure of making a new dog friend. This is Sam, a ten month old Golden Retriever of my Tampa friends. I never knew they came in white! He is the friendliest and mellowest 10 month old puppy I ever met. Our friends are planning to mate him with their daughter’s puppy Rosie who is only six months old so it will be a while. Rosie is a beautiful feisty six month old chocolate colored retriever. They should make beautiful puppies together and we have put our claim on one, but we are not at the top of the list. This is Sam relaxing by his pool.
We live in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania bordering the Delaware State Forrest . There is no hunting in our community but there is just outside and we can frequently hear shotgun and rifle shots. My wife says I am wrong but it seems to me at this time of year there are more deer visible inside our community. Have they “learned” to high out here this time of year? Is it instinct or learned behavior? In any case it is not legal to hunt a Buck this young in Pennsylvania. You can purchase an image by clicking here
Saw this cat sleeping peacefully in a window in Logan Square a Chicago neighborhood. I brought my camera up to my eye and he woke up and struck this pose for me. Either that or he was trying to escape? You can see other images and buy a print of this one at my commercial gallery.