Troy Marcy Photography: Blog https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Troy Marcy Photography (Troy Marcy Photography) Sun, 28 Feb 2021 01:48:00 GMT Sun, 28 Feb 2021 01:48:00 GMT https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u243857356-o356659216-50.jpg Troy Marcy Photography: Blog https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog 96 120 What a Sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/what-a-sunset What a SunsetWhat a SunsetI was blessed with this incredible sunset on the way home from photographing birds at Lake Evergreen tonight. I pulled down a country road so I could pull over and this was the spot that spoke to me. I decided to make this a 3 image panoramic to capture the full beauty of the scene.

 

I was blessed with this incredible sunset on the way home from photographing birds at Lake Evergreen tonight. I pulled down a country road so I could pull over and this was the spot that spoke to me. I decided to make this a 3 image panoramic to capture the full beauty of the scene.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon central colors country eos f/4l illinois landscape midwest nature panoramic r rural sunset www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/what-a-sunset Sun, 28 Feb 2021 01:47:35 GMT
Saturday Morning in Central Illinois https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/saturday-morning-in-the-midwest Saturday Morning in the MidwestSaturday Morning in the MidwestThe full moon was beautiful this morning. I found this sleepy little farm north of Bloomington, IL to make this image.

 

The full moon was beautiful this morning. I found this sleepy little farm north of Bloomington, IL to make this image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon central eos f/4l il landscape midwest moon morning nature r saturday sky sleepy www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/saturday-morning-in-the-midwest Sat, 27 Feb 2021 19:01:54 GMT
Texture https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/texture TextureTextureI was struck by the various examples of texture in this scene. The board of the dock leading into the rocks and prairie grass followed by the trees and incredible clouds. All of these layers demonstrate a rich variety of texture.

 

I was struck by the various examples of texture in this scene. The board of the dock leading into the rocks and prairie grass followed by the trees and incredible clouds. All of these layers demonstrate a rich variety of texture.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 24-70 canon central colors county eos evergreen f/2.8l illinois lake landscape mclean midwest nature r texture www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/texture Sat, 27 Feb 2021 01:43:39 GMT
Spotted https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/spotted SpottedSpottedI think she spotted me before I spotted her but, ultimately, we were both spotted. I appreciate the simplicity of this lone deer in a snowy field before dusk.

 

I think she spotted me before I spotted her but, ultimately, we were both spotted. I appreciate the simplicity of this lone deer in a snowy field before dusk.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central eos f/5.6l illinois landscape midwest nature r snow wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/spotted Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:18:06 GMT
As Dusk Nears https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/as-dusk-nears As Dusk NearsAs Dusk NearsI love these moments of the day just as the sun sets and the light is at its best. It is a magical and peaceful moment that never seems to last long enough yet provides the much-needed time to recharge.

 

I love these moments of the day just as the sun sets and the light is at its best. It is a magical and peaceful moment that never seems to last long enough yet provides the much-needed time to recharge.

 

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Young White Tail https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/young-white-tail Young White TailYoung White TailA cute youngling slowly walks through the snow...such a sweet face.

 

A cute youngling slowly walks through the snow...such a sweet face.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central deer eos f/5.6l illinois midwest nature r snow wildlife winter woods www.troymarcyphotography.com youngling https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/young-white-tail Mon, 22 Feb 2021 00:53:33 GMT
Snowy Field Sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/snowy-field-sunset Snowy Field SunsetSnowy Field SunsetI went out with the hopes of finding some wildlife this evening and while I found a few pretty images, the sunset stole the show. Nothing like getting a Malibu sunset with some Midwest snow on the fields. It was worth pulling the car over to grab an image.

 

I went out with the hopes of finding some wildlife this evening and while I found a few pretty images, the sunset stole the show. Nothing like getting a Malibu sunset with some Midwest snow on the fields. It was worth pulling the car over to grab an image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 24-70 canon colors dreamy eos f/2.9l illinois landscape midwest nature r sunset warmth winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/snowy-field-sunset Sun, 21 Feb 2021 02:11:24 GMT
Midwest Winter Tones https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/midwest-winter-tones Midwest Winter TonesMidwest Winter TonesI love the color palate of winter and especially the tones in this image. The muted blues and beige colors work incredibly well together. I find these tones soothing and peaceful.

 

I love the color palate of winter and especially the tones in this image. The muted blues and beige colors work incredibly well together. I find these tones soothing and peaceful.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central colors county eos f/5.6l farm illinois landscape mclean midwest nature r tones www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/midwest-winter-tones Sun, 14 Feb 2021 17:18:35 GMT
Evening Meal https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/evening-meal Evening MealEvening MealA peaceful scene of several does enjoying a meal before before sunset. There wasn't much available light for this image, but I'm happy with the results.

 

A peaceful scene of several does enjoying a meal before before sunset. There wasn't much available light for this image, but I'm happy with the results.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central county deer dusk eos evening f/5.6l fields illinois landscape light low mammals mclean midwest nature r wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/evening-meal Sun, 14 Feb 2021 02:33:28 GMT
Hunting Fox https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/hunting-fox Hunting FoxHunting FoxI interrupted this fox as he was hunting just before sunset...either that or he was pooping. I'd like to think he was hunting.

 

I interrupted this fox as he was hunting just before sunset...either that or he was pooping. I'd like to think he was hunting.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central eos f/5.6l fox illinois landscape light low midwest nature r red rural snow wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/hunting-fox Sat, 13 Feb 2021 06:41:54 GMT
Illinois Farm in the Winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/illinois-farm-in-the-winter Illinois Farm in the WinterIllinois Farm in the WinterSimple black and white landscape of a farm in the winter.

 

Simple black and white landscape of a farm in the winter.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm and b&w black canon eos f/5.6l illinois landscape midwest nature r rural white https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/illinois-farm-in-the-winter Fri, 12 Feb 2021 00:42:28 GMT
Horned Lark on the Roadside https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/horned-lark-on-the-roadside Horned Lark on the RoadsideHorned Lark on the RoadsideHorned Larks typically fly off before I can get close enough, but this little guy stayed long enough to give me a good look and photo.

 

Horned Larks typically fly off before I can get close enough, but this little guy stayed long enough to give me a good look and photo.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central eos f/5.6l illinois midwest nature r rural snow wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/horned-lark-on-the-roadside Wed, 10 Feb 2021 23:42:37 GMT
Lurking in the Grass https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/lurking-in-the-grass Lurking in the GrassLurking in the GrassSo I went for a rural drive tonight to see if I could find some pretty winter landscapes to photograph. I went East of town towards Moraine View State Park. As the sun was setting, I spotted something moving in the field along the road. Sure enough my 3rd fox of 2021. 1 in my backyard and 2 more on completely different sides of Bloomington/Normal. I went years without being able to get a photo of these beautiful animals and now I've been blessed with 3 already. This image isn't the strongest as I was nearly out of light but I wanted to share it anyway because the scene was just so pretty.

 

So I went for a rural drive tonight to see if I could find some pretty winter landscapes to photograph. I went East of town towards Moraine View State Park. As the sun was setting, I spotted something moving in the field along the road. Sure enough my 3rd fox of 2021. 1 in my backyard and 2 more on completely different sides of Bloomington/Normal. I went years without being able to get a photo of these beautiful animals and now I've been blessed with 3 already. This image isn't the strongest as I was nearly out of light but I wanted to share it anyway because the scene was just so pretty.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm animal canon country county eos f/5.6l fox illinois light low mclean midwest nature r rural sunset wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/lurking-in-the-grass Wed, 10 Feb 2021 02:13:25 GMT
Dark-eyed Junco Found a Patch to Feed https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/dark-eyed-junco-found-a-patch-to-feed Dark-eyed Junco Found a Patch to FeedDark-eyed Junco Found a Patch to FeedThis sweet little dark-eyed junco found a small patch of grass to find something to eat.

 

This sweet little dark-eyed junco found a small patch of grass to find something to eat.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon dark-eyed eos f/5.6l feeding junco nature r snow wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/dark-eyed-junco-found-a-patch-to-feed Tue, 09 Feb 2021 00:25:23 GMT
Midwest Beauty https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/midwest-beauty Midwest BeautyMidwest BeautyThere is beauty all over the Midwest. In my pursuit for the next nature/wildlife image, I stumble upon many breathtaking scenes, especially some of these old barns that litter the Midwest countryside. Catching them in the right light and angle leads to some beautiful and iconic Midwest scenes.

 

There is beauty all over the Midwest. In my pursuit for the next nature/wildlife image, I stumble upon many breathtaking scenes, especially some of these old barns that litter the Midwest countryside. Catching them in the right light and angle leads to some beautiful and iconic Midwest scenes.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon eos f/5.6l fields landscape midwest r rural winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/midwest-beauty Sun, 07 Feb 2021 16:57:54 GMT
Fox Stare as the Snow Begins to Fall https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/fox-stare-as-the-snow-begins-to-fall Fox Stare as the Snow Begins to FallFox Stare as the Snow Begins to FallI was gifted this encounter with a beautiful fox this afternoon. It was just as the snow started falling. You can see the snow flakes starting to accumulate on its head and back. He really did stand out beautifully against the dull winter grasses. Such a beautiful animal.

 

I was gifted this encounter with a beautiful fox this afternoon. It was just as the snow started falling. You can see the snow flakes starting to accumulate on its head and back. He really did stand out beautifully against the dull winter grasses. Such a beautiful animal.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central eos evergreen f/5.6l fox illinois lake mammal midwest nature r snow wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/fox-stare-as-the-snow-begins-to-fall Sun, 07 Feb 2021 00:43:57 GMT
Pretty Robin in a Juniper Tree https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/pretty-robin-in-a-juniper-tree Pretty Robin in a Juniper TreePretty Robin in a Juniper TreeOne of my favorite little trees to check this time of year because it attracts all kinds of birds looking for food is this Juniper Tree. On this particular afternoon, I found an American Robin all nestled in, keeping warm, and eating the berries.

 

One of my favorite little trees to check this time of year because it attracts all kinds of birds looking for food is this Juniper Tree. On this particular afternoon, I found an American Robin all nestled in, keeping warm, and eating the berries.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm american berries bird canon eos evergreen f/5.6l juniper lake nature r robin tree wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/pretty-robin-in-a-juniper-tree Sat, 06 Feb 2021 19:29:05 GMT
A Doe at Sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/a-doe-at-sunset A Doe at SunsetA Doe at SunsetI usually always see deer in the fields around Lake Evergreen in the evening, but they typically just blend in with the brown fields and the low light. As I rounded the corner, I caught this moment of a doe silhouetted nicely against the sunset. It was a beautiful sight. I was thankful for the quick pose she gave me.

 

I usually always see deer in the fields around Lake Evergreen in the evening, but they typically just blend in with the brown fields and the low light. As I rounded the corner, I caught this moment of a doe silhouetted nicely against the sunset. It was a beautiful sight. I was thankful for the quick pose she gave me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon central colors deer doe eos illinois landscape midwest nature r silhouette sunset wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/a-doe-at-sunset Fri, 05 Feb 2021 23:17:43 GMT
The Last Bit of Light https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/the-last-bit-of-light The Last Bit of LightThe Last Bit of LightIce fishermen pulling their sleds of gear on their way back from a day of ice fishing. As they walked by they said "sorry" for messing up my sunset image. I let the know that, if anything, they made the image even better. As any fisherman would do, I asked how they fared. They said they caught several crappie and white bass. Sounds like a great day ending with a great sunset.

 

Ice fishermen pulling their sleds of gear on their way back from a day of ice fishing. As they walked by they said "sorry" for messing up my sunset image. I let the know that, if anything, they made the image even better. As any fisherman would do, I asked how they fared. They said they caught several crappie and white bass. Sounds like a great day ending with a great sunset.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 24-70 canon central county eos f/2.8l fishing ice illinois lake landscape mclean midwest nature r rays winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/the-last-bit-of-light Fri, 05 Feb 2021 00:10:43 GMT
Reflection of Colors https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/reflection-of-colors Reflection of ColorsReflection of ColorsTonight's sunset was beautiful. I had tonight marked on my calendar for the past week because the app I use indicated that the conditions were looking prime for the best sunset of the week. It did not disappoint. I wanted to get some light reflection off of the ice. I found a cove with some thick ice with some nice features for the foreground. It was so beautiful and peaceful out on the ice.

 

Tonight's sunset was beautiful. I had tonight marked on my calendar for the past week because the app I use indicated that the conditions were looking prime for the best sunset of the week. It did not disappoint. I wanted to get some light reflection off of the ice. I found a cove with some thick ice with some nice features for the foreground. It was so beautiful and peaceful out on the ice.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 24-70 canon central colors eos evergreen f/2.8l ice illinois lake landscape midwest nature r winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/reflection-of-colors Thu, 04 Feb 2021 03:06:41 GMT
B&W Eagle Wingspan https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/b-w-eagle-wingspan B&W Eagle WingspanB&W Eagle WingspanHere is another, previously unedited, eagle image from the archives taken from 2016. Check out this full wing extension. The sun was back-lighting the tail feathers beautifully.

 

Here is another, previously unedited, eagle image from the archives taken from 2016. Check out this full wing extension. The sun was back-lighting the tail feathers beautifully.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 14 400mm 7d and b&w bald bird black canon dam eagle f/5.6l l&d14 lock mississippi nature river white wildlife wingspan www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/b-w-eagle-wingspan Wed, 03 Feb 2021 04:07:39 GMT
Dreaming of Eagle Flyovers https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/dreaming-of-eagle-flyovers Dreaming of Eagle FlyoversDreaming of Eagle FlyoversI'm really missing seeing these beautiful eagles on the Mississippi River. I decided to dig through my archives to edit some old images that I saved for a rainy day. Here is one from 2016 of a beautiful close flyover. I'm hoping to revisit more images from the past to add to my Eagle album.

 

I'm really missing seeing these beautiful eagles on the Mississippi River. I decided to dig through my archives to edit some old images that I saved for a rainy day. Here is one from 2016 of a beautiful close flyover. I'm hoping to revisit more images from the past to add to my Eagle album.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm 7d bald bird canon eagle f/5.6l in-flight l&d14 mississippi nature river wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/dreaming-of-eagle-flyovers Tue, 02 Feb 2021 01:23:45 GMT
Dark-eyed Junco Showing off the Markings https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/dark-eyed-junco-showing-off-the-markings Dark-eyed Junco Showing off the MarkingsDark-eyed Junco Showing off the MarkingsA beautiful little Dark-eyed Junco was sitting among the icy and snowy branches and showing off the beautiful markings on its back. I love the little flashes of white these birds give as they fly away. So many birds this time of year have messy beaks from eating from the side of the snowy/salty roads.

 

A beautiful little Dark-eyed Junco was sitting among the icy and snowy branches and showing off the beautiful markings on its back. I love the little flashes of white these birds give as they fly away. So many birds this time of year have messy beaks from eating from the side of the snowy/salty roads.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central county dark-eyed eos f/5.6l feathers ice illinois junco markings mclean midwest nature r snow wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/dark-eyed-junco-showing-off-the-markings Sun, 31 Jan 2021 19:42:46 GMT
Winter Female Cardinal https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-female-cardinal Winter Female CardinalWinter Female CardinalThe snow-covered trees gave me a small window to photograph this pretty female cardinal. The limbs framed her well.

 

The snow-covered trees gave me a small window to photograph this pretty female cardinal. The limbs framed her well.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon cardinal central county eos f/5.6l ice illinois mclean moraine nature park r snow state view wildlife winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-female-cardinal Sat, 30 Jan 2021 22:31:05 GMT
Deer Crossing Ahead https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/deer-crossing-ahead Deer Crossing AheadDeer Crossing AheadA beautiful scene as 2 deer cross the road in front of me.

 

A beautiful scene as 2 white-tailed deer cross the road in front of me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm beauty canon deer eos f/5.6l golden hour landscape nature r sunset whitetail wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/deer-crossing-ahead Sat, 30 Jan 2021 02:20:51 GMT
Bald Eagle at Sunset on the Mackinaw https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/bald-eagle-at-sunset-on-the-mackinaw Bald Eagle at Sunset on the MackinawBald Eagle at Sunset on the MackinawWhen I took this image I didn't think it would turn out. I tried to expose for the eagle while still preserving the sunset. I took a few images at various exposures and with some editing was able to preserve enough detail to make the image work. I just feel lucky to be able to see eagles so close to home on the Mackinaw River.

 

When I took this image I didn't think it would turn out. I tried to expose for the eagle while still preserving the sunset. I took a few images at various exposures and with some editing was able to preserve enough detail to make the image work. I just feel lucky to be able to see eagles so close to home on the Mackinaw River.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 1.4ex 400mm bald bird canon central eagle eos f/5.6l golden hour illinois landscape mackinaw midwest nature r river sunset wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/bald-eagle-at-sunset-on-the-mackinaw Fri, 29 Jan 2021 05:26:15 GMT
Weathered Old Barn https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/weathered-old-barn Weathered Old BarnWeathered Old BarnI've photographed this barn before but with each passing season, it gains more character. The stories this old barn could tell...

 

I've photographed this barn before but with each passing season, it gains more character. The stories this old barn could tell...

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 barn canon central eos f/4l illinois landscape midwest nature r red rural seasons snow winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/weathered-old-barn Wed, 27 Jan 2021 21:00:40 GMT
Winter Path https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-path Winter PathWinter PathWinter trails are some of my favorite to explore. They offer a cool and refreshing air with a silence that hits different than the other seasons. With an added fresh blanket of snow, they can lead to some absolutely beautiful scenes. Don't neglect the winter trails.

 

Winter trails are some of my favorite to explore. They offer a cool and refreshing air with a silence that hits different than the other seasons. With an added fresh blanket of snow, they can lead to some absolutely beautiful scenes. Don't neglect the winter trails.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon eos f/4l hike illinois landscape midwest nature path r rural snow trail walk winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-path Mon, 25 Jan 2021 23:09:29 GMT
Perched Eagle in a Winter Scene on the Mackinaw River https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/perched-eagle-in-a-winter-scene-on-the-mackinaw-river Perched Eagle in a Winter Scene on the Mackinaw RiverPerched Eagle in a Winter Scene on the Mackinaw RiverTaken last week (1-17-21) during the snowfall on the Mackinaw River. Simple black and white of a beautiful and serene scene. I hope this image brings thoughts of peace on this Sunday.

 

Taken last week (1-17-21) during the snowfall on the Mackinaw River. Simple black and white of a beautiful and serene scene. I hope this image brings thoughts of peace on this Sunday.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 b&w bald bird canon eagle eos f/4l landscape mackinaw nature peace r river serene snow winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/perched-eagle-in-a-winter-scene-on-the-mackinaw-river Sun, 24 Jan 2021 18:35:01 GMT
Central Illinois Eagle https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/central-illinois-eagle Central Illinois EagleCentral Illinois EagleI was able to escape for a little camera time this evening after school. I decided to venture out to the Mackinaw River as I remember seeing a couple of eagles fly over last time I was there, and I was hoping maybe I could get some birds in better light. I was treated to 4 bald eagles perched in a tree...2 mature and 2 juveniles. Unfortunately I couldn't get as close as I wanted and the angle and lighting wasn't ideal, but that didn't stop me from enjoying watching them fly around, talk to each other and perch in the tree. This is probably my favorite image of one of the males taking off form the tree. I wish I had the sun behind me to illuminate the face but I just love the pose. It was so nice seeing some eagles in Central Illinois.

 

I was able to escape for a little camera time this evening after school. I decided to venture out to the Mackinaw River as I remember seeing a couple of eagles fly over last time I was there, and I was hoping maybe I could get some birds in better light. I was treated to 4 bald eagles perched in a tree...2 mature and 2 juveniles. Unfortunately I couldn't get as close as I wanted and the angle and lighting wasn't ideal, but that didn't stop me from enjoying watching them fly around, talk to each other and perch in the tree. This is probably my favorite image of one of the males taking off form the tree. I wish I had the sun behind me to illuminate the face but I just love the pose. It was so nice seeing some eagles in Central Illinois.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 1.4x 400mm action american bald bird canon central county eagle eos extender f/5.6l flight grain illinois in light low mackinaw nature r river tazwell wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/central-illinois-eagle Sat, 23 Jan 2021 03:09:17 GMT
Barn in the Valley with Snow https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/barn-in-the-valley-with-snow Barn in the Valley with SnowBarn in the Valley with SnowA pretty scene of an old bard in the Mackinaw River Valley with the snow coming down.

 

A pretty scene of an old bard in the Mackinaw River Valley with the snow coming down.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm barn canon eos f/5.6l illinois landscape midwest nature r serene. snow winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/barn-in-the-valley-with-snow Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:26:12 GMT
Sea of Starlings https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/sea-of-starlings Sea of StarlingsSea of StarlingsThis sea of starlings wasn't easy to capture but I love the results of this image. Beauty among the chaos of wings, feathers, beaks, and snow.

 

This sea of starlings wasn't easy to capture but I love the results of this image. Beauty among the chaos of wings, feathers, beaks, and snow.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon eos f/5.6l fields flocks illinois midwest nature r snow starlings wildlife wings winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/sea-of-starlings Wed, 20 Jan 2021 23:29:47 GMT
Field of Starlings in the Snow https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/field-of-starlings-in-the-snow Field of Starlings in the SnowField of Starlings in the SnowWhen I found this field of spent sunflowers, I didn't anticipate the number of birds that were feeding in the field and on the old stalks. I saw movement and then I saw the entire flock fly up in the air and land again on the dried up sunflowers. As I approached, you can imagine the sound of all of these birds, which combined with the falling snow, made for a beautiful scene.

 

When I found this field of spent sunflowers, I didn't anticipate the number of birds that were feeding in the field and on the old stalks. I saw movement and then I saw the entire flock fly up in the air and land again on the dried up sunflowers. As I approached, you can imagine the sound of all of these birds, which combined with the falling snow, made for a beautiful scene.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon eos f/5.6l fields illinois landscape midwest nature r snow starlings sunflowers wildlife winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/field-of-starlings-in-the-snow Wed, 20 Jan 2021 02:29:02 GMT
The Beauty of Seasons https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/the-beauty-of-seasons The Beauty of SeasonsThe Beauty of SeasonsRemnants of Summer and Fall blanketed by Winter. I know Illinois weather can be difficult, unpredictable, and wreck havoc on my sinuses, but I sure would miss my seasons.

 

Remnants of Summer and Fall blanketed by Winter. I know Illinois weather can be difficult, unpredictable, and wreck havoc on my sinuses, but I sure would miss my seasons.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400 art beauty canon change eos f/5.6l flower landscape nature r seasons sun winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/the-beauty-of-seasons Mon, 18 Jan 2021 18:11:25 GMT
Belted Kingfisher on a Wire https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/belted-kingfisher-on-a-wire Belted Kingfisher on a WireBelted Kingfisher on a WireThe snow didn't stop this belted kingfisher from intently watching the Mackinaw River below for an afternoon meal.

 

The snow didn't stop this belted kingfisher from intently watching the Mackinaw River below for an afternoon meal.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) belted canon eos r central illinois kingfisher nature rural drive snow winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/belted-kingfisher-on-a-wire Mon, 18 Jan 2021 17:12:04 GMT
Cardinal on a Snowy Fence https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/cardinal-on-a-snowy-fence Cardinal on a Snowy FenceCardinal on a Snowy FenceI can't seem to pass up a split rail fence covered with snow especially when there is a beautiful red cardinal involved all while it is snowing. Sometimes nature gives little gifts if we are looking.

 

I can't seem to pass up a split rail fence covered with snow especially when there is a beautiful red cardinal involved all while it is snowing. Sometimes nature gives little gifts if we are looking.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon eos f/5.6l illinois landscape midwest nature r rural snow wildlife winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/cardinal-on-a-snowy-fence Mon, 18 Jan 2021 08:45:19 GMT
Rural Winter Landscape https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/rural-winter-landscape Rural Winter LandscapeRural Winter LandscapeJust a simple rural winter landscape with mood.

 

Just a simple rural winter landscape with mood.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon county eos f/4l farm illinois landscape mclean midwest nature r rural windmills winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/rural-winter-landscape Sat, 16 Jan 2021 17:14:36 GMT
Great Blue Heron Enjoying Winter Peace https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/great-blue-heron-enjoying-winter-peace Great Blue Heron Enjoying Winter PeaceGreat Blue Heron Enjoying Winter PeaceA Great Blue Heron chilling in this peaceful winter cove made for a serene scene.

 

A Great Blue Heron chilling in this peaceful winter cove made for a serene scene.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 art canon county dawson eos f/4l ice lake landscape mclean midwest moraine nature park peaceful r rural serene snow state view wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/great-blue-heron-enjoying-winter-peace Wed, 13 Jan 2021 22:55:03 GMT
Winter Creek Bed https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-creek-bed Winter Creek BedWinter Creek BedThe water levels at Dawson Lake were already very low so when the ice and snow storm hit, it created this beautiful scene of the creek winding through the snow. There was a haze hanging in the air creating a beautiful atmosphere. The beautiful ice-covered trees speak for themselves.

 

The water levels at Dawson Lake were already very low so when the ice and snow storm hit, it created this beautiful scene of the creek winding through the snow. There was a haze hanging in the air creating a beautiful atmosphere. The beautiful ice-covered trees speak for themselves.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon county creek dawson eos f/4l fog haze ice illinois lake landscape mclean midwest moraine nature park r snow state view water www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-creek-bed Fri, 08 Jan 2021 20:27:39 GMT
Do You Want to Have a Picnic? https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/do-you-want-to-have-a-picnic Do You Want to Have a Picnic?Do You Want to Have a Picnic?This looks like a COOL place to have a picnic.

 

This looks like a COOL place to have a picnic.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon dawson eos f/5.6l ice lake landscape moraine nature park picnic r snow state trees view winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/do-you-want-to-have-a-picnic Fri, 08 Jan 2021 04:50:01 GMT
Pileated Woodpecker is 2021 Bird of the Year https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/pileated-woodpecker-is-2021-bird-of-the-year Pileated Woodpecker is 2021 Bird of the YearPileated Woodpecker is 2021 Bird of the YearThe Pileated Woodpecker is ABA's 2021 Bird of the Year. It just so happens I spotted my second ever pileated woodpecker this week at Moraine View State Park. I heard it working on a tree and then I heard the call. After I spotted the first, I spotted a second flying a little further in among the trees. Not a bad way to start January, seeing 2 pileated woodpeckers in the first week.

 

The Pileated Woodpecker is ABA's 2021 Bird of the Year. It just so happens I spotted my second ever pileated woodpecker this week at Moraine View State Park. I heard it working on a tree and then I heard the call. After I spotted the first, I spotted a second flying a little further in among the trees. Not a bad way to start January, seeing 2 pileated woodpeckers in the first week.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2021 400mm bird canon county dawson eos f/5.6l illinois lake mclean midwest moraine nature of park pileated r state the view wildlife woodpecker www.troymarcyphotography.com year https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/pileated-woodpecker-is-2021-bird-of-the-year Thu, 07 Jan 2021 19:28:18 GMT
Alone in Thought https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/alone-in-thought Alone in ThoughtAlone in ThoughtPeace, solitude, and alone in thought.

 

Peace, solitude, and alone in thought.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 alone canon county dawson eos f/4l fishing ice illinois lake landscape mclean midwest moraine nature park peace r snow state thoughts trees view winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/alone-in-thought Thu, 07 Jan 2021 04:31:43 GMT
Winter Oasis https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-oasis Winter OasisWinter OasisThe sense of peace that comes over me when I find spots like this to think about my composition and camera settings while in nature is what photography is all about. These moments of clarity and thoughtfulness allow me to be creative and tune out all of the distractions of the world. My wish is for everyone to be able to find the kind of peace.

 

The sense of peace that comes over me when I find spots like this to think about my composition and camera settings while in nature is what photography is all about. These moments of clarity and thoughtfulness allow me to be creative and tune out all of the distractions of the world. My wish is for everyone to be able to find this kind of peace.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 art beauty canon county eos f/4l ice illinois landscape mclean midwest nature oasis peace r snow winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-oasis Wed, 06 Jan 2021 21:34:02 GMT
Silver Scene https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/silver-scene Silver SceneSilver SceneThere were multiple scenes that took my breath away including this view of the snowy banks along the lake with the trees covered in ice. The whole scene glistened of silver and white. This is not a black and white. You can see the blue of the ice and there is a little yellow shack that barely shows through the trees in the far left side of the image. What a view!

 

There were multiple scenes that took my breath away including this view of the snowy banks along the lake with the trees covered in ice. The whole scene glistened of silver and white. This is not a black and white. You can see the blue of the ice and there is a little yellow shack that barely shows through the trees in the far left side of the image. What a view!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 beauty canon clean county dawson eos f/4l illinois lake landscape mclean midwest moraine nature park r scenic silver state view winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/silver-scene Wed, 06 Jan 2021 04:11:24 GMT
Tufted Titmouse on a Snowy Branch https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/tufted-titmouse-on-a-snowy-branch Tufted Titmouse on a Snowy BranchTufted Titmouse on a Snowy BranchToday is National Bird Day which, naturally, calls for a bird image. Here is one of my favorite little birds to watch in the winter...the tufted titmouse. This was taken on Sunday. Looks like this little guy still has lunch on his beak.

 

Today is National Bird Day which, naturally, calls for a bird image. Here is one of my favorite little birds to watch in the winter...the tufted titmouse. This was taken on Sunday. Looks like this little guy still has lunch on his beak.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon country dawson day eos f/5.6l illinois lake midwest moraine national nature park r state titmouse tufted view wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/tufted-titmouse-on-a-snowy-branch Tue, 05 Jan 2021 19:53:49 GMT
Red Barn in the Midwest Tundra https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/red-barn-in-the-midwest-tundra Red Barn in the Midwest TundraRed Barn in the Midwest TundraI've always been a sucker for red barns and this one caught my eye among the fields of snow and trees of ice.

 

I've always been a sucker for red barns and this one caught my eye among the fields of snow and trees of ice.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 calm canon country county eos f/4l illinois landscape mclean midwest peace r rural scenes winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/red-barn-in-the-midwest-tundra Mon, 04 Jan 2021 22:54:26 GMT
Flying in a Winter Wonderland https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/flying-in-a-winter-wonderland Flying in a Winter WonderlandFlying in a Winter WonderlandWhat a beautiful morning it was at Dawson Lake this morning. I spent several hours making images. Here is the first of many to come. I can't imagine how beautiful it must be for these geese to fly over the Moraine View State Park while it is blanketed in ice and snow.

 

What a beautiful morning it was at Dawson Lake this morning. I spent several hours making images. Here is the first of many to come. I can't imagine how beautiful it must be for these geese to fly over the Moraine View State Park while it is blanketed in ice and snow.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon county dawson eos f/5.6l flight geese illinois in lake landscape mclean midwest moraine nature park r state view wildlife winter wonderland www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/flying-in-a-winter-wonderland Mon, 04 Jan 2021 06:24:43 GMT
Deer in the Thickets https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/deer-in-the-thickets Deer in the ThicketsDeer in the ThicketsI watched about 30 deer cross the street from the plowed fields to this amazingly lit prairie grass. I was patient and let them cross from a distance with the hopes that I might be able to spot them for an image as I drove by. I was blessed wit this small window into the grass where several were looking out at me. The lighting was magical.

 

I watched about 30 deer cross the street from the plowed fields to this amazingly lit prairie grass. I was patient and let them cross from a distance with the hopes that I might be able to spot them for an image as I drove by. I was blessed wit this small window into the grass where several were looking out at me. The lighting was magical.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm art canon deer eos f/5.6l grass illuminated mammals nature prairie r tones warm wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/deer-in-the-thickets Sat, 02 Jan 2021 22:34:31 GMT
Winter Tree of 2020 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-tree-of-2020 Winter Tree of 2020Winter Tree of 2020One of my last images of 2020. This lone tree in a quiet field on a hazy, winter day struck the right mood for the moment. A simple black and white edit completed the image.

 

One of my last images of 2020. This lone tree in a quiet field on a hazy, winter day struck the right mood for the moment. A simple black and white edit completed the image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm b&w canon eos f/5.6l hazy landscape lone mood nature r tree winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-tree-of-2020 Fri, 01 Jan 2021 23:40:13 GMT
Field Catching the Light https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/12/field-catching-the-light Field Catching the LightField Catching the LightI couldn't pass up this grass field as it caught the sunlight at dusk.

 

I couldn't pass up this grass field as it caught the sunlight at dusk.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm art canon colors county drive dusk eos f/5.6l landscape mclean nature r rural sunset warmth www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/12/field-catching-the-light Tue, 22 Dec 2020 22:27:19 GMT
Winter Solstice Moon https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/12/winter-solstice-moon Winter Solstice MoonWinter Solstice MoonWe were able to see and get a blurry image of the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter but nothing post worthy. The moon, however, was looking very photogenic. Enjoy the winter solstice moon of 2020.

 

We were able to see and get a blurry image of the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter but nothing post worthy. The moon, however, was looking very photogenic. Enjoy the winter solstice moon of 2020.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) astral photography canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r conjunction jupiter moon nature night saturn sky winter solstice www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/12/winter-solstice-moon Tue, 22 Dec 2020 02:14:43 GMT
Moraine View State Park Deer at Dusk https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/12/moraine-view-state-park-deer-at-dusk Moraine View State Park Deer at DuskMoraine View State Park Deer at DuskI was able to go for a short drive at dusk tonight for the first time in quite awhile. There weren't many opportunities but this doe was blending in nicely along the banks Dawson Lake. The light wasn't great but the scene was too pretty not to photograph.

 

I was able to go for a short drive at dusk tonight for the first time in quite awhile. There weren't many opportunities but this doe was blending in nicely along the banks Dawson Lake. The light wasn't great but the scene was too pretty not to photograph.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county dawson deer doe dusk eos f/5.6l illinois lake landscape light low mclean moraine nature park r scenic state view wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/12/moraine-view-state-park-deer-at-dusk Mon, 21 Dec 2020 05:53:00 GMT
The Greatest of These is Love https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/10/the-greatest-of-these-is-love The Greatest of These is LoveThe Greatest of These is LoveI've been to this Chapel in the Trees at Funk's Grove many times, but this scene on this particular Fall day struck me. The way the backlit cross was surrounded by the golden fall leaves as the midday sunrays pierced the canopy of color, it brought an extra calm and comfort to thoughts. I know things are incredibly dark, frustrating, sad, and, at times, out of control, but this moment helped me remember First Corinthians 13:13. "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." I'm so thankful I was able to have this moment and photograph it. God's light is the constant that can pierce any dark. I can't control the hearts and minds of others; but I can continue to keep faith, hope and love alive and strong in my heart and prayers...the greatest of these is Love.

 

I've been to this Chapel in the Trees at Funk's Grove many times, but this scene on this particular Fall day struck me. The way the backlit cross was surrounded by the golden fall leaves as the midday sunrays pierced the canopy of color, it brought an extra calm and comfort to thoughts. I know things are incredibly dark, frustrating, sad, and, at times, out of control, but this moment helped me remember First Corinthians 13:13. "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." I'm so thankful I was able to have this moment and photograph it. God's light is the constant that can pierce any dark. I can't control the hearts and minds of others; but I can continue to keep faith, hope and love alive and strong in my heart and prayers...the greatest of these is Love.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 13:13 24-70 autumn biblical canon color corinthians dark eos f/2.8l faith fall funks grove hope illinois light love midwest nature peace r rays scenes spiritual https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/10/the-greatest-of-these-is-love Tue, 27 Oct 2020 20:47:39 GMT
Fall Scenes in McLean County Illinois https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/10/fall-scenes-in-mclean-county-illinois-4 Fall Scenes in McLean County Illinois-4Fall Scenes in McLean County Illinois-4

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I was able to get out and photograph some of the beautiful fall colors today.  I made trips to 3 of my favorite spots in McLean county...Moraine View, Funk's Grove, and Comlara Park.  I'm not sure if I'll get many more opportunities this season so I tried to make the best of it.  It is important to get out and enjoy some fresh air, cool temps, and the beautiful colors to help calm these stressful times.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 autumn canon county eos fall illinois mclean midwest nature r https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/10/fall-scenes-in-mclean-county-illinois-4 Sun, 25 Oct 2020 01:24:51 GMT
Preparing for Winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/preparing-for-winter Preparing for WinterPreparing for WinterThis squirrel was busy preparing for winter by fattening up on a nut. He was loud and crumbs were falling!

 

This squirrel was busy preparing for winter by fattening up on a nut. He was loud and crumbs were falling!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon eos ewing f/5.6l fall for mirrorless nature park preparing r squirrel wildlife winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/preparing-for-winter Mon, 07 Sep 2020 16:25:40 GMT
Bee on a Blooming Thistle https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/bee-on-a-blooming-thistle Bee on a Blooming ThistleBee on a Blooming ThistleThe colors of this bee enjoying a blooming thistle plant caught my eye while I was looking for warblers. I only had my long 400mm lens on but it I was still able to get an image.

 

The colors of this bee enjoying a blooming thistle plant caught my eye while I was looking for warblers. I only had my long 400mm lens on but it I was still able to get an image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bee bird bloom canon colors eos ewing f/5.6l fall insect macro migration mirrorless nature park r thistle wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/bee-on-a-blooming-thistle Sun, 06 Sep 2020 20:23:17 GMT
Red-eyed Vireo Found a Fall Berry https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/red-eyed-vireo-found-a-fall-berry Red-eyed Vireo Found a Fall BerryRed-eyed Vireo Found a Fall BerryI found this red-eyed vireo yesterday at Ewing Park as it found a red berry. The fall migration has begun and I hope to see more beautiful migratory birds as they pass through. It isn't going to be very easy this time of year as the trees are still full of leaves making it hard to spot these small birds and making the lighting difficult for images. This image was taken at 12,800 ISO. This setting isn't ideal but the birds are just too cute not to photograph, so high ISO it is.

 

I found this red-eyed vireo yesterday at Ewing Park as it found a red berry. The fall migration has begun and I hope to see more beautiful migratory birds as they pass through. It isn't going to be very easy this time of year as the trees are still full of leaves making it hard to spot these small birds and making the lighting difficult for images. This image was taken at 12,800 ISO. This setting isn't ideal but the birds are just too cute not to photograph, so high ISO it is.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm berry bird canon eos ewing f/5.6l fall migration mirrorless nature park r red-eyed vireo wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/red-eyed-vireo-found-a-fall-berry Sun, 06 Sep 2020 01:56:57 GMT
Songs of Summer by a Song Sparrow https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/songs-of-summer-by-a-song-sparrow Songs of Summer by a Song SparrowSongs of Summer by a Song SparrowBeautiful morning, beautiful colors, and a beautiful song. I'm going to miss summer.

 

Beautiful morning, beautiful colors, and a beautiful song. I'm going to miss summer.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 bird canon colors country eos mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature r river song sparrow valley wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/songs-of-summer-by-a-song-sparrow Sat, 29 Aug 2020 17:12:50 GMT
Finding Light in the Shadows https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/finding-light-in-the-shadows Finding Light in the ShadowsFinding Light in the ShadowsSometimes the image is found in the shadows. Look for the light in all places...it is there if you look.

 

Sometimes the image is found in the shadows. Look for the light in all places...it is there if you look.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 canon country eos light mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature r river shadows sunflower valley vibrant www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/finding-light-in-the-shadows Sat, 29 Aug 2020 02:09:26 GMT
Monarch on a Milkweed https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/monarch-on-a-milkweed Monarch on a MilkweedMonarch on a MilkweedMonarchs and Milkweed - they just go together.

 

Monarchs and Milkweed - they just go together.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 butterfly canon country eos insect mackinaw macro midwest milkweed mirrorless monarch nature r river valley wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/monarch-on-a-milkweed Fri, 28 Aug 2020 01:06:08 GMT
King of the Field https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/king-of-the-field King of the FieldKing of the FieldI loved watching this male gold finch in the sunflower field. There were many birds around but this gold finch sure seemed in control of his immediate surrounding.

 

I loved watching this male gold finch in the sunflower field. There were many birds around but this gold finch sure seemed in control of his immediate surrounding.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 canon colors country eos fields finch gold mackinaw male midwest mirrorless nature perched r river sunflower valley www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/king-of-the-field Tue, 25 Aug 2020 20:31:31 GMT
Standing Out https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/standing-out Standing OutStanding OutThis sunflower wasn't afraid to stand out and shine bright.

 

This sunflower wasn't afraid to stand out and shine bright.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 canon eos r canon mirrorless country mackinaw river valley midwest nature shining bright standing out sunflower www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/standing-out Mon, 24 Aug 2020 21:24:48 GMT
Craving the Morning Light https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/craving-the-morning-light Craving the Morning Light-2Craving the Morning Light-2On a cool, damp, foggy morning, a sunflower stands tall craving the sun's warm light. Craving the Morning LightCraving the Morning LightOn a cool, damp, foggy morning, a sunflower stands tall craving the sun's warm light.

 

On a cool, damp, foggy morning, a sunflower stands tall craving the sun's warm light.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 canon eos r canon mirrorless color country dramatic landscape light mackinaw river valley midwest nature sunflower sunrise www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/craving-the-morning-light Sun, 23 Aug 2020 02:04:07 GMT
Sneaky Coyote on the Banks of the Mackinaw https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/sneaky-coyote-on-the-banks-of-the-mackinaw Sneaky Coyote on the Banks of the MackinawSneaky Coyote on the Banks of the MackinawAs I was photographing the sunflowers atop the bluff along the Mackinaw River, I peeked over the side and spotted this coyote. I barely captured this image before it ducked into the brush. Most times when I see these coyotes it is too dark to get an image or they don't look real photogenic. This coyote was very healthy and quite large.

 

As I was photographing the sunflowers atop the bluff along the Mackinaw River, I peeked over the side and spotted this coyote. I barely captured this image before it ducked into the brush. Most times when I see these coyotes it is too dark to get an image or they don't look real photogenic. This coyote was very healthy and quite large.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 canon country coyote eos mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature r river valley wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/sneaky-coyote-on-the-banks-of-the-mackinaw Sat, 22 Aug 2020 00:55:47 GMT
Hummingbird and Butterfly- Sharing is Caring https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/hummingbird-and-butterfly--sharing-is-caring Hummingbird and Butterfly- Sharing is CaringHummingbird and Butterfly- Sharing is CaringHow about this cute photo of a ruby-throated hummingbird and a monarch butterfly sharing a single milkweed bloom. It was a happy surprise. I was photographing the butterfly on the milkweed when the hummingbird decided to photobomb the image. The two didn't seem upset at all.

 

How about this cute photo of a ruby-throated hummingbird and a monarch butterfly sharing a single milkweed bloom. It was a happy surprise. I was photographing the butterfly on the milkweed when the hummingbird decided to photobomb the image. The two didn't seem upset at all.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 bloom butterfly canon country eos hummingbird mackinaw midwest milkweed mirrorless monarch nature r river ruby-throated sharing valley wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/hummingbird-and-butterfly--sharing-is-caring Thu, 20 Aug 2020 23:37:04 GMT
Sunflower Dew https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/sunflower-dew Sunflower DewSunflower DewMake sure to zoom in on this one. There was a thick layer of morning dew when I took this image along with a blanket of fog earlier in the morning. The whole field was covered. You can see the droplets covering the sunflower petals. Sunflower Dew sounds like a great band name!

 

Make sure to zoom in on this one. There was a thick layer of morning dew when I took this image along with a blanket of fog earlier in the morning. The whole field was covered. You can see the droplets covering the sunflower petals. Sunflower Dew sounds like a great band name!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 art canon country dew drops eos mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature r river summer sunflower valley water www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/sunflower-dew Sun, 16 Aug 2020 18:18:25 GMT
Patrolling the Sunflower Field https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/patrolling-the-sunflower-field   Patrolling the Sunflower FieldPatrolling the Sunflower FieldAnother image of the indigo bunting I shared from yesterday as he was hopping around in this sunflower field. Again, I feel blessed to be able to photograph this beautiful bird, in this beautiful field, under this beautiful light.

Summer Colors in Illinois FieldsSummer Colors in Illinois FieldsHere is the third and final image of the beautiful indigo bunting in the sunflower fields near Mackinaw River this week. This was such an amazing scene in person and I'm glad I could capture it through the lens. It brings me joy knowing so many have enjoyed these images.

Another image of the indigo bunting I shared from yesterday as he was hopping around in this sunflower field. Again, I feel blessed to be able to photograph this beautiful bird, in this beautiful field, under this beautiful light.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 bird bunting canon colors country eos indigo mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature r river summer valley wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/patrolling-the-sunflower-field Sat, 15 Aug 2020 21:58:15 GMT
Indigo Bunting on a Sunflower https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/indigo-bunting-on-a-sunflower Indigo Bunting on a SunflowerIndigo Bunting on a SunflowerI went out yesterday morning with the intention of taking some landscape images, but this beautiful little bird made me adjust my plans very quickly. While walking back along the sunflower field, I heard finches and buntings from the sunflowers. I quickly took off my backpack and switched lenses to my birding lens. After sitting patiently, I was rewarded with this beautiful indigo bunting perched on one of the taller sunflowers and the light was perfect. I'm just glad I had the gear I needed on me at the time.

 

I went out yesterday morning with the intention of taking some landscape images, but this beautiful little bird made me adjust my plans very quickly. While walking back along the sunflower field, I heard finches and buntings from the sunflowers. I quickly took off my backpack and switched lenses to my birding lens. After sitting patiently, I was rewarded with this beautiful indigo bunting perched on one of the taller sunflowers and the light was perfect. I'm just glad I had the gear I needed on me at the time.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 bird bunting canon colors country eos indigo mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature r river summer sunflower valley wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/indigo-bunting-on-a-sunflower Fri, 14 Aug 2020 18:24:55 GMT
Sunflowers at Sunrise https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/sunflowers-at-sunrise Sunflowers at SunriseSunflowers at SunriseThis morning was absolutely beautiful. It was a crisp 64 degrees, dew covering everything, a slight fog hovering over some of the fields in the distance, and the first light just starting to illuminate the landscape. I just love this scene. Many of the sunflowers are nearing harvest while some are still standing tall. This was a scene from the Mackinaw River Valley area this morning.

 

This morning was absolutely beautiful. It was a crisp 64 degrees, dew covering everything, a slight fog hovering over some of the fields in the distance, and the first light just starting to illuminate the landscape. I just love this scene. Many of the sunflowers are nearing harvest while some are still standing tall. This was a scene from the Mackinaw River Valley area this morning.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 canon country dew eos fields illinois landscape mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature r river sunflowers sunrise valley vistas www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/sunflowers-at-sunrise Thu, 13 Aug 2020 18:40:52 GMT
Backyard Black-Eyed Susan https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/backyard-black-eyed-susan Backyard Black-Eyed SusanBackyard Black-Eyed SusanOur Black-Eyed Susans are looking so vibrant in our backyard right now. They were calling my name this afternoon so I had to get out and photograph them.

 

Our Black-Eyed Susans are looking so vibrant in our backyard right now. They were calling my name this afternoon so I had to get out and photograph them.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 100mm backyard beauty black-eyed canon colors eos f/2.8l flowers fun garden home nature r susans https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/backyard-black-eyed-susan Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:04:39 GMT
Bees Love the Sunflower https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/bees-love-the-sunflower Bees Love the SunflowerBees Love the SunflowerIt is always good seeing bees at work. They were loving this warm, sunlit sunflower.

 

It is always good seeing bees at work. They were loving this warm, sunlit sunflower.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 bees canon eos r canon mirrorless emerson road glow nature summer sun sunflower vibrant wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/bees-love-the-sunflower Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:23:49 GMT
Brilliant Colors of a Sunflower https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/brilliant-colors-of-a-sunflower Brilliant Colors of a SunflowerBrilliant Colors of a SunflowerWhen the sun hits the face of a sunflower, the results are brilliant! Amazing colors on this sunflower.

 

When the sun hits the face of a sunflower, the results are brilliant! Amazing colors on this sunflower.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 bloom brilliant canon color emerson eos flower mirrorless nature r road summer sunflower warm https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/brilliant-colors-of-a-sunflower Sun, 09 Aug 2020 22:54:42 GMT
Hummingbird Feeding on the Trumpet Vine before Sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/hummingbird-feeding-on-the-trumpet-vine-before-sunset Hummingbird Feeding on the Trumpet Vine before SunsetHummingbird Feeding on the Trumpet Vine before SunsetMy in-laws have the most impressive trumpet vine growing over their pergola and the hummingbirds love it. I was able to capture this female ruby-throated hummingbird as the sun was about to go down, leaving the background in complete shadows. What a beautiful little bird.

 

My in-laws have the most impressive trumpet vine growing over their pergola and the hummingbirds love it. I was able to capture this female ruby-throated hummingbird as the sun was about to go down, leaving the background in complete shadows. What a beautiful little bird.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 canon emerson eos hummingbird mirrorless nature r road ruby-throated summer sunset trumpet vine wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/hummingbird-feeding-on-the-trumpet-vine-before-sunset Fri, 07 Aug 2020 22:45:06 GMT
Playing in the Wildflowers https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/playing-in-the-wildflowers Playing in the WildflowersPlaying in the WildflowersI was photographing flowers and birds in my in-laws' garden when their sweet Sadie walked into the garden. I gave her a quick call and she gave a very quick glance. The resulting images is just too cute not to share.

 

I was photographing flowers and birds in my in-laws' garden when their sweet Sadie walked into the garden. I gave her a quick call and she gave a very quick glance. The resulting images is just too cute not to share.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 animal canon dog emerson eos flowers friend furry mirrorless pet r road sadie summer wild https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/playing-in-the-wildflowers Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:06:02 GMT
Seen Many Storms https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/seen-many-storms Seen Many StormsSeen Many StormsOh the storms this old barn has seen while sitting in a Midwest field among the corn and bean fields.

 

Oh the storms this old barn has seen while sitting in a Midwest field among the corn and bean fields.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) and b&w barn black canon eos-r landscape midwest mirrorless nature storm storms white www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/seen-many-storms Thu, 16 Jul 2020 17:27:03 GMT
Freshly Watered Fields https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/freshly-watered-fields Freshly Watered FieldsFreshly Watered FieldsI love the beauty of a field that has been freshly rained on. The green just seems more green and the smell of fresh rain in the field is something I will miss during the winter months. It is simply beautiful!

 

I love the beauty of a field that has been freshly rained on. The green just seems more green and the smell of fresh rain in the field is something I will miss during the winter months. It is simply beautiful!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon eos-r landscape midwest mirrorless nature storms www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/freshly-watered-fields Wed, 15 Jul 2020 19:32:49 GMT
His Light Shines https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/his-light-shines His Light ShinesHis Light ShinesEven in our darkest times, His Light shines. I continue to pray and keep faith that we will be able to overcome this difficult and dark time for humanity. This is probably one of my favorite images from the storms that rolled through Bloomington 2 days ago. You can see the rain coming down at an angle from right to left, which makes the image less clear but gives atmosphere of the scene. The light shaft in the middle of the images is just priceless and I couldn't help but feel the presence God's love and warmth coming through. It can't rain all the time.

 

Even in our darkest times, His Light shines. I continue to pray and keep faith that we will be able to overcome this difficult and dark time for humanity. This is probably one of my favorite images from the storms that rolled through Bloomington 2 days ago. You can see the rain coming down at an angle from right to left, which makes the image less clear but gives atmosphere of the scene. The light shaft in the middle of the images is just priceless and I couldn't help but feel the presence God's love and warmth coming through. It can't rain all the time.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon eos-r his hope landscape light midwest mirrorless nature shines storms www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/his-light-shines Tue, 14 Jul 2020 03:05:42 GMT
Wall of Rain https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/wall-of-rain Wall of RainWall of RainAnd just like that the skies opened and the rain fell. I love this image of the light rays from the sun piercing the clouds as the rain starts to take over. I saw a quote that says, "Without rain, nothing grows, learn to embrace the storms of your life".

 

And just like that the skies opened and the rain fell. I love this image of the light rays from the sun piercing the clouds as the rain starts to take over. I saw a quote that says, "Without rain, nothing grows, learn to embrace the storms of your life".

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon eos-r landscape midwest mirrorless nature rain rays storms sun www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/wall-of-rain Mon, 13 Jul 2020 21:07:49 GMT
In Comes the Storm https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/in-comes-the-storm In Comes the StormIn Comes the StormHere is another image of the incoming storm that features a bean field and the small grove of trees on the right. The clouds are so impressive going from bright white above the dark, dark blue below. The sun accentuates the details in the clouds nicely and helps to illuminate the shaft of rain in the middle of the image.

 

Here is another image of the incoming storm that features a bean field and the small grove of trees on the right. The clouds are so impressive going from bright white above the dark, dark blue below. The sun accentuates the details in the clouds nicely and helps to illuminate the shaft of rain in the middle of the image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon eos-r landscape midwest mirrorless nature storms www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/in-comes-the-storm Mon, 13 Jul 2020 16:50:27 GMT
Storms Moving in Over Sunny Fields https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/storms-moving-in-over-sunny-fields Storms Moving in Over Sunny FieldsStorms Moving in Over Sunny FieldsI was able to drive out in front of some of the storms that hit Bloomington yesterday afternoon. Here is one of the images I was able to make. I tried to find interesting landscapes to compose while the mother nature unleashed some menacing looking clouds containing rain and hail. I liked this particular composition with the winding grass cut between the two fields acting as a leading line to the lower lying clouds. The tree is a nice feature on the left side off setting the clouds. I was out in front of the storm so above me was blue sky, fluffy white clouds, and sun, which you can see is illuminating the green fields.

 

I was able to drive out in front of some of the storms that hit Bloomington yesterday afternoon. Here is one of the images I was able to make. I tried to find interesting landscapes to compose while the mother nature unleashed some menacing looking clouds containing rain and hail. I liked this particular composition with the winding grass cut between the two fields acting as a leading line to the lower lying clouds. The tree is a nice feature on the left side off setting the clouds.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon eos-r landscape midwest mirrorless nature storms www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/storms-moving-in-over-sunny-fields Mon, 13 Jul 2020 02:12:41 GMT
Summer Storm Rainbow https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/summer-storm-rainbow Summer Storm RainbowSummer Storm RainbowI was able to to capture a rainbow this afternoon left by the storm warning that hit McLean County today. I had to shoot this while the rain was still coming down pretty hard but I love the resulting images. Enjoy!

Summer Storm RainbowSummer Storm RainbowI was able to to capture a rainbow this afternoon left by the storm warning that hit McLean County today. I had to shoot this while the rain was still coming down pretty hard but I love the resulting images. Enjoy! Summer Storm RainbowSummer Storm RainbowI was able to to capture a rainbow this afternoon left by the storm warning that hit McLean County today. I had to shoot this while the rain was still coming down pretty hard but I love the resulting images. Enjoy!

I was able to to capture a rainbow this afternoon left by the storm warning that hit McLean County today. I had to shoot this while the rain was still coming down pretty hard but I love the resulting images. Enjoy!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon colors eos fields landscapes midwest mirrorless nature r rainbow www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/summer-storm-rainbow Sun, 12 Jul 2020 01:01:11 GMT
Louie and Lady the House Wrens https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/louie-and-lady-the-house-wrens  

Louie and Lady the House WrensLouie and Lady the House WrensWe have a couple of house wrens that took up residence in my mom and dad's old bird house that I put up in our backyard this year. Louie spent weeks building an impressive nets to gain Lady's approval. They now have at least 6 eggs. Each day they take turns watching over their eggs and protecting them. Louie sings every morning and throughout the day. We love having them in our yard. Lady is the one in the house in these images and Louie is the one outside of or on the house.

Louie and Lady the House WrensLouie and Lady the House WrensWe have a couple of house wrens that took up residence in my mom and dad's old bird house that I put up in our backyard this year. Louie spent weeks building an impressive nets to gain Lady's approval. They now have at least 6 eggs. Each day they take turns watching over their eggs and protecting them. Louie sings every morning and throughout the day. We love having them in our yard. Lady is the one in the house in these images and Louie is the one outside of or on the house. Louie and Lady the House WrensLouie and Lady the House WrensWe have a couple of house wrens that took up residence in my mom and dad's old bird house that I put up in our backyard this year. Louie spent weeks building an impressive nets to gain Lady's approval. They now have at least 6 eggs. Each day they take turns watching over their eggs and protecting them. Louie sings every morning and throughout the day. We love having them in our yard. Lady is the one in the house in these images and Louie is the one outside of or on the house. Louie and Lady the House WrensLouie and Lady the House WrensWe have a couple of house wrens that took up residence in my mom and dad's old bird house that I put up in our backyard this year. Louie spent weeks building an impressive nets to gain Lady's approval. They now have at least 6 eggs. Each day they take turns watching over their eggs and protecting them. Louie sings every morning and throughout the day. We love having them in our yard. Lady is the one in the house in these images and Louie is the one outside of or on the house. Louie and Lady the House WrensLouie and Lady the House WrensWe have a couple of house wrens that took up residence in my mom and dad's old bird house that I put up in our backyard this year. Louie spent weeks building an impressive nets to gain Lady's approval. They now have at least 6 eggs. Each day they take turns watching over their eggs and protecting them. Louie sings every morning and throughout the day. We love having them in our yard. Lady is the one in the house in these images and Louie is the one outside of or on the house.

 

We have a couple of house wrens that took up residence in my mom and dad's old bird house that I put up in our backyard this year. Louie spent weeks building an impressive nets to gain Lady's approval. They now have at least 6 eggs. Each day they take turns watching over their eggs and protecting them. Louie sings every morning and throughout the day. We love having them in our yard. Lady is the one in the house in these images and Louie is the one outside of or on the house.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm backyard bird birds canon deck* eos f/5.6l* family from garden* home. house images love mirrorless* nature* r* the wrens https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/louie-and-lady-the-house-wrens Wed, 08 Jul 2020 18:53:45 GMT
Beauty in the Shadows https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/beauty-in-the-shadows Beauty in the ShadowsBeauty in the ShadowsUnder the lily pads and shadows, there is a bright, blooming lily.

 

Under the lily pads and shadows, there is a bright, blooming lily.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon county day emerson eos family farm father's fun lily midwest mirrorless r road sangamon water https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/beauty-in-the-shadows Thu, 02 Jul 2020 15:57:02 GMT
Happy Little Water Lily https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/happy-little-water-lily Happy Little Water LilyHappy Little Water LilyThis sweet little water lily found the dapple light refreshing enough to bloom and provide a little afternoon brilliance.

 

This sweet little water lily found the dapple light refreshing enough to bloom and provide a little afternoon brilliance.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bloom canon county dapple day emerson eos family farm father's fun light lily midwest mirrorless r road sangamon water https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/happy-little-water-lily Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:45:54 GMT
Bachelor Button Catching the Sun https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/bachelor-button-catching-the-sun Bachelor Button Catching the SunBachelor Button Catching the SunOne of my wife's favorite little wild flowers is the bachelor button. This little bachelor button was catching the light nicely.

 

One of my wife's favorite little wild flowers is the bachelor button. This little bachelor button was catching the light nicely.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bachelor button canon colors county day emerson eos family farm father's flowers fun midwest mirrorless r road sangamon wild https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/bachelor-button-catching-the-sun Wed, 24 Jun 2020 16:53:57 GMT
Mammatus Clouds Before the Storm https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mammatus-clouds-before-the-storm Mammatus Clouds Before the StormMammatus Clouds Before the StormI went for a quick drive before this evening's storms started to move in and made this image of some mammatus cloud formations

 

I went for a quick drive before this evening's storms started to move in and made this image of some mammatus cloud formations

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 24-70 beans canon clouds county eos f/2.8l fields landscapes mammatus midwest mirrorless nature r rural storm weather https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mammatus-clouds-before-the-storm Mon, 22 Jun 2020 22:22:43 GMT
Glorious Colors on this Pot Marigold https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/glorious-colors-on-this-pot-marigold Glorious Colors on this Pot MarigoldGlorious Colors on this Pot MarigoldThis vibrant little pot marigold was demanding its photo to be taken. Such beautiful colors and textures on this flower.

 

This vibrant little pot marigold was demanding its photo to be taken. Such beautiful colors and textures on this flower.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon county day emerson eos family farm father's fun marigold midwest mirrorless pot r road sangamon https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/glorious-colors-on-this-pot-marigold Mon, 22 Jun 2020 19:24:42 GMT
Orange Lily in Dappled Light https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/orange-lily-in-dappled-light Orange Lily in Dappled LightOrange Lily in Dappled LightThe vibrancy of these Lily's are beautiful especially in this dappled light. I really enjoyed taking photos around my in-law's garden today. It made for a relaxing father's day for me.

 

The vibrancy of these Lily's are beautiful especially in this dappled light. I really enjoyed taking photos around my in-law's garden today. It made for a relaxing father's day for me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon county day emerson eos family farm father's fun lily midwest mirrorless orange r road sangamon https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/orange-lily-in-dappled-light Mon, 22 Jun 2020 02:11:37 GMT
1st Day of Summer https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/1st-day-of-summer 1st Day of Summer1st Day of SummerMy daughter and I made a short drive today to check on the status of some future photography locations and, while out, I wanted to get a photo to mark the 1st day of summer. It rained most of the afternoon, but before it did, I made this image of a sea of Prairie Fleabane also called Daisy Fleabane. The warmth and humidity combined with the incoming storm and colors of this field, just oozed the feelings of summer.

 

My daughter and I made a short drive today to check on the status of some future photography locations and, while out, I wanted to get a photo to mark the 1st day of summer. It rained most of the afternoon, but before it did, I made this image of a sea of Prairie Fleabane also called Daisy Fleabane. The warmth and humidity combined with the incoming storm and colors of this field, just oozed the feelings of summer.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 24-70 canon daisy eos f/2.8l fleabane illinois landscape mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature prairie r river summer valley https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/1st-day-of-summer Sun, 21 Jun 2020 02:07:08 GMT
American Water-lily https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/american-water-lily American Water-lilyAmerican Water-lilyWhile I didn't have the best light, I love this intimate image of a water-lily closing up for the evening. As I took this image, I felt like it could make for a beautiful black and white image.

 

While I didn't have the best light, I love this intimate image of a water-lily closing up for the evening. As I took this image, I felt like it could make for a beautiful black and white image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) american and b&w black canon 70-200 f/4l canon eos r country emerson road mirrorless nature peace rural sangamon county summer water-lily white https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/american-water-lily Fri, 19 Jun 2020 00:34:59 GMT
Sunset on Emerson Road https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/sunset-on-emerson-road Sunset on Emerson RoadSunset on Emerson RoadOne of my favorite things about the Midwest are the sunsets. This sunset was taken at my in-laws' house on Emerson Rd., which offers one of my favorite open sunset views. The corn is nice and tall already but still low enough to give an unobstructed view of the horizon, which makes for some perfect sunset views...peaceful and perfect.

 

One of my favorite things about the Midwest are the sunsets. This sunset was taken at my in-laws' house on Emerson Rd., which offers one of my favorite open sunset views. The corn is nice and tall already but still low enough to give an unobstructed view of the horizon, which makes for some perfect sunset views...peaceful and perfect.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon country county emerson eos f/4l mirrorless nature r road rural sangamon summer sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/sunset-on-emerson-road Wed, 17 Jun 2020 01:49:00 GMT
Mute Swan Family https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mute-swan-family-1  

Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them.

 

My second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them.  I hope you enjoy this series.  I know there are more than 30 images here but I just loved them all and couldn't narrow it down.  Enjoy!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm anniversary canon covid-19 eos f/5.6l family interaction love mirrorless mute nature park r swans tipton wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mute-swan-family-1 Tue, 16 Jun 2020 04:20:30 GMT
Mute Swan Giving A Gentle Touch https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mute-swan-giving-a-gentle-touch Mute Swan Giving A Gentle TouchMute Swan Giving A Gentle TouchI love that this little cygnet swam up and gently touched the neck of the parent as they fed almost as if to say, thanks mom or dad!

Mute Swan Learning by ObservingMute Swan Learning by ObservingI could sit and watch the interactions between these mute swans and their cygnets all day. You can just see the learning taking place as these little swans observe and follow their parents' lead. They are learning fast!

I love that this little cygnet swam up and gently touched the neck of the parent as they fed almost as if to say, thanks mom or dad!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm anniversary canon covid-19 eos f/5.6l interaction learning love mirrorless mute nature park r swans tipton wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mute-swan-giving-a-gentle-touch Sun, 14 Jun 2020 18:42:10 GMT
Mute Swan Family https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mute-swan-family Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyThis is a series of images of a mute swan family. the images are heavily cropped as I kept a safe distance to give them privacy and to not provoke the male. The profile image among the foxglove flowers is the male. The other four images are the female with her cygnets in the nest. I hope to go back and try to get some images of them out of the nest on the pond. They are beautiful "love birds".

Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyThis is a series of images of a mute swan family. the images are heavily cropped as I kept a safe distance to give them privacy and to not provoke the male. The profile image among the foxglove flowers is the male. The other four images are the female with her cygnets in the nest. I hope to go back and try to get some images of them out of the nest on the pond. They are beautiful "love birds". Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyThis is a series of images of a mute swan family. the images are heavily cropped as I kept a safe distance to give them privacy and to not provoke the male. The profile image among the foxglove flowers is the male. The other four images are the female with her cygnets in the nest. I hope to go back and try to get some images of them out of the nest on the pond. They are beautiful "love birds". Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyThis is a series of images of a mute swan family. the images are heavily cropped as I kept a safe distance to give them privacy and to not provoke the male. The profile image among the foxglove flowers is the male. The other four images are the female with her cygnets in the nest. I hope to go back and try to get some images of them out of the nest on the pond. They are beautiful "love birds". Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyThis is a series of images of a mute swan family. the images are heavily cropped as I kept a safe distance to give them privacy and to not provoke the male. The profile image among the foxglove flowers is the male. The other four images are the female with her cygnets in the nest. I hope to go back and try to get some images of them out of the nest on the pond. They are beautiful "love birds".

This is a series of images of a mute swan family. the images are heavily cropped as I kept a safe distance to give them privacy and to not provoke the male. The profile image among the foxglove flowers is the male. The other four images are the female with her cygnets in the nest. I hope to go back and try to get some images of them out of the nest on the pond. They are beautiful "love birds".

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington canon county cygnets eos f/5.6l illinois mclean mirrorless mute nature park r swans tipton wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mute-swan-family Fri, 12 Jun 2020 19:45:16 GMT
Strawberry Moon https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/strawberry-moon Strawberry MoonStrawberry MoonFull Moon in June called the Strawberry Moon taken on 6-5-20

 

Full Moon in June called the Strawberry Moon taken on 6-5-20

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon covid-19 eos full in june landscape midwest. mirrorless moon nature night r strawberry https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/strawberry-moon Mon, 08 Jun 2020 19:36:27 GMT
Female Eastern Bluebird Singing https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/female-eastern-bluebird-singing Female Eastern Bluebird SingingFemale Eastern Bluebird SingingThis female eastern blue bird was whistling at me! Isn't she cute?

 

This female eastern blue bird was whistling at me! Isn't she cute?

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bluebird canon central covid-19 eastern eos female funk's grove illinois midwest mirrorless nature prarie r https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/female-eastern-bluebird-singing Mon, 08 Jun 2020 01:20:57 GMT
Eastern Meadowlark https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/eastern-meadowlark Eastern MeadowlarkEastern MeadowlarkThere were several Meadowlark's chirping away at Funk's Grove yesterday. I couldn't get a good view of them until this guy hopped up on one of the taller bushes in the pasture.

 

There were several Meadowlark's chirping away at Funk's Grove yesterday. I couldn't get a good view of them until this guy hopped up on one of the taller bushes in the pasture.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon covid-19 eastern eos f/5.6l funk's grove meadowlark midwest mirrorless nature r summer warm wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/eastern-meadowlark Fri, 05 Jun 2020 21:09:21 GMT
Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird In Flight https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/female-ruby-throated-hummingbird-in-flight Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird In FlightFemale Ruby-throated Hummingbird In FlightI was so happy to see several ruby-throated humming birds buzzing around the grass fields of Funk's Grove again. I enjoy the challenges these little birds give me when photographing them.

 

I was so happy to see several ruby-throated humming birds buzzing around the grass fields of Funk's Grove again. I enjoy the challenges these little birds give me when photographing them.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon covid-19 eos f/5.6l funk's grove humming midwest mirrorless nature r ruby-throated summer warm wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/female-ruby-throated-hummingbird-in-flight Fri, 05 Jun 2020 02:44:31 GMT
Blue Jay https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/blue-jay Blue JayBlue JayI just really enjoy the look and light on this blue jay. Beautiful, vibrant colors and a nice pose...can't ask for much more.

 

I just really enjoy the look and light on this blue jay. Beautiful, vibrant colors and a nice pose...can't ask for much more.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm blue canon county covid-19 eos ewing f/5.6l illinois jay mclean migration mirrorless nature park r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/blue-jay Wed, 03 Jun 2020 20:27:23 GMT
Swainson's Thrush https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/swainsons-thrush Swainson's ThrushSwainson's ThrushThe various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush.

Gray-cheeked ThrushGray-cheeked ThrushThe various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush. Hermit ThrushHermit ThrushThe various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush. Swainson's Thrush on the MoveSwainson's Thrush on the MoveThe various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush. VeeryVeeryThe various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush. Northern Water Thrush in the BrushNorthern Water Thrush in the BrushThe various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush. Northern Water ThrushNorthern Water ThrushThe various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush.

The various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon county covid-19 eos f/5.6l mclean mirrorless nature r thrush wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/swainsons-thrush Sat, 30 May 2020 02:14:24 GMT
Green Heron Lurking in the Bushes https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/green-heron-lurking-in-the-bushes Green Heron Lurking in the BushesGreen Heron Lurking in the BushesA couple of weeks ago, I was walking along the creek at Ewing Park looking for warblers when this big guys startled me in the bushes. Surprisingly he didn't fly off and let me take some images. The light was hitting him perfectly.

 

A couple of weeks ago, I was walking along the creek at Ewing Park looking for warblers when this big guys startled me in the bushes. Surprisingly he didn't fly off and let me take some images. The light was hitting him perfectly.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county covid-19 eos ewing f/5.6l green heron illinois mclean migration mirrorless nature park r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/green-heron-lurking-in-the-bushes Fri, 29 May 2020 21:40:40 GMT
Scarlet Tanager https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/scarlet-tanager Scarlet TanagerScarlet TanagerI was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite images from that session. I could watch these tanagers all day long. It is like watching living art! Scarlet TanagerScarlet TanagerI was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite images from that session. I could watch these tanagers all day long. It is like watching living art! Scarlet TanagerScarlet TanagerI was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite images from that session. I could watch these tanagers all day long. It is like watching living art! Scarlet TanagerScarlet TanagerI was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite images from that session. I could watch these tanagers all day long. It is like watching living art! Scarlet TanagerScarlet TanagerI was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite images from that session. I could watch these tanagers all day long. It is like watching living art! Scarlet TanagerScarlet TanagerI was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite images from that session. I could watch these tanagers all day long. It is like watching living art!

 

I was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite images from that session. I could watch these tanagers all day long. It is like watching living art!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county covid-19 eos f/5.6l mclean mirrorless nature r scarlet spring tanager wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/scarlet-tanager Thu, 28 May 2020 22:06:21 GMT
Summer Tanager (Female) https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/summer-tanager-female Summer Tanager (Female)Summer Tanager (Female)This is my first summer tanager and she came so close to me. I was sitting still and she landed on a limb about 6 feet away. I don't think she knew I was there because then she flew within feet of me as she flew across the creek. I tried to remain calm enough to get this shot when she landed. This image is just a slight crop...that is how close she perched to me. I took this image at Centennial park on 5/20/20.

 

This is my first summer tanager and she came so close to me. I was sitting still and she landed on a limb about 6 feet away. I don't think she knew I was there because then she flew within feet of me as she flew across the creek. I tried to remain calm enough to get this shot when she landed. This image is just a slight crop...that is how close she perched to me. I took this image at Centennial park on 5/20/20.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon centennial county covid-19 eos f/5.6l heyworth mclean mirrorless nature park r spring summer tanager wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/summer-tanager-female Thu, 28 May 2020 15:56:03 GMT
Gray Catbird Watching Me https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/gray-catbird-watching-me Gray Catbird Watching MeGray Catbird Watching MeI love their songs...this one spotted me enjoying his songs and gave me a long look!

 

I love their songs...this one spotted me enjoying his songs and gave me a long look!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon catbird county covid-19 eos f/5.6l gray mclean mirrorless nature r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/gray-catbird-watching-me Thu, 28 May 2020 04:12:38 GMT
Storm Clouds over Funk's Grove https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/storm-clouds-over-funks-grove Storm Clouds over Funk's GroveStorm Clouds over Funk's GroveI went out to Funk's Grove this afternoon to check for hummingbirds but found these beautiful storm clouds instead.

 

I went out to Funk's Grove this afternoon to check for hummingbirds but found these beautiful storm clouds instead.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon central clouds covid-19 drama eos funk's grove illinois landscape midwest mirrorless nature prarie r rain storm weather https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/storm-clouds-over-funks-grove Wed, 27 May 2020 00:17:31 GMT
Tennessee Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/tennessee-warbler Tennessee WarblerTennessee WarblerHere is a Tennessee Warbler sneaking down one of the limbs under some cover. This was taken on 5/20/20 at Centennial Park.

 

Here is a Tennessee Warbler sneaking down one of the limbs under some cover. This was taken on 5/20/20 at Centennial Park.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon centennial county covid-19 eos f/5.6l heyworth mclean mirrorless nature park r spring tennessee warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/tennessee-warbler Tue, 26 May 2020 17:39:57 GMT
Blackpoll Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/blackpoll-warbler Blackpoll WarblerBlackpoll WarblerHere is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still love their markings.

Blackpoll WarblerBlackpoll WarblerHere is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still love their markings. Blackpoll WarblerBlackpoll WarblerHere is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still love their markings. Blackpoll WarblerBlackpoll WarblerHere is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still love their markings. Blackpoll WarblerBlackpoll WarblerHere is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still love their markings. Blackpoll WarblerBlackpoll WarblerHere is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still love their markings.

Here is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still love their markings.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm blackpoll canon centennial county covid-19 eos f/5.6l heyworth mclean mirrorless nature park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/blackpoll-warbler Mon, 25 May 2020 23:24:01 GMT
Canada Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/canada-warbler Canada WarblerCanada WarblerI wasn't able to get very close to this one but I was happy to find this little warbler and needed to share. Here is a Canada Warbler. Such a bright little warbler that I could spot from across the creek at Centennial Park. Canada WarblerCanada WarblerI wasn't able to get very close to this one but I was happy to find this little warbler and needed to share. Here is a Canada Warbler. Such a bright little warbler that I could spot from across the creek at Centennial Park.

 

I wasn't able to get very close to this one but I was happy to find this little warbler and needed to share. Here is a Canada Warbler. Such a bright little warbler that I could spot from across the creek at Centennial Park.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canada warbler canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r centennial park covid-19 heyworth mclean county mirrorless nature spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/canada-warbler Sun, 24 May 2020 02:29:44 GMT
Bay-breasted Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/bay-breasted-warbler  

 

Bay-breasted WarblerBay-breasted WarblerHere is another warbler I photographed at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. It was nice to get this and the Cape May...it was a first for photographing several warblers that day for me. Bay-breasted WarblerBay-breasted WarblerHere is another warbler I photographed at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. It was nice to get this and the Cape May...it was a first for photographing several warblers that day for me. Bay-breasted WarblerBay-breasted WarblerHere is another warbler I photographed at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. It was nice to get this and the Cape May...it was a first for photographing several warblers that day for me.

 

Here is another warbler I photographed at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. It was nice to get this and the Cape May...it was a first for photographing several warblers that day for me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bay-breasted warbler canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r centennial park covid-19 heyworth mclean county mirrorless nature spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/bay-breasted-warbler Sun, 24 May 2020 00:48:01 GMT
Cape May Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/cape-may-warbler Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me.

Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me. Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me. Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me. Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me. Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me. Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me. Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me. Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me.

This was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon cape centennial county covid-19 eos f/5.6l heyworth may mclean mirrorless nature park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/cape-may-warbler Sat, 23 May 2020 23:31:12 GMT
Warbling Vireo https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/warbling-vireo Warbling VireoWarbling VireoA big thanks to this warbling vireo as it popped up from the bushes to pose for this dreamy image. Taken at Centennial Park on 5-20-20.

 

A big thanks to this warbling vireo as it popped up from the bushes to pose for this dreamy image. Taken at Centennial Park on 5-20-20.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon centennial county covid-19 eos f/5.6l heyworth mclean mirrorless nature park r spring vireo warbling wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/warbling-vireo Sat, 23 May 2020 04:26:44 GMT
Yellow-throated Vireo https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/yellow-throated-vireo Yellow-throated Vireo Sing a SongYellow-throated Vireo Sing a SongAnother beautiful vireo is the yellow-throated vireo. This particular bird had quite a bit of personality and let me take his photo for several minutes. He even sang a little for me. Yellow-throated VireoYellow-throated VireoAnother beautiful vireo is the yellow-throated vireo. This particular bird had quite a bit of personality and let me take his photo for several minutes. He even sang a little for me.

 

Another beautiful vireo is the yellow-throated vireo. This particular bird had quite a bit of personality and let me take his photo for several minutes. He even sang a little for me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r covid-19 mclean county mirrorless nature spring wildlife yellow-throated vireo https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/yellow-throated-vireo Fri, 22 May 2020 05:03:35 GMT
Prothonotary Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/prothonotary-warbler Prothonotary WarblerProthonotary WarblerHere is another very beautiful and bright colored bird...the Prothonotary Warbler! This is another first for me!

 

Here is another very beautiful and bright colored bird...the Prothonotary Warbler! This is another first for me!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon centennial county covid-19 eos f/5.6l heyworth mclean mirrorless nature park prothonotary r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/prothonotary-warbler Fri, 22 May 2020 03:32:49 GMT
Brilliant Scarlet Tanager https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/brilliant-scarlet-tanager Brilliant Scarlet TanagerBrilliant Scarlet TanagerThere is nothing like seeing that flash of red and realizing it isn't a cardinal. This is the, always beautiful, scarlet tanager.

 

There is nothing like seeing that flash of red and realizing it isn't a cardinal. This is the, always beautiful, scarlet tanager.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon centennial county covid-19 eos f/5.6l heyworth mclean mirrorless nature park r scarlet spring tanager wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/brilliant-scarlet-tanager Thu, 21 May 2020 04:34:12 GMT
Black-and-white Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/black-and-white-warbler Black-and-white WarblerBlack-and-white WarblerI love watching this little warbler hopping from tree trunk to tree trunk looking for bugs. Like most warblers they aren't easy to photograph as they are moving around so chaotically. They remind me so much of a nuthatch climbing up and down tree trunks. Black-and-white WarblerBlack-and-white WarblerI love watching this little warbler hopping from tree trunk to tree trunk looking for bugs. Like most warblers they aren't easy to photograph as they are moving around so chaotically. They remind me so much of a nuthatch climbing up and down tree trunks. Black-and-white WarblerBlack-and-white WarblerI love watching this little warbler hopping from tree trunk to tree trunk looking for bugs. Like most warblers they aren't easy to photograph as they are moving around so chaotically. They remind me so much of a nuthatch climbing up and down tree trunks. Black-and-white WarblerBlack-and-white WarblerI love watching this little warbler hopping from tree trunk to tree trunk looking for bugs. Like most warblers they aren't easy to photograph as they are moving around so chaotically. They remind me so much of a nuthatch climbing up and down tree trunks.

 

I love watching this little warbler hopping from tree trunk to tree trunk looking for bugs. Like most warblers they aren't easy to photograph as they are moving around so chaotically. They remind me so much of a nuthatch climbing up and down tree trunks.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird black-and-white canon covid-19 eos ewing f/5.6l migration mirrorless nature park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/black-and-white-warbler Wed, 20 May 2020 14:22:29 GMT
Blackburnian Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/blackburnian-warbler Blackburnian WarblerBlackburnian WarblerHere is another new warbler for me...a Blackburnian Warbler. It sat regally looking out over the field with that bright orange head. I wish the light was better but it was a gloomy, rainy day.

 

Here is another new warbler for me...a Blackburnian Warbler. It sat regally looking out over the field with that bright orange head. I wish the light was better but it was a gloomy, rainy day.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm blackburnian canon county covid-19 eos f/5.6l mclean mirrorless nature r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/blackburnian-warbler Tue, 19 May 2020 23:46:06 GMT
Blue-winged Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/blue-winged-warbler Blue-winged WarblerBlue-winged WarblerI loved the look of the blue-winged warbler. Check out that black strip over the eye. I love the contrast of the blue wings vs the bright colored body.

 

I loved the look of the blue-winged warbler. Check out that black strip over the eye. I love the contrast of the blue wings vs the bright colored body.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm blue-winged canon county covid-19 eos ewing f/5.6l illinois mclean migration mirrorless nature park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/blue-winged-warbler Mon, 18 May 2020 02:31:42 GMT
Black-throated Green Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/black-throated-green-warbler Black-throated Green WarblerBlack-throated Green WarblerAnother warbler with pretty colors and markings is the Black-throated Green Warbler. I was happy to get this one image before he took off.

 

Another warbler with pretty colors and markings is the Black-throated Green Warbler. I was happy to get this one image before he took off.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm black-throated bloomington canon cloudy eos f/5.6l green high illinois iso mirrorless nature overcast park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/black-throated-green-warbler Sun, 17 May 2020 19:09:31 GMT
Magnolia Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/magnolia-warbler Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler. Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler. Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler. Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler. Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler. Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler. Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler. Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler.

 

Over the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington canon cloudy eos f/5.6l high illinois iso magnolia mirrorless nature overcast park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/magnolia-warbler Sun, 17 May 2020 16:06:28 GMT
Wilson's Warbler in a Viburnum Bush https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/wilsons-warbler-in-a-viburnum-bush Wilson's Warbler in a Viburnum BushWilson's Warbler in a Viburnum BushHere is a pretty little Wilson's warbler that gave me a pleasant pose while landing in a Viburnum bush making for a beautiful scene.

 

Here is a pretty little Wilson's warbler that gave me a pleasant pose while landing in a Viburnum bush making for a beautiful scene.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county covid-19 eos ewing f/5.6l illinois mclean migration mirrorless nature park r spring viburnum warbler wildlife wilson's https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/wilsons-warbler-in-a-viburnum-bush Sun, 17 May 2020 03:11:39 GMT
Orange Crowned Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/orange-crowned-warbler Orange Crowned WarblerOrange Crowned WarblerHere is an orange crowned warbler. Many times I have a sore neck after a day of looking for these warblers. Here is a good example why. I'm looking straight up at the underbelly of this bird. It doesn't make for the best angle for an image but I wanted to share anyway.

 

Here is an orange crowned warbler. Many times I have a sore neck after a day of looking for these warblers. Here is a good example why. I'm looking straight up at the underbelly of this bird. It doesn't make for the best angle for an image but I wanted to share anyway.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington canon cloudy crowned eos f/5.6l high illinois iso mirrorless nature orange overcast park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/orange-crowned-warbler Sun, 17 May 2020 02:00:40 GMT
Eastern Wood Pewee https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/eastern-wood-pewee Eastern Wood PeweeEastern Wood PeweeI'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool.

Eastern Wood PeweeEastern Wood PeweeI'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool. Eastern Wood PeweeEastern Wood PeweeI'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool. Eastern Wood PeweeEastern Wood PeweeI'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool. Eastern Wood PeweeEastern Wood PeweeI'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool. Eastern Wood PeweeEastern Wood PeweeI'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool. Eastern Wood PeweeEastern Wood PeweeI'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool.

I'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r canon mirrorless covid-19 eastern wood pewee ewing park flycatcher illinois mclean county migration nature spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/eastern-wood-pewee Sun, 17 May 2020 01:01:04 GMT
Red-eyed Vireo https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/red-eyed-vireo Red-eyed VireoRed-eyed VireoI saw my first red-eyed vireo today. I was happy to see you can actually see the red eye in this image, which isn't always the case in some images. He looks stocky but that is just the angle I was at and the way this bird was sitting. I like the dark strip running through the eye on the face like a mask.

 

I saw my first red-eyed vireo today. I was happy to see you can actually see the red eye in this image, which isn't always the case in some images. He looks stocky but that is just the angle I was at and the way this bird was sitting. I like the dark strip running through the eye on the face like a mask.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county covid-19 eos ewing f/5.6l illinois mclean migration mirrorless nature park r red-eyed spring vireo wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/red-eyed-vireo Sat, 16 May 2020 03:15:37 GMT
Great Horned Owl on Alert https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/great-horned-owl-on-alert Great Horned Owl on AlertGreat Horned Owl on AlertCheck out this Great Horned Owl I saw yesterday at Ewing Park. He was very aware of a lady walking her dog. He watched them intently the whole way. In the background through the leaves you can see a crow that was giving the owl hell. The owl could care less!

 

Check out this Great Horned Owl I saw yesterday at Ewing Park. He was very aware of a lady walking her dog. He watched them intently the whole way. In the background through the leaves you can see a crow that was giving the owl hell. The owl could care less!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon covid-19 eos ewing f/5.6l great horned mirrorless nature overcast owl park r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/great-horned-owl-on-alert Fri, 15 May 2020 13:57:55 GMT
Golden-winged Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/golden-winged-warbler Golden-winged WarblerGolden-winged WarblerAnother beautiful warbler from earlier today and another first for me is this Golden-winged Warbler. I feel very fortunate to get a good photo of this little warbler as they have suffered population declines.

 

Another beautiful warbler from earlier today and another first for me is this Golden-winged Warbler. I feel very fortunate to get a good photo of this little warbler as they have suffered population declines.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington canon cloudy eos f/5.6l golden-winged high illinois iso mirrorless nature overcast park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/golden-winged-warbler Thu, 14 May 2020 04:11:20 GMT
Shy White-eyed Vireo https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/shy-white-eyed-vireo Shy White-eyed VireoShy White-eyed VireoI'm pretty excited to get an image of a first for me...the White-eyed Vireo. What a beautiful bird and I didn't even know what I had until I got a chance to look at it later. Obviously I'm pretty happy to know I caught this bird in an image. The overcast skies and poor lighting made it difficult and I'd like to get a sharper, better lit image in the future, but I can't complain too much.

 

I'm pretty excited to get an image of a first for me...the White-eyed Vireo. What a beautiful bird and I didn't even know what I had until I got a chance to look at it later. Obviously I'm pretty happy to know I caught this bird in an image. The overcast skies and poor lighting made it difficult and I'd like to get a sharper, better lit image in the future, but I can't complain too much.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington canon cloudy eos f/5.6l high illinois iso mirrorless nature overcast park r spring vireo white-eyed wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/shy-white-eyed-vireo Wed, 13 May 2020 20:17:03 GMT
Rose-breasted Grosbeak https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/rose-breasted-grosbeak Rose-breasted GrosbeakRose-breasted GrosbeakI feel like there have been so many rose-breasted grosbeaks this year. I've even had several on my feeders. This particular one was looking regal and ready for an image.

 

I feel like there have been so many rose-breasted grosbeaks this year. I've even had several on my feeders. This particular one was looking regal and ready for an image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington canon county eos f/5.6l grosbeak lake mclean mirrorless nature parklands r rose-breasted spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/rose-breasted-grosbeak Mon, 11 May 2020 21:48:46 GMT
Wild Turkey Showing Off https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/wild-turkey-showing-off Wild Turkey Showing OffWild Turkey Showing OffI had to pull the car over when I saw this male turkey approaching two female turkeys. I had a feeling he would present for them and it paid off. He didn't mind that I was there and strutted his stuff! Wild Turkey Showing OffWild Turkey Showing OffI had to pull the car over when I saw this male turkey approaching two female turkeys. I had a feeling he would present for them and it paid off. He didn't mind that I was there and strutted his stuff! Wild Turkey Showing OffWild Turkey Showing OffI had to pull the car over when I saw this male turkey approaching two female turkeys. I had a feeling he would present for them and it paid off. He didn't mind that I was there and strutted his stuff! Wild Turkey Showing OffWild Turkey Showing OffI had to pull the car over when I saw this male turkey approaching two female turkeys. I had a feeling he would present for them and it paid off. He didn't mind that I was there and strutted his stuff!

 

I had to pull the car over when I saw this male turkey approaching two female turkeys. I had a feeling he would present for them and it paid off. He didn't mind that I was there and strutted his stuff!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r covid-19 illinois mclean county mirrorless nature spring wild turkey wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/wild-turkey-showing-off Mon, 11 May 2020 02:07:24 GMT
A Beautiful Whitetail https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/a-beautiful-whitetail A Beautiful WhitetailA Beautiful WhitetailI just love the warm light on this Whitetail Deer. She was eating and didn't seem too upset by me strolling by and taking her image. I try to move slowly and calmly so I don't disrupt them but, most times, they still get spooked and run off. This doe let me pass and I slowly walked away and let her continue her evening meal.

 

I just love the warm light on this Whitetail Deer. She was eating and didn't seem too upset by me strolling by and taking her image. I try to move slowly and calmly so I don't disrupt them but, most times, they still get spooked and run off. This doe let me pass and I slowly walked away and let her continue her evening meal.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington canon county deer eos f/5.6l lake mclean mirrorless nature parklands r spring whitetail wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/a-beautiful-whitetail Sat, 09 May 2020 19:25:24 GMT
The Downy Woodpecker Found a Spider https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/the-downy-woodpecker-found-a-spider The Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThe Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThis is a pretty cool series of a Downy Woodpecker searching and finding a spider. I'm not a fan of spiders so have at it Mr. Downy! I love nature! The Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThe Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThis is a pretty cool series of a Downy Woodpecker searching and finding a spider. I'm not a fan of spiders so have at it Mr. Downy! I love nature! The Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThe Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThis is a pretty cool series of a Downy Woodpecker searching and finding a spider. I'm not a fan of spiders so have at it Mr. Downy! I love nature! The Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThe Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThis is a pretty cool series of a Downy Woodpecker searching and finding a spider. I'm not a fan of spiders so have at it Mr. Downy! I love nature! The Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThe Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThis is a pretty cool series of a Downy Woodpecker searching and finding a spider. I'm not a fan of spiders so have at it Mr. Downy! I love nature!

 

This is a pretty cool series of a Downy Woodpecker searching and finding a spider. I'm not a fan of spiders so have at it Mr. Downy! I love nature!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r covid-19 downy woodpecker illinois mclean county mirrorless nature spider spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/the-downy-woodpecker-found-a-spider Fri, 08 May 2020 22:36:12 GMT
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet Morning Workout https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/ruby-crowned-kinglet-morning-workout Ruby-Crowned Kinglet Morning WorkoutRuby-Crowned Kinglet Morning WorkoutI didn't know I was interrupting this Ruby-crowned Kinglet's morning workout routine....great form though!

 

I didn't know I was interrupting this Ruby-crowned Kinglet's morning workout routine....great form though!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county covid-19 eos f/5.6l illinois kinglet mclean mirrorless nature r ruby-crowned spring wildlife workout https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/ruby-crowned-kinglet-morning-workout Fri, 08 May 2020 15:53:39 GMT
Female Eastern Towhee https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/female-eastern-towhee Female Eastern TowheeFemale Eastern TowheeThis female eastern towhee was laying low in a thicket as I was walking by. She startled me at first but she stayed for several moments allowing me to take her images. Such pretty birds, colors, and eyes. The green cast on her is from me having to shoot through some green leaves to photograph her. The leaves have really popped on all of the trees and bushes in the grove making shooting a bit more challenging but also giving me more cover to hide in.

 

This female eastern towhee was laying low in a thicket as I was walking by. She startled me at first but she stayed for several moments allowing me to take her images. Such pretty birds, colors, and eyes. The green cast on her is from me having to shoot through some green leaves to photograph her. The leaves have really popped on all of the trees and bushes in the grove making shooting a bit more challenging but also giving me more cover to hide in.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county covid-19 eastern eos f/5.6l female illinois mclean mirrorless nature r spring towhee wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/female-eastern-towhee Fri, 08 May 2020 02:45:16 GMT
Eastern Bluebird Perched https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/eastern-bluebird-perched Eastern Bluebird PerchedEastern Bluebird PerchedA pretty little side profile of this nicely perched Eastern Bluebird.

 

A pretty little side profile of this nicely perched Eastern Bluebird.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington bluebird canon county eastern eos f/5.6l lake mclean mirrorless nature parklands r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/eastern-bluebird-perched Thu, 07 May 2020 15:28:15 GMT
American Redstart Portrait https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/american-redstart-portrait American Redstart PortraitAmerican Redstart PortraitSo a couple of days ago I photographed and posted an American Redstart on a gloomy, rainy day. It wasn't a great image and it was bugging me. I went back this evening to get a redo. I spotted the little guy again and this time I waited patiently for the right opportunity and it didn't involve rain this time. With some persistence and patience, here is a portrait of an American Redstart.

 

So a couple of days ago I photographed and posted an American Redstart on a gloomy, rainy day. It wasn't a great image and it was bugging me. I went back this evening to get a redo. I spotted the little guy again and this time I waited patiently for the right opportunity and it didn't involve rain this time. With some persistence and patience, here is a portrait of an American Redstart.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm american bloomington canon colors county eos f/5.6l lake mclean mirrorless nature parklands portrait r redstart spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/american-redstart-portrait Thu, 07 May 2020 01:55:43 GMT
A House Wren Blesses Us with a Morning Song https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/a-house-wren-blesses-us-with-a-morning-song A House Wren Blesses Us with a Morning SongA House Wren Blesses Us with a Morning SongThis house wren is very proud to sing a morning song for us.

 

This house wren is very proud to sing a morning song for us.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county eos f/5.6l house illinois mclean mirrorless morning nature r song spring wildlife wren https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/a-house-wren-blesses-us-with-a-morning-song Wed, 06 May 2020 16:24:20 GMT
Deer on a Rainy Spring Day https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/deer-on-a-rainy-spring-day Deer on a Rainy Spring DayDeer on a Rainy Spring DayDespite the gloomy spring skies and rain, beauty can be found in nature. These deer caught my eye, or maybe I caught theirs.

 

Despite the gloomy spring skies and rain, beauty can be found in nature. These deer caught my eye, or maybe I caught theirs.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county deer eos f/5.6l illinois mclean mirrorless nature overcast r rain spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/deer-on-a-rainy-spring-day Tue, 05 May 2020 16:29:33 GMT
Indigo Bunting https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/indigo-bunting Indigo BuntingIndigo BuntingI just love indigo buntings...so unmistakable and breathtaking when you see them flashing around on the tree branches in front of you.

 

I just love indigo buntings...so unmistakable and breathtaking when you see them flashing around on the tree branches in front of you.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bunting canon colors county eos f/5.6l illinois indigo mclean mirrorless nature r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/indigo-bunting Mon, 04 May 2020 23:33:18 GMT
American Redstart https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/american-redstart American RedstartAmerican RedstartNot my clearest image but one I had to share, none the less. While on one of the wet, soggy trails about 1.5 miles from my car, the skies open and I was caught in an unforecasted downpour. With no rain gear, I hunkered down below an evergreen tree hoping the rain would let up. While there I saw several warblers and deer. I saw this bright flash of orange and was pleasantly surprised to see this American Redstart. This images was taken in very poor shooting conditions from a bit of a distance but this little bird is just too pretty not to share.

 

Not my clearest image but one I had to share, none the less. While on one of the wet, soggy trails about 1.5 miles from my car, the skies open and I was caught in an unforecasted downpour. With no rain gear, I hunkered down below an evergreen tree hoping the rain would let up. While there I saw several warblers and deer. I saw this bright flash of orange and was pleasantly surprised to see this American Redstart. This images was taken in very poor shooting conditions from a bit of a distance but this little bird is just too pretty not to share.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm american canon county eos f/5.6l illinois mclean mirrorless nature overcast r rainy redstart spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/american-redstart Mon, 04 May 2020 23:04:42 GMT
Northern Parula https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/northern-parula Northern ParulaNorthern ParulaCheck out this little warbler. I feel lucky to get 2 images in focus because this tiny warbler was hard to keep up with. This is a lifer for me as I've never seen this type of warbler before. Beautiful little bird. Northern ParulaNorthern ParulaCheck out this little warbler. I feel lucky to get 2 images in focus because this tiny warbler was hard to keep up with. This is a lifer for me as I've never seen this type of warbler before. Beautiful little bird.

 

Check out this little warbler. I feel lucky to get 2 images in focus because this tiny warbler was hard to keep up with. This is a lifer for me as I've never seen this type of warbler before. Beautiful little bird.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county eos f/5.6l illinois mclean mirrorless nature northern parula r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/northern-parula Mon, 04 May 2020 14:23:15 GMT
Common Yellowthroat https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/common-yellowthroat Common YellowthroatCommon YellowthroatI was photographing several gold finches in this field and I expected to see another one as there was movement in this bush right in front of me. To my surprise, a common yellowthroat warbler popped his head through. It is difficult to expose for his dark mask and eyes on a bright sunny day in an open field, especially when I was expecting another gold finch.

 

I was photographing several gold finches in this field and I expected to see another one as there was movement in this bush right in front of me. To my surprise, a common yellowthroat warbler popped his head through. It is difficult to expose for his dark mask and eyes on a bright sunny day in an open field, especially when I was expecting another gold finch.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon common county eos f/5.6l illinois mclean mirrorless nature r spring wildlife yellowthroat https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/common-yellowthroat Mon, 04 May 2020 03:29:06 GMT
Social Distancing https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/social-distancing Social DistancingSocial DistancingPeaceful landscape of a fisherman passing the time alone on the lake.

 

Peaceful landscape of a fisherman passing the time alone on the lake.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon county eos evergreen f/5.6l fishing lake landscape mclean mirrorless peace r sunset tranquil https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/social-distancing Sat, 02 May 2020 16:52:55 GMT
An Electric Sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/an-electric-sunset An Electric SunsetAn Electric SunsetNothing like pulling over to try to get images of a sunset with dramatic clouds and capturing this. I was quite surprised! The strike was about 4 miles away and this was the first indication of lightning when I pulled over. It sure made for an interesting experience and image.

 

Nothing like pulling over to try to get images of a sunset with dramatic clouds and capturing this. I was quite surprised! The strike was about 4 miles away and this was the first indication of lightning when I pulled over. It sure made for an interesting experience and image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 10-18mm canon clouds eos field illinois landscape lightning midwest mirrorless nature r sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/an-electric-sunset Sat, 02 May 2020 01:58:21 GMT
Yellow-rumped Warbler Pose https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/yellow-rumped-warbler-pose Yellow-rumped Warbler PoseYellow-rumped Warbler PoseThe yellow-rumped warblers have been out in numbers! I've enjoyed watching them hop from branch to branch. I have several images but I really liked this one from yesterday. Check out that yellow rump!

 

The yellow-rumped warblers have been out in numbers! I've enjoyed watching them hop from branch to branch. I have several images but I really liked this one from yesterday. Check out that yellow rump!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county eos evergreen f/5.6l lake mclean mirrorless nature r warbler wildlife yellow-rumped https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/yellow-rumped-warbler-pose Fri, 01 May 2020 19:02:13 GMT
Least Flycatcher https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/least-flycatcher Least FlycatcherLeast FlycatcherThis was the 2nd flycatcher I saw today and another 1st time seeing this type of bird for me. I was blessed to get a very clear and well-lit image. Another pretty bird!

 

This was the 2nd flycatcher I saw today and another 1st time seeing this type of bird for me. I was blessed to get a very clear and well-lit image. Another pretty bird!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r lake evergreen least flycatcher mclean county mirrorless nature wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/least-flycatcher Fri, 01 May 2020 03:21:45 GMT
Great Crested Flycatcher https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/great-crested-flycatcher Great Crested FlycatcherGreat Crested FlycatcherI believe this is a Great Crested Flycatcher. If so, this is the first one I've ever seen and I'm super happy I got a nice image. If anyone can help me confirm, I'd greatly appreciate it. I heard 2 of them but only saw one. Beautiful bird!

 

I believe this is a Great Crested Flycatcher. If so, this is the first one I've ever seen and I'm super happy I got a nice image. If anyone can help me confirm, I'd greatly appreciate it. I heard 2 of them but only saw one. Beautiful bird!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county eos evergreen f/5.6l flycatcher great-crested lake mclean mirrorless nature r wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/great-crested-flycatcher Fri, 01 May 2020 02:58:26 GMT
Red-tailed Hawk Portrait https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/red-tailed-hawk-portrait Red-tailed Hawk PortraitRed-tailed Hawk PortraitCheck out this beautiful Red-tailed Hawk I came across this evening. I was able to get within 20-30 feet without it flying off. I love the markings on the neck and chest.

 

Check out this beautiful Red-tailed Hawk I came across this evening. I was able to get within 20-30 feet without it flying off. I love the markings on the neck and chest.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county eos evergreen f/5.6l hawk lake mclean mirrorless nature r red-tailed wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/red-tailed-hawk-portrait Fri, 01 May 2020 02:38:29 GMT
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Colors https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/ruby-crowned-kinglet-colors Ruby-crowned Kinglet ColorsRuby-crowned Kinglet ColorsThis Ruby-crowned Kinglet is showing up its beautiful colors in this pose.

 

This Ruby-crowned Kinglet is showing up its beautiful colors in this pose.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon eos evergreen f/5.6l kinglet lake mirrorless nature r ruby-crowned spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/ruby-crowned-kinglet-colors Thu, 30 Apr 2020 16:08:50 GMT
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Looking to the Sun https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/ruby-crowned-kinglet-looking-to-the-sun Ruby-crowned Kinglet Looking to the SunRuby-crowned Kinglet Looking to the SunI have dozens of images of these pretty little migrating birds. I really like the pose here as he is looking up towards the light above the tree canopy giving him a perfect little catch-light in the eye. I'll post more poses in the coming days.

 

I have dozens of images of these pretty little migrating birds. I really like the pose here as he is looking up towards the light above the tree canopy giving him a perfect little catch-light in the eye. I'll post more poses in the coming days.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon eos evergreen f/5.6l kinglet lake mirrorless nature r ruby-crowned spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/ruby-crowned-kinglet-looking-to-the-sun Thu, 30 Apr 2020 03:59:15 GMT
Barred Owl Encounter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/barred-owl-encounter Barred Owl EncounterBarred Owl EncounterThis was from last weekend as I was looking for warblers. I heard the amazing Barred Owl call and it felt like he was right above me. I looked up and there were a pair of Owls on different trees. After a quick game of peekaboo they flew off into thicker cover. I don't get to see a lot of owls so it is always a treat. I got a nice cell phone video of the owl calling. Barred Owl EncounterBarred Owl EncounterThis was from last weekend as I was looking for warblers. I heard the amazing Barred Owl call and it felt like he was right above me. I looked up and there were a pair of Owls on different trees. After a quick game of peekaboo they flew off into thicker cover. I don't get to see a lot of owls so it is always a treat. I got a nice cell phone video of the owl calling. Barred Owl EncounterBarred Owl EncounterThis was from last weekend as I was looking for warblers. I heard the amazing Barred Owl call and it felt like he was right above me. I looked up and there were a pair of Owls on different trees. After a quick game of peekaboo they flew off into thicker cover. I don't get to see a lot of owls so it is always a treat. I got a nice cell phone video of the owl calling.

 

This was from last weekend as I was looking for warblers. I heard the amazing Barred Owl call and it felt like he was right above me. I looked up and there were a pair of Owls on different trees. After a quick game of peekaboo they flew off into thicker cover. I don't get to see a lot of owls so it is always a treat. I got a nice cell phone video of the owl calling.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm barred canon eos evergreen f/5.6l lake mirrorless nature owl r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/barred-owl-encounter Wed, 29 Apr 2020 16:19:22 GMT
Blue-headed Vireo Posing https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/blue-headed-vireo-posing Blue-headed Vireo PosingBlue-headed Vireo PosingThis little blue-headed vireo gave a striking pose showing off his beautiful colors and markings.

 

This little blue-headed vireo gave a striking pose showing off his beautiful colors and markings.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm blue-headed canon eos evergreen f/5.6l lake mirrorless nature r spring vireo wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/blue-headed-vireo-posing Tue, 28 Apr 2020 23:07:52 GMT
Blue-headed Vireo with Lunch https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/blue-headed-vireo-with-lunch Blue-headed Vireo with LunchBlue-headed Vireo with LunchI really enjoyed watching the blue-headed vireo chasing bugs. I was lucky enough to catch him with his catch. Very pretty colors on this bird!

 

I really enjoyed watching the blue-headed vireo chasing bugs. I was lucky enough to catch him with his catch. Very pretty colors on this bird!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm blue-headed canon eos evergreen f/5.6l lake mirrorless nature r spring vireo wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/blue-headed-vireo-with-lunch Tue, 28 Apr 2020 16:47:37 GMT
Hawk Eyes https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/hawk-eyes Hawk EyesHawk EyesCheck out the beautiful eyes of this cooper's hawk. I saw what appeared to be a nesting pair of cooper's hawks...more like heard them. They were not happy I was near their nest and they were letting me know it with their call. They also did a good job of trying to avoid a good photo, but I was able to get this image is focus through the trees. I had to use manual focus due to all of the limbs in my way.

 

Check out the beautiful eyes of this cooper's hawk. I saw what appeared to be a nesting pair of cooper's hawks...more like heard them. They were not happy I was near their nest and they were letting me know it with their call. They also did a good job of trying to avoid a good photo, but I was able to get this image is focus through the trees. I had to use manual focus due to all of the limbs in my way.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon eos evergreen f/5.6l hawk lake mirrorless nature r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/hawk-eyes Mon, 27 Apr 2020 23:38:56 GMT
Lake Evergreen Juvenile Bald Eagle https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/lake-evergreen-juvenile-bald-eagle Lake Evergreen Juvenile Bald EagleLake Evergreen Juvenile Bald EagleAmerican Bald Eagle from this morning on Lake Evergreen. Two crows chased it off so I didn't get a lot of time to photograph it but it was still great to see a local Bald Eagle. I wish I could have got closer to it.

 

American Bald Eagle from this morning on Lake Evergreen. Two crows chased it off so I didn't get a lot of time to photograph it but it was still great to see a local Bald Eagle. I wish I could have got closer to it.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm american bald canon eagle eos evergreen f/5.6l lake mirrorless nature r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/lake-evergreen-juvenile-bald-eagle Mon, 27 Apr 2020 01:23:23 GMT
Lake Evergreen Otter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/lake-evergreen-otter Lake Evergreen OtterLake Evergreen OtterI was surprised today as I was taking images of a Great Blue Heron on the opposite bank to have this little guy pop up and greet me...or maybe I surprised him. He was certainly curious as he popped up out of the water. I was surprised to see it was an Otter. I found an article from last year talking about the reintroduction of otters to the Mackinaw River and Lake Evergreen. This guy seemed pretty healthy and happy on his morning swim. Lake Evergreen OtterLake Evergreen OtterI was surprised today as I was taking images of a Great Blue Heron on the opposite bank to have this little guy pop up and greet me...or maybe I surprised him. He was certainly curious as he popped up out of the water. I was surprised to see it was an Otter. I found an article from last year talking about the reintroduction of otters to the Mackinaw River and Lake Evergreen. This guy seemed pretty healthy and happy on his morning swim. Lake Evergreen OtterLake Evergreen OtterI was surprised today as I was taking images of a Great Blue Heron on the opposite bank to have this little guy pop up and greet me...or maybe I surprised him. He was certainly curious as he popped up out of the water. I was surprised to see it was an Otter. I found an article from last year talking about the reintroduction of otters to the Mackinaw River and Lake Evergreen. This guy seemed pretty healthy and happy on his morning swim.

 

I was surprised today as I was taking images of a Great Blue Heron on the opposite bank to have this little guy pop up and greet me...or maybe I surprised him. He was certainly curious as he popped up out of the water. I was surprised to see it was an Otter. I found an article from last year talking about the reintroduction of otters to the Mackinaw River and Lake Evergreen. This guy seemed pretty healthy and happy on his morning swim.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon eos evergreen f/5.6l lake mirrorless nature otter r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/lake-evergreen-otter Mon, 27 Apr 2020 00:30:29 GMT
Pied-billed Grebe on Glassy Water https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/pied-billed-grebe-on-glassy-water Pied-billed Grebe on Glassy WaterPied-billed Grebe on Glassy WaterSometimes you just get lucky with the right conditions and angle to get a nice reflection. Here is a beautiful little pied-billed grebe on a glassy lake.

 

Sometimes you just get lucky with the right conditions and angle to get a nice reflection. Here is a beautiful little pied-billed grebe on a glassy lake.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm and b&w birds black canon covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l grebe lake midwest mirrorless nature pied-billed r white wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/pied-billed-grebe-on-glassy-water Sun, 26 Apr 2020 13:18:58 GMT
Great Blue Heron Lurking https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/great-blue-heron-lurking Great Blue Heron LurkingGreat Blue Heron LurkingIt isn't easy to sneak up on a Great Blue Heron while he is being sneaky himself. I love the way he is laying low in the grass.

 

It isn't easy to sneak up on a Great Blue Heron while he is being sneaky himself. I love the way he is laying low in the grass.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm blue canon county covid-19 eos f/5.6l great heron illinois mclean mirrorless nature r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/great-blue-heron-lurking Sun, 26 Apr 2020 00:09:36 GMT
White-throated Sparrow https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/white-throated-sparrow White-throated SparrowWhite-throated SparrowThankfully this little white-throated sparrow stopped hopping from cover to cover and gave me this little window of an opportunity to take his photo.

 

Thankfully this little white-throated sparrow stopped hopping from cover to cover and gave me this little window of an opportunity to take his photo.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county covid-19 eos f/5.6l illinois mclean mirrorless nature r sparrow spring throated white wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/white-throated-sparrow Sat, 25 Apr 2020 17:21:54 GMT
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/blue-gray-gnatcatcher Blue-gray GnatcatcherBlue-gray GnatcatcherWhat better bird to photograph on a gray, cloudy, rainy day? A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher! I've never been able to get a decent photo of one but today was the day. What a cute little bird.

 

What better bird to photograph on a gray, cloudy, rainy day? A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher! I've never been able to get a decent photo of one but today was the day. What a cute little bird.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm blue-gray canon county covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l gnatcatcher lake mclean mirrorless nature r wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/blue-gray-gnatcatcher Sat, 25 Apr 2020 01:14:35 GMT
Red-winged Blackbird Midcall https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/red-winged-blackbird-midcall Red-winged Blackbird MidcallRed-winged Blackbird MidcallRed-winged black bird is such an iconic sign of spring in Central , IL. I love hearing their call while driving down a country road.

 

Red-winged black bird is such an iconic sign of spring in Central , IL. I love hearing their call while driving down a country road.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds blackbird call canon covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l lake midwest mirrorless nature r red-winged spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/red-winged-blackbird-midcall Thu, 23 Apr 2020 19:02:54 GMT
Trying to Blend In https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/trying-to-blend-in Trying to Blend InTrying to Blend InThis little Yellow-rumped Warbler was trying to blend in with the new spring leaf buds. He almost got away with it too.

 

This little Yellow-rumped Warbler was trying to blend in with the new spring leaf buds. He almost got away with it too.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county covid-19 eos f/5.6l illinois mclean mirrorless nature preserve r shroeder spring warbler wildlife yellow yellow-rumped https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/trying-to-blend-in Wed, 22 Apr 2020 00:52:52 GMT
Tree Swallow on the Lookout https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/tree-swallow-on-the-lookout Tree Swallow on the LookoutTree Swallow on the LookoutThis tree swallow was watching several others darting around over the water waiting for his moment to join the fun.

 

This tree swallow was watching several others darting around over the water waiting for his moment to join the fun.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon colors covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l lake landscape midwest mirrorless nature r swallow tree wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/tree-swallow-on-the-lookout Tue, 21 Apr 2020 18:00:37 GMT
Red-bellied Woodpecker Working the Tree https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/red-bellied-woodpecker-working-the-tree Red-bellied Woodpecker Working the TreeRed-bellied Woodpecker Working the TreeI caught a nice side profile of this red-bellied woodpecker as he was working on this tree as you can see by the multiple holes. The blue sky adds a nice contrast.

 

I caught a nice side profile of this red-bellied woodpecker as he was working on this tree as you can see by the multiple holes. The blue sky adds a nice contrast.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird birds canon color contrast covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l lake midwest mirrorless nature r red-bellied wildlife woodpecker https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/red-bellied-woodpecker-working-the-tree Tue, 21 Apr 2020 14:31:31 GMT
Swamp Sparrow Reflection https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/swamp-sparrow-reflection Swamp Sparrow ReflectionSwamp Sparrow ReflectionSwamp sparrow checking out the water and giving me a nice chance to get a reflection images. Such a handsome little bird!

 

Swamp sparrow checking out the water and giving me a nice chance to get a reflection images. Such a handsome little bird!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l lake midwest mirrorless nature r reflection sparrow swamp water wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/swamp-sparrow-reflection Tue, 21 Apr 2020 01:57:40 GMT
Posing Yellow-rumped Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/posing-yellow-rumped-warbler Posing Yellow-rumped WarblerPosing Yellow-rumped WarblerThis little warbler sat out on this old log and posed just long enough to take this colorful portrait.

 

This little warbler sat out on this old log and posed just long enough to take this colorful portrait.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) birds canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r covid-19 lake evergreen midwest mirrorless nature wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/posing-yellow-rumped-warbler Mon, 20 Apr 2020 17:43:41 GMT
Tree Swallows Sunning on a Limb https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/tree-swallows-sunning-on-a-limb Tree Swallows Sunning on a LimbTree Swallows Sunning on a LimbCheck out the way these tree swallows glisten in the sun. When they finally sit still for a moment, you can really observe their awesome beauty. I had a nice angle to get them on this limb from the bank with the water as a backdrop. The image turned out quite pretty.

 

Check out the way these tree swallows glisten in the sun. When they finally sit still for a moment, you can really observe their awesome beauty. I had a nice angle to get them on this limb from the bank with the water as a backdrop. The image turned out quite pretty.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm beauty birds canon color county covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l lake mclean mirrorless nature r spring swallows tree wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/tree-swallows-sunning-on-a-limb Mon, 20 Apr 2020 05:25:22 GMT
Posing Swamp Sparrow https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/posing-swamp-sparrow Posing Swamp SparrowPosing Swamp SparrowI have several images of this, surprisingly, photogenic swam sparrow. Usually these little sparrows stay burrowed in along the banks of the water and I see them for split seconds but this one actually came out to pose a few times. I will share more as I edit them. The light was great and it helped bring out all of the colors nicely. Identifying sparrows can be difficult and I'm far from a pro so please correct me if I'm wrong, but based on the markings, location, and behavior I'm pretty sure this is a swamp sparrow.

 

I have several images of this, surprisingly, photogenic swam sparrow. Usually these little sparrows stay burrowed in along the banks of the water and I see them for split seconds but this one actually came out to pose a few times. I will share more as I edit them. The light was great and it helped bring out all of the colors nicely. Identifying sparrows can be difficult and I'm far from a pro so please correct me if I'm wrong, but based on the markings, location, and behavior I'm pretty sure this is a swamp sparrow.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon colors covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l lake mirrorless nature r sparrow spring swamp wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/posing-swamp-sparrow Sun, 19 Apr 2020 18:40:26 GMT
Tree Swallow on the Move https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/tree-swallow-on-the-move Tree Swallow on the MoveTree Swallow on the MoveI love this time of year and the tree swallow is one of the reasons. I love when they return to the downed trees around the lake looking for places to nest and prepare for spring. I sat with about 20 of them today for a good hour today watching them dart around and catch bugs. They are fast and beautiful. Catching them in flight isn't easy.

 

I love this time of year and the tree swallow is one of the reasons. I love when they return to the downed trees around the lake looking for places to nest and prepare for spring. I sat with about 20 of them today for a good hour today watching them dart around and catch bugs. They are fast and beautiful. Catching them in flight isn't easy.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l flight illinois in lake midwest mirrorless nature r spring swallow tree wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/tree-swallow-on-the-move Sun, 19 Apr 2020 01:31:16 GMT
Scoter with Scaups https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/scoter-with-scaups Scoter with ScaupsScoter with ScaupsI may need help with identifying this bird in front. I believe this is a Surf Scoter? I believe the other two are Lesser Scaups? When I look up Surf Scoter's I show them mostly in Canada and the North East. This was a first for me.

 

I may need help with identifying this bird in front. I believe this is a Surf Scoter? I believe the other two are Lesser Scaups? When I look up Surf Scoter's I show them mostly in Canada and the North East. This was a first for me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon central covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l illinois lake landscape midwest mirrorless nature r scaups scoter surf waterfowl wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/scoter-with-scaups Sat, 18 Apr 2020 19:46:13 GMT
Chickadee in Backlit Golden Light https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/chickadee-in-backlit-golden-light Chickadee in Backlit Golden LightChickadee in Backlit Golden LightA sweet little chickadee gathering materials for a nest while backlit by golden light.

 

A sweet little chickadee gathering materials for a nest while backlit by golden light.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon chickadee covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l golden lake light mirrorless nature nesting r wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/chickadee-in-backlit-golden-light Thu, 16 Apr 2020 00:05:26 GMT
American Coot Pair https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/american-coot-pair American Coot PairAmerican Coot PairI finally got a decent image of the eye of an American Coot as he looked back into the even sun. Not the easiest bird to expose for with their dark feathers and white beaks. This image turned out nicely.

 

I finally got a decent image of the eye of an American Coot as he looked back into the even sun. Not the easiest bird to expose for with their dark feathers and white beaks. This image turned out nicely.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm american bird canon coots covid-19 ducks eos evergreen f/5.6l fowl lake mirrorless nature r water wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/american-coot-pair Sun, 12 Apr 2020 00:30:33 GMT
Spring Sunset in April https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/spring-sunset-in-april Spring Sunset in AprilSpring Sunset in April"Peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank." - Diane Miller An Extraordinary Day

 

"Peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank." - Diane Miller An Extraordinary Day

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) april 1st canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r covid-19 lake evergreen landscape mirrorless nature sunset wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/spring-sunset-in-april Fri, 10 Apr 2020 23:40:42 GMT
Turtle Time! https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/turtle-time Turtle Time!Turtle Time!Just a row of turtles looking forward to the warmth of early spring.

 

Just a row of turtles looking forward to the warmth of early spring.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l golden hour lake mirrorless nature r turtles wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/turtle-time Fri, 10 Apr 2020 18:56:29 GMT
A Conversation Between Cormorants https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/a-conversation-between-cormorants A Conversation Between CormorantsA Conversation Between CormorantsSometimes photographing these diving waterfowl is like playing whack a mole. They pop up and dive down and usually never come back up where they went down. These two popped up at the same exact moment.

 

Sometimes photographing these diving waterfowl is like playing whack a mole. They pop up and dive down and usually never come back up where they went down. These two popped up at the same exact moment.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon cormorants covid-19 diving eos evergreen f/5.6l lake nature r waterfowl wildlife wireless https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/a-conversation-between-cormorants Thu, 09 Apr 2020 21:25:35 GMT
Sleepy Pelicans and a Big Yawn https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/sleepy-pelicans-and-a-big-yawn Sleepy Pelicans and a Big YawnSleepy Pelicans and a Big YawnThe pelicans were very restful and one even stretched and gave a big yawn. It made me tired just watching them.

 

The pelicans were very restful and one even stretched and gave a big yawn. It made me tired just watching them.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l lake mirrorless nap nature pelican r sleepy stretch wildlife yawn https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/sleepy-pelicans-and-a-big-yawn Thu, 09 Apr 2020 19:02:56 GMT
Cormorants at Sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/cormorants-at-sunset Cormorants at SunsetCormorants at SunsetSeveral Cormorants chilling in a tree at sunset makes for a beautiful scene.

 

Several Cormorants chilling in a tree at sunset makes for a beautiful scene.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon cormorants covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l lake landscape mirrorless nature r sunset wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/cormorants-at-sunset Thu, 09 Apr 2020 02:03:17 GMT
Eastern Towhee Morning Song https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/eastern-towhee-morning-song Eastern Towhee Morning SongEastern Towhee Morning SongI've seen several Eastern Towhees in Central Illinois this week. Here is one giving his all in a morning song.

 

I've seen several Eastern Towhees in Central Illinois this week. Here is one giving his all in a morning song.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon covid-19 eastern eos evergreen f/5.6l lake mirrorless nature r song towhee wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/eastern-towhee-morning-song Tue, 07 Apr 2020 16:27:54 GMT
Cardinal Enjoying the View https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/cardinal-enjoying-the-view Cardinal Enjoying the ViewCardinal Enjoying the ViewCardinals were everywhere this weekend when I was hiking. It was the predominate bird I heard and saw flashing from tree to bush to tree. I managed to spot this one enjoying a perch with a view.

 

Cardinals were everywhere this weekend when I was hiking. It was the predominate bird I heard and saw flashing from tree to bush to tree. I managed to spot this one enjoying a perch with a view.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm beauty bird canon cardinal covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l lake mirrorless nature perch r red wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/cardinal-enjoying-the-view Tue, 07 Apr 2020 01:50:03 GMT
Two Ruddy Ducks and a Pelican https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/two-ruddy-ducks-and-a-pelican Two Ruddy Ducks and a PelicanTwo Ruddy Ducks and a PelicanI managed to catch two Ruddy Ducks in this scene with the pelican. I didn't know what they were when I first took the image but after looking at my camera's display, I realized that what they were. I've never photographed Ruddy Ducks before. Unfortunately this was as close as I could get to them. I love their blue bill.

 

I managed to catch two Ruddy Ducks in this scene with the pelican. I didn't know what they were when I first took the image but after looking at my camera's display, I realized that what they were. I've never photographed Ruddy Ducks before. Unfortunately this was as close as I could get to them. I love their blue bill.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon covid-19 ducks eos evergreen f/5.6l lake landscape mirrorless nature pelican r ruddy wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/two-ruddy-ducks-and-a-pelican Mon, 06 Apr 2020 20:05:37 GMT
Pelican Heart https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/pelican-heart Pelican HeartPelican HeartCheck out these love birds. I do believe that is a Pelican Heart. #together

 

Check out these love birds. I do believe that is a Pelican Heart. #together

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l heart lake landscape mirrorless nature pelican r wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/pelican-heart Sun, 05 Apr 2020 19:17:57 GMT
3 Amigos of Pelicans https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/3-amigos-of-pelicans 3 Amigos of Pelicans3 Amigos of PelicansThe Pelicans on Lake Evergreen haven't been as photogenic, choosing to stay just out of photo range. I have many images of them a ways out. Even this image is cropped quite a bit but at least they posed for a few images today. I like to call this group the 3 amigos. They hung out together most of the afternoon.

 

The Pelicans on Lake Evergreen haven't been as photogenic, choosing to stay just out of photo range. I have many images of them a ways out. Even this image is cropped quite a bit but at least they posed for a few images today. I like to call this group the 3 amigos. They hung out together most of the afternoon.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l great lake mirrorless nature odds pelicans r three trio white wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/3-amigos-of-pelicans Sun, 05 Apr 2020 04:46:28 GMT
A Beautiful Scaup https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/a-beautiful-scaup A Beautiful ScaupA Beautiful ScaupI love the colors and markings of this Scaup. I don't know if it is a Greater or Lesser Scaup, so if anyone knows let me know.

 

I love the colors and markings of this Scaup. I don't know if it is a Greater or Lesser Scaup, so if anyone knows let me know.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon covid-19 duck eos evergreen f/5.6l fowl lake mirrorless nature r scaup water wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/a-beautiful-scaup Sat, 04 Apr 2020 16:17:48 GMT
American Coots on the Run https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/american-coots-on-the-run-1 American Coots on the RunAmerican Coots on the RunUnfortunately many of these water fowl are easily spooked as was the case with these American Coots. As soon as I turned the corner, I heard the commotion and quickly changed the focus mode to area and tried to pan with the birds as they ran across the water to take off. It is so cool to watch them running across the water.

 

Unfortunately many of these water fowl are easily spooked as was the case with these American Coots. As soon as I turned the corner, I heard the commotion and quickly changed the focus mode to area and tried to pan with the birds as they ran across the water to take off. It is so cool to watch them running across the water.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm american birds canon coots covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l lake landscape mirrorless r running splash water https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/american-coots-on-the-run-1 Sat, 04 Apr 2020 02:25:47 GMT
Eastern Bluebird in Golden Hour https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/eastern-bluebird-in-golden-hour Eastern Bluebird in Golden HourEastern Bluebird in Golden HourThis Eastern Bluebird was at the edge of a wooded area and just far enough out to be lit by the beautiful golden hour sun.

 

This Eastern Bluebird was at the edge of a wooded area and just far enough out to be lit by the beautiful golden hour sun.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird bluebird canon covid-19 eastern eos evergreen f/5.6l golden hour lake mirrorless nature r wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/eastern-bluebird-in-golden-hour Fri, 03 Apr 2020 22:52:12 GMT
Gull vs Double-crested Cormorant Series 1 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/gull-vs-double-crested-cormorant-series-1 Gull vs Double-crested Cormorant Series 1Gull vs Double-crested Cormorant Series 1I love this interaction between the Ring-billed Gull vs the Double-crested Cormorant while catching a fish. It is so amazing when you can observe nature in action.

Gull vs Double-crested Cormorant Series 2Gull vs Double-crested Cormorant Series 2I love this interaction between the Ring-billed Gull vs the Double-crested Cormorant while catching a fish. It is so amazing when you can observe nature in action. Gull vs Double-crested Cormorant Series 3Gull vs Double-crested Cormorant Series 3I love this interaction between the Ring-billed Gull vs the Double-crested Cormorant while catching a fish. It is so amazing when you can observe nature in action. Gull vs Double-crested Cormorant Series 4Gull vs Double-crested Cormorant Series 4I love this interaction between the Ring-billed Gull vs the Double-crested Cormorant while catching a fish. It is so amazing when you can observe nature in action.

I love this interaction between the Ring-billed Gull vs the Double-crested Cormorant while catching a fish. It is so amazing when you can observe nature in action.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon cormorant county covid-19 double-crested eos evergreen f/5.6l fight fish flight fowl gull in lake mclean mirrorless nature r ring-billed water wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/gull-vs-double-crested-cormorant-series-1 Fri, 03 Apr 2020 02:37:38 GMT
Mine https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/mine MineMineThis was a fun interaction to capture. I was getting images of Red-breasted Merganser and Cormorants as they were fishing. I was excited to get them coming out of their dives with a fish in their mouth. In this image, the Red-breasted Merganser came up and a Ring-billed Gull immediately turned and tried to get the fish from the Merganser. I have a few more images of these exchanges to share but here is the first. I love capturing interaction in nature.

 

This was a fun interaction to capture. I was getting images of Red-breasted Merganser and Cormorants as they were fishing. I was excited to get them coming out of their dives with a fish in their mouth. In this image, the Red-breasted Merganser came up and a Ring-billed Gull immediately turned and tried to get the fish from the Merganser. I have a few more images of these exchanges to share but here is the first. I love capturing interaction in nature.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l fight fish fowl gull interaction lake landscape merganser mirrorless nature r red-breasted ring-billed water wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/mine Thu, 02 Apr 2020 22:26:34 GMT
Through the Trees https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/through-the-trees Through the TreesThrough the TreesWhile on my hike yesterday I took a moment and looked up as I heard a couple of woodpeckers. This is what caught my eye.

 

While on my hike yesterday I took a moment and looked up as I heard a couple of woodpeckers. This is what caught my eye.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm blue canon covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l hike lake landscape mirrorless moon nature r sky https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/through-the-trees Thu, 02 Apr 2020 13:35:15 GMT
Sneaking Up on a Wood Duck https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/sneaking-up-on-a-wood-duck Sneaking Up on a Wood DuckSneaking Up on a Wood DuckI just love these ducks but I can never seem to get close enough to them. Today I was finally able to get a few shots before this and 2 other wood ducks took off. You can see the reeds of grass in the foreground as I was trying to get the shot. Thankfully the grass didn't obscure the shot too much. Check out those colors!

 

I just love these ducks but I can never seem to get close enough to them. Today I was finally able to get a few shots before this and 2 other wood ducks took off. You can see the reeds of grass in the foreground as I was trying to get the shot. Thankfully the grass didn't obscure the shot too much. Check out those colors!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon colors covid-19 duck eos evergreen f/5.6l lake mirrorless nature r wildlife wood https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/4/sneaking-up-on-a-wood-duck Thu, 02 Apr 2020 04:19:14 GMT
A Blue-winged Teal Pair https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/a-blue-winged-teal-pair A Blue-winged Teal PairA Blue-winged Teal PairEnjoy this image of a beautiful blue-winged teal pair. There were several on this particular evening and usually the stay at a distance but this pair cooperated nicely.

 

Enjoy this image of a beautiful blue-winged teal pair. There were several on this particular evening and usually the stay at a distance but this pair cooperated nicely.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird blue-winged canon covid-19 ducks eos evergreen f/5.6l fowl lake mirrorless nature r teal water wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/a-blue-winged-teal-pair Tue, 31 Mar 2020 10:37:34 GMT
Goose Lagoon https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/goose-lagoon Goose LagoonGoose LagoonI found this goose in this little paradise I call Goose Lagoon. It was so peaceful and tucked away in the backwaters among the trees. This is such a tranquil image of a very peaceful scene.

 

I found this goose in this little paradise I call Goose Lagoon. It was so peaceful and tucked away in the backwaters among the trees. This is such a tranquil image of a very peaceful scene.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l goose illinois lagoon lake midwest mirrorless nature peaceful r tranquil wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/goose-lagoon Mon, 30 Mar 2020 20:09:51 GMT
Illinois Spring Sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/illinois-spring-sunset Illinois Spring SunsetIllinois Spring SunsetTonight's sunset was intense as it dropped blow the clouds and set. It demanded that I pull over and get a photo.

 

Tonight's sunset was intense as it dropped blow the clouds and set. It demanded that I pull over and get a photo.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon central colors county covid-19 eos f/4l illinois landscape mclean midwest mirrorless nature r sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/illinois-spring-sunset Mon, 30 Mar 2020 03:47:46 GMT
Pied Billed Grebe on a Rainy Day https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/pied-billed-grebe-on-a-rainy-day Pied Billed Grebe on a Rainy DayPied Billed Grebe on a Rainy DayThe Pied-billed Grebe is such a cute little diving bird. I enjoy watching them as they dive looking for food.

 

The Pied-billed Grebe is such a cute little diving bird. I enjoy watching them as they dive looking for food.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon covid-19 day eos evergreen f/5.6l grebe illinois lake midwest mirrorless nature pied-billed r rainy wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/pied-billed-grebe-on-a-rainy-day Sun, 29 Mar 2020 20:02:51 GMT
Anyone Home? https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/anyone-home Anyone Home?Anyone Home?A Downy Woodpecker was hopping from tree to tree looking for a meal. it was funny as he made ti to this tree hole and poked his head in looking around as if to say, "anyone home?".

 

A Downy Woodpecker was hopping from tree to tree looking for a meal. it was funny as he made ti to this tree hole and poked his head in looking around as if to say, "anyone home?".

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon covid-19 downy eos evergreen f/5.6l illinois lake midwest mirrorless nature r wildlife woodpecker https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/anyone-home Sun, 29 Mar 2020 04:22:29 GMT
Stump Reflection https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/stump-reflection Stump ReflectionStump ReflectionHere is something a bit different...more along the line of fine art. I was watching for waterfowl and noticed this beautifully shaped stump coming up out of the water. Getting low to the water allowed for this beautiful reflection.

 

Here is something a bit different...more along the line of fine art. I was watching for waterfowl and noticed this beautifully shaped stump coming up out of the water. Getting low to the water allowed for this beautiful reflection.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm and art b&w black canon covid-19 eos f/5.6l fine mirrorless nature r reflection stump water white https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/stump-reflection Sun, 29 Mar 2020 00:29:17 GMT
Pelicans in a Row https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/pelicans-in-a-row Pelicans in a RowPelicans in a RowLandscape of 3 Great White Pelicans in a row on a beautiful evening.

 

Landscape of 3 Great White Pelicans in a row on a beautiful evening.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l great illinois lake landscape midwest mirrorless mood nature pelican r white wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/pelicans-in-a-row Fri, 27 Mar 2020 23:17:40 GMT
Lake Evergreen Bald Eagle https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/lake-evergreen-bald-eagle Lake Evergreen Bald EagleLake Evergreen Bald EagleHere is a local eagle from Lake Evergreen this past week. This is a pretty heavy crop and it was pretty far away but I just have to share when it is one of our local eagles as oppose to my normal Mississippi River eagles. I haven't been able to photograph them the past 2 winters. I miss going and seeing them so this local eagle will have to do for now.

 

Here is a local eagle from Lake Evergreen this past week. This is a pretty heavy crop and it was pretty far away but I just have to share when it is one of our local eagles as oppose to my normal Mississippi River eagles. I've been able to photograph them the past 2 winters. I miss going and seeing them so this local eagle will have to do for now.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm american b&w bald bird canon covid-19 eagle eos evergreen f/5.6l flight illinois in lake midwest mirrorless r https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/lake-evergreen-bald-eagle Thu, 26 Mar 2020 18:41:28 GMT
Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 1 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/great-blue-heron-fish-sequence-1 Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 1Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 1There are many wonders in this world but the everyday events in nature are some of the most inspiring to me. This is a sequence of a Great Blue Heron fishing. Usually I see them stalk and snag a fish from the bank or a log. I watched this one catch 4 fish that way, but then he perked up as he saw a fish further away. This sequence shows him leaping, flying, and catching a decent size shad. I was able to track him with focus and get several images of the sequence. Enjoy this amazing sequence!

Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 2Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 2There are many wonders in this world but the everyday events in nature are some of the most inspiring to me. This is a sequence of a Great Blue Heron fishing. Usually I see them stalk and snag a fish from the bank or a log. I watched this one catch 4 fish that way, but then he perked up as he saw a fish further away. This sequence shows him leaping, flying, and catching a decent size shad. I was able to track him with focus and get several images of the sequence. Enjoy this amazing sequence! Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 3Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 3There are many wonders in this world but the everyday events in nature are some of the most inspiring to me. This is a sequence of a Great Blue Heron fishing. Usually I see them stalk and snag a fish from the bank or a log. I watched this one catch 4 fish that way, but then he perked up as he saw a fish further away. This sequence shows him leaping, flying, and catching a decent size shad. I was able to track him with focus and get several images of the sequence. Enjoy this amazing sequence! Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 4Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 4There are many wonders in this world but the everyday events in nature are some of the most inspiring to me. This is a sequence of a Great Blue Heron fishing. Usually I see them stalk and snag a fish from the bank or a log. I watched this one catch 4 fish that way, but then he perked up as he saw a fish further away. This sequence shows him leaping, flying, and catching a decent size shad. I was able to track him with focus and get several images of the sequence. Enjoy this amazing sequence! Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 5Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 5There are many wonders in this world but the everyday events in nature are some of the most inspiring to me. This is a sequence of a Great Blue Heron fishing. Usually I see them stalk and snag a fish from the bank or a log. I watched this one catch 4 fish that way, but then he perked up as he saw a fish further away. This sequence shows him leaping, flying, and catching a decent size shad. I was able to track him with focus and get several images of the sequence. Enjoy this amazing sequence! Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 6Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 6There are many wonders in this world but the everyday events in nature are some of the most inspiring to me. This is a sequence of a Great Blue Heron fishing. Usually I see them stalk and snag a fish from the bank or a log. I watched this one catch 4 fish that way, but then he perked up as he saw a fish further away. This sequence shows him leaping, flying, and catching a decent size shad. I was able to track him with focus and get several images of the sequence. Enjoy this amazing sequence! Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 7Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 7There are many wonders in this world but the everyday events in nature are some of the most inspiring to me. This is a sequence of a Great Blue Heron fishing. Usually I see them stalk and snag a fish from the bank or a log. I watched this one catch 4 fish that way, but then he perked up as he saw a fish further away. This sequence shows him leaping, flying, and catching a decent size shad. I was able to track him with focus and get several images of the sequence. Enjoy this amazing sequence! Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 8Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 8There are many wonders in this world but the everyday events in nature are some of the most inspiring to me. This is a sequence of a Great Blue Heron fishing. Usually I see them stalk and snag a fish from the bank or a log. I watched this one catch 4 fish that way, but then he perked up as he saw a fish further away. This sequence shows him leaping, flying, and catching a decent size shad. I was able to track him with focus and get several images of the sequence. Enjoy this amazing sequence!

 

 

There are many wonders in this world but the everyday events in nature are some of the most inspiring to me. This is a sequence of a Great Blue Heron fishing. Usually I see them stalk and snag a fish from the bank or a log. I watched this one catch 4 fish that way, but then he perked up as he saw a fish further away. This sequence shows him leaping, flying, and catching a decent size shad. I was able to track him with focus and get several images of the sequence. Enjoy this amazing sequence!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds blue canon covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l great heron lake mirrorless nature r wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/great-blue-heron-fish-sequence-1 Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:30:39 GMT
Great Blue Heron in Flight https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/great-blue-heron-in-flight Great Blue Heron in FlightGreat Blue Heron in FlightI was driving along and saw some ducks pretty far out. I pulled over to the shoulder and as I raised my camera to see the ducks, this Great Blue Heron, who must have been sitting on the bank below me, flew into my viewfinder. It surprised but I was quickly recomposed and took a few images as it flew further down the bank. What a happy surprise!

 

I was driving along and saw some ducks pretty far out. I pulled over to the shoulder and as I raised my camera to see the ducks, this Great Blue Heron, who must have been sitting on the bank below me, flew into my viewfinder. It surprised but I was quickly recomposed and took a few images as it flew further down the bank. What a happy surprise!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird blue canon covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l fight great heron illinois in lake midwest mirrorless nature r wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/great-blue-heron-in-flight Thu, 26 Mar 2020 13:55:17 GMT
Red-breasted Merganser https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/red-breasted-merganser Red-breasted MerganserRed-breasted MerganserI saw the male and female red-breasted merganser as I was about to leave. It was the only pair I saw from shore so I felt lucky to spot them and get a shot or two. Once again, another bird with beautiful markings.

 

I saw the male and female red-breasted merganser as I was about to leave. It was the only pair I saw from shore so I felt lucky to spot them and get a shot or two. Once again, another bird with beautiful markings.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon colors covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l illinois lake merganser midwest mirrorless nature profile r red-breasted wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/red-breasted-merganser Thu, 26 Mar 2020 02:42:58 GMT
This Bufflehead was Moving https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/this-bufflehead-was-moving This Bufflehead was MovingThis Bufflehead was MovingThis female bufflehead flew out of the cove as I approached it. She startled me as much as I startled her. She took off and was moving fast. I was impressed that I could get several images in focus. I liked her wing positions in this image.

 

This female bufflehead flew out of the cove as I approached it. She startled me as much as I startled her. She took off and was moving fast. I was impressed that I could get several images in focus. I liked her wing positions in this image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird bufflehead canon covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l fast female flight illinois in lake midwest mirrorless nature r shutterspeed wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/this-bufflehead-was-moving Thu, 26 Mar 2020 02:00:53 GMT
Beautiful Red Tailed Hawk https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/beautiful-red-tailed-hawk Beautiful Red Tailed HawkBeautiful Red Tailed HawkI spent a good 20 minutes watching and photographing this red tailed hawk stalk a vole, catch it, eat it, and pose. Nature is the ultimate therapy.

 

I spent a good 20 minutes watching and photographing this red tailed hawk stalk a vole, catch it, eat it, and pose. Nature is the ultimate therapy.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon county covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l hawk illinois lake mclean midwest mirrorless nature pose r red tailed wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/beautiful-red-tailed-hawk Wed, 25 Mar 2020 22:13:35 GMT
Female Horned Grebe https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/female-horned-grebe Female Horned GrebeFemale Horned GrebeHere is the female horned grebe to go with the male picture.

 

Here is the female horned grebe to go with the male picture.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l female grebe horned illinois lake midwest mirrorless nature r wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/female-horned-grebe Wed, 25 Mar 2020 03:47:37 GMT
Horned Grebe https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/horned-grebe Horned GrebeHorned GrebeThis was the first time I have ever seen a horned grebe. While trying to get shots of a common loon, this horned grebe swam by and I was surprised. Of course they were both further out than I wanted (always seems to be the case) so I didn't get as crisp of an image as I had hoped, but with it being my first I really wanted to share. Check out those colors!

 

This was the first time I have ever seen a horned grebe. While trying to get shots of a common loon, this horned grebe swam by and I was surprised. Of course they were both further out than I wanted (always seems to be the case) so I didn't get as crisp of an image as I had hoped, but with it being my first I really wanted to share. Check out those colors!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central colors covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l first grebe horned illinois lake midwest mirrorless nature r wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/horned-grebe Wed, 25 Mar 2020 03:27:08 GMT
Profile Pose of a Red Tailed Hawk https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/profile-pose-of-a-red-tailed-hawk Profile Pose of a Red Tailed HawkProfile Pose of a Red Tailed HawkA juvenile red tailed hawk giving a side profile view.

 

A juvenile red tailed hawk giving a side profile view.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon county covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l hawk illinois lake mclean midwest mirriorless nature profile r red tailed wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/profile-pose-of-a-red-tailed-hawk Tue, 24 Mar 2020 21:51:09 GMT
Red Tailed Hawk Dive https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/red-tailed-hawk-dive Red Tailed Hawk DiveRed Tailed Hawk DiveThe juvenile red tailed hawk in dive mode with wings fully extended. Such a beautiful and graceful process.

 

The juvenile red tailed hawk in dive mode with wings fully extended. Such a beautiful and graceful process.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county dive eos evergreen f/5.6l hawk illinois lake mclean midwest mirrorless nature predator r red tailed wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/red-tailed-hawk-dive Tue, 24 Mar 2020 20:07:40 GMT
Red Tailed Hawk Stare https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/red-tailed-hawk-stare Red Tailed Hawk StareRed Tailed Hawk StareI was hoping to sneak up on this red tailed hawk but no luck...he spotted me quite easily. It didn't seem to scare him off as I took many more images of him.

 

I was hoping to sneak up on this red tailed hawk but no luck...he spotted me quite easily. It didn't seem to scare him off as I took many more images of him.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon county eos evergreen f/5.6l hawk illinois lake mclean midwest mirrorless nature pose predator r red stare tailed wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/red-tailed-hawk-stare Tue, 24 Mar 2020 18:54:08 GMT
Red Tailed Hawk Attack https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/red-tailed-hawk-attack Red Tailed Hawk AttackRed Tailed Hawk AttackI spent quite awhile watching this young red tailed hawk at Lake Evergreen this afternoon. I have no idea what he was stalking and I never got a chance to see it in the high brush but I knew he was going to make a move eventually. I actually used the new Eye-AF tracking autofocus on the Canon EOS R and it actually worked perfectly. It tracked this hawk from the tree all the way to the brush and even at the edge of the camera's viewpoint. My previous DSLR could never do this with its limited autofocus points clustered in the middle of the screen. I used the same technique to track a Great Blue Heron later in the day with success. It isn't perfect and loses focus in some situations but the more I practice the more I learn what situations I can use this camera's settings. It makes shooting so much fun.

 

I spent quite awhile watching this young red tailed hawk at Lake Evergreen this afternoon. I have no idea what he was stalking and I never got a chance to see it in the high brush but I knew he was going to make a move eventually. I actually used the new Eye-AF tracking autofocus on the Canon EOS R and it actually worked perfectly. It tracked this hawk from the tree all the way to the brush and even at the edge of the camera's viewpoint. My previous DSLR could never do this with its limited autofocus points clustered in the middle of the screen. I used the same technique to track a Great Blue Heron later in the day with success. It isn't perfect and loses focus in some situations but the more I practice the more I learn what situations I can use this camera's settings. It makes shooting so much fun.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm action bird canon county covid-19 eos evergreen f/5.6l flight hawk illinois in lake mclean midwest mirrorless nature r red-tailed wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/red-tailed-hawk-attack Tue, 24 Mar 2020 03:44:15 GMT
Belted Kingfisher Making Off with His Fish https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/belted-kingfisher-making-off-with-his-fish Belted Kingfisher Making Off with His FishBelted Kingfisher Making Off with His FishI knew a belted kingfisher was near based on his call and seeing flashes of blue darting among the trees along the water, but I couldn't get a clear shot of him. Moments later I saw a small splash and as I positioned the camera I saw him darting off. I took several images praying I'd get one in focus. This is the one I got as he was flying off with a fish. He would return later and I got a couple of images of him perched on a branch but I really want to get a kingfisher as he fishes. Someday...

 

I knew a belted kingfisher was near based on his call and seeing flashes of blue darting among the trees along the water, but I couldn't get a clear shot of him. Moments later I saw a small splash and as I positioned the camera I saw him darting off. I took several images praying I'd get one in focus. This is the one I got as he was flying off with a fish. He would return later and I got a couple of images of him perched on a branch but I really want to get a kingfisher as he fishes. Someday...

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm belted bird blue canon county eos f/5.6l fish flight illinois in kingfisher landscape mclean midwest mirrorless nature r reflection water https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/belted-kingfisher-making-off-with-his-fish Mon, 23 Mar 2020 13:51:47 GMT
Cute Northern Shoveler Couple https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/cute-northern-shoveler-couple Cute Northern Shoveler CoupleCute Northern Shoveler CoupleI got a really great angle on this northern shoveler couple for a nice reflection as they swam by. It was a challenge because all of the birds were very skittish. Joggers would run by and most of the ducks that were close enough to photograph would leave for a bit. I had to be still for quite awhile. When this pair swam by I took several images. I like this one as they were close enough to get them together and get a reflection. This is also one of the few images where they weren't backlit, which provides a nice look at their magnificent colors and patterns. I love the colors on the male but those pattern on the female's back are captivating.

 

I got a really great angle on this northern shoveler couple for a nice reflection as they swam by. It was a challenge because all of the birds were very skittish. Joggers would run by and most of the ducks that were close enough to photograph would leave for a bit. I had to be still for quite awhile. When this pair swam by I took several images. I like this one as they were close enough to get them together and get a reflection. This is also one of the few images where they weren't backlit, which provides a nice look at their magnifecant colors and patterns. I love the colors on the male but those pattern on the female's back are captivating.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon county couple covid-19 ducks eos evergreen f/5.6l illinois lake mclean midwest mirrorless nature northern pair r reflection shoveler water wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/cute-northern-shoveler-couple Mon, 23 Mar 2020 02:11:26 GMT
Northern Shovelers in Flight https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/northern-shovelers-in-flight Northern Shovelers in FlightNorthern Shovelers in FlightThis is an image I made yesterday (3-21-20) at Lake Evergreen. There were several groups of Northern Shovelers wading the shallows. I had just arrived to this spot and didn't even have time to check my settings when this group flew across the road. From my car window, I raised my camera and snapped a series of images as they flew by. I was impressed that I could focus on a few of them (the females are in most focus). I hope everyone is enjoying the images. Getting out and about (but staying in my car) as well as taking and sharing images in my stress relief. Enjoy!

 

This is an image I made yesterday (3-21-20) at Lake Evergreen. There were several groups of Northern Shovelers wading the shallows. I had just arrived to this spot and didn't even have time to check my settings when this group flew across the road. From my car window, I raised my camera and snapped a series of images as they flew by. I was impressed that I could focus on a few of them (the females are in most focus). I hope everyone is enjoying the images. Getting out and about (but staying in my car) as well as taking and sharing images in my stress relief. Enjoy!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon county covid-19 ducks during eos evergreen f/5.6l flight illinois in lake mclean midwest mirrorless nature northern r shovelers taken wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/northern-shovelers-in-flight Sun, 22 Mar 2020 17:58:26 GMT
The Goose...From Top Gun https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/the-goose-from-top-gun The Goose...From Top GunThe Goose...From Top GunI think I met The Goose...the actual Goose from Top Gun! This guy was flying between trees with no problem and even turned towards me mid-flight to....exchange greetings? He stuck his tongue out at me. Look at it flapping in the breeze to torment me. I get the last laugh though because, like Maverick, I got a great photo.

 

I think I met The Goose...the actual Goose from Top Gun! This guy was flying between trees with no problem and even turned towards me mid-flight to....exchange greetings? He stuck his tongue out at me. Look at it flapping in the breeze to torment me. I get the last laugh though because, like Maverick, I got a great photo.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) action bird canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r covid-19 flight freezing goose gun in lake evergreen mclean county mid-flight midwest mirrorless nature spring break tongue top wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/the-goose-from-top-gun Sun, 22 Mar 2020 01:08:26 GMT
Morning Doe at Sunrise https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/morning-doe-at-sunrise Morning Doe at SunriseMorning Doe at SunriseI almost missed this doe and I'm sure you have to look a couple of times to spot her. She blended in so well with the golden field and grass. I spotted her as she was trotting away by the white flash of her tail. Then she stopped long enough for me to get this one shot. I just love this scene and landscape.

 

I almost missed this doe and I'm sure you have to look a couple of times to spot her. She blended in so well with the golden field and grass. I spotted her as she was trotting away by the white flash of her tail. Then she stopped long enough for me to get this one shot. I just love this scene and landscape.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r canon mirrorless deer illinois landscape mclean county midwest nature sunrise warm wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/morning-doe-at-sunrise Sat, 21 Mar 2020 00:30:50 GMT
First Sunset of Spring https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/first-sunset-of-spring First Sunset of SpringFirst Sunset of SpringWith the rain clouds all day, I didn't think there was even a chance for getting a sunset tonight, but the first day of Spring decided to surprise us in Central Illinois and gave us a brilliant sunset. This is a 3 image panorama.

 

With the rain clouds all day, I didn't think there was even a chance for getting a sunset tonight, but the first day of Spring decided to surprise us in Central Illinois and gave us a brilliant sunset. This is a 3 image panorama.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon country eos f/4l fields landscape midwest mirrorless nature panorama puddles r rays spring sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/first-sunset-of-spring Fri, 20 Mar 2020 01:48:09 GMT
Checking Her Out https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/checking-her-out Checking Her OutChecking Her OutHere is another image of the male ring-necked pheasant I photographed yesterday but this time with the female in the shot. I think he is thinking about "Spring".

 

Here is another image of the male ring-necked pheasant I photographed yesterday but this time with the female in the shot. I think he is thinking about "Spring".

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm area birds canon county dawson eos f/5.6l lake light low mclean midwest mirrorless nature pheasant r rain spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/checking-her-out Thu, 19 Mar 2020 18:01:22 GMT
A Hug from a Deer Friend https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/a-hug-from-a-deer-friend A Hug from a Deer FriendA Hug from a Deer FriendSometimes you just need a hug from a deer friend. Capturing interaction between wildlife is always the ultimate reward for a wildlife photographer. I observed these two loving on each other. I believe it was a mature female and her 1 year old fawn (offspring). The lighter colored doe in the back was smaller in size. It was raining and both deer were licking each other. This was the moment when both wrapped their heads together and seemed to just pause for awhile as if to give a hug. It was a pretty incredible moment.

 

Sometimes you just need a hug from a deer friend. Capturing interaction between wildlife is always the ultimate reward for a wildlife photographer. I observed these two loving on each other. I believe it was a mature female and her 1 year old fawn (offspring). The lighter colored doe in the back was smaller in size. It was raining and both deer were licking each other. This was the moment when both wrapped their heads together and seemed to just pause for awhile as if to give a hug. It was a pretty incredible moment.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county deer doe emotion eos evergreen f/5.6l family hug illinois interaction lake mclean mirrorless nature r wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/a-hug-from-a-deer-friend Thu, 19 Mar 2020 16:18:49 GMT
Male Ring-necked Pheasant https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/male-ring-necked-pheasant Male Ring-necked PheasantMale Ring-necked PheasantCheck out the colors of this Male Ring-necked Pheasant I saw on this rainy evening. He was nice enough to give several poses, but I liked this profile image. It was cloudy and raining a bit as you can see by raindrops on the limbs behind him, but the image still works.

 

Check out the colors of this Male Ring-necked Pheasant I saw on this rainy evening. He was nice enough to give several poses, but I liked this profile image. It was cloudy and raining a bit as you can see by raindrops on the limbs behind him, but the image still works.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon colors county eos f/5.6l illinois mclean mirrorless nature pheasant r rain spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/male-ring-necked-pheasant Thu, 19 Mar 2020 02:32:55 GMT
Beauty in the Gray https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/beauty-in-the-gray Beauty in the GrayBeauty in the GrayIt can't always be sunny with perfect conditions...there is beauty in the mundane. Sometimes we just aren't in a place or frame of mind to see it, but it is there. Keep your eyes open for the beauty in the gray.

 

It can't always be sunny with perfect conditions...there is beauty in the mundane. Sometimes we just aren't in a place or frame of mind to see it, but it is there. Keep your eyes open for the beauty in the gray.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 10-18mm canon clouds county dock eos gray ice lake landscape mclean mirrorless nature r rays rural https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/beauty-in-the-gray Wed, 18 Mar 2020 19:21:10 GMT
A Crow Strut in the Snow https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/a-crow-strut-in-the-snow A Crow Strut in the SnowA Crow Strut in the SnowI spotted this crow strutting across the parking lot at Dawson Lake while the snow was coming down. I thought it would make a perfect black and white.

 

I spotted this crow strutting across the parking lot at Dawson Lake while the snow was coming down. I thought it would make a perfect black and white.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm and b&w black canon county crow eos f/5.6l march mclean mirrorless nature r reflection snow strut white wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/a-crow-strut-in-the-snow Wed, 18 Mar 2020 16:00:26 GMT
A Winter Day in March https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/a-winter-day-in-march A Winter Day in MarchA Winter Day in MarchAn image from Saturday March 14th. Nothing like a 3-5 inch snow in March.

An image from Saturday March 14th. Nothing like a 3-5 inch snow in March.

Lake Sunset in MarchLake Sunset in MarchA Sunset from Sunday, March 15th, a day after 3-5 inches of snow. You have to love March in Illinois.

A Sunset from Sunday, March 15th, a day after 3-5 inches of snow. You have to love March in Illinois.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 70-200 canon canon eos r country dawson lake f/4 landscape march mclean county mirrorless moraine view state park nature rural sleet snow spring https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/a-winter-day-in-march Wed, 18 Mar 2020 01:40:31 GMT
Pretty Doe at Sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/pretty-doe-at-sunset Pretty Doe at SunsetPretty Doe at SunsetI caught this doe eating along the roadside as the sun was setting. In fact there wasn't much light left. I have been very impressed with the low-light capability of this full frame mirrorless camera. I wouldn't be able to make this image with my previous camera. This was taken at 12,800 ISO and I love the results.

 

I caught this doe eating along the roadside as the sun was setting. In fact there wasn't much light left. I have been very impressed with the low-light capability of this full frame mirrorless camera. I wouldn't be able to make this image with my previous camera. This was taken at 12,800 ISO and I love the results.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm camera canon country county deer doe eos f/5.6l illinois light low mammal mclean mirrorless nature r rural sunset wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/pretty-doe-at-sunset Tue, 17 Mar 2020 22:11:29 GMT
Bluebells in Bloom https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/bluebells-in-bloom Bluebells in BloomBluebells in BloomOne of my favorite local Spring events is the blooming of the bluebells. My wife and I enjoy taking a hike as a family to see the blanket of bluebells blooming under the forest canopy. It makes for a spectacular view while walking and exploring.

 

One of my favorite local Spring events is the blooming of the bluebells. My wife and I enjoy taking a hike as a family to see the blanket of bluebells blooming under the forest canopy. It makes for a spectacular view while walking and exploring.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) Bluebells Canon 10-18mm Canon 7D Family Hike Landscape Midwest nature Scenic Spring www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/bluebells-in-bloom Mon, 16 Mar 2020 22:13:30 GMT
Peaceful Memory https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/peaceful-memory Peaceful MemoryPeaceful MemoryVacations are fun and exciting, but also busy and fast-paced. Moments like this one where you can soak in a sunset with your family and watch the kids run along the beach are images that I intentionally try to burn into my memory so that when life is hectic I can reflect on how peaceful and perfect that moment was. This scene will forever go down as one of my most peaceful memories. I'm blessed to be able to capture it in an image.

Vacations are fun and exciting, but also busy and fast-paced. Moments like this one where you can soak in a sunset with your family and watch the kids run along the beach are images that I intentionally try to burn into my memory so that when life is hectic I can reflect on how peaceful and perfect that moment was. This scene will forever go down as one of my most peaceful memories. I'm blessed to be able to capture it in an image.

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(Troy Marcy Photography) beach family Family Photojournalist Florida Vacation 2016 Fun kids Summer Sun Vacation www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/peaceful-memory Mon, 16 Mar 2020 22:13:09 GMT
Sunny Afternoon Snack https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/sunny-afternoon-snack Sunny Afternoon SnackSunny Afternoon SnackOne of my favorite little birds to watch during the hot mid-summer months is the goldfinch. Their high-pitch chirp and the way the fly from Midwestern field to field is something I look forward to. This little guy is enjoying his sunflower seed.

One of my favorite little birds to watch during the hot mid-summer months is the goldfinch. Their high-pitch chirp and the way the fly from Midwestern field to field is something I look forward to. This little guy is enjoying his sunflower seed.

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(Troy Marcy Photography) Beautiful Day Canon 7D colorful Emerson Road goldfinch IL Midwest seed Springfield Summer sunflower www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/sunny-afternoon-snack Mon, 16 Mar 2020 22:12:48 GMT
Inquisitive Bird https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/inquisitive-bird Inquisitive BirdInquisitive BirdEvery now and then these eagles fly by with some inquisitive glances. Here is an eagle giving me that look.

 

Every now and then these eagles fly by with some inquisitive glances. Here is an eagle giving me that look.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) -11 windchill American Bald Eagle birds Canon 400mm f/5.6L Canon 7D cold Illinois Iowa Mississippi River Bald Eagles 2017 nature wildlife Winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/inquisitive-bird Mon, 16 Mar 2020 22:12:28 GMT
Due for a Mani https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/due-for-a-mani Due for a ManiDue for a ManiGreat form, beautiful tail drag, on target...if only it could have had a manicure before the photoshoot.

 

Great form, beautiful tail drag, on target...if only it could have had a manicure before the photoshoot.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) -11 windchill American Bald Eagle birds Canon 400mm f/5.6L Canon 7D cold Illinois Iowa Mississippi River Bald Eagles 2017 nature wildlife Winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/due-for-a-mani Mon, 16 Mar 2020 22:11:59 GMT
Natural Power and Grace https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/natural-power-and-grace Natural Power and GraceNatural Power and GraceThis all happens so fast that I feel very fortunate to have caught this exact moment at this angle with that perfect golden hour light. It is the perfect example of power and grace coming together in nature.

 

This all happens so fast that I feel very fortunate to have caught this exact moment at this angle with that perfect golden hour light. It is the perfect example of power and grace coming together in nature.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) -11 windchill American Bald Eagle birds Canon 400mm f/5.6L Canon 7D cold Illinois Iowa Mississippi River Bald Eagles 2017 nature wildlife Winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/natural-power-and-grace Mon, 16 Mar 2020 22:11:35 GMT
Turn Your Head for Me https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/turn-your-head-for-me Turn Your Head for MeTurn Your Head for MeLike asking a model to turn their head, this eagle cooperated quite nicely with the side profile and wing pose.

 

Like asking a model to turn their head, this eagle cooperated quite nicely with the side profile and wing pose.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) -20 windchill action american bald eagle beautiful bird canon 400mm f/5.6l canon 7d cloudy cold illinois iowa january mississippi river bald eagles 2018 nature overcast wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/turn-your-head-for-me Mon, 16 Mar 2020 22:11:11 GMT
Red-bellied Woodpecker https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/red-bellied-woodpecker Red-bellied WoodpeckerRed-bellied WoodpeckerHere is an image of a Red-bellied Woodpecker as the available light was getting worse. This image is was taken at 6400 ISO so there is some digital noise but I still find the images very usable.

 

Here is an image of a Red-bellied Woodpecker as the available light was getting worse. This image is was taken at 6400 ISO so there is some digital noise but I still find the images very usable.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2019 canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r central illinois cloud covered december 28th feeder birds fog funk's grove low light midwest nature red-bellied wildlife winter woodpecker https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/red-bellied-woodpecker Mon, 16 Mar 2020 22:10:23 GMT
American Robin https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/american-robin-5 American Robin 5American Robin 5

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I love the early morning songs in early Spring from The American Robin and seeing them hopping around the lawn on a rainy day looking for worms.  Such sweet birds.

 

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Soaked Tufted Titmouse https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/soaked-tufted-titmouse Soaked Tufted TitmouseSoaked Tufted TitmouseThis tufted titmouse didn't seem to be appreciating the wet snow on this March afternoon.

 

This tufted titmouse didn't seem to be appreciating the wet snow on this March afternoon.

 

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Pileated Woodpecker https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/pileated-woodpecker Pileated WoodpeckerPileated WoodpeckerI have been in search of the pileated woodpecker for awhile now. This bird always seems to elude me. I've heard it many times but I can never seem to spot it. Today was my day. Despite the snowy conditions and poor lighting, I saw 2 pileated woodpeckers. Here is one of the images that I made despite the heavy snow and poor lighting conditions. I was so excited to actually see this bird. They truly are large and magnificent birds.

 

I have been in search of the pileated woodpecker for awhile now. This bird always seems to elude me. I've heard it many times but I can never seem to spot it. Today was my day. Despite the snowy conditions and poor lighting, I saw 2 pileated woodpeckers. Here is one of the images that I made despite the heavy snow and poor lighting conditions. I was so excited to actually see this bird. They truly are large and magnificent birds.

 

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Restful Winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/restful-winter Restful WinterRestful WinterI made this image a couple of weeks ago when there was still ice on the lakes. This image conveys the peace and quiet found on a winter day along the banks of a quiet lake as the geese sleep.

 

I made this image a couple of weeks ago when there was still ice on the lakes. This image conveys the peace and quiet found on a winter day along the banks of a quiet lake as the geese sleep.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon eos r central illinois county geese ice landscape mclean mclean county moraine view state park nature panoramic wildlife winter winter 2020 www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/3/restful-winter Sat, 07 Mar 2020 22:46:54 GMT
Time to go to Bed https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/time-to-go-to-bed Time to go to BedTime to go to BedThe longing look I get when Faith is trying to tell me that its time to go to bed!

 

The longing look I get when Faith is trying to tell me that its time to go to bed!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) aputure b&w canon contrast dog eos family indoors led light low pet photojournalist r https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/time-to-go-to-bed Sun, 01 Mar 2020 03:50:48 GMT
Doe in the Field https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/doe-in-the-field Doe in the FieldDoe in the FieldA single doe in the field. The simplicity of this image is beautiful.

 

A single doe in the field. The simplicity of this image is beautiful.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) art beauty canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r central illinois deer doe family golden hiking hour mclean county merwin nature preserve nature rural simplicity wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/doe-in-the-field Fri, 28 Feb 2020 23:32:10 GMT
Shy Young Doe https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/shy-young-doe Shy Young DoeShy Young DoeThis young doe was peeking out from the cover too timid to cross the path as she watched us. I almost didn't notice her as she blended in with the warm light hitting in branches on the right.

 

This young doe was peeking out from the cover too timid to cross the path as she watched us. I almost didn't notice her as she blended in with the warm light hitting in branches on the right.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r central illinois family hiking mclean county merwin nature preserve nature rural https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/shy-young-doe Tue, 25 Feb 2020 23:01:54 GMT
Great Horned Owl at Dusk https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/great-horned-owl-at-dusk Great Horned Owl at DuskGreat Horned Owl at DuskIn my pursuit to get the best nature images possible, I sometimes get hung-up on the technical aspects of an image. Truly, inn the end, it is about the art. I love the mood and the story of this image. As I was leaving the park in my car, I saw a silhouette in a tree at almost the max range of my lens. I didn't know what it was until I pulled the camera to my eye and to my delight, I made out the outline of this Great Horned owl. I had a split second to take the image just before this owl flew off. I didn't have time to manually focus, which is what I would have needed to do under these low light conditions. The sun was gone and all that was left was the last bit of twilight of the blue hour. Despite the lack of focus, the lack of light, the grain of the image; I love this image. It is the imperfection that I love and it is the mood and art that I created that I will remember.

 

In my pursuit to get the best nature images possible, I sometimes get hung-up on the technical aspects of an image. Truly, inn the end, it is about the art. I love the mood and the story of this image. As I was leaving the park in my car, I saw a silhouette in a tree at almost the max range of my lens. I didn't know what it was until I pulled the camera to my eye and to my delight, I made out the outline of this Great Horned owl. I had a split second to take the image just before this owl flew off. I didn't have time to manually focus, which is what I would have needed to do under these low light conditions. The sun was gone and all that was left was the last bit of twilight of the blue hour. Despite the lack of focus, the lack of light, the grain of the image; I love this image. It is the imperfection that I love and it is the mood and art that I created that I will remember.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm art blue canon eos r central illinois colors dark f/5.6 grain great horned hour image mclean county mood moraine view state park nature owl silhouette twilight wildlife winter 2020 www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/great-horned-owl-at-dusk Tue, 25 Feb 2020 03:24:54 GMT
Ring-Billed Gull Fishing 1 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/ring-billed-gull-fishing-1 Ring-Billed Gull Fishing 1Ring-Billed Gull Fishing 1The rest of the sequence of the Ring-Billed Gull fishing. While I've seen this sequence play out before with gull's fishing, this particular scene is a unique one with the layers of water, ice, and land and the angle and reflection on the water. I'm thankful for this moment. Ring-Billed Gull Fishing 1Ring-Billed Gull Fishing 1The rest of the sequence of the Ring-Billed Gull fishing. While I've seen this sequence play out before with gull's fishing, this particular scene is a unique one with the layers of water, ice, and land and the angle and reflection on the water. I'm thankful for this moment.

 

The rest of the sequence of the Ring-Billed Gull fishing. While I've seen this sequence play out before with gull's fishing, this particular scene is a unique one with the layers of water, ice, and land and the angle and reflection on the water. I'm thankful for this moment.

 

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Ring-Billed Gull Fishing https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/ring-billed-gull-fishing Ring-Billed Gull FishingRing-Billed Gull FishingAs I drove around Dawson Lake at Moraine View State Park today, I couldn't help but noticed the numbers of Ring-Billed Gulls soaring and calling. I'm still looking for opportunities to play with the Canon EOS R camera especially for birds in flight. The gulls gave me the perfect opportunity to try some things out. I managed several soaring images but I loved this 1st image from a series of images of this gull catching a fish. I had the perfect side view and angle to the water to capture this unique image with reflection. And I'm thankful the open water for him to fish as you can see there is still quite a bit of ice on most of the lake. I'll try to post the others in the sequence as I edit them. I hope you enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed making it.

 

As I drove around Dawson Lake at Moraine View State Park today, I couldn't help but noticed the numbers of Ring-Billed Gulls soaring and calling. I'm still looking for opportunities to play with the Canon EOS R camera especially for birds in flight. The gulls gave me the perfect opportunity to try some things out. I managed several soaring images but I loved this 1st image from a series of images of this gull catching a fish. I had the perfect side view and angle to the water to capture this unique image with reflection. And I'm thankful the open water for him to fish as you can see there is still quite a bit of ice on most of the lake. I'll try to post the others in the sequence as I edit them. I hope you enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed making it.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm action bird canon canon eos r central illinois f/5.6l fishing gull ice lake landscape mclean county moraine view state park nature reflection ring-billed water wildlife winter 2020 www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/ring-billed-gull-fishing Mon, 24 Feb 2020 04:42:24 GMT
Whitetail Posing at Sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/whitetail-posing-at-sunset Whitetail Posing at SunsetWhitetail Posing at SunsetA whitetail buck posing in the evening sunset...quite a magnificent scene. It was very special moment that I was able to share with my youngest. We were out looking for deer shed but instead found several herds of deer and a sunset. I'll take it!

 

A whitetail buck posing in the evening sunset...quite a magnificent scene. It was very special moment that I was able to share with my youngest. We were out looking for deer shed but instead found several herds of deer and a sunset. I'll take it!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) beauty canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r central illinois colors deer family hiking mclean county merwin nature preserve nature pose regal rural sunset whitetail wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/whitetail-posing-at-sunset Sun, 23 Feb 2020 01:46:56 GMT
Creating Art https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/creating-art Creating ArtCreating ArtHere is an image of Grace capturing the magic of blue hour and me capturing the Magic of Art.

 

Here is an image of Grace capturing the magic of blue hour and me capturing the Magic of Art.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) art blue canon 10-18mm canon eos r colors daughter dusk family hour lake evergreen landscape mclean county nature photojournalist https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/creating-art Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:06:21 GMT
Winter Sunset Over the Lake https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/winter-sunset-over-the-lake Winter Sunset Over the LakeWinter Sunset Over the LakeAs the sun was setting, I was able to get low to the ice and frame the sun among the tree stumps. At first I wasn't sure if this composition would work but I really like how it turned out. The Canon EOS R has a fully articulating screen which allowed me to get lower than I normally could and handhold this shot just above the snow.

 

As the sun was setting, I was able to get low to the ice and frame the sun among the tree stumps. At first I wasn't sure if this composition would work but I really like how it turned out. The Canon EOS R has a fully articulating screen which allowed me to get lower than I normally could and handhold this shot just above the snow.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 10-18mm canon eos r colors ice lake lake evergreen landscape mclean county nature snow sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/winter-sunset-over-the-lake Wed, 19 Feb 2020 03:19:14 GMT
Shimmering Snow at Sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/shimmering-snow-at-sunset Shimmering Snow at SunsetShimmering Snow at SunsetI love when snow catches the light creating a beautiful shimmer. I also appreciate the leading lines in the snow bank leading the eye to a gorgeous Midwest sunset.

 

I love when snow catches the light creating a beautiful shimmer. I also appreciate the leading lines in the snow bank leading the eye to a gorgeous Midwest sunset.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 10-18mm canon eos r lake evergreen landscape leading lines mclean county nature shimmer snow winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/shimmering-snow-at-sunset Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:28:44 GMT
Cedar Waxwing Sitting in Perfect Light https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/cedar-waxwing-sitting-in-perfect-light Cedar Waxwing Sitting in Perfect LightCedar Waxwing Sitting in Perfect LightI came home from work tonight to find several robins, waxwings, starlings, and chickadee's. It was a pleasant sight to see and great to hear all of the birds chirping especially after a night where we received 4 inches of snow. The sun was hitting this waxwing as it was nestled among several branches...it made for a perfect moment.

 

I came home from work tonight to find several robins, waxwings, starlings, and chickadee's. It was a pleasant sight to see and great to hear all of the birds chirping especially after a night where we received 4 inches of snow. The sun was hitting this waxwing as it was nestled among several branches...it made for a perfect moment.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r cedar cold frontyard birds home nature snowy day waxwing wildlife winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/cedar-waxwing-sitting-in-perfect-light Fri, 07 Feb 2020 01:22:41 GMT
Sleepy Teenager and His Dog https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/sleepy-teenager-and-his-dog Sleepy Teenager and His DogSleepy Teenager and His DogMy youngest loves animals and especially finds comfort in our family dog. She is so patient with him and will even share most of her dog bed with this 6'1", lanky teenager. While it is a very grainy image, the moment is worth keeping. This image is shot at 12800 ISO in a very dark room...the best moments don't always wait for perfect lighting.

 

My youngest loves animals and especially finds comfort in our family dog. She is so patient with him and will even share most of her dog bed with this 6'1", lanky teenager. While it is a very grainy image, the moment is worth keeping. This image is shot at 12800 ISO in a very dark room...the best moments don't always wait for perfect lighting.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 12800 iso canon 24-70 f/2.8l canon eos r family family photojournalist indoors kids low light pet sleep son teenager tired https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/2/sleepy-teenager-and-his-dog Wed, 05 Feb 2020 23:59:04 GMT
Northern Flicker 5 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/1/northern-flicker-5 Northern Flicker 5Northern Flicker 5

 

The Northern Flicker is a beautiful bird and I love catching them in the right light. The light found this Northern Flicker perfectly as it was nestled in the tree. When he took off the light caught the beautiful yellow of the wings.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 canon eos r comlara park flicker lake evergreen landscape nature northern snow wildlife winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/1/northern-flicker-5 Mon, 27 Jan 2020 23:13:47 GMT
Eastern Bluebird 47 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/1/eastern-bluebird-47 Eastern Bluebird 47Eastern Bluebird 47

 

One of my favorite little birds is the Eastern Bluebird. I've seen them and have taken a photo of them here and there but nothing like the morning I had today. I went out early hoping for a decent sunset...it seems like months since we have seen the sun this winter and that continued to be the case this morning, so no sunrise images for me. I didn't let that ruin my day...I still had a couple of hours to search for some scenes or wildlife. I drove around Lake Evergreen and near one of the boat launches I spotted some birds hopping form tree to tree. One of the trees was a Juniper loaded with little berries. I stayed in my car with the window half rolled up. I got out my new (Christmas gift) window bean bag to rest my lens on and waited. My patience paid off. I spotted many birds in my time there including several Eastern Bluebirds. It made for some great practice with my Canon EOS R trying to get some in-flight images. I was also blessed with some late morning sun to help light their vibrant blue feathers. I hope you enjoy these images as much I do.

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 400mm bird blue canon canon eos r comlara park eastern f/5.6l lake evergreen landscape nature snow wildlife winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/1/eastern-bluebird-47 Mon, 27 Jan 2020 01:57:35 GMT
Cedar Waxwing 47 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/1/cedar-waxwing-47 Cedar Waxwing 47Cedar Waxwing 47What a gift I received on Nation Bird Day. I was a bit bummed this winter break that I wasn't able to get images of my beloved bald eagles due to the warmer winter. In fact, most of winter break has been cloudy, foggy, or rainy. Today, however, the light was perfect and, while I didn't get to go out to seek some nature images, nature came to me. When I returned home from my daughter's soccer game, I noticed a few birds in my neighbor's Hawthorn Tree, which has many winter berries. I got a bit closer and noticed that they were Cedar Waxwings! I have never been so close to feeding waxwings so I immediately went in and grabbed my camera. There had to be 100 of them flying to and from the Hawthorn tree and back to surrounding trees. These have been the best bird images that I have taken with my new Canon EOS R. It was great finally having such great light and such a great birding experience in my yard on Nation Bird Day. Thank you mother nature!

 

What a gift I received on Nation Bird Day. I was a bit bummed this winter break that I wasn't able to get images of my beloved bald eagles due to the warmer winter. In fact, most of winter break has been cloudy, foggy, or rainy. Today, however, the light was perfect and, while I didn't get to go out to seek some nature images, nature came to me. When I returned home from my daughter's soccer game, I noticed a few birds in my neighbor's Hawthorn Tree, which has many winter berries. I got a bit closer and noticed that they were Cedar Waxwings! I have never been so close to feeding waxwings so I immediately went in and grabbed my camera. There had to be 100 of them flying to and from the Hawthorn tree and back to surrounding trees. These have been the best bird images that I have taken with my new Canon EOS R. It was great finally having such great light and such a great birding experience in my yard on Nation Bird Day. Thank you mother nature!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 birds canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r cedar waxwings january nature neighborhood winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/1/cedar-waxwing-47 Mon, 06 Jan 2020 00:55:32 GMT
Cardinal in the Fog https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/12/cardinal-in-the-fog Cardinal in the FogCardinal in the FogMale Cardinal among the thicket on a foggy day allowing me to take his photo.

 

Male Cardinal among the thicket on a foggy day allowing me to take his photo.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2019 canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r cardinal central illinois cloud covered december 28th feeder birds fog funk's grove low light male midwest nature red thicket wildlife winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/12/cardinal-in-the-fog Tue, 31 Dec 2019 18:42:34 GMT
Red-headed Woodpecker https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/12/red-headed-woodpecker Red-headed WoodpeckerRed-headed WoodpeckerCheck out this scruffy looking Red-headed Woodpecker. It has been awhile since I hiked Merwin Nature Preserve, but Julie took me there for my birthday. I was relieved to see that the red-headed woodpeckers were still there in numbers. We didn't see much wildlife but between this little red head and a belted kingfisher, I felt good about the sightings. Plus I was able to enjoy nature on a hike with my lovely wife.

 

Check out this scruffy looking Red-headed Woodpecker. It has been awhile since I hiked Merwin Nature Preserve, but Julie took me there for my birthday. I was relieved to see that the red-headed woodpeckers were still there in numbers. We didn't see much wildlife but between this little red head and a belted kingfisher, I felt good about the sightings. Plus I was able to enjoy nature on a hike with my lovely wife.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2019 birthday canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r country december 29th drive hike low light overcast red-headed rural wildlife woodpecker https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/12/red-headed-woodpecker Mon, 30 Dec 2019 18:54:43 GMT
Bluejay https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/12/bluejay BluejayBluejayHere is another image of a bird, a bluejay, from my outing yesterday in poor lighting conditions using the Canon EOS R. This is a heavy crop as I want to test how the images hold up in poor lighting with heavy crops and I must say that it is doing a great job. I shot this one at 3200 ISO and even with the crop it is 4.37 megapixel. I'm excited to get more opportunities in better lighting conditions with this camera.

 

Here is another image of a bird, a bluejay, from my outing yesterday in poor lighting conditions using the Canon EOS R. This is a heavy crop as I want to test how the images hold up in poor lighting with heavy crops and I must say that it is doing a great job. I shot this one at 3200 ISO and even with the crop it is 4.37 megapixel. I'm excited to get more opportunities in better lighting conditions with this camera.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2019 bluejay canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r central illinois cloud covered december 28th feeder birds fog funk's grove low light midwest nature wildlife winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/12/bluejay Sun, 29 Dec 2019 17:50:48 GMT
Tufted Titmouse https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/12/tufted-titmouse Tufted TitmouseTufted TitmouseHere is an image of one of my favorite birds, the tufted titmouse. He is in the process of eating a peanut. This is one of my first images using the Canon EOS R for birds. These were terrible conditions for shooting with a cloudy, foggy day and tucked in among the branches. I was very impressed with how the camera did in these low light conditions when paired with the 400mm f/5.6L. This image was taken at ISO 3200.

 

Here is an image of one of my favorite birds, the tufted titmouse. He is in the process of eating a peanut. This is one of my first images using the Canon EOS R for birds. These were terrible conditions for shooting with a cloudy, foggy day and tucked in among the branches. I was very impressed with how the camera did in these low light conditions when paired with the 400mm f/5.6L. This image was taken at ISO 3200.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2019 canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r central illinois cloud covered december 28th feeder birds fog funk's grove low light midwest nature wildlife winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/12/tufted-titmouse Sun, 29 Dec 2019 05:46:44 GMT
Winter Evening https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/12/winter-evening Winter EveningWinter EveningI just love the colors and serenity of a winter sunset. The air is crisp, the light is magical, and the sky is like a painting.

 

I just love the colors and serenity of a winter sunset. The air is crisp, the light is magical, and the sky is like a painting.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon eos r central illinois colors dawson lake landscape midwest rural mclean county snow sunset windmills winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/12/winter-evening Fri, 20 Dec 2019 04:23:26 GMT
Faith is Ready for Christmas https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/12/faith-is-ready-for-christmas Faith is Ready for ChristmasFaith is Ready for ChristmasThe old girl was chilling on the ottoman in front of the tree tonight and looking way too cute. I just had to take her photo. I think she is ready for winter break and Christmas!

 

The old girl was chilling on the ottoman in front of the tree tonight and looking way too cute. I just had to take her photo. I think she is ready for winter break and Christmas!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 24mm f/2.8 canon eos r christmas dog high iso indoors low light pet https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/12/faith-is-ready-for-christmas Wed, 11 Dec 2019 02:15:37 GMT
Evening on Broadway https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/evening-on-broadway Evening on BroadwayEvening on BroadwayHere is an image of Time Square at dusk just before dark. Just when you think it can't get more magnificent, night falls and Time's Square comes alive!

 

Here is an image of Time Square at dusk just before dark. Just when you think it can't get more magnificent, night falls and Time's Square comes alive!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) advertisements canon eos r canon rf 24-70 f/2.8l is city colors dusk hustle new york night times square video https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/evening-on-broadway Mon, 25 Nov 2019 21:37:24 GMT
The Lights of Time Square https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/the-lights-of-time-square The Lights of Time SquareThe Lights of Time SquareWhat a spectacular view Times Square is. It is quite literally a sensory overload. The lights, smells, and sounds of New York rolled up into a few blocks. We spent some money at some of the shops, hit a NY hot dog stand, watched Frozen on Broadway, and enjoyed some good old fashion people watching.

 

What a spectacular view Times Square is. It is quite literally a sensory overload. The lights, smells, and sounds of New York rolled up into a few blocks. We spent some money at some of the shops, hit a NY hot dog stand, watched Frozen on Broadway, and enjoyed some good old fashion people watching.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2019 canon eos r canon rf 24-70 f/2.8l is city family fun lights new york shops square times https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/the-lights-of-time-square Fri, 22 Nov 2019 23:35:55 GMT
Moon Over Manhattan1 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/moon-over-manhattan1 Moon Over Manhattan1Moon Over Manhattan1I felt lucky to get this next series of images. It isn't too often that you get an opportunity to photograph New York from a night cruise while there is a full moon over the city. I would have loved to get some long exposure images but that isn't possible from a moving boat. The high ISO shooting capability of this camera allowed me to get several usable images. It was a spectacular view.

Moon Over Manhattan3Moon Over Manhattan3I felt lucky to get this next series of images. It isn't too often that you get an opportunity to photograph New York from a night cruise while there is a full moon over the city. I would have loved to get some long exposure images but that isn't possible from a moving boat. The high ISO shooting capability of this camera allowed me to get several usable images. It was a spectacular view. Moon Over Manhattan2Moon Over Manhattan2I felt lucky to get this next series of images. It isn't too often that you get an opportunity to photograph New York from a night cruise while there is a full moon over the city. I would have loved to get some long exposure images but that isn't possible from a moving boat. The high ISO shooting capability of this camera allowed me to get several usable images. It was a spectacular view.

I felt lucky to get this next series of images. It isn't too often that you get an opportunity to photograph New York from a night cruise while there is a full moon over the city. I would have loved to get some long exposure images but that isn't possible from a moving boat. The high ISO shooting capability of this camera allowed me to get several usable images. It was a spectacular view.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2019 bay building canon eos r canon rf 24-70 f/2.8l is city cruise high iso landscape light lights low manhattan moon new york night river https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/moon-over-manhattan1 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 01:54:58 GMT
Lower Manhattan from Top of the Rock https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/lower-manhattan-from-top-of-the-rock Lower Manhattan from Top of the RockLower Manhattan from Top of the RockI love the views form Top of the Rock in Lower Manhattan. New York is truly a concrete jungle!

 

I love the views form Top of the Rock in Lower Manhattan. New York is truly a concrete jungle!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2019 building canon eos r canon rf 24-70 f/2.8l is city concrete empire flare jungle landscape lower manhattan new york state sun https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/lower-manhattan-from-top-of-the-rock Wed, 20 Nov 2019 02:00:41 GMT
Empire State Building https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/empire-state-building Empire State BuildingEmpire State BuildingHere is the view from The Rock of Lower Manhattan and The Empire State Building. In the distance you can see the Statue of Liberty. I love the tones of this image with the sun to the West.

 

Here is the view from The Rock of Lower Manhattan and The Empire State Building. In the distance you can see the Statue of Liberty. I love the tones of this image with the sun to the West.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2019 building canon eos r canon rf 24-70 f/2.8l is city empire family fun landscape lower manhattan new new york state tones york https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/empire-state-building Wed, 20 Nov 2019 01:52:54 GMT
Fall in Central Park https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/fall-in-central-park Fall in Central ParkFall in Central ParkThe view from Top of the Rock in New York is, simply, breathtaking! It gave me this opportunity to photograph Central Park colors as I looked off in the direction of Upper Manhattan. The light was incredible and I was thankful for this opportunity to get this image. I have more images from Top of the Rock that I will share soon.

 

The view from Top of the Rock in New York is, simply, breathtaking! It gave me this opportunity to photograph Central Park colors as I looked off in the direction of Upper Manhattan. The light was incredible and I was thankful for this opportunity to get this image. I have more images from Top of the Rock that I will share soon.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2019 beautiful buildings canon eos r canon rf 24-70 f/2.8l is central city colors fall landscape manhattan new new york of park rock scrapers sky the top upper vista york https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/fall-in-central-park Mon, 18 Nov 2019 01:28:13 GMT
Always Remembered https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/always-remembered Always RememberedAlways RememberedThe 2nd image I'm sharing from our trip to New York is this very special image of the 9/11 Memorial. One of our first stops in New York was to the 9/11 Memorial at the site of the former World Trade Center. I have heard so much about this but no words can prepare you for how emotional and overwhelming the museum and memorial are. I won't try to put it into words but I recommend that you experience it if you are ever in New York. For this image, I was able to get the sun flare as it backlit the beautiful fall colors and provided a warmth and glow over the memorial. Their light still shines and they will always be remembered.

 

The 2nd image I'm sharing from our trip to New York is this very special image of the 9/11 Memorial. One of our first stops in New York was to the 9/11 Memorial at the site of the former World Trade Center. I have heard so much about this but no words can prepare you for how emotional and overwhelming the museum and memorial are. I won't try to put it into words but I recommend that you experience it if you are ever in New York. For this image, I was able to get the sun flare as it backlit the beautiful fall colors and provided a warmth and glow over the memorial. Their light still shines and they will always be remembered.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2019 9/11 and canon eos r canon rf 24-70 f/2.8l is center colors emotional fall flare landscape lower manhattan memorial museum new york special sun trade tribute world https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/always-remembered Mon, 18 Nov 2019 00:37:00 GMT
Fall Day in Central Park https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/fall-day-in-central-park Fall Day in Central ParkFall Day in Central ParkWe took the family on a trip to New York along with my son's High School band as they were set to march in the Veteran's Day Parade. It was quite an honor for our school to be invited and the kids did an amazing job. While there, I enjoyed all of the photography opportunities the city had to offer. It was our first trip to New York. My old camera has been having issues so I rented the new Canon EOS R and the Canon RF 24-70 f/2.8L IS lens. Wow, what a difference this camera is from my old classic 7D. It was a good thing I rented it as my 7D stopped working all together on the trip. I'm not sure what I'll do without a camera for awhile but the rental sure was a blessing as I made several memorable images with it.

Here is one of the first of many images I will share of this incredible city. This was taken in Central Park. Fall in Central Park was breathtaking and this scene was just to perfect not to capture. Imagine the sound of families playing in the park and ice skating on a brisk but pleasant 40 degree day. The rink is nestled among these colorful trees with a massive city surrounding the park. Not far from the rink is 5th avenue where you will find a sea of honking taxi's and many horse-drawn carriages. The whole park was alive and magical. I can't wait to share more images over time.

 

We took the family on a trip to New York along with my son's High School band as they were set to march in the Veteran's Day Parade. It was quite an honor for our school to be invited and the kids did an amazing job. While there, I enjoyed all of the photography opportunities the city had to offer. It was our first trip to New York. My old camera has been having issues so I rented the new Canon EOS R and the Canon RF 24-70 f/2.8L IS lens. Wow, what a difference this camera is from my old classic 7D. It was a good thing I rented it as my 7D stopped working all together on the trip. I'm not sure what I'll do without a camera for awhile but the rental sure was a blessing as I made several memorable images with it.

Here is one of the first of many images I will share of this incredible city. This was taken in Central Park. Fall in Central Park was breathtaking and this scene was just to perfect not to capture. Imagine the sound of families playing in the park and ice skating on a brisk but pleasant 40 degree day. The rink is nestled among these colorful trees with a massive city surrounding the park. Not far from the rink is 5th avenue where you will find a sea of honking taxi's and many horse-drawn carriages. The whole park was alive and magical. I can't wait to share more images over time.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2019 autumn canon eos r canon rf 24-70 f/2.8l is central colors fall family fun ice new york park rental skating trip https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/11/fall-day-in-central-park Fri, 15 Nov 2019 04:47:23 GMT
Winter Wolf https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/4/winter-wolf Winter WolfWinter WolfIn honor of the return of Game of Thrones and the couple of inches of snow in Central Illinois in April, I give you my latest image, Winter Wolf.

 

In honor of the return of Game of Thrones and the couple of inches of snow in Central Illinois in April, I give you my latest image, Winter Wolf.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) and b&w battleground indiana black canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy gaze ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain stare white wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/4/winter-wolf Sun, 14 Apr 2019 23:41:35 GMT
Beautiful Wolf in B&W https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/4/beautiful-wolf-in-b-w Beautiful Wolf in B&WBeautiful Wolf in B&WSuch a regal looking wolf posing on a log in black and white.

 

Such a regal looking wolf posing on a log in black and white.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) battleground indiana canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/4/beautiful-wolf-in-b-w Tue, 09 Apr 2019 21:16:38 GMT
Lurking in the Shadows https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/lurking-in-the-shadows Lurking in the ShadowsLurking in the ShadowsNico hiding among the reeds and trees along the frozen lake.

 

Nico hiding among the reeds and trees along the frozen lake.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) battleground indiana canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy hiding ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/lurking-in-the-shadows Sun, 31 Mar 2019 15:30:22 GMT
Wolf in the Rain Landscape https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wolf-in-the-rain-landscape Wolf in the Rain LandscapeWolf in the Rain LandscapeI really like the mood of this landscape of Nico walking across the ice. The rain and lack of good light couldn't ruin this scene.

 

I really like the mood of this landscape of Nico walking across the ice. The rain and lack of good light couldn't ruin this scene.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) battleground indiana canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice landscape midwest nature outdoors overcast rain wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wolf-in-the-rain-landscape Tue, 26 Mar 2019 00:51:42 GMT
Out on the Frozen Lake in the Rain https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/out-on-the-frozen-lake-in-the-rain Out on the Frozen Lake in the RainOut on the Frozen Lake in the RainA dreary scene can turn into such a magical image.

 

A dreary scene can turn into such a magical image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) and b&w battleground indiana black canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain white wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/out-on-the-frozen-lake-in-the-rain Sat, 23 Mar 2019 19:08:58 GMT
Howling in the Rain https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/howling-in-the-rain Howling in the RainHowling in the RainHere is Monty giving a chilling howl during a cold rain.

 

Here is Monty giving a chilling howl during a cold rain.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) and b&w battleground indiana black canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain white wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/howling-in-the-rain Sat, 23 Mar 2019 01:18:24 GMT
A Cold Howl https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/a-cold-howl A Cold HowlA Cold HowlThere aren't many experiences that will compare to standing just feet away from several howling wolves. A magical yet beautifully, eerie song that can be heard for miles.

 

There aren't many experiences that will compare to standing just feet away from several howling wolves. A magical yet beautifully, eerie song that can be heard for miles.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) battleground indiana canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/a-cold-howl Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:16:26 GMT
Wolf Profile of Nico https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wolf-profile-of-nico Wolf Profile of NicoWolf Profile of NicoNico is a beautiful dark wolf that has a striking look which helps him stand out when standing next to the other wolves. He is also very large and in charge.

 

Nico is a beautiful dark wolf that has a striking look which helps him stand out when standing next to the other wolves. He is also very large and in charge.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) and b&w battleground indiana black canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain stare white wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wolf-profile-of-nico Thu, 21 Mar 2019 01:52:47 GMT
King of the Log https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/king-of-the-log King of the LogKing of the LogAspen standing tall and proud as he stands on his log.

 

Aspen standing tall and proud as he stands on his log.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) battleground indiana canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/king-of-the-log Wed, 20 Mar 2019 01:05:00 GMT
Admire my Beauty https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/admire-my-beauty Admire my BeautyAdmire my BeautyHere is one of the female wolves. Her features were noticeably daintier and elegant. While still very large and powerful, she was smaller than the males with a noticeably shorter muzzle. Even her eyes looked feminine to me...she was simply beautiful to watch move around the enclosure. In this image she is posing on a tree. She posed as if to say, "admire my beauty".

 

Here is one of the female wolves. Her features were noticeably daintier and elegant. While still very large and powerful, she was smaller than the males with a noticeably shorter muzzle. Even her eyes looked feminine to me...she was simply beautiful to watch move around the enclosure. In this image she is posing on a tree. She posed as if to say, "admire my beauty".

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) battleground indiana canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/admire-my-beauty Tue, 19 Mar 2019 01:15:35 GMT
Pretty Wolf in Black and White https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/pretty-wolf-in-black-and-white Pretty Wolf in Black and WhitePretty Wolf in Black and WhiteHere is a simple black and white of a female wolf out on the ice. She was letting out a howl at the time...so pretty!

 

Here is a simple black and white of a female wolf out on the ice. She was letting out a howl at the time...so pretty!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) b&w battleground indiana canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy female ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/pretty-wolf-in-black-and-white Sun, 17 Mar 2019 04:57:16 GMT
Wolf Stretch https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wolf-stretch Wolf StretchWolf StretchThere is nothing like a good stretch to start the day.

 

There is nothing like a good stretch to start the day.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) battleground indiana canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wolf-stretch Sat, 16 Mar 2019 16:09:18 GMT
Reflecting Wolf https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/reflecting-wolf Reflecting WolfReflecting WolfA wolf finds his reflection in the ice...a beautiful reflection.

 

A wolf finds his reflection in the ice...a beautiful reflection.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) battleground indiana canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain reflection wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/reflecting-wolf Fri, 15 Mar 2019 21:20:36 GMT
My What Big Eyes You Have https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/my-what-big-eyes-you-have My What Big Eyes You HaveMy What Big Eyes You HaveI love this image giving a closer look into the beautiful eyes these wolves have.
"But, grandmother, what big eyes you have," she said. "The better to see you with, my dear." - Little Red Riding Hood

 

I love this image giving a closer look into the beautiful eyes these wolves have.
"But, grandmother, what big eyes you have," she said. "The better to see you with, my dear." - Little Red Riding Hood

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) battleground indiana canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d close-up cloudy eyes ice intense midwest nature outdoors overcast rain wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/my-what-big-eyes-you-have Fri, 15 Mar 2019 03:53:36 GMT
Wolf in Motion https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wolf-in-motion Wolf in MotionWolf in MotionThis is an attempt to slow my shutter speed and pan with Aspen as he runs across the ice. It isn't easy and this still isn't perfect but I'm happy with the look and feel of this image. I watched these huge animals running across the ice and I didn't see them fall once. I would have been on my butt if I went running across this ice.

 

This is an attempt to slow my shutter speed and pan with Aspen as he runs across the ice. It isn't easy and this still isn't perfect but I'm happy with the look and feel of this image. I watched these huge animals running across the ice and I didn't see them fall once. I would have been on my butt if I went running across this ice.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) action battleground indiana blur canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain shutter slow wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wolf-in-motion Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:31:13 GMT
Nose to Nose https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/nose-to-nose Nose to NoseNose to NoseIt is always nice when you can get some interactions between the wolves. Here is a moment where they were nose to nose.

 

It is always nice when you can get some interactions between the wolves. Here is a moment where they were nose to nose.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) and b&w battleground indiana black canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice interactions midwest nature nose outdoors overcast rain white wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/nose-to-nose Thu, 14 Mar 2019 01:06:24 GMT
Wolves on a Winter Stroll https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wolves-on-a-winter-stroll Wolves on a Winter StrollWolves on a Winter StrollAspen, Nico, and Monty out for a stroll on the ice. It was dark, cold, and wet but that didn't stop the wolves from doing their thing. I think Monty is checking himself out in the reflection in the ice.

 

Aspen, Nico, and Monty out for a stroll on the ice. It was dark, cold, and wet but that didn't stop the wolves from doing their thing. I think Monty is checking himself out in the reflection in the ice.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) battleground indiana canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice midwest nature outdoors overcast pack rain reflection stroll wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wolves-on-a-winter-stroll Wed, 13 Mar 2019 21:04:36 GMT
Respect my Presence https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/respect-my-presence Respect my PresenceRespect my PresenceThis is Nico! Nico is one of the males at Wolf Park and he is beautiful! He is very large and muscular and his very presence demands respect.

 

This is Nico! Nico is one of the males at Wolf Park and he is beautiful! He is very large and muscular and his very presence demands respect.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) battleground indiana canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/respect-my-presence Tue, 12 Mar 2019 21:55:19 GMT
Wolves on a Log https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wolves-on-a-log Wolves on a LogWolves on a LogI loved the way these two wolves posed on the log together. I snapped several images of the two of them but I really liked this moment when something caught their attention that only their senses could detect. Both turned their heads at the same time and their stony gaze and ear position is perfect...such a beautiful moment.

 

I loved the way these two wolves posed on the log together. I snapped several images of the two of them but I really liked this moment when something caught their attention that only their senses could detect. Both turned their heads at the same time and their stony gaze and ear position is perfect...such a beautiful moment.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) battleground indiana canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice log midwest nature outdoors overcast pair pose rain wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wolves-on-a-log Tue, 12 Mar 2019 01:43:46 GMT
Wet Wolf on Ice https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wet-wolf-on-ice Wet Wolf on IceWet Wolf on IceThe forecast was 100% rain and thunderstorms with a high of 40 degrees so I was a bit worried about getting good images. That is nature photography for you...unpredictable. What I didn't realize was how beautiful the wolf coats were this time of year and that they looked amazing in snow and rain. I love the mood of this close-up of a wolf out on the ice in the rain.

 

The forecast was 100% rain and thunderstorms with a high of 40 degrees so I was a bit worried about getting good images. That is nature photography for you...unpredictable. What I didn't realize was how beautiful the wolf coats were this time of year and that they looked amazing in snow and rain. I love the mood of this close-up of a wolf out on the ice in the rain.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) battleground indiana canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy cold ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wet-wolf-on-ice Sun, 10 Mar 2019 19:50:36 GMT
Wolf Intensity https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wolf-intensity Wolf IntensityWolf IntensityI had the pleasure and trill of participating in a photography session at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, Indiana. With the proper education and training, I was allowed to go into the enclosure while being carefully supervised by the staff. These wolves are magnificent, impressive, beautiful, powerful...there aren't enough adjectives. I did my best to remember their names and I believe this was Aspen, one of the males. He has beautiful markings and a gaze that demands attention. I took over 2000 images and I know plan to edit more keepers as time goes by.

 

I had the pleasure and trill of participating in a photography session at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, Indiana. With the proper education and training, I was allowed to go into the enclosure while being carefully supervised by the staff. These wolves are magnificent, impressive, beautiful, powerful...there aren't enough adjectives. I did my best to remember their names and I believe this was Aspen, one of the males. He has beautiful markings and a gaze that demands attention. I took over 2000 images and I know plan to edit more keepers as time goes by.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) battleground indiana canon 100-400l ii is usm canon 7d cloudy ice midwest nature outdoors overcast rain wildlife winter wolf park wolves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2019/3/wolf-intensity Sun, 10 Mar 2019 03:05:55 GMT
Island of Red Leaves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/11/island-of-red-leaves Island of Red LeavesIsland of Red LeavesSuch a pretty little scene on Dawson Lake of the island of trees with red leaves framed nicely by red leaves above.

 

Such a pretty little scene on Dawson Lake of the island of trees with red leaves framed nicely by red leaves above.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2018 art autumn beauty canon 10-18mm canon 7d dawson lake fall colors hiking illinois island lake landscape midwest moraine view state park outdoors red trees https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/11/island-of-red-leaves Sun, 11 Nov 2018 20:33:44 GMT
Canopy of Color https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/11/canopy-of-color Canopy of ColorCanopy of ColorHiking these trails and soaking up the colors is such peaceful and relaxing experience. It is so important to stop and check out all angles and perspectives for possible images. A quick look up from the trail gave this view of the canopy of colors above...breathtaking.

 

Hiking these trails and soaking up the colors is such peaceful and relaxing experience. It is so important to stop and check out all angles and perspectives for possible images. A quick look up from the trail gave this view of the canopy of colors above...breathtaking.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2018 art autumn beauty canon 10-18mm canon 7d dawson lake fall colors hiking illinois lake landscape midwest moraine view state park outdoors trees https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/11/canopy-of-color Sat, 10 Nov 2018 04:21:39 GMT
Beautiful Morning for a Jog https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/11/beautiful-morning-for-a-job Beautiful Morning for a JogBeautiful Morning for a JogA beautiful morning for a jog with scenery.

 

A beautiful morning for a job with scenery.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2018 art autumn beauty canon 10-18mm canon 7d dawson lake fall colors hiking illinois lake landscape midwest moraine view state park outdoors trees https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/11/beautiful-morning-for-a-job Wed, 07 Nov 2018 20:38:53 GMT
Magical Walk https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/11/magical-walk Magical WalkMagical WalkI must say, this was one of the prettiest little hikes I've taken in a long time. Central Illinois this time of year can be magical.

 

I must say, this was one of the prettiest little hikes I've taken in a long time. Central Illinois this time of year can be magical.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2018 art autumn beauty canon 10-18mm canon 7d dawson lake fall colors hiking illinois lake landscape midwest moraine view state park outdoors trees https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/11/magical-walk Wed, 07 Nov 2018 03:28:21 GMT
Fall Colors by the Water's Edge https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/11/fall-colors-by-the-waters-edge Fall Colors by the Water's EdgeFall Colors by the Water's EdgeWhat a perfect little cove to sit and enjoy the colors. I love the colors in this scene, especially how the cool water tones contrast with the vibrant fall colors. I could sit here all day.

 

What a perfect little cove to sit and enjoy the colors. I love the colors in this scene, especially how the cool water tones contrast with the vibrant fall colors. I could sit here all day.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2018 art autumn beauty canon 10-18mm canon 7d dawson lake fall colors hiking illinois lake landscape midwest moraine view state park outdoors trees https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/11/fall-colors-by-the-waters-edge Tue, 06 Nov 2018 03:02:39 GMT
Tranquil Fall Day https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/11/tranquil-fall-day Tranquil Fall DayTranquil Fall DayI was able to get out Saturday morning for a little r&r with my camera and the fall colors. This has been one of the most colorful falls we have experienced in Central, IL compared to the past couple of years. I hope you can feel the peace and tranquility I experienced in this image.

 

I was able to get out Saturday morning for a little r&r with my camera and the fall colors. This has been one of the most colorful falls we have experienced in Central, IL compared to the past couple of years. I hope you can feel the peace and tranquility I experienced in this image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2018 art autumn beauty canon 10-18mm canon 7d dawson lake fall colors hiking illinois lake landscape midwest moraine view state park outdoors trees https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/11/tranquil-fall-day Sun, 04 Nov 2018 18:50:00 GMT
Enjoying the Sea https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/7/enjoying-the-sea Enjoying the SeaEnjoying the SeaHearing the waves crashing and gulls calling, seeing forever as the water meets the pink and blue sky, feeling the warm breeze on my skin, smelling and tasting the splash of salt water in the air...I was completely enjoying the sea.

 

Hearing the waves crashing and gulls calling, seeing forever as the water meets the pink and blue sky, feeling the warm breeze on my skin, smelling and tasting the splash of salt water in the air...I was completely enjoying the sea.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2018 art atlantic beach blue blur canon 7d exposure family fun landscape long ocean pink rocks savannah ga scad sea sky summer sunrise tybee island vacation water waves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/7/enjoying-the-sea Sat, 14 Jul 2018 02:28:36 GMT
Waves Crashing Under the Pier https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/7/waves-crashing-under-the-pier-1 Waves Crashing Under the PierWaves Crashing Under the PierI was able to time the long exposure image for moments when the waves would crash against the columns of the pier, which created magnificent patterns of swirling water. The black and white treatment accentuated the water swirls and I love the way they contrast with the silhouette of pier.

 

I was able to time the long exposure image for moments when the waves would crash against the columns of the pier, which created magnificent patterns of swirling water. The black and white treatment accentuated the water swirls and I love the way they contrast with the silhouette of pier.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2018 and b&w beach black blur canon 7d exposure family fun long motion nature ocean savannah ga silhouette summer swirls tybee island vacation white https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/7/waves-crashing-under-the-pier-1 Tue, 10 Jul 2018 20:05:40 GMT
Savannah Live Oaks https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/7/savannah-live-oaks Savannah Live OaksSavannah Live OaksOne of my favorite scenes in Savannah was the moss-covered live oak road leading to the Wormsloe Plantation. This gravel lane has been used for several movies and is such a beautiful site that no movies nor images can do it justice. If you are ever in Savannah and you appreciate nature, it is worth checking out. I could spend hours here with my camera.

 

One of my favorite scenes in Savannah was the moss-covered live oak road leading to the Wormsloe Plantation. This gravel lane has been used for several movies and is such a beautiful site that no movies nor images can do it justice. If you are ever in Savannah and you appreciate nature, it is worth checking out. I could spend hours here with my camera.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2018 24-70 beach beauty canon canon 7d country f/2.8l family fun landscape light live low moss oak ocean Plantation road savannah ga south spanish summer trees vacation Wormsloe https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/7/savannah-live-oaks Tue, 10 Jul 2018 04:16:46 GMT
Under the Tybee Island Pier https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/7/under-the-tybee-island-pier Under the Tybee Island PierUnder the Tybee Island PierDespite the cloudy morning, I enjoyed the walk, sunrise, and photographic opportunities I was able to get on Tybee Island beach. This was from under the pier as the sun was rising.

 

Despite the cloudy morning, I enjoyed the walk, sunrise, and photographic opportunities I was able to get on Tybee Island beach. This was from under the pier as the sun was rising.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2018 atlantic beach canon 7d exposure family filter fun long nd ocean pier savannah ga summer sunrise tybee island vacation https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/7/under-the-tybee-island-pier Mon, 09 Jul 2018 18:00:43 GMT
Pretty Morning on Tybee https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/7/pretty-morning-on-tybee Pretty Morning on TybeePretty Morning on TybeeA long exposure landscape of the pier on Tybee Island Beach at Sunrise.

 

A long exposure landscape of the pier on Tybee Island Beach at Sunrise.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2018 beach blur canon 7d exposure family filter fun island long nd ocean pier savannah ga sky summer sunrise tybee tybee island vacation water https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/7/pretty-morning-on-tybee Sun, 08 Jul 2018 02:59:13 GMT
Rocks on the Beach https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/7/rocks-on-the-beach Rocks on the BeachRocks on the BeachThis image was taken just after sunrise on Tybee Island Beach in Savannah, Georgia. The previous day these rocks were well out of the water but with the rising tide it offered a great opportunity to catch the waves crashing over the rocks. I was struck by the beauty of this spot as the rocks seemed to divide the scene into warmer colors on the left where the sun was rising and the cooler colors on the right. It was such a pleasing scene to the eyes and I thought this image demonstrated the moment I experienced that morning nicely. I used ND filters to help achieve the necessary shutter speed to blur the water. Enjoy!

 

This image was taken just after sunrise on Tybee Island Beach in Savannah, Georgia. The previous day these rocks were well out of the water but with the rising tide it offered a great opportunity to catch the waves crashing over the rocks. I was struck by the beauty of this spot as the rocks seemed to divide the scene into warmer colors on the left where the sun was rising and the cooler colors on the right. It was such a pleasing scene to the eyes and I thought this image demonstrated the moment I experienced that morning nicely. I used ND filters to help achieve the necessary shutter speed to blur the water. Enjoy!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2018 atlantic beach blur canon 7d family filter fun landscape nature nd ocean rocks savannah ga scad summer sunrise tybee island vacation waves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/7/rocks-on-the-beach Sat, 07 Jul 2018 04:02:58 GMT
American Bald Eagle in Flight https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/american-bald-eagle-in-flight American Bald Eagle in FlightAmerican Bald Eagle in FlightA simple flyover of an American Bald Eagle. The sky isn't blue, the bird isn't lit in pretty golden light, and the pose isn't fancy. A simple image but I still really like it. Sometimes simple is satisfying.

 

A simple flyover of an American Bald Eagle. The sky isn't blue, the bird isn't light in pretty golden light, and the pose isn't fancy. A simple image but I still really like it. Sometimes simple is satisfying.

 

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Eagle in the Wild https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/eagle-in-the-wild Eagle in the WildEagle in the WildA pretty scene as an eagle flies over the Mississippi River...free as can be!

 

A pretty scene as an eagle flies over the Mississippi River...free as can be!

 

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On Your Mighty Wings https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/on-your-mighty-wings On Your Mighty WingsOn Your Mighty WingsBeautiful, iconic bird soaring in blue skies...can't ask for a better moment than that. I just wish the sun and blue skies stuck around longer the day I was there.

 

Beautiful, iconic bird soaring in blue skies...can't ask for a better moment than that. I just wish the sun and blue skies stuck around longer the day I was there.

 

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Gliding Over a Foggy River https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/gliding-over-a-foggy-river Gliding Over a Foggy RiverGliding Over a Foggy RiverI love this moment caught of a bald eagle gliding over the glassy Mississippi River on a foggy day. The light may be poor, the clarity is lacking, but the moment caught is worth it.

 

I love this moment caught of a bald eagle gliding over the glassy Mississippi River on a foggy day. The light may be poor, the clarity is lacking, but the moment caught is worth it.

 

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Pretty Tail Feathers https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/pretty-tail-feathers Pretty Tail FeathersPretty Tail FeathersHere is a beauty of an eagle and I especially love the tail feathers still showing black tips and not completely white yet.

 

Here is a beauty of an eagle and I especially love the tail feathers still showing black tips and not completely white yet.

 

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Eagle Almost Made me Duck https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/eagle-almost-made-me-duck Eagle Almost Made me DuckEagle Almost Made me DuckWhen looking through the camera viewfinder through a longer lens you track the bird and before you know it they are directly above you. It feels like they are so close that you might have to duck. What a beautiful experience it is to be so close to these eagles.

 

When looking through the camera viewfinder through a longer lens you track the bird and before you know it they are directly above you. It feels like they are so close that you might have to duck. What a beautiful experience it is to be so close to these eagles.

 

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I Think I Caught It https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/i-think-i-caught-it I Think I Caught ItI Think I Caught ItI love when bald eagles take a look to make sure they caught their fish, get a better grip, and sometimes transfer the fish to their beak.

 

I love when bald eagles take a look to make sure they caught their fish, get a better grip, and sometimes transfer the fish to their beak.

 

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Eagle Beauty https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/eagle-beauty Eagle BeautyEagle BeautyWhen an eagle flies by looking this beautiful, I have no choice but to take a photo.

 

When an eagle flies by looking this beautiful, I have no choice but to take a photo.

 

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Back-lit Eagle over Mississippi River Waters https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/back-lit-eagle-over-mississippi-river-waters Back-lit Eagle over Mississippi River WatersBack-lit Eagle over Mississippi River WatersSometimes I have to take what nature and lighting give me. This bald eagle was fishing to my right with the sun back-lighting the bird causing all detail of the bird to be in shadows. While this isn't ideal, it can still make for a nice silhouette. I really like the positioning of the eagle and how close the eagle is to the river waters.

 

Sometimes I have to take what nature and lighting give me. This bald eagle was fishing to my right with the sun back-lighting the bird causing all detail of the bird to be in shadows. While this isn't ideal, it can still make for a nice silhouette. I really like the positioning of the eagle and how close the eagle is to the river waters.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) -20 windchill action american bald eagle beautiful bird canon 400mm f/5.6l canon 7d cloudy cold illinois iowa january mississippi river bald eagles 2018 nature overcast silhouette wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/back-lit-eagle-over-mississippi-river-waters Wed, 07 Feb 2018 23:07:08 GMT
Flare for the Dramatics https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/flare-for-the-dramatics Flare for the DramaticsFlare for the DramaticsCheck out the markings and color of this juvenile bald eagle...so dramatic! I love how the feathers are all flared out. Such a pretty bird!

 

Check out the markings and color of this juvenile bald eagle...so dramatic! I love how the feathers are all flared out. Such a pretty bird!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) -20 windchill action american bald eagle bald beautiful bird canon 400mm f/5.6l canon 7d cloudy cold eagle illinois iowa january juvenile mississippi river bald eagles 2018 nature overcast wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/flare-for-the-dramatics Wed, 07 Feb 2018 01:52:17 GMT
Portrait of a Fishing Eagle https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/portrait-of-a-fishing-eagle Portrait of a Fishing EaglePortrait of a Fishing EagleA simple black and white portrait of an extraordinary bird. I just love capturing these moments of the bald eagles fishing.

 

A simple black and white portrait of an extraordinary bird. I just love capturing these moments of the bald eagles fishing.

 

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Concealing the Catch https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/concealing-the-catch Concealing the CatchConcealing the CatchThis eagle flew directly over me with a fish. It is funny watching them fly as fast as they can back to a tree to eat before other eagles see they have something. They tuck that fish in under their tail feather and conceal it so they aren't pickpocketed by other eagles. Lets see if they Eagles can steal one away from the Patriots today in Superbowl LII.

 

This eagle flew directly over me with a fish. It is funny watching them fly as fast as they can back to a tree to eat before other eagles see they have something. They tuck that fish in under their tail feather and conceal it so they aren't pickpocketed by other eagles. Lets see if they Eagles can steal one away from the Patriots today in Superbowl LII.

 

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Reflection Through the Mississippi Mist https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/reflection-through-the-mississippi-mist Reflection Through the Mississippi MistReflection Through the Mississippi MistDespite the fog and heavy crop, I feel this turned out to be a nice image of a bald eagle flying low above the icy cold waters of the Mississippi River.

 

Despite the fog and heavy crop, I feel this turned out to be a nice image of a bald eagle flying low above the icy cold waters of the Mississippi River.

 

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Eagle Fishing in Black and White (Dramatic Edit) https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/eagle-fishing-in-black-and-white-dramatic-edit Eagle Fishing in Black and White (Dramatic Edit)Eagle Fishing in Black and White (Dramatic Edit)I love the drama and action of this image but with the overcast skies, I struggled with the original image. As soon as I went with a black and white edit, the image seemed to come alive. It added some much needed contrast to the splash, water drops, and reflection. It is such a powerful scene.

 

I love the drama and action of this image but with the overcast skies, I struggled with the original image. As soon as I went with a black and white edit, the image seemed to come alive. It added some much needed contrast to the splash, water drops, and reflection. It is such a powerful scene.

 

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Giving me a Look https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/2/giving-me-a-look Giving me a LookGiving me a LookI made several images as this eagle flew in front of me but this one moment (a split second) I opened the shutter just as he looked at me. A lot of luck and a little bit of good timing made for a nice image.

 

I made several images as this eagle flew in front of me but this one moment (a split second) I opened the shutter just as he looked at me. A lot of luck and a little bit of good timing made for a nice image.

 

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Smooth Moves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/1/smooth-moves Smooth MovesSmooth MovesI caught this eagle as he was banking hard right. I love how smooth these birds operate in the air; turning on a dime and going into a dive when they spot their next meal.

 

I caught this eagle as he was banking hard right. I love how smooth these birds operate in the air; turning on a dime and going into a dive when they spot their next meal.

 

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Stunning Eagle Flyby https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/1/stunning-eagle-flyby Stunning Eagle FlybyStunning Eagle FlybyLove when they fly by at eye level! Such a beautiful bird with a mighty presence makes for an amazing sight.

 

Love when they fly by at eye level! Such a beautiful bird with a mighty presence makes for an amazing sight.

 

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Putting on an Air Show https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/1/putting-on-an-air-show Putting on an Air ShowPutting on an Air ShowI thought this was a cool moment of an eagle soaring over the Mississippi River with 3 geese watching the air show. It is another high key, minimalistic image due to the cloud cover and foggy conditions.

 

I thought this was a cool moment of an eagle soaring over the Mississippi River with 3 geese watching the air show. It is another high key, minimalistic image due to the cloud cover and foggy conditions.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) -20 windchill action american bald eagle beautiful bird canon 400mm f/5.6l canon 7d cloudy cold illinois iowa january mississippi river bald eagles 2018 nature overcast wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/1/putting-on-an-air-show Mon, 29 Jan 2018 23:54:24 GMT
Missed his Fish in the Fog https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/1/missed-his-fish-in-the-fog Missed his Fish in the FogMissed his Fish in the FogI shared this image more so for the moment than the clarity of the image. The mist on the Mississippi River reduces the clarity quite a bit but the head-on view just after this eagle comes up empty in a attempt to catch a fish is worth sharing. It looks like he was going for a fairly small fish as he tried with just one talon and came up with nothing.

 

I shared this image more so for the moment than the clarity of the image. The mist on the Mississippi River reduces the clarity quite a bit but the head-on view just after this eagle comes up empty in a attempt to catch a fish is worth sharing. It looks like he was going for a fairly small fish as he tried with just one talon and came up with nothing.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) -20 windchill action american bald eagle beautiful bird canon 400mm f/5.6l canon 7d cloudy cold fish fog illinois iowa january missed mississippi river bald eagles 2018 mist nature overcast wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/1/missed-his-fish-in-the-fog Mon, 29 Jan 2018 02:08:58 GMT
Cruising the Mississippi River Banks https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/1/cruising-the-mississippi-river-banks Cruising the Mississippi River BanksCruising the Mississippi River BanksI love this pose as the eagle turns and gives us a view of the wings and tail feathers completely flared. A beautiful sight to see on the Mississippi River.

 

I love this pose as the eagle turns and gives us a view of the wings and tail feathers completely flared. A beautiful sight to see on the Mississippi River.

 

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Changing Directions https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/1/changing-directions Changing DirectionsChanging DirectionsThis is a pretty cool Eagle image showing the wings and tail feathers shift as this bird is changing flight paths. I love how the bird contrasts against the trees on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.

 

This is a pretty cool Eagle image showing the wings and tail feathers shift as this bird is changing flight paths. I love how the bird contrasts against the trees on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.

 

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The Gaze of an Eagle https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/1/the-gaze-of-an-eagle The Gaze of an EagleThe Gaze of an EagleI'm really liking some of these eagle in flight images against the natural white backgrounds (the clouds). It is almost as if I have my studio white paper backdrop up and the birds are posing for me.

 

I'm really liking some of these eagle in flight images against the natural white backgrounds (the clouds). It is almost as if I have my studio white paper backdrop up and the birds are posing for me.

 

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Eagle Landscape in the Mist https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/1/eagle-landscape-in-the-mist Eagle Landscape in the MistEagle Landscape in the MistI caught this eagle as he was navigating over the Mississippi River mist back to a tree to eat his fish. I love the Mississippi River landscape backdrop of this image.

 

I caught this eagle as he was navigating over the Mississippi River mist back to a tree to eat his fish. I love the Mississippi River landscape backdrop of this image.

 

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Strong Eagle https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2018/1/strong-eagle