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What a Sunset

February 27, 2021 - I was blessed with this incredible sunset on the way home from photographing birds at Lake Evergreen tonight. I pulled d...
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Saturday Morning in Central Illinois

February 27, 2021 - 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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Texture

February 26, 2021 - I was struck by the various examples of texture in this scene. The board of the dock leading into the rocks and prairie...
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Spotted

February 24, 2021 - I think she spotted me before I spotted her but, ultimately, we were both spotted. I appreciate the simplicity of this l...
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As Dusk Nears

February 22, 2021 - 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 t...
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Young White Tail

February 21, 2021 - A cute youngling slowly walks through the snow...such a sweet face.
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Snowy Field Sunset

February 20, 2021 - I went out with the hopes of finding some wildlife this evening and while I found a few pretty images, the sunset stole...
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Midwest Winter Tones

February 14, 2021 - I love the color palate of winter and especially the tones in this image. The muted blues and beige colors work incredib...
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Evening Meal

February 13, 2021 - A peaceful scene of several does enjoying a meal before before sunset. There wasn't much available light for this image,...
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Hunting Fox

February 12, 2021 - I interrupted this fox as he was hunting just before sunset...either that or he was pooping. I'd like to think he was hu...
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Illinois Farm in the Winter

February 11, 2021 - Simple black and white landscape of a farm in the winter.
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Horned Lark on the Roadside

February 10, 2021 - Horned Larks typically fly off before I can get close enough, but this little guy stayed long enough to give me a good l...
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Lurking in the Grass

February 09, 2021 - So I went for a rural drive tonight to see if I could find some pretty winter landscapes to photograph. I went East of t...
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Dark-eyed Junco Found a Patch to Feed

February 08, 2021 - This sweet little dark-eyed junco found a small patch of grass to find something to eat.
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Fox Stare as the Snow Begins to Fall

February 06, 2021 - I was gifted this encounter with a beautiful fox this afternoon. It was just as the snow started falling. You can see th...
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Pretty Robin in a Juniper Tree

February 06, 2021 - One of my favorite little trees to check this time of year because it attracts all kinds of birds looking for food is th...
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A Doe at Sunset

February 05, 2021 - I usually always see deer in the fields around Lake Evergreen in the evening, but they typically just blend in with the...
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The Last Bit of Light

February 04, 2021 - Ice fishermen pulling their sleds of gear on their way back from a day of ice fishing. As they walked by they said "sorr...
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Reflection of Colors

February 03, 2021 - Tonight's sunset was beautiful. I had tonight marked on my calendar for the past week because the app I use indicated th...
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B&W Eagle Wingspan

February 02, 2021 - Here is another, previously unedited, eagle image from the archives taken from 2016. Check out this full wing extension.
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Dreaming of Eagle Flyovers

February 01, 2021 - I'm really missing seeing these beautiful eagles on the Mississippi River. I decided to dig through my archives to edit...
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Dark-eyed Junco Showing off the Markings

January 31, 2021 - A beautiful little Dark-eyed Junco was sitting among the icy and snowy branches and showing off the beautiful markings o...
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Winter Female Cardinal

January 30, 2021 - The snow-covered trees gave me a small window to photograph this pretty female cardinal. The limbs framed her well.
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Deer Crossing Ahead

January 29, 2021 - A beautiful scene as 2 white-tailed deer cross the road in front of me.
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Bald Eagle at Sunset on the Mackinaw

January 28, 2021 - When I took this image I didn't think it would turn out. I tried to expose for the eagle while still preserving the suns...
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Weathered Old Barn

January 27, 2021 - I've photographed this barn before but with each passing season, it gains more character. The stories this old barn coul...
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Winter Path

January 25, 2021 - Winter trails are some of my favorite to explore. They offer a cool and refreshing air with a silence that hits differen...
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Perched Eagle in a Winter Scene on the Mackinaw River

January 24, 2021 - Taken last week (1-17-21) during the snowfall on the Mackinaw River. Simple black and white of a beautiful and serene sc...
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Central Illinois Eagle

January 22, 2021 - I was able to escape for a little camera time this evening after school. I decided to venture out to the Mackinaw River...
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Barn in the Valley with Snow

January 21, 2021 - A pretty scene of an old bard in the Mackinaw River Valley with the snow coming down.
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Sea of Starlings

January 20, 2021 - This sea of starlings wasn't easy to capture but I love the results of this image. Beauty among the chaos of wings, feat...
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Field of Starlings in the Snow

January 19, 2021 - When I found this field of spent sunflowers, I didn't anticipate the number of birds that were feeding in the field and...
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The Beauty of Seasons

January 18, 2021 - Remnants of Summer and Fall blanketed by Winter. I know Illinois weather can be difficult, unpredictable, and wreck havo...
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Belted Kingfisher on a Wire

January 18, 2021 - The snow didn't stop this belted kingfisher from intently watching the Mackinaw River below for an afternoon meal.
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Cardinal on a Snowy Fence

January 18, 2021 - I can't seem to pass up a split rail fence covered with snow especially when there is a beautiful red cardinal involved...
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Rural Winter Landscape

January 16, 2021 - Just a simple rural winter landscape with mood.
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Great Blue Heron Enjoying Winter Peace

January 13, 2021 - A Great Blue Heron chilling in this peaceful winter cove made for a serene scene.
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Winter Creek Bed

January 08, 2021 - The water levels at Dawson Lake were already very low so when the ice and snow storm hit, it created this beautiful scen...
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Do You Want to Have a Picnic?

January 07, 2021 - This looks like a COOL place to have a picnic.
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Pileated Woodpecker is 2021 Bird of the Year

January 07, 2021 - The Pileated Woodpecker is ABA's 2021 Bird of the Year. It just so happens I spotted my second ever pileated woodpecker...
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Alone in Thought

January 06, 2021 - Peace, solitude, and alone in thought.
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Winter Oasis

January 06, 2021 - The sense of peace that comes over me when I find spots like this to think about my composition and camera settings whil...
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Silver Scene

January 05, 2021 - There were multiple scenes that took my breath away including this view of the snowy banks along the lake with the trees...
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Tufted Titmouse on a Snowy Branch

January 05, 2021 - Today is National Bird Day which, naturally, calls for a bird image. Here is one of my favorite little birds to watch in...
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Flying in a Winter Wonderland

January 03, 2021 - What a beautiful morning it was at Dawson Lake this morning. I spent several hours making images. Here is the first of m...
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Deer in the Thickets

January 02, 2021 - I watched about 30 deer cross the street from the plowed fields to this amazingly lit prairie grass. I was patient and l...
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Winter Tree of 2020

January 01, 2021 - 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 momen...
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Field Catching the Light

December 22, 2020 - I couldn't pass up this grass field as it caught the sunlight at dusk.
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Winter Solstice Moon

December 21, 2020 - We were able to see and get a blurry image of the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter but nothing post worthy. The moon, h...
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Moraine View State Park Deer at Dusk

December 20, 2020 - I was able to go for a short drive at dusk tonight for the first time in quite awhile. There weren't many opportunities...
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The Greatest of These is Love

October 27, 2020 - 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....
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Fall Scenes in McLean County Illinois

October 24, 2020 - 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...
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Preparing for Winter

September 07, 2020 - This squirrel was busy preparing for winter by fattening up on a nut. He was loud and crumbs were falling!
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Bee on a Blooming Thistle

September 06, 2020 - The colors of this bee enjoying a blooming thistle plant caught my eye while I was looking for warblers. I only had my l...
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Red-eyed Vireo Found a Fall Berry

September 05, 2020 - 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...
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Songs of Summer by a Song Sparrow

August 29, 2020 - Beautiful morning, beautiful colors, and a beautiful song. I'm going to miss summer.
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Finding Light in the Shadows

August 28, 2020 - 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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Monarch on a Milkweed

August 27, 2020 - Monarchs and Milkweed - they just go together.
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King of the Field

August 25, 2020 - I loved watching this male gold finch in the sunflower field. There were many birds around but this gold finch sure seem...
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Standing Out

August 24, 2020 - This sunflower wasn't afraid to stand out and shine bright.
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Craving the Morning Light

August 22, 2020 - On a cool, damp, foggy morning, a sunflower stands tall craving the sun's warm light.
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Sneaky Coyote on the Banks of the Mackinaw

August 21, 2020 - As I was photographing the sunflowers atop the bluff along the Mackinaw River, I peeked over the side and spotted this c...
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Hummingbird and Butterfly- Sharing is Caring

August 20, 2020 - How about this cute photo of a ruby-throated hummingbird and a monarch butterfly sharing a single milkweed bloom. It was...
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Sunflower Dew

August 16, 2020 - 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...
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Patrolling the Sunflower Field

August 15, 2020 - Another image of the indigo bunting I shared from yesterday as he was hopping around in this sunflower field. Again, I f...
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Indigo Bunting on a Sunflower

August 14, 2020 - I went out yesterday morning with the intention of taking some landscape images, but this beautiful little bird made me...
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Sunflowers at Sunrise

August 13, 2020 - This morning was absolutely beautiful. It was a crisp 64 degrees, dew covering everything, a slight fog hovering over so...
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Backyard Black-Eyed Susan

August 11, 2020 - Our Black-Eyed Susans are looking so vibrant in our backyard right now. They were calling my name this afternoon so I ha...
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Bees Love the Sunflower

August 10, 2020 - It is always good seeing bees at work. They were loving this warm, sunlit sunflower.
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Brilliant Colors of a Sunflower

August 09, 2020 - When the sun hits the face of a sunflower, the results are brilliant! Amazing colors on this sunflower.
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Hummingbird Feeding on the Trumpet Vine before Sunset

August 07, 2020 - My in-laws have the most impressive trumpet vine growing over their pergola and the hummingbirds love it. I was able to...
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Seen Many Storms

July 16, 2020 - Oh the storms this old barn has seen while sitting in a Midwest field among the corn and bean fields.
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Freshly Watered Fields

July 15, 2020 - I love the beauty of a field that has been freshly rained on. The green just seems more green and the smell of fresh rai...
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His Light Shines

July 13, 2020 - Even in our darkest times, His Light shines. I continue to pray and keep faith that we will be able to overcome this dif...
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Wall of Rain

July 13, 2020 - And just like that the skies opened and the rain fell. I love this image of the light rays from the sun piercing the clo...
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In Comes the Storm

July 13, 2020 - Here is another image of the incoming storm that features a bean field and the small grove of trees on the right. The cl...
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Storms Moving in Over Sunny Fields

July 12, 2020 - I was able to drive out in front of some of the storms that hit Bloomington yesterday afternoon. Here is one of the imag...
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Summer Storm Rainbow

July 11, 2020 - I was able to to capture a rainbow this afternoon left by the storm warning that hit McLean County today. I had to shoot...
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Mammatus Clouds Before the Storm

June 22, 2020 - I went for a quick drive before this evening's storms started to move in and made this image of some mammatus cloud form...
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1st Day of Summer

June 20, 2020 - My daughter and I made a short drive today to check on the status of some future photography locations and, while out, I...
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American Water-lily

June 18, 2020 - 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 thi...
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Sunset on Emerson Road

June 16, 2020 - One of my favorite things about the Midwest are the sunsets. This sunset was taken at my in-laws' house on Emerson Rd.,...
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Mute Swan Family

June 15, 2020 - My second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together...
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Mute Swan Giving A Gentle Touch

June 14, 2020 - 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...
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Mute Swan Family

June 12, 2020 - 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...
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Strawberry Moon

June 08, 2020 - Full Moon in June called the Strawberry Moon taken on 6-5-20
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Female Eastern Bluebird Singing

June 07, 2020 - This female eastern blue bird was whistling at me! Isn't she cute?
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Eastern Meadowlark

June 05, 2020 - There were several Meadowlark's chirping away at Funk's Grove yesterday. I couldn't get a good view of them until this g...
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Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird In Flight

June 04, 2020 - I was so happy to see several ruby-throated humming birds buzzing around the grass fields of Funk's Grove again. I enjoy...
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Blue Jay

June 03, 2020 - I just really enjoy the look and light on this blue jay. Beautiful, vibrant colors and a nice pose...can't ask for much...
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Swainson's Thrush

May 29, 2020 - 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...
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Green Heron Lurking in the Bushes

May 29, 2020 - A couple of weeks ago, I was walking along the creek at Ewing Park looking for warblers when this big guys startled me i...
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Scarlet Tanager

May 28, 2020 - I was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite ima...
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Summer Tanager (Female)

May 28, 2020 - 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 a...
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Gray Catbird Watching Me

May 27, 2020 - I love their songs...this one spotted me enjoying his songs and gave me a long look!
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Storm Clouds over Funk's Grove

May 26, 2020 - I went out to Funk's Grove this afternoon to check for hummingbirds but found these beautiful storm clouds instead.
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Tennessee Warbler

May 26, 2020 - Here is a Tennessee Warbler sneaking down one of the limbs under some cover. This was taken on 5/20/20 at Centennial Par...
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Blackpoll Warbler

May 25, 2020 - Here is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still l...
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Canada Warbler

May 23, 2020 - 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 C...
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Bay-breasted Warbler

May 23, 2020 - 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...
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Cape May Warbler

May 23, 2020 - 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 t...
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Warbling Vireo

May 22, 2020 - A big thanks to this warbling vireo as it popped up from the bushes to pose for this dreamy image. Taken at Centennial P...
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Yellow-throated Vireo

May 21, 2020 - Another beautiful vireo is the yellow-throated vireo. This particular bird had quite a bit of personality and let me tak...
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Prothonotary Warbler

May 21, 2020 - Here is another very beautiful and bright colored bird...the Prothonotary Warbler! This is another first for me!
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Brilliant Scarlet Tanager

May 20, 2020 - There is nothing like seeing that flash of red and realizing it isn't a cardinal. This is the, always beautiful, scarlet...
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Black-and-white Warbler

May 20, 2020 - I love watching this little warbler hopping from tree trunk to tree trunk looking for bugs. Like most warblers they aren...
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Blackburnian Warbler

May 19, 2020 - Here is another new warbler for me...a Blackburnian Warbler. It sat regally looking out over the field with that bright...
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Blue-winged Warbler

May 17, 2020 - I loved the look of the blue-winged warbler. Check out that black strip over the eye. I love the contrast of the blue wi...
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Black-throated Green Warbler

May 17, 2020 - Another warbler with pretty colors and markings is the Black-throated Green Warbler. I was happy to get this one image b...
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Magnolia Warbler

May 17, 2020 - Over the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty...
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Wilson's Warbler in a Viburnum Bush

May 16, 2020 - Here is a pretty little Wilson's warbler that gave me a pleasant pose while landing in a Viburnum bush making for a beau...
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Orange Crowned Warbler

May 16, 2020 - Here is an orange crowned warbler. Many times I have a sore neck after a day of looking for these warblers. Here is a go...
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Eastern Wood Pewee

May 16, 2020 - I'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insec...
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Red-eyed Vireo

May 15, 2020 - 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 alwa...
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Great Horned Owl on Alert

May 15, 2020 - Check out this Great Horned Owl I saw yesterday at Ewing Park. He was very aware of a lady walking her dog. He watched t...
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Golden-winged Warbler

May 13, 2020 - Another beautiful warbler from earlier today and another first for me is this Golden-winged Warbler. I feel very fortuna...
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Shy White-eyed Vireo

May 13, 2020 - 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 kno...
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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

May 11, 2020 - I feel like there have been so many rose-breasted grosbeaks this year. I've even had several on my feeders. This particu...
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Wild Turkey Showing Off

May 10, 2020 - I had to pull the car over when I saw this male turkey approaching two female turkeys. I had a feeling he would present...
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A Beautiful Whitetail

May 09, 2020 - I just love the warm light on this Whitetail Deer. She was eating and didn't seem too upset by me strolling by and takin...
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The Downy Woodpecker Found a Spider

May 08, 2020 - 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 i...
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Ruby-Crowned Kinglet Morning Workout

May 08, 2020 - I didn't know I was interrupting this Ruby-crowned Kinglet's morning workout routine....great form though!
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Female Eastern Towhee

May 07, 2020 - This female eastern towhee was laying low in a thicket as I was walking by. She startled me at first but she stayed for...
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Eastern Bluebird Perched

May 07, 2020 - A pretty little side profile of this nicely perched Eastern Bluebird.
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American Redstart Portrait

May 06, 2020 - So a couple of days ago I photographed and posted an American Redstart on a gloomy, rainy day. It wasn't a great image a...
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A House Wren Blesses Us with a Morning Song

May 06, 2020 - This house wren is very proud to sing a morning song for us.
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Deer on a Rainy Spring Day

May 05, 2020 - Despite the gloomy spring skies and rain, beauty can be found in nature. These deer caught my eye, or maybe I caught the...
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Indigo Bunting

May 04, 2020 - I just love indigo buntings...so unmistakable and breathtaking when you see them flashing around on the tree branches in...
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American Redstart

May 04, 2020 - 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...
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Northern Parula

May 04, 2020 - Check out this little warbler. I feel lucky to get 2 images in focus because this tiny warbler was hard to keep up with.
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Common Yellowthroat

May 03, 2020 - I was photographing several gold finches in this field and I expected to see another one as there was movement in this b...
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An Electric Sunset

May 01, 2020 - Nothing like pulling over to try to get images of a sunset with dramatic clouds and capturing this. I was quite surprise...
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Yellow-rumped Warbler Pose

May 01, 2020 - The yellow-rumped warblers have been out in numbers! I've enjoyed watching them hop from branch to branch. I have severa...
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Least Flycatcher

April 30, 2020 - 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 ver...
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Great Crested Flycatcher

April 30, 2020 - 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 ni...
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Red-tailed Hawk Portrait

April 30, 2020 - Check out this beautiful Red-tailed Hawk I came across this evening. I was able to get within 20-30 feet without it flyi...
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet Colors

April 30, 2020 - This Ruby-crowned Kinglet is showing up its beautiful colors in this pose.
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet Looking to the Sun

April 29, 2020 - I have dozens of images of these pretty little migrating birds. I really like the pose here as he is looking up towards...
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Barred Owl Encounter

April 29, 2020 - This was from last weekend as I was looking for warblers. I heard the amazing Barred Owl call and it felt like he was ri...
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Blue-headed Vireo Posing

April 28, 2020 - This little blue-headed vireo gave a striking pose showing off his beautiful colors and markings.
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Blue-headed Vireo with Lunch

April 28, 2020 - I really enjoyed watching the blue-headed vireo chasing bugs. I was lucky enough to catch him with his catch. Very prett...
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Hawk Eyes

April 27, 2020 - Check out the beautiful eyes of this cooper's hawk. I saw what appeared to be a nesting pair of cooper's hawks...more li...
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Lake Evergreen Juvenile Bald Eagle

April 26, 2020 - American Bald Eagle from this morning on Lake Evergreen. Two crows chased it off so I didn't get a lot of time to photog...
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Lake Evergreen Otter

April 26, 2020 - 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 a...
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Pied-billed Grebe on Glassy Water

April 26, 2020 - Sometimes you just get lucky with the right conditions and angle to get a nice reflection. Here is a beautiful little pi...
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Great Blue Heron Lurking

April 25, 2020 - 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...
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White-throated Sparrow

April 25, 2020 - Thankfully this little white-throated sparrow stopped hopping from cover to cover and gave me this little window of an o...
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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

April 24, 2020 - What better bird to photograph on a gray, cloudy, rainy day? A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher! I've never been able to get a dece...
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Red-winged Blackbird Midcall

April 23, 2020 - Red-winged black bird is such an iconic sign of spring in Central, IL. I love hearing their call while driving down a co...
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Trying to Blend In

April 21, 2020 - 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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Tree Swallow on the Lookout

April 21, 2020 - This tree swallow was watching several others darting around over the water waiting for his moment to join the fun.
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Red-bellied Woodpecker Working the Tree

April 21, 2020 - I caught a nice side profile of this red-bellied woodpecker as he was working on this tree as you can see by the multipl...
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Swamp Sparrow Reflection

April 20, 2020 - 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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Posing Yellow-rumped Warbler

April 20, 2020 - This little warbler sat out on this old log and posed just long enough to take this colorful portrait.
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Tree Swallows Sunning on a Limb

April 19, 2020 - Check out the way these tree swallows glisten in the sun. When they finally sit still for a moment, you can really obser...
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Posing Swamp Sparrow

April 19, 2020 - I have several images of this, surprisingly, photogenic swam sparrow. Usually these little sparrows stay burrowed in alo...
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Tree Swallow on the Move

April 18, 2020 - 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...
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Scoter with Scaups

April 18, 2020 - I may need help with identifying this bird in front. I believe this is a Surf Scoter? I believe the other two are Lesser...
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Chickadee in Backlit Golden Light

April 15, 2020 - A sweet little chickadee gathering materials for a nest while backlit by golden light.
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American Coot Pair

April 11, 2020 - 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...
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Spring Sunset in April

April 10, 2020 - "Peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank." - Diane Miller An Extraordinary Day
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Turtle Time!

April 10, 2020 - Just a row of turtles looking forward to the warmth of early spring.
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A Conversation Between Cormorants

April 09, 2020 - Sometimes photographing these diving waterfowl is like playing whack a mole. They pop up and dive down and usually never...
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Sleepy Pelicans and a Big Yawn

April 09, 2020 - 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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Cormorants at Sunset

April 08, 2020 - Several Cormorants chilling in a tree at sunset makes for a beautiful scene.
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Eastern Towhee Morning Song

April 07, 2020 - 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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Cardinal Enjoying the View

April 06, 2020 - Cardinals were everywhere this weekend when I was hiking. It was the predominate bird I heard and saw flashing from tree...
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Two Ruddy Ducks and a Pelican

April 06, 2020 - 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 im...
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Pelican Heart

April 05, 2020 - Check out these love birds. I do believe that is a Pelican Heart. #together
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3 Amigos of Pelicans

April 04, 2020 - The Pelicans on Lake Evergreen haven't been as photogenic, choosing to stay just out of photo range. I have many images...
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A Beautiful Scaup

April 04, 2020 - 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...
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Eastern Bluebird in Golden Hour

April 03, 2020 - This Eastern Bluebird was at the edge of a wooded area and just far enough out to be lit by the beautiful golden hour su...
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Gull vs Double-crested Cormorant Series 1

April 02, 2020 - I love this interaction between the Ring-billed Gull vs the Double-crested Cormorant while catching a fish. It is so ama...
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Mine

April 02, 2020 - This was a fun interaction to capture. I was getting images of Red-breasted Merganser and Cormorants as they were fishin...
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Through the Trees

April 02, 2020 - 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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Sneaking Up on a Wood Duck

April 01, 2020 - 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 be...
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A Blue-winged Teal Pair

March 31, 2020 - Enjoy this image of a beautiful blue-winged teal pair. There were several on this particular evening and usually the sta...
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Goose Lagoon

March 30, 2020 - I found this goose in this little paradise I call Goose Lagoon. It was so peaceful and tucked away in the backwaters amo...
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Illinois Spring Sunset

March 29, 2020 - 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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Pied Billed Grebe on a Rainy Day

March 29, 2020 - 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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Anyone Home?

March 28, 2020 - 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 po...
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Stump Reflection

March 28, 2020 - Here is something a bit different...more along the line of fine art. I was watching for waterfowl and noticed this beaut...
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Pelicans in a Row

March 27, 2020 - Landscape of 3 Great White Pelicans in a row on a beautiful evening.
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Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 1

March 26, 2020 - There are many wonders in this world but the everyday events in nature are some of the most inspiring to me. This is a s...
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Great Blue Heron in Flight

March 26, 2020 - 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 th...
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Red-breasted Merganser

March 25, 2020 - 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 fel...
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This Bufflehead was Moving

March 25, 2020 - This female bufflehead flew out of the cove as I approached it. She startled me as much as I startled her. She took off...
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Beautiful Red Tailed Hawk

March 25, 2020 - I spent a good 20 minutes watching and photographing this red tailed hawk stalk a vole, catch it, eat it, and pose. Natu...
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Female Horned Grebe

March 24, 2020 - Here is the female horned grebe to go with the male picture.
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Horned Grebe

March 24, 2020 - This was the first time I have ever seen a horned grebe. While trying to get shots of a common loon, this horned grebe s...
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Profile Pose of a Red Tailed Hawk

March 24, 2020 - A juvenile red tailed hawk giving a side profile view.
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Red Tailed Hawk Dive

March 24, 2020 - The juvenile red tailed hawk in dive mode with wings fully extended. Such a beautiful and graceful process.
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Red Tailed Hawk Stare

March 24, 2020 - 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 o...
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Red Tailed Hawk Attack

March 23, 2020 - I spent quite awhile watching this young red tailed hawk at Lake Evergreen this afternoon. I have no idea what he was st...
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Belted Kingfisher Making Off with His Fish

March 23, 2020 - I knew a belted kingfisher was near based on his call and seeing flashes of blue darting among the trees along the water...
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Cute Northern Shoveler Couple

March 22, 2020 - I got a really great angle on this northern shoveler couple for a nice reflection as they swam by. It was a challenge be...
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Northern Shovelers in Flight

March 22, 2020 - This is an image I made yesterday (3-21-20) at Lake Evergreen. There were several groups of Northern Shovelers wading th...
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The Goose...From Top Gun

March 21, 2020 - I think I met The Goose...the actual Goose from Top Gun! This guy was flying between trees with no problem and even turn...
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Morning Doe at Sunrise

March 20, 2020 - 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 go...
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First Sunset of Spring

March 19, 2020 - 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...
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Checking Her Out

March 19, 2020 - Here is another image of the male ring-necked pheasant I photographed yesterday but this time with the female in the sho...
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A Hug from a Deer Friend

March 19, 2020 - Sometimes you just need a hug from a deer friend. Capturing interaction between wildlife is always the ultimate reward f...
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Male Ring-necked Pheasant

March 18, 2020 - Check out the colors of this Male Ring-necked Pheasant I saw on this rainy evening. He was nice enough to give several p...
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Beauty in the Gray

March 18, 2020 - It can't always be sunny with perfect conditions...there is beauty in the mundane. Sometimes we just aren't in a place o...
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A Crow Strut in the Snow

March 18, 2020 - I spotted this crow strutting across the parking lot at Dawson Lake while the snow was coming down. I thought it would m...
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A Winter Day in March

March 17, 2020 - An image from Saturday March 14th. Nothing like a 3-5 inch snow in March. A Sunset from Sunday, March 15th, a day aft...
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Pretty Doe at Sunset

March 17, 2020 - I caught this doe eating along the roadside as the sun was setting. In fact there wasn't much light left. I have been ve...
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Bluebells in Bloom

March 16, 2020 - One of my favorite local Spring events is the blooming of the bluebells. My wife and I enjoy taking a hike as a family t...
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Inquisitive Bird

March 16, 2020 - Every now and then these eagles fly by with some inquisitive glances. Here is an eagle giving me that look.
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Due for a Mani

March 16, 2020 - Great form, beautiful tail drag, on target...if only it could have had a manicure before the photoshoot.
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Natural Power and Grace

March 16, 2020 - This all happens so fast that I feel very fortunate to have caught this exact moment at this angle with that perfect gol...
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Turn Your Head for Me

March 16, 2020 - Like asking a model to turn their head, this eagle cooperated quite nicely with the side profile and wing pose.
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Red-bellied Woodpecker

March 16, 2020 - Here is an image of a Red-bellied Woodpecker as the available light was getting worse. This image is was taken at 6400 I...
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American Robin

March 16, 2020 - I love the early morning songs in early Spring from The American Robin and seeing them hopping around the lawn on a rain...
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Soaked Tufted Titmouse

March 15, 2020 - This tufted titmouse didn't seem to be appreciating the wet snow on this March afternoon.
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Pileated Woodpecker

March 14, 2020 - I have been in search of the pileated woodpecker for awhile now. This bird always seems to elude me. I've heard it many...
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Restful Winter

March 07, 2020 - I made this image a couple of weeks ago when there was still ice on the lakes. This image conveys the peace and quiet fo...
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Doe in the Field

February 28, 2020 - A single doe in the field. The simplicity of this image is beautiful.
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Shy Young Doe

February 25, 2020 - 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...
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Great Horned Owl at Dusk

February 24, 2020 - In my pursuit to get the best nature images possible, I sometimes get hung-up on the technical aspects of an image. Trul...
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Ring-Billed Gull Fishing

February 23, 2020 - As I drove around Dawson Lake at Moraine View State Park today, I couldn't help but noticed the numbers of Ring-Billed G...
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Whitetail Posing at Sunset

February 22, 2020 - A whitetail buck posing in the evening sunset...quite a magnificent scene. It was very special moment that I was able to...
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Creating Art

February 19, 2020 - Here is an image of Grace capturing the magic of blue hour and me capturing the Magic of Art.
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Winter Sunset Over the Lake

February 18, 2020 - 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...
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Shimmering Snow at Sunset

February 17, 2020 - I love when snow catches the light creating a beautiful shimmer. I also appreciate the leading lines in the snow bank le...
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Cedar Waxwing Sitting in Perfect Light

February 06, 2020 - I came home from work tonight to find several robins, waxwings, starlings, and chickadee's. It was a pleasant sight to s...
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Northern Flicker 5

January 27, 2020 - The Northern Flicker is a beautiful bird and I love catching them in the right light. The light found this Northern Flic...
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Eastern Bluebird 47

January 26, 2020 - One of my favorite little birds is the Eastern Bluebird. I've seen them and have taken a photo of them here and there bu...
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Cedar Waxwing 47

January 05, 2020 - 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 b...
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Cardinal in the Fog

December 31, 2019 - Male Cardinal among the thicket on a foggy day allowing me to take his photo.
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Bluejay

December 29, 2019 - Here is another image of a bird, a bluejay, from my outing yesterday in poor lighting conditions using the Canon EOS R....
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Tufted Titmouse

December 28, 2019 - 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...
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Winter Wolf

April 14, 2019 - 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 l...
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Beautiful Wolf in B&W

April 09, 2019 - Such a regal looking wolf posing on a log in black and white.
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Lurking in the Shadows

March 31, 2019 - Nico hiding among the reeds and trees along the frozen lake.
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Wolf in the Rain Landscape

March 25, 2019 - I really like the mood of this landscape of Nico walking across the ice. The rain and lack of good light couldn't ruin t...
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Out on the Frozen Lake in the Rain

March 23, 2019 - A dreary scene can turn into such a magical image.
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Howling in the Rain

March 22, 2019 - Here is Monty giving a chilling howl during a cold rain.
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A Cold Howl

March 21, 2019 - There aren't many experiences that will compare to standing just feet away from several howling wolves. A magical yet be...
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Wolf Profile of Nico

March 20, 2019 - Nico is a beautiful dark wolf that has a striking look which helps him stand out when standing next to the other wolves.
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King of the Log

March 19, 2019 - Aspen standing tall and proud as he stands on his log.
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Admire my Beauty

March 18, 2019 - Here is one of the female wolves. Her features were noticeably daintier and elegant. While still very large and powerful...
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Pretty Wolf in Black and White

March 16, 2019 - 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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Wolf Stretch

March 16, 2019 - There is nothing like a good stretch to start the day.
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Reflecting Wolf

March 15, 2019 - A wolf finds his reflection in the ice...a beautiful reflection.
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My What Big Eyes You Have

March 14, 2019 - I love this image giving a closer look into the beautiful eyes these wolves have. "But, grandmother, what big eyes you...
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Wolf in Motion

March 14, 2019 - 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 i...
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Nose to Nose

March 13, 2019 - 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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Wolves on a Winter Stroll

March 13, 2019 - 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 doin...
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Respect my Presence

March 12, 2019 - 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 pres...
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Wolves on a Log

March 11, 2019 - I loved the way these two wolves posed on the log together. I snapped several images of the two of them but I really lik...
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Wet Wolf on Ice

March 10, 2019 - The forecast was 100% rain and thunderstorms with a high of 40 degrees so I was a bit worried about getting good images.
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Wolf Intensity

March 09, 2019 - I had the pleasure and trill of participating in a photography session at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, Indiana. With the...
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Waves Crashing Under the Pier

July 10, 2018 - I was able to time the long exposure image for moments when the waves would crash against the columns of the pier, which...
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Rocks on the Beach

July 06, 2018 - This image was taken just after sunrise on Tybee Island Beach in Savannah, Georgia. The previous day these rocks were we...
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American Bald Eagle in Flight

February 18, 2018 - A simple flyover of an American Bald Eagle. The sky isn't blue, the bird isn't light in pretty golden light, and the pos...
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Eagle in the Wild

February 16, 2018 - A pretty scene as an eagle flies over the Mississippi River...free as can be!
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On Your Mighty Wings

February 15, 2018 - Beautiful, iconic bird soaring in blue skies...can't ask for a better moment than that. I just wish the sun and blue ski...
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Gliding Over a Foggy River

February 14, 2018 - I love this moment caught of a bald eagle gliding over the glassy Mississippi River on a foggy day. The light may be poo...
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Pretty Tail Feathers

February 11, 2018 - Here is a beauty of an eagle and I especially love the tail feathers still showing black tips and not completely white y...
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Eagle Almost Made me Duck

February 10, 2018 - When looking through the camera viewfinder through a longer lens you track the bird and before you know it they are dire...
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I Think I Caught It

February 09, 2018 - I love when bald eagles take a look to make sure they caught their fish, get a better grip, and sometimes transfer the f...
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Eagle Beauty

February 08, 2018 - 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

February 07, 2018 - Sometimes I have to take what nature and lighting give me. This bald eagle was fishing to my right with the sun back-lig...
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Flare for the Dramatics

February 06, 2018 - Check out the markings and color of this juvenile bald eagle...so dramatic! I love how the feathers are all flared out....
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Portrait of a Fishing Eagle

February 06, 2018 - A simple black and white portrait of an extraordinary bird. I just love capturing these moments of the bald eagles fishi...
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Concealing the Catch

February 04, 2018 - 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 be...
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Reflection Through the Mississippi Mist

February 03, 2018 - 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...
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Eagle Fishing in Black and White (Dramatic Edit)

February 02, 2018 - I love the drama and action of this image but with the overcast skies, I struggled with the original image. As soon as I...
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Giving me a Look

February 01, 2018 - I made several images as this eagle flew in front of me but this one moment (a split second) I opened the shutter just a...
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Smooth Moves

January 31, 2018 - I caught this eagle as he was banking hard right. I love how smooth these birds operate in the air; turning on a dime an...
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Stunning Eagle Flyby

January 30, 2018 - 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

January 29, 2018 - I thought this was a cool moment of an eagle soaring over the Mississippi River with 3 geese watching the air show. It i...
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Missed his Fish in the Fog

January 28, 2018 - I shared this image more so for the moment than the clarity of the image. The mist on the Mississippi River reduces the...
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Cruising the Mississippi River Banks

January 27, 2018 - I love this pose as the eagle turns and gives us a view of the wings and tail feathers completely flared. A beautiful si...
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Changing Directions

January 26, 2018 - This is a pretty cool Eagle image showing the wings and tail feathers shift as this bird is changing flight paths. I lov...
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The Gaze of an Eagle

January 25, 2018 - I'm really liking some of these eagle in flight images against the natural white backgrounds (the clouds). It is almost...
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Eagle Landscape in the Mist

January 24, 2018 - I caught this eagle as he was navigating over the Mississippi River mist back to a tree to eat his fish. I love the Miss...
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Strong Eagle

January 23, 2018 - I love the strength of this pose showing off how solid this bird is and yet flies so gracefully over the water.
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Caught My Attention

January 22, 2018 - Something caught this eagle's attention, which worked out perfectly for my photo. I love the view we get of the fanned t...
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The Great North American Bald Eagle

January 21, 2018 - I just had to get this flyover as it was one of the rare moments that the clouds let the blue sky show. I love that litt...
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Piercing the Mississippi Mist

January 20, 2018 - Here is a bald eagle sailing just above the Mississippi River among the mist looking for the opportunity to fish. I will...
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Profile of an Eagle Flyby

January 19, 2018 - I was treated to this close-up flyby of an eagle with a fish under the tail feathers. Once again, no blue skies but begg...
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A Beautiful Catch

January 18, 2018 - My creative edit of a bald eagle making a beautiful catch from the Mississippi River. The skies were gray, the water was...
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Fishing Through the Sea Smoke

January 17, 2018 - I love the atmosphere of this image. While far from perfect shooting conditions, the "sea smoke" that covered that cover...
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Capturing the Catch

January 15, 2018 - Capturing this single moment is one of the most challenging things to photograph when photographing these eagles fishing...
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Beautiful Eagle Dive

January 14, 2018 - One of the rare moments that the sun tried to peak through the clouds while an eagle was active and I was ready with the...
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Foggy Fishing on the Mississippi

January 13, 2018 - Cold, misty, foggy, and bright all all ways I could describe this moment on the Mississippi River. It sure makes shootin...
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Moment of Truth

January 12, 2018 - The moment of truth for this young eagle as he lunges for a fish in the icy cold Mississippi River. I went with a silhou...
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Young Eagle with a Fish in the Fog

January 11, 2018 - This proud juvenile bald eagle just plucked a nice fish from the misty, cold river. The mist/fog just above the water ad...
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Eagle Fishing Sequence on a Foggy Day

January 10, 2018 - Here is something a little different. I wanted to put a couple of images together to show a brief fishing sequence. Once...
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Flying Art

January 09, 2018 - While a blue sky is always more desirable, I really like how this juvenile bald eagle contrasts against the white, cloud...
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Eagle Jaw Drop

January 08, 2018 - This is an image of a jaw dropping flyover of a magnificent bald eagle with an impressive catch. I just love the express...
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American Treasure the Eagle

January 07, 2018 - I could never tire of watching an American Bald Eagle fishing in the morning. Power, grace, precision, and beauty all on...
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Eagle Fishing is a Thing of Beauty

January 06, 2018 - An artful edit of this beautiful eagle about to catch a fish. Once again, the overcast skies didn't compliment the color...
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Aerial Magician

January 05, 2018 - Here is another Mississippi River Bald Eagle taken on 1-4-18. Due to the cloudy day, the skies behind the eagle were bri...
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Golden Gift

January 05, 2018 - Here is my second edit from my trip to the Mississippi River yesterday. Imagine -20 windchills and scanning the landscap...
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Eagle Locked On

January 04, 2018 - I really like this eagle's side profile as it is locked on to a fish. The eagle contrasts nicely against the smooth hori...
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Flight Before Sundown

December 27, 2017 - I love the dramatic lighting as the late sun was setting on this eagle flying over the Mississippi from last winter (Jan...
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B&W Eagle Pose

December 24, 2017 - From last season, this eagle provided a unique pose as he flew over. Once again, I really like this one in black and whi...
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Eagle with a Fish for Dinner

December 23, 2017 - This image was taken last winter of an eagle with a perfect size catch for a much needed meal. I can't wait to get back...
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Simply Beautiful Bald Eagle

December 18, 2017 - This was taken last January and I can't wait to get back to the Mississippi River this winter once the weather gets cold...
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Solar Eclipse Over Bloomington Illinois

August 21, 2017 - An image of the solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017 as seen over Bloomington, IL. Unfortunately we had some clouds and ra...
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How You Doing?

July 11, 2017 - How about this image of a male cardinal checking himself out? I found it quite funny as he kept cocking his head back an...
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Bumble Bee at Work

June 29, 2017 - A Bumble Been doing his work as he hovers from flower to flower.
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I Can't Believe My Eyes

June 22, 2017 - It is always a treat capturing expressions in nature. I love the look on the expressive eyes as this baby raccoon peers...
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Peek-A-Boo Raccoon

June 21, 2017 - The baby raccoon wasn't so sure about me at first. He had to evaluate the situation before he began his thievery.
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Little Burglar

June 20, 2017 - Busted this baby burglar raccoon as he fed on seed in the feeder tray at Funk's Grove.
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Baby Raccoon

June 18, 2017 - A sweet baby raccoon I encountered today while taking some photos of the birds at bird feeders at Funk's Grove. This chu...
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Controlling the Skies

February 17, 2017 - There is no questioning who is in charge when this eagle patrols the skies above the Mississippi. There are literally th...
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Fiercely Determined and Focused

January 28, 2017 - Check out the determination and focus on this eagle. They can look so intense and fierce when they are on the hunt. All...
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The Launch

January 25, 2017 - I managed to capture this image of this eagle taking off from the tree it was perched on. It all happened so fast that o...
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Golden Hour Light on an Eagle

January 24, 2017 - I'm digging the golden hour light that this eagle is basking in. This is the color straight out of the camera. I've view...
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Powerful Eagle Black and White

January 22, 2017 - I felt it was time for a good black and white image and this eagle image screamed black and white to me. I love the cont...
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Beautiful Day for this Eagle

January 21, 2017 - Beautiful light was illuminating this beautiful bald eagle as it soared among the 100's of waterfowl on the river this c...
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Juvenile Bald Eagle Showing Off

January 20, 2017 - Feast your eyes on this gorgeous juvenile bald eagle in action! It had no problem swooping in and getting this fish. Wha...
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Head On with an Eagle

January 17, 2017 - Love when I get these "eye-contact" moments especially when the eagle is flying right at me.
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Eagle Just Missed

January 14, 2017 - Check out this handsome looking eagle...he just missed getting a fish, but he managed to swing around and get it the sec...
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Impressive Flyover

January 11, 2017 - Maybe not my cleanest image ever, but it sure demonstrates the imposing presence these eagles make flying overhead this...
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Three's a Crowd

January 09, 2017 - A sunny perch on a cold afternoon...although it looks like one is really letting the other have it. Its fun to watch the...
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Low Perspective of an Eagle Fishing

January 08, 2017 - This is one of my favorite images from my shoot on Jan. 6th. It was late in the day and the light was getting low (that...
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Eagle Examining the Catch

January 07, 2017 - I'm loving this moment captured of the bald eagle checking out the fish and making sure it has a good grip. Such a cool...
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1st Bald Eagle Image of 2017 001

January 06, 2017 - I was able to return to my happy place along the Mississippi River today at Lock and Dam 14 to photograph my favorite wi...
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Autumn Heaven

November 14, 2016 - What a perfect fall evening at the campground for a campfire and peace.
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Curious Little Hummingbird

September 13, 2016 - This little hummingbird and I made eye contact for just a split second and luckily I pressed the shutter button at the r...
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Common Buckeye Butterfly in Warm Light

September 10, 2016 - How about the warm glow of light on this Common Buckeye Butterfly? I'll take God's natural light any day of the week.
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Hummingbird in a Golden Wonderland

September 10, 2016 - It is pretty astounding to see the sun hit these fields creating a golden pasture. If you sit and just watch, you can se...
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Peering Wings of a Common Buckeye Butterfly

September 06, 2016 - Beautiful Buckeye Butterfly nestled in the allium blooms soaking in warm afternoon sunlight. The markings on the wings a...
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Ruby-throated Hummingbird Liftoff

September 05, 2016 - There is something inspiring about watching these tiny hummingbirds go about their business. They are fast and fearless...
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Bottoms Up

August 23, 2016 - My in-laws planted sunflowers in their garden this year and the gold finches are loving the fresh seeds. Such a beautifu...
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Soaring in Rare Air

April 18, 2016 - Its been quite some time since I've edited and uploaded an image. This was another eagle image from back on Jan. 18th. N...
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Strong American Eagle

April 03, 2016 - I love this pose and side profile of the eagle's head and eye. I am careful when making black and white images not to ma...
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Locked On and Loaded

April 02, 2016 - This eagle is locked on to the target and talons are loaded and ready to grab a fish. I love the focus and determination...
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Stunning Flyover

April 01, 2016 - Love when they fly over so close that I can see the details of these birds. Even that fish is in awe!
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Soaring Just Before Dusk

March 29, 2016 - A beautiful bird enjoying soaring at dusk before the sun sets.
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A Beautiful Flyby

March 28, 2016 - All flybys by the eagle are beautiful but when they dip low enough to see across the tops of their wings, it is spectacu...
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Risen on High

March 27, 2016 - Happy Easter!
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Eagle Diving in Blue Skies

March 26, 2016 - A diving eagle is a sight to behold; add in the great lighting illuminating the wings and blue skies and you have an unb...
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Eagle's Look of Determination

March 25, 2016 - For me, there is nothing better than a dramatic black and white image, which isn't always easy to do with some of these...
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Eagle Looking Over his Shoulder

March 24, 2016 - Eagles have to be alert, especially when fishing with other eagles around. This eagle was watching for other eagles...pr...
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Soaring so Peacfully

March 22, 2016 - American Bald Eagles soar so effortlessly and peacefully. I could just watch them for hours, it is so relaxing.
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Beautiful Eagle at the Golden Hour

March 21, 2016 - When everything goes just right...camera and lens are dialed in, lighting is perfect, weather conditions just right with...
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Majestic Soaring Eagle

March 20, 2016 - What a beautiful adolescent American bald eagle! This bird is probably 3-4 years old but wow, what a beautiful bird!
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Showing Off Some Serious Skills

March 18, 2016 - Not my sharpest image but I love the moment caught here. This young American bald eagle is showing off some serious fish...
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Holding on Tight

March 17, 2016 - This bald eagle has a tight grip on a fresh catch and doesn't plan to let go anytime soon. This is a young bird but has...
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Eagle Smiling into the Sun

March 16, 2016 - I believe this eagle appears to be smiling while enjoying the warmth of the sun on its face. I love finding art in natur...
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An Eagle Among the Rocks

March 15, 2016 - These rocky banks make for a beautiful backdrop for this eagle. This image might go down as one of my personal favorites...
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Eagle Diving Along the Banks of the Mississippi

March 14, 2016 - Loving this stunning eagle as it swoops down and just misses a fish before it rises from the water just off the banks al...
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Trying to Eat in Privacy

March 13, 2016 - I was able to sneak this image of an American Bald Eagle trying to eat mid-flight behind extended wings. I don't blame t...
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Beauty

March 12, 2016 - I can't express how much fun it is to leave early in the morning with the hope of seeing, let alone photographing, these...
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Dramatic B&W Eagle

March 11, 2016 - Today felt like a good day for a moody, yet brilliant black and white edit. The shadows add a little mood to the face of...
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Uh...You Have Something in Your Teeth

March 10, 2016 - This bald eagle ended up with a few feathers in the beak...how embarrassing! The funky shadows on this bird on the right...
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On Mighty Wings of Eagles

March 09, 2016 - On mighty wings of eagles indeed...such incredible, strong, resilient birds. They demand respect as they patrol American...
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American Bald Eagle: Fishing Pose

March 08, 2016 - Here is a classic fishing pose as the bald eagle glides in for a fish it has spotted.
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American Bald Eagle: In Flight Profile

March 07, 2016 - Here is a profile view of an eagle in flight...love when that eagle gives a dark-wing background for a side profile shot...
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American Bald Eagle: Freeing the Moment-2

March 06, 2016 - Here is a unique image showing an American Bald Eagle fully laying out after snagging a fish. Check out the talons and w...
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Young Flyer

March 05, 2016 - How impressive is this young bald eagle looking in flight? This young eagle is probably in its 4th year. The head and ta...
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What Are You Looking At

March 05, 2016 - Sometimes I think I'm pretty stealthy and skilled at sneaking up on the wildlife but the reality is, they all pretty muc...
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Spectacular Diving Eagle

March 04, 2016 - I'm so thankful for the opportunity and the ability to capture these majestic creatures. Seeing them first hand is an in...
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Swooping In

March 03, 2016 - I love when they swoop low enough for me to get a glimpse and photo of their wing feathers...so incredible that it leave...
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Wing Span and Talons Extended

March 02, 2016 - Love this dramatic pose of the eagle grabbing the fish with wings fully open and talons fully stretched. Like many thing...
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Witnessing Perfection

March 01, 2016 - I love watching these eagles soar and maneuver through the sky with ease. I also love watching them perched in trees eat...
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Mute Swan

February 29, 2016 - It was such a beautiful after school today, that I decided to go for a quick drive looking for some migratory water fowl...
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What a Catch

February 28, 2016 - Check out this massive fish that this eagle is flying with. The wings are working extra hard to try and lift this catch.
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Juvenile American Bald Eagle in Flight

February 27, 2016 - This Juvenile American Bald Eagle posed perfectly for me. I love how he turned to expose the beautiful underbelly and wi...
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American Bald Eagle on High

February 26, 2016 - Nothing more magical than seeing a spectacular specimen like this American Bald Eagle soaring high in the Midwestern blu...
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Brilliant B&W Baldie

February 26, 2016 - I really like this pose for the black and white with the wing offering a darker backdrop for the eagle's white head. Suc...
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The Screaming Eagle

February 24, 2016 - I haven't used Photoshop much over the years, preferring to stick with Lightroom as my main editing software. It isn't t...
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Soaring In Golden Light

February 23, 2016 - I love how this bald eagle reflects the golden sunlight separating it from the background of trees on the hills from the...
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A Force of Nature

February 22, 2016 - The American Bald Eagle is certainly a force of nature yet one of the most beautiful creatures ever created. I simply lo...
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My Fish

February 21, 2016 - I dare any other eagle to try and take this fish from this bird...not going to happen! Look how determined it is!
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Happy Eagle with its Catch

February 20, 2016 - Check out this happy, soaring eagle with a prized fish ready to eat. It doesn't get much better than this for this bird.
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Beautiful Bird of Prey

February 19, 2016 - Something so beautiful yet so efficient at catching and killing its prey...nature is incredible.
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Fish Won't Know What Hit Him

February 18, 2016 - As fast as this eagle was going, there is no way a fish would stand a chance...such and incredible bird!
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The Magnificent Mississippi River Bald Eagle

February 17, 2016 - This gorgeous adult bald eagle makes a pass along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River.
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Young Eagle Get it Under Control

February 16, 2016 - This young eagle, maybe a few years old, is still perfecting the art of the catch. You can see it looks a little clumsy...
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Keeping an Eye on the Prize

February 15, 2016 - A remarkable and fun thing to observe is the way these large eagles are able to pivot their entire body and wings while...
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Standing on Water

February 14, 2016 - A fraction of a second is what it takes to capture a moment like this with the eagle splashing down on a fish with its p...
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Artful Portrait of an Eagle

February 13, 2016 - I love nature and I love art...every now and again the two collide resulting in an image that I fall in love with. I lov...
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A Stony Stare

February 12, 2016 - Imagine this massive bird barreling down on you with wings fully extended (7 feet) and weighing in at around 10lbs with...
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Foggy Morning on the Mississippi

February 11, 2016 - I usually like to get to the Mississippi River fairly early despite the poor lighting it offers early. The best lighting...
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Just a Fistful of Fish

February 10, 2016 - Even finding this small fish will go a long way to helping this eagle sustain what it needs for survival. Every bit help...
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Eagle Gliding in Blue Skies

February 09, 2016 - Oh to be able to glide like an eagle! The very symbol they represent is the feeling they must enjoy as they own the skie...
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Anglers of the Air

February 08, 2016 - It is quite amazing how well built these bald eagles are at fishing. They are a true master angler of the air.
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Witness my Mighty Wings

February 07, 2016 - The wings of the American Bald Eagle never cease to amaze me. I'm not sure if any image can fully capture how amazing th...
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Pretty Red-head

February 06, 2016 - I don't want anyone thinking I'm only into eagles so I decided to upload an image from today of another local favorite....
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Illuminated American Bald Eagle

February 06, 2016 - When the sun catches those underbelly feathers and wings of the bald eagle, it is like the heavens open and pure gold re...
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A Most Beautiful Attack

February 05, 2016 - I'm not sure, in all of nature, if there is a more beautiful attack by one animal on another for survival than a bald ea...
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A Wave of the Wing

February 04, 2016 - Here is a close-up fly-by where the eagle tipped his wing up for me as if to say, "check me out" and give a little wave.
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Brilliant Fly-Over

February 03, 2016 - When I see a fly-over like this, I do everything in my power to keep the camera and lens on the eagle and my finger on t...
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A Part of Their World

February 02, 2016 - It is an honor to be around these wild eagles as they soar, dive, and fish and allow us to observe and photograph their...
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Close Encounters

February 01, 2016 - You should hear me as I'm trying to photograph an eagle that flies withing 30 feet of me...I start giggling like a schoo...
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Focused on Survival

January 31, 2016 - The only thing on this eagle's mind is survival. They must continue to find and eat through the winter months to sustain...
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Powerful Eagle Wings

January 30, 2016 - When I look at this image, I can't but think about how powerful eagle's wings must be. They aren't small birds but those...
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Diving Up Close

January 29, 2016 - I'm blessed to be able to see a bald eagle diving this close but to be able to photograph it is just special.
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Banking into the Beautiful Light

January 28, 2016 - I was thankful for this eagle turning back into the perfect late afternoon sunlight...like a painting.
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Backlit Bald Beauty

January 27, 2016 - I don't mind back-lit images, especially when they add this nice rim light to the eagle's wings and head. This bird is h...
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A Full On Dive

January 26, 2016 - Here is a side profile of a bald eagle in a dive heading towards the water. It is so amazing how they can control their...
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The Shadows of Eagle's Wings

January 25, 2016 - One of the many challenges of photographing bald eagles, is trying to manage the light. You don't want the white feather...
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Success!

January 24, 2016 - As cold as it was and as important as it is for their survival, you find yourself cheering for the eagle when they get a...
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Glorious Sun-filled Day

January 24, 2016 - Soaring, fishing, and basking in the sun along the Mississippi River on a -10 windchill day is a perfect day for an Amer...
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Fish Inspector

January 23, 2016 - I love watching these eagles multi-task. Catching fish then flying off while either looking at their catch, eating it mi...
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Wind in the Feathers

January 22, 2016 - This Bald Eagle is gliding along the banks of the Mississippi with target in sight. Notice how aerodynamic they are and...
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Fully Committed

January 21, 2016 - I'm not sure a bird can be anymore stretched out and committed to catching that fish than this massive eagle is. With th...
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Falling in Style

January 20, 2016 - As fast as an eagle elevates hundreds of feet in the air, they can drop even faster especially when they have locked ont...
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Locked in a Battle

January 19, 2016 - One of my goals is to get a good talon-locked fight between two eagles. This male and juvenile bald eagle are in a fight...
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American Bald Eagle in Action

January 18, 2016 - Wow, this adult bald eagle was close, possibly one of the closest successful images I've caught of a bald eagle in a fis...
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Dramatic Approach

January 17, 2016 - I love the lighting and angle of the bird in this image. In order to get an eagle fishing image like this one, the condi...
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Eagle in the Spotlight

January 16, 2016 - I made my first trip to the Mississippi today...with the strange winter we've had, the eagle numbers are down but I want...
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A Slow Season for Eagles

January 10, 2016 - This images was taking exactly 1 year ago today when it was much colder along the Mississippi and the eagles were there...
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Quite the Fish

December 27, 2015 - Here is another image from last February on the Mississippi River. I'm happy to have so many unedited images still from...
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A Thing of Beauty

December 21, 2015 - Here is another image from last season (February to be exact). Seeing them fish sure is a thing of beauty to behold. The...
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Dreaming of a Cold Front

December 20, 2015 - Here is an image from January last year and if I'm going to get any opportunity to see and photograph eagles this year,...
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Clear Fall Morning

November 01, 2015 - I love photographing this little island on Dawson Lake during different seasons. It is called Honker Island and usually...
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Sunny Black-Eyed Susans

August 22, 2015 - Nothing fancy here, but sometimes nature doesn't need to be fancy to look simply, beautiful.
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Portrait of a Hummingbird in Flight

August 17, 2015 - I like this simple portrait of a hummingbird in flight posing to show off its back-lit tail feathers.
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Fields of Wildflowers

August 12, 2015 - On a drive through the Mackinaw river valley, just west of Bloomington, I came across this pretty sunflower field glowin...
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Hummingbird Landing Gear Down

August 11, 2015 - This is a pretty cool profile image showing off the small feet of a hummingbird in the landing position.
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Ruby-Throated Beauty

August 10, 2015 - These little birds are a pleasure to watch. It is quite remarkable how they zip around the wildflowers so easily and dri...
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Artful Monarch

August 06, 2015 - I've seen so many of these beautiful monarch butterflies this year. This was taken a few days back but today I looked ac...
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Dropping in to Say Hi

August 05, 2015 - The hummingbird can be quite difficult to photograph due to how fast they move and how small they are, but they are so m...
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Goldfinch Looking Over His Shoulder

August 04, 2015 - This image really shows off this little birds vibrant colors. I love seeing these little birds this time of year.
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Does He See Me?

August 03, 2015 - In my pursuit of hummingbirds this past weekend, I photographed several of these golden finches...my youngest son's favo...
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The Rockies at Dusk

August 02, 2015 - This image was made using 5 images to stitch together to form a panorama. Having lens options really comes in handy when...
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Enjoying Just Beeing

August 02, 2015 - While at the Denver Botanic Gardens, we saw lots of bees doing their thing on the flowers. I loved the colors and textur...
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The Beautiful Ruby Throated Hummingbird

August 01, 2015 - I went out today (August 1st) in an attempt to get some nice images of this fast moving little bird. I was rewarded by s...
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Says Phoebe with a Bee

August 01, 2015 - So I was even able to get my bird fix while in Colorado. I didn't go searching for birds but I did try to take photos on...
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A Colorado Hike

July 31, 2015 - Here is an image of the family out on a hike on the Gateway Mesa open Space. It was a beautiful mix of open flowering fi...
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Looking for Trout in Colorado

July 29, 2015 - I love fishing and wouldn't mind trying to do more fly fishing in the future. This Colorado mountain stream makes for a...
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Brilliance of a Rocky Mountain Sunset

July 28, 2015 - No words can express how beautiful this is to watch in person. This was taken at Daniel's Park in Colorado on our last e...
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Garden of the Gods Landscape

July 24, 2015 - Nestled between Colorado Springs and Pike's Peak you will find this great park called Garden of the God's. I made this i...
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Look to the Sky

May 23, 2015 - In moments of stress, business, and confusion, look to the sky for peace, comfort, and light!
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Nuthatch in Soft Light

May 22, 2015 - Just a little bit of evening light can dramatically enhance an image. In this case, the late light illuminates the bird...
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Perfect Morning on the Lake

May 18, 2015 - Another passion of mine is fishing, which I haven't been able to do as much lately. This image captures the beauty of be...
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Finding the Light in the Thicket of Trees

May 16, 2015 - I love how this cardinal managed to find the perfect amount of sunlight to bask in among the shadows of these tree limbs...
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Enjoying Some Quiet

May 08, 2015 - My daughter enjoying some peace and quiet in nature...good for the soul.
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Enjoying the Creek View

May 01, 2015 - She was a rescue dog...now she is a happy girl.
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Playing in the Wildflowers

April 30, 2015 - Here is a fun spring image of our dog enjoying the bluebell wildflowers. She loves going out on our little family advent...
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Illuminating the Undergrowth

April 25, 2015 - A blanket of new life springs from the forest floor as the morning light manages to reach even the darkest of spaces.
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Juvenile Red-winged Blackbird

April 23, 2015 - For me, enjoying nature, is like browsing an art gallery. Each scene is an exhibit crafted by His hands and worthy of pa...
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Playing Peekaboo

April 22, 2015 - How about this cute squirrel playing peekaboo with me? Finding nature can be so much fun!
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Giving Way to Spring

April 21, 2015 - Just one of my favorite trails as it transitions from the bare, cold of winter to the green, lush of spring.
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Spring Chickadee Preparing the Nest

April 18, 2015 - Spring is here...let the nesting begin. I observed a male and female black-capped chickadee pair preparing their nest to...
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Greater Yellowleg at Sunset

April 16, 2015 - This shorebird was singing a beautiful song as the sun set in the Midwestern sky.
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Sunlit Eastern Phoebe

April 14, 2015 - Another good sign that summer is near...an pretty little eastern phoebe sitting in the sun.
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Enjoying the Day

April 13, 2015 - Seeing this red-winged blackbird was a very good sign that spring is well underway and summer isn't far behind. It was a...
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Light My Way

April 12, 2015 - Good morning on this beautiful Sunday morning.
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Sneaky Robin

April 11, 2015 - This early spring robin thought he would sneak by me and he almost made it but I proved to be just as sneaky. Good try r...
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He Is Risen

April 04, 2015 - Rejoice for He is risen on high! Happy Easter!
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Flaring the Wings in Black and White

April 03, 2015 - Both the pose and the coloring of this eagle made it perfect for a black and white edit. I really enjoy this pose.
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Into the Sunset

March 29, 2015 - Sometimes an image can bring peace and comfort during times of difficulty. I hope these two eagles flying together into...
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Graceful Eagle Over Rough Waters

March 23, 2015 - This is the first image that I've edited and posted in quite awhile. Life happens so photography was put on the back-bur...
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Soaring in Heaven's Glow

March 03, 2015 - Historically and religiously the eagle spirit has been symbolically referred to as a messenger of prayer between the hea...
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Extremely Close Flyover

March 02, 2015 - When they fly this close, you don't know if you should keep shooting or duck! Facebook
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A Sunning Eagle

March 01, 2015 - As it looks into the rising, morning sun, this eagle is planning another long day of surviving the cold winter by keepin...
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Simply a Stunning Bird

February 28, 2015 - Keep still and be observant, sometimes the most miraculous can be found in the simplicity of nature. Facebook
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Focused Eagle Eyes

February 27, 2015 - One look from this eagle and you know he means business! Facebook
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An Eagle on the Mississippi

February 26, 2015 - There are many sights to behold in this world and watching an eagle soaring out over the Mississippi during the winter m...
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Eagle with Impeccable Form

February 25, 2015 - Eagles are incredible birds created perfectly to fly at great speeds, catch prey, and to, simply, inspire! Facebook
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Pretty Pelican Pose

February 24, 2015 - Well it isn't an eagle as many have moved on from their Mississippi River fishing grounds, but the pelicans are starting...
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A Powerful Glance from a Juvenile Eagle

February 21, 2015 - Here is a nice moment captured between a Juvenile Bald Eagle and myself as it looked my way. I like the wing positions,...
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Colors in Nature- The American Bald Eagle

February 20, 2015 - With the blue sky and the earthy, warm colors of the eagle, you can't help but appreciate the natural colors in the worl...
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King of the Blue Skies

February 19, 2015 - When these eagles are patrolling the blue skies over the Mississippi River, it is clear they are rule air. Facebook
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Cold Liftoff

February 18, 2015 - I really appreciate the earthy tones in this image. The ice adds a nice cool, blue color for the warm sunlit eagle to st...
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On Mighty Wings

February 17, 2015 - I love the head-on shots that display the eagle's outstretched wings. It is simply incredible to see how massive their w...
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Soaring on High

February 16, 2015 - What an incredible site it is to see this bird soaring overhead. Eagles are incredible birds in flight. Facebook
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Fishing on a Cold Morning

February 15, 2015 - Here are what the eagles are doing on bitter cold mornings while many of us are still under the warm covers. Facebook...
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Smooth as Ice

February 13, 2015 - This bald eagle makes it looks easy as it glides over the icy river a fresh dinner. Facebook
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Earth Tones of a Juvenile Bald Eagle

February 10, 2015 - Just a simple image of a passing juvenile bald eagle...a very beautiful juvenile bald eagle. Facebook
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Looking for a Place to Dig In

February 09, 2015 - I like how this eagle has his talons out and ready to dig into one of these ice floats as it lands. Facebook
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Morning Eagle

February 08, 2015 - I hope this image greets everyone on this beautiful Sunday morning with smiling faces. Facebook
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Ice Fishing in Warm Light

February 07, 2015 - Getting light like this while photographing these eagles is a blessing. The morning of Jan. 10th was very pretty. Clouds...
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Giving me a Wink

February 06, 2015 - Here is an eagle actually giving me a wink! Basically, eagles have a nictitating membrane that acts as its eyelid. It is...
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Inches Above the Mississippi

February 06, 2015 - Look at how close to the river this bird was flying just moments before attempting to grab a fish. This always amazes me...
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Juvenile Eagle's Ice Cold Stare

February 04, 2015 - Even the Juvenile's can give a mean stare when they want to...either that or he is frozen solid! Facebook
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Hovering Eagle in Black and White

February 03, 2015 - I love black and white images but they don't always work for my eagle photos as I enjoy the colors of these birds; howev...
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Looking Confident after the Catch

February 02, 2015 - I get the feeling this bald eagle is pretty confident and proud as it flies past me with the fresh catch in its talons....
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Bald Eagle Catching the Light

February 01, 2015 - There is something magical about this bald eagle posing in exquisite light. There is incredible natural beauty in our wo...
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Skimming the Ice

January 31, 2015 - A bald eagle demonstrates very nice form as it approaches its target while skimming the ice. Facebook
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Eye to Eye with a Catch

January 31, 2015 - Here is another unique and, I think, interesting view of an eagle with a fish in the beak. You can see the fish's eye ev...
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Under the Wing

January 30, 2015 - Here is a unique view from under the right wing of this eagle. It gives a good look from a different angle. I like the o...
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An American Beauty- The Bald Eagle

January 30, 2015 - Capturing a portrait of an eagle on its terms isn't always easy but is so much more rewarding...in flight, good light, w...
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A Majestic Juvenile Bald Eagle

January 29, 2015 - Capturing this majestic juvenile bald eagle at just the right angle in front of the snow really helps the bird's feature...
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Beautiful Magnificence

January 28, 2015 - Most of my images of eagles this season have been from my Jan. 10th visit to the Mississippi and I love going through th...
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Something Caught my Eye

January 27, 2015 - I love how this eagle is looking back to the right as it intently looks for a fish to grab. Facebook
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Cold, Cold, Cold

January 27, 2015 - Walking across this ice float has this juvenile bald eagle feeling the chill!:) Feel free to add your own caption and sh...
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In-Flight Meal

January 26, 2015 - It may have been just a bite-size snack, but it was nice of this eagle to give me a good look of his dinner. Facebook...
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American Eagle Basking in the Light

January 25, 2015 - I was thankful for the pretty light shining on this eagle as it was basking on the ice. Facebook Prints
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The Thrill of the Moment

January 24, 2015 - A Moment like this is what it is all about...witnessing a bald eagle catch a fish is breathtaking. I'm not sure any imag...
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Off My Lawn

January 24, 2015 - Here is a mature bald eagle chasing a juvenile off the ice. In wildlife photography, it is always nice to capture intera...
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Here; Get my Good Side

January 23, 2015 - A simple portrait of an eagle standing alone on the icy Mississippi. Facebook Print
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Bald Eagle in Such Brilliance

January 22, 2015 - A beautiful look at bald eagle passing over giving good eye contact and just an idea of how mighty those wings are. Just...
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Juvenile Bald Eagle Stare Down

January 21, 2015 - Sometimes the light doesn't cooperate but sometimes the moment is just too good not to appreciate despite the less than...
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Juvenile Bald Eagle Going into a Dive

January 20, 2015 - Here is a Juvi showing decent form going into a dive towards the water. The snow actually makes for a decent backdrop fo...
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Bald Eagle in the Zone

January 19, 2015 - I will never get tired of this pose with talons extended. When these birds are closing in on a fish, they are in such a...
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Eagle Sailing over the Icy Mississippi

January 19, 2015 - When they fly by this close and this fast, it is challenging for both the photographer and camera/lens to keep up. It ta...
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Working Hard for Every Bite

January 18, 2015 - Desperate times call for desperate measures. These mature eagles would land on the most stable chunks of ice they could...
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Like Painted Wings

January 18, 2015 - I felt this was an appropriate image to share on this glorious, sun-filled Sunday. What a creation these eagles are with...
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Soaring Over Blue Waters

January 17, 2015 - Check out this soaring bald eagle patrolling the mighty Mississippi River for a meal. The water is looks so blue due to...
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I'll Take That to Go

January 17, 2015 - This mature bald eagle landed just long enough to pick up a snack to eat on the fly...literally. I've seen so many great...
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Young Bald Eagle with a Small Catch

January 16, 2015 - The juvenile bald eagles can be some of the most difficult to photograph because their colors blend so much. At certain...
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Balance Young One

January 15, 2015 - I like this image of a juvenile bald eagle teetering on a piece of ice as it tries to pick up a small fish on the ice. T...
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Poised to Strike

January 14, 2015 - Here is an image of a bald eagle with talons in the "go" position ready to attack. From this compact, side profile, you...
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Intensity Personified

January 14, 2015 - A closer look into the glare of an American Bald Eagle will reveal a look of intensity that demands respect and admirati...
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National Bird - The American Bald Eagle

January 13, 2015 - A symbol of our nation, the bald eagle perseveres. I love this bird and all that it stands for. Facebook Prints
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The Action Star of the Mississippi River

January 12, 2015 - A fish in the talons, water splashing up, left wingtip in the river, a pretty snowy bank for a backdrop, and just enough...
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Tiny Catch

January 11, 2015 - This is my last edit and update for the evening. The shad among the ice flows were quite small and made for some snack-s...
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Eagle on a Snowy Bank

January 11, 2015 - This is one of those images that you take and hope comes out as good on your computer as you think it looked when you to...
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Ice Fishing

January 11, 2015 - Due to the consistent colder weather this last week, the Mississippi River is icing over. Of course the water remains op...
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A Young Bald Eagle on Guard

January 11, 2015 - Here is an image from yesterday's trip to the Mississippi River of a juvenile bald eagle perched on a rock along the riv...
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Eagle Bully

January 10, 2015 - Here is an interesting image from today of one eagle that dropped down on another eagle and pushed down on its head. I'm...
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Iconic American Bald Eagle

January 09, 2015 - As if to show off its mighty wingspan, this eagle spread its wings as if to say, "check me out". Facebook Purchase
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Bald Eagle Carryout

January 08, 2015 - I will never get tired of seeing this...a bird of this size and power diving down to snag a fish with such elegance and...
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The Incredible American Bald Eagle

January 07, 2015 - I've wanted this pose for awhile now. I've had it in my mind and this is pretty close to what I was hoping for. I love w...
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Mighty Fishers

January 06, 2015 - This bald eagle flew by and angled his wings as if it wanted to show off its catch for me. Facebook Purchase
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Eagle Flying Low

January 05, 2015 - I loved capturing this low perspective of the bald eagle over the Mississippi River. It is an incredible site watching t...
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Red-Tailed Hawk just Basking

January 04, 2015 - This beautiful bird wasn't about to be outdone by all of the latest eagle imagery. She or he (too difficult to tell) sat...
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Eagle Flying in Perfect Light

January 04, 2015 - These are the moments I dream of...photographing the bald eagles flying into a warm evening sun. So many times you get a...
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A Snack to Go

January 03, 2015 - This eagle has just picked up a quick bite and will look up for a nice perch to enjoy the fresh meal. Facebook
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Sense the Power

January 02, 2015 - This is one of my favorite poses from my last visit to the Mississippi River. The wing position just inches above the wa...
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Like a Bullet

January 01, 2015 - Here is one more eagle image for today. When the eagles get some speed, it can be very difficult to track them with the...
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Skimming the Mississippi

January 01, 2015 - I have been wanting to get a lower angle image of the eagles flying over the river. I finally found a decent spot that a...
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Moon Eagle

December 31, 2014 - Yesterday the moon was visible in the bright blue sky above the Mississippi River and I kept thinking, "Wouldn't it be g...
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King of This Tree

December 30, 2014 - I wouldn't attempt to take this tree from this big boy (or girl), would you? These eagles have such a presence about the...
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Gull Doing his Best Eagle Impersonation

December 23, 2014 - When the eagle action is down, the gulls become the next best subject for some photography practice. They are actually f...
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Baldie in the Beautiful Blue

December 21, 2014 - This was from my first trip to the Mississippi River this year on Dec. 6th. I'm already looking forward to getting back...
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A Misty Perch

December 15, 2014 - A pretty scene of this eagle perched on a distant log in the middle of the Mississippi River on a foggy, misty morning....
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The Beauty of Soaring

December 13, 2014 - Just watching these eagles soaring with such ease is one of the most thrilling experiences for me as a nature photograph...
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Enjoying the Last Bit of Warm Light

December 11, 2014 - I just love dramatic, evening golden hour light. For this image it brings the viewer's attention to the eyes of the juve...
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Golden Light on a Soaring Eagle

December 10, 2014 - When these juvenile bald eagles turn just right into the golden hour sunlight, you are left in awe! The flash of gold th...
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Cruising By at Eye Level

December 09, 2014 - I love getting an eye level flyby of these huge birds. It is awe inspiring! Facebook
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Flying Low Through the Fog

December 08, 2014 - Sometimes the elements can add a bit of magic to an image. I know many times I'll look outside and think it isn't worth...
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Fishing in the Morning Fog

December 07, 2014 - Yesterday morning was a bit foggy on the river when I arrived and the sun was just starting to come out. The morning sun...
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Fishing Juvenile Bald Eagle

December 06, 2014 - I took my first trip back to the Mississippi River this winter today to scout things out and I was just dieing to get ba...
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Memories of Summer

December 04, 2014 - It has been cold for so long this fall and winter that scenes like this seem like a long, distant memory. I'm not compla...
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Icy Walk-3

November 30, 2014 - Here is my day 2 image....2 silhouetted geese walking on the ice with open water in the distance. This image required ve...
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Pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers

November 29, 2014 - I went on a hike through Merwin Nature Preserve today, which is my go to spot for red-headed woodpeckers, and it did not...
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Foraging for Winter

November 25, 2014 - Here is what many of my favorite winged creatures are doing right now...preparing for winter. This was one of several tu...
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Quiet Ride

November 16, 2014 - Sometimes life just calls for a quiet ride. I love the mood of this image. My camera settings were off but the compositi...
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Veteran's Tribute

November 10, 2014 - Here is an edit using one of my Mississippi bald eagle images taken as a silhouette and combined with the American Flag...
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Winter Wingman

November 07, 2014 - I'm finding lots of bald eagle images from last year that I never got around to editing and sharing. I love this view of...
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Return to the Rivers

November 06, 2014 - While cooler weather isn't exciting for most, the dip in temps this week does have me excited for another season of Miss...
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Last Colors of Fall

November 05, 2014 - This season's transitioning is a perfect time to get out and appreciate the last bit of warm colors before winter starts...
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The Passing of a Season

October 25, 2014 - I love trying new things and being creative with my camera and the image files in post processing. For this image I lowe...
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Autumn Timber

October 22, 2014 - There aren't many sights prettier in the fall than a stand of trees with yellow leaves as far as the eyes can see. These...
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Beautiful Drive

October 20, 2014 - Check out this beautiful drive I went on this evening. The fall colors are spectacular right now. Facebook
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Rays Over Beanfields

September 25, 2014 - Here is an image of tonight's sunset as I was driving back from Moraine View State Park. The sun rays were beautiful and...
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Small Mountain Town

August 05, 2014 - I just loved this scene of this small marina on Dillon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado, especially in the morning light. I...
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Majestic Rocky Mountains

August 03, 2014 - Here is another panoramic of an amazing view of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. This image reminds me of one of my favo...
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Rising Above the Rest

July 22, 2014 - This freshly opened sunflower stood tall in the field above the others just beckoning to have its photo taken. I love th...
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Singing Into the Blue

July 19, 2014 - Indigo buntings are so pretty and I've seen more this summer than I've seen my entire life. They seem to be everywhere....
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Orchard Oriol in the Brush

July 16, 2014 - This morning I found this male orchard oriole hanging out in this thick brush. He is a little wet from the morning dew,...
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Patrolling the Blooms

July 13, 2014 - Photographing these tiny hummingbirds while they are feeding is challenging enough but getting them while they are weavi...
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Early Bird Gets The Worm

July 12, 2014 - My father-in-law always tells me "the early bird gets the worm" and I always reply with "yes but the second mouse gets t...
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Balloons Over Sunflowers

July 11, 2014 - This was taken last week when I was driving around with my kids for a sunset drive. How lucky to find hot air balloons o...
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A Butterfly Playground

July 09, 2014 - If I were to imagine a paradise for butterflies to visit in the summertime, this would be it. What a beautiful place to...
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Eye to Eye with a Barn Swallow

July 07, 2014 - Sometimes the Canon 7d amazes me with how fast it can grab focus especially when paired with the 400 f/5.6 lens. Sure, i...
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Blue Dasher in Warm Light

July 01, 2014 - This pretty little dragonfly looked stunning in the warm, sunlit field. I love that I can be on a country hike photograp...
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The Mackinaw River Valley

June 27, 2014 - This unique image was created later in the day as the sun was setting behind the tree line in the dove fields of the Mac...
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Common Yellowthroat Showing Off

June 26, 2014 - This common yellowthroat stood up proud on his perch singing and showing off his colors as if to say, "check me out!" He...
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Leaping Midwest Whitetail

June 25, 2014 - I took a drive through the Mackinaw River Valley this evening with just a little light to spare and was rewarded with th...
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Artful Hummingbird

June 24, 2014 - I love combining nature with the opportunity to be creative and this image is a perfect example. These little ruby-throa...
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Rattle The Window Panes

June 23, 2014 - This is another image from yesterday except zoomed in to 70mm with my 24-70mm. It is a gamble zooming in to capture ligh...
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Rumble on the Plains

June 22, 2014 - So I left my camera at my brother's home in Leroy today and had to go back out to his house tonight to pick it up. While...
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A Peeping Female Orchard Oriole

June 21, 2014 - I had the happy surprise a little over a week ago encountering this beautiful female orchard oriole in good light. The m...
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A Beautiful Day for a Drink

June 19, 2014 - This ruby-throated hummingbird has the right idea on a hot summer day. Stay hydrated little buddy! Facebook
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Basking Dragonfly

June 19, 2014 - So I'm not very good at identifying dragonflies and damselflies, so if any of you can help me out, I'd appreciate it. I...
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Feeding the Young

June 18, 2014 - I am so happy to have had the experience of watching these tree swallows gathering bugs and feeding their nestlings. I'm...
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Enjoying the Nectar

June 17, 2014 - As part of my wildlife photography, I try to challenge myself to capture a variety of poses of various birds or animals.
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Showing off the Tail Feathers

June 16, 2014 - I was able to photograph several of the hummingbirds frequenting my parents' backyard this weekend on Lake Petersburg in...
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The Wonderful Journey

June 12, 2014 - I really love this image. I took it this morning very early and when there was still some fog in the cool air. I was mov...
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A Morning Drink for a Hummingbird

June 12, 2014 - I'm pretty excited about this image. It is probably, technically, my best hummingbird image to date. This was taken this...
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Basking Barn Swallow

June 11, 2014 - I love the way the sunlight casts across this colorful barn swallow as he takes a break from his constant patrolling of...
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Sunny Bunny

June 11, 2014 - I have rabbits all over my yard and they can be quite annoying, but in the right environment and light, they are as beau...
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Dinner for Two

June 10, 2014 - Here is a moment I was able to capture of these two love birds. It was pretty awesome actually watching this robin get t...
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A Hummingbird's World

June 09, 2014 - Enter the world of a hummingbird...it is quite amazing. They zip in and out of these dense flowers and foliage at awesom...
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Early Summer Ruby-throated Hummingbird

June 08, 2014 - Despite difficult lighting due to thick cloud-cover, I managed this image of a ruby-throated hummingbird feeding from be...
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Spring Indigo Bunting-2

May 22, 2014 - I added some artistic flare to this image. It wasn't the cleanest exposure due to high ISO (2500) and darker conditions,...
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Searching Every Leaf

May 19, 2014 - It is fun watching these little palm warblers searching neurotically from limb to limb looking for the next bug to eat....
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A Boy's New Ride

May 17, 2014 - I know it isn't a bird or a nature-scape, but I do enjoy taking people images, especially images of my own children. Thi...
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Simply a Robin

May 15, 2014 - I know these robins are everywhere right now, but catching a bird in the right pose and light can add a whole new dimens...
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Eastern King Bird Proudly Perched

May 14, 2014 - I love when birds give me a good long look and pose before flying off. They are challenging enough to photograph properl...
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Swamp Sparrow's Beautiful Markings

May 13, 2014 - Think about the beauty in nature that surrounds us daily. Little, everyday things that we don't totally appreciate but a...
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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

May 12, 2014 - Here is a welcome sight for Spring...a returning rose-breasted grosbeak. You can mistake a male rose-breasted grosbeak w...
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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

May 11, 2014 - This is one fidgety bird; bouncing from limb to limb looking for his next meal, which makes photographing him a challeng...
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Spring Chickadee

May 10, 2014 - The chickadee is one of my favorite little birds. This guy landed just long enough for a quick photo among this tree's S...
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Common Yellowthroat Warbler--

May 08, 2014 - I love the colors of these little warblers but I really love their songs...they always sound happy. This guy was difficu...
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Eastern Screech-Owl--

May 07, 2014 - While on my short hike around Ewing Park I was rewarded with this Eastern Screech-Owl giving me the look that only an Ea...
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Palm Warbler with a Catch

May 04, 2014 - I enjoyed an afternoon hike today at Schroeder Nature Sanctuary. A day when most of my hiking spots are populated with i...
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A Skipping Lesser Yellow Leg

May 02, 2014 - I'm not the best at identifying some of these shore birds but I'm pretty positive this is a lesser yellowleg. I love the...
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The Eastern Phoebe

April 30, 2014 - This Eastern Phoebe is ready to start finding insects to snack on this Spring. With the wet start, he should have no pro...
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Pelican Catching the Light

April 29, 2014 - I just love the light at sunrise. Notice how it illuminates the front of this pelican and even catches within the right...
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Among the Cattails

April 27, 2014 - Many times I hear these red-winged blackbirds moving and calling from within the reeds and cattails. Sometimes you see t...
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Blue-winged Teal Couple in Flight

April 26, 2014 - These are beautiful ducks, especially in flight. I had the opportunity to make a quick visit to Emiquon National Wildlif...
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Doing Work

April 25, 2014 - A welcome sign of spring showing that all of the "behind the scenes" work is in progress; this bee is "doing work". Keep...
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Pelicans at Daybreak

April 24, 2014 - A couple of pelicans taking off first thing in the morning. This was from a couple of wees ago while they were still her...
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Beautiful Bluebird

April 23, 2014 - Eastern Bluebirds are already gorgeous birds, but in the right light, against a warm-colored background, with a nice pos...
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Into the Wind

April 22, 2014 - It appears that these two pelicans are looking at me but they are actually fighting the gusty wind on Lake Evergreen as...
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Eastern Bluebird in Sunny Fields

April 21, 2014 - This beautiful bluebird was a striking sight perched in front of this sunlit field. I love images where I can make the s...
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Spring Daffodils

April 20, 2014 - It seems the wait for Spring this year has been unbearably long, which makes this view of spring daffodils that much mor...
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Sing Loud this Easter Morning

April 19, 2014 - "Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time." Martin Lu...
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Tree Swallow Take Off

April 18, 2014 - I always look forward to the return of the tree swallows reoccupying their tree homes along the banks of Lake Evergreen.
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Osprey Stare Down at Lake Bloomington

April 17, 2014 - One of the greatest things about nature photography is the story that goes along with each image. While in the field, so...
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Pelican Close-up Fly-by

April 16, 2014 - This pelican gave me a good luck as he flew over. His eye is nice and sharp and you can even see the droplets on his und...
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Pelican Heart Art

April 15, 2014 - Here is something a little different...a little bit of fine art. I noticed two pelicans off to the side hanging out. As...
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A Pretty Spring Morning

April 14, 2014 - A flock of beautiful migrating birds, a white egret just chillin' on the bank, and a warm sunrise....I couldn't ask for...
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I'll Scratch Your Back if You'll Scratch Mine

April 13, 2014 - This is just one segment of the flock of pelicans from yesterday morning on Lake Bloomington. There were hundreds of bir...
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A Pelican Portrait

April 13, 2014 - This is an image I wanted to get before I set out to photograph these pelicans. I've seen several images with the Pelica...
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American White Pelican Take-Off

April 12, 2014 - The great white pelicans are migrating which means we get to witness these large white birds in action. I was blessed wi...
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Bufflehead Love

April 11, 2014 - This pair was head off to a nice secluded cove to celebrate Spring! Facebook
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Double-crested Cormorant In-Flight--

April 10, 2014 - Here is another migratory shore bird for the evening...a double-crested Cormorant. There were several of these cormorant...
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Lake Evergreen Common Loon

April 10, 2014 - I've been wanting to get a better image of one of these beautiful migratory birds. This isn't the best image, but I'll t...
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I Am.....Batman

April 09, 2014 - This Eastern Bluebird struck this pose and I remember thinking, "Who does he think he is...Batman?". There was just enou...
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Patrolling the Fields at Dusk

April 08, 2014 - This trio lined up nicely for a group portrait for me. I love the lines in this image...the deer are side-by-side, the r...
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Follow the Leader

April 07, 2014 - This was taken back on March 20th when we still had ice on the lakes. I love the way these geese were following each oth...
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Calling for Spring

April 06, 2014 - It is great hearing the birds, seeing the buds, and feeling the warmth. I hope everyone was able to enjoy the warm sun t...
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A Camouflaged Great Blue Heron

April 05, 2014 - The Great Blue Heron is a master at hunting. Look at this guy blending in with the tangled limbs as he watches for his o...
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Call of the Redwing Blackbird

April 02, 2014 - I really like the feel and warmth of this image. The redwing blackbirds are back in force and their calls are very disti...
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Preparing for Spring

April 01, 2014 - It is fun getting out this time of year and witnessing the business of the birds and animals as they prepare for spring.
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Bufflehead Duck

March 31, 2014 - This bufflehead spooked pretty quick as soon as I walked over a small hill at Lake Evergreen. I barely had enough time t...
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Evening Redwing Blackbird Call

March 29, 2014 - The temps don't feel like spring, but seeing these redwings blackbirds and hearing their calls gives a sense of warmer t...
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Red Headed Woodpeckers

March 29, 2014 - One of the most beautiful woodpeckers in Illinois is the Red-headed Woodpecker. Unfortunately due to a decline in their...
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The Figure Skater

March 22, 2014 - Maybe it is just my imagination here but I totally see a figure skating goose here. Facebook
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Tranquil Canadian Goose

March 21, 2014 - I saw this goose sitting out on the ice in the most perfect golden hour sunlight. He seemed at peace laying there, soaki...
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Usher in Spring Mr. Robin

March 20, 2014 - It is the first day of spring and look what I spotted today while on my first hike in weeks. There is still ice on the l...
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Can't Bear to Watch

March 17, 2014 - I found this image interesting with the goose hiding his head in the background as if he just can't watch the eagle make...
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A Prized Catch

March 14, 2014 - The lighting for this image wasn't ideal, which made editing the image difficult. There was harsh light on the eagle's h...
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Warm Winter Sunlight

March 13, 2014 - I love the warm light the sun casts across this bird even though it was bitterly cold out. Light is the photographer's f...
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Portrait of Intimidation

March 12, 2014 - The stare down here would intimidate anyone...such a presence that demands respect. Facebook
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Underbelly of the Beast

March 11, 2014 - This bird actually flew so close that I was forced to clip off most of the wings. While this isn't an ideal photo, I lik...
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Surrounded

March 10, 2014 - This image shows how these birds will surrounded another bird with a fish. The eagle sandwiched in the middle ended up d...
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Brighten the Blue Winter Landscape

March 10, 2014 - I love the warm colors of this bald eagle against the cold winter-scape along the Mississippi River. Facebook
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Eagle Close-up Action Scene

March 09, 2014 - Here is an interesting close-up of the eagle with a catch. Notice you can see the eagle's eye and the fish's eye. I also...
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Going for the Steal

March 08, 2014 - I love watching these eagles fight in the air for the fish. One bird will actually invert and try to grab the fish out o...
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