Another pretty bird with a bad attitude. Much like the wild turkeys, the sunlight brings out the brilliant colors that fade to black in the shadows.
A pair of Chickadees were going down into the hole in this tree and you could just barely hear them pecking away. In a few seconds they would come out with a beak full of wood chips and fly away. When I first seen this I thought they had a beak full of insects, but looking closer it was wood chips. I was lucky that I had just enough sunlight to highlight the bird in the shadowed background of the woods.
Subtle Beauty of the Female Cardinal
I don't know which is more beautiful... the brilliant red color of the male or the subtle beauty of the female.
This doe heard something and is looking to see what it is. About a minute later three more deer came into the same area. Their sense of danger helps keep them alive and an older doe is often more alert and aware of danger than the bucks.
Work of Art
One of the flies that I included in an article written for Wisconsin Trout publication on Wisconsin Fly Tiers. Brian Van Erem from Green Bay tied this fly and has won three international fly tying championships for his full dress salmon flies. It can take up to 12 hours to tie a competition fly like this. Notice that the eye of the hook is made out of twisted silk worm gut to keep in the old tradition of tying full dress salmon flies. I have been tying flies for 68 years and published my first book on fly tying a couple years ago called "Bob's Fly Tying Tips & Techniques", available on Amazon. Currently working on a new book on Wisconsin Fly Tiers.
A Fly By
Flock of mallards circling before deciding to land. I was paying attention to other ducks on the water and it seemed like they came out of nowhere. I usually shoot on the tripod, but was hand holding and was able to react in time to capture this small flock.
Feeding the Gulls
While photographing the ducks and gulls at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac, I notice a flock of gulls flying around. Then I seen this girl throwing bread up in the air. It didn't take long for the flock to get bigger. The girl and her sister looked like they were having fun feeding the gulls.
Seagull Looking for Food
I went out to the open water near the park in Fond du Lac and found a lot of seagulls cruising above looking for fool. Right after I took this image, I seen a girl not that far away throwing bread up int the air. It didn't take long for this gull and about 50 more gulls to head that direction.
Taking an Afternoon Stroll
My dog was looking out our living room window and started barking. I noticed a pair of Sandhill Cranes walking along the tree line in our back yard. I don't know why, but it picked up a leaf and was walking around like it was something special.
Who is That Guy With a Camera
While walking through a friends woods looking for signs of wildlife, I caught a glimpse of this squirrel peeking around the tree. They are fun to watch and photograph, but I wish they would leave my bird feeders alone.
I have been involved in photography most of my life and now that I am retired I enjoy it even more. Photography helps me see things that most people just pass by. It also allows me to share what I see with others, and meet others that share the same passion I do for photography, nature, and wildlife.
I have done a lot of different kinds of photography and was a former member of Wisconsin Professional Photographers Assn, Professional Photographers of America, and Wisconsin Industrial Photographers Assn. I also taught photography for a few years. Having said this there is still more that I don't know than I do know because the world of photography is constantly changing. I enjoy looking at the beautiful work of all the photographers that are part of Capture Wisconsin and learning from their work.