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Caught in the Act!

I took a hike today down by the Yellowstone River. Under a highway bridge I found some interesting icicles. The photo conditions weren’t very conducive to photography, but when I noticed there was water dripping off the icicles, I decided I had to try to capture a drop.

After several tries, I guess I got my timing OK. While it would have been better to have a faster shutter speed, the drop was changing shape as it fell, so the squashing is probably pretty natural.

Here it is (click on the image to enlarge):

Icicle

Icicle caught in mid-drip, Yellowstone River, Billings, Montana.

 

A little way down the trail, I met a woman who expressed some disappointment that she couldn’t find any Cedar Waxwings. All I had seen so far was a Magpie, so I wished her well and headed back to the car. Soon I was in the middle of a flock of Waxwings. Here’s one:

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

 

Quite a handsome bird!

Moret to follow,

Bob

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Birds at the Zoo

There are interesting birds at Zoo Montana, too. The first one we encounter is a bald eagle (actually two of them). When I first came in, neither felt like posing. One hid behind a rock and the other was nowhere to be seen. As I was leaving the park, I decided to check one last time, just in case. That was a good decision. I found an eagle perched in a very good location. He seemed to be giving me the skunk eye in one of the images below, but I don’t blame him. If anyone tried to take a picture of me, I’d probably do the same.

Here’s the stern look from the eagle (click on the images to see them full size and with proper color):

 

Bald Eagle portrait 1

Bald Eagle portrait 1

 

I guess he decided it was OK for me to take photos, because he started to strike a few poses. This profile is one I particularly like:

 

Bald Eagle profile

Bald Eagle profile

 

Well, the bald eagle is a beautiful bird (even thought Ben Franklin didn’t like them too much), but there are others that aren’t native to the Americas that are awfully pretty, too. I caught this guy looking something like a teenage boy strutting his stuff:

 

Peacock

Peacock

 

I think I really like my new Sigma lens. All the zoo photos were taken with it and it seems to work just fine.

 

More to follow,

Bob

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Eagles and Tigers and Bears, Oh, my!

A group of us went to the zoo today. It was unfortunate that they wouldn’t let us in until they opened and they opened at about the moment the lighting got really awful. But I got some shots I don’t mind anyway. They had to be worked on quite a bit to control the contrast, and I cropped them some, just because my lens isn’t long enough to isolate the critters properly. Cropped them except for the GRIZ (Ed Abbey always used to refer to ursus horibilis  this way). Some of the zoo staff facilitated a close, yet safe look at the big guy.

All in all it was a nice morning, hot and sunny and cool critters.

Here’s what I saw (be sure to click on the thumbnails to see the images full size and properly colored):

 

Bald Eagle, Billings Zoo

Bald Eagle, Billings Zoo

 

 

Griz

Griz

 

 

Siberian Tiger, Billings Zoo

Siberian Tiger, Billings Zoo

 

More to follow,

Bob

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