Territorial Dispute

Dear Friends, these green-winged teal males are arguing over fishing rights, there will be no blood shed but both went their separate ways, til Tomorrow MJ

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Back to work

Dear Friends, I have been on a long sabbatical, sorry if you have some abandonment issues, haha, I have been fighting with cancer for a year and now am cancer-free for the time being, this image of dancing sandhill cranes expresses my joy at surviving cancer, chemo and surgery without too much pain.  I am back sitting in Chex Meadows watching the God-given sights and images that are still present, hope you are still out there, love and blessings, MJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bear Portrait

Dear Friends, this bear was in the ditch as we drove by, his head popped up and he scurried into the woods.  Sorry for the grass but I did not leave the truck and could not get a good angle.  He was huge and wanted to cross the road, the deer flies were attacking and he was looking for a good swim to drown them. Yes I was using a telephoto lens  til Tomorrow MJ

Green Heron

Dear friends, this is not your typical image of a Green Heron, but it shows his beautiful back feathers in the spring. He was fishing alone in the shade and I never can resist parking along the road to capture these guys. til Tomorrow MJ

Muskrat Lunch

Dear Friends, this muskrat was enjoying his lunch in Crex Meadows, love the long fingernails?? til Tomorrow MJ

Widgeon Duck Male

Dear Friends, this beautiful male was photographed at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge in early May.  hope you think he is beautiful, my inspiration during these chemo days, til Tomorrow MJ

Savannah Sparrow

Dear Friends, loved our day at Crex this week, so thankful that I can again venture out into the wilderness with my camera.  This Savannah Sparrow was a lifer for me, I had never seen him before or if I did, I didn’t know what he was, id wise,  thanks to the kind folks on Facebook who solidified my tentative id. til Tomorrow, MJ

Red Heads

Dear Friends, this pair of red headed ducks were recently found on Phantom Lake in Crex.  This image was a stretch for my telephoto lens but they had found a little calm spot on a rough day, so I took their picture.  I like the rough water beyond them proof that most of the depth of focus is behind the focus point. til Tomorrow MJ

The Magic Moment

Dear Friends, this shot is not possible with a cell phone.  This moment took five years of sitting in grouse blinds to even witness not to mention get an image of it. I took a burst of six images in one second and only one of these had this instant recorded.  So I emphasize that this image took preparation, perseverance and photography skills that are not possible with a cell phone.  So if you are serious about photography I recommend that you practice your skills, do the work and prepare to get the image that you envision. We sat in the blind this year on a cold windy rainy day, so this image is from last year when we had one perfect day, til Tomorrow MJ

Red Necked Grebe

Dear Friends, larger than a mallard and smaller than a Canada goose, this red necked grebe roams the waters of phantom lake in Crex.  I love this eye to eye view that they sometimes give you.  til Tomorrow MJ

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