Monday, May 31, 2010

Bugs, Birds and Butterflies. My Comfy Zone.

   Yes folks, I’ve been shooting wildlife since Moses was floating down the Nile in a basket.  It’s my comfy zone.

I took a little excursion to my favorite pond in Ipswich, Massachusetts to see what dragons are out and about.  This damsel fly looks to be fairly young and still quite translucent.

Damselfly 5-29-2010 9-16-00 AM

Deeper into my comfy zone are birds.  I finally got a half decent shot of a Northern Cardinal in Essex.

Cardinal 5-29-2010 10-25-55 AM

An area that I’m learning more about are butterflies (as well as the dragons and damsels).  This Cabbage White is getting a sip of nectar not 50 yards from where I shot the Cardinal.

Butterfly, Cabbage White 5-29-2010 10-05-23 AM 

Yep, I’m operating in my comfy zone.  Don’t you think it’s time to shake it up a bit?  Tune in tomorrow and find out what happens when I stumble into a photo shoot with the wrong gear in a genre that I haven’t shot in since high school and a subject matter that I know nothing about.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Plum Island Light and Purple Martins

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On the grounds of Plum Island Light are martin houses.  There are several pairs of nesting Purple Martins.

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This is the female.

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And here is the male.  Soon they will be bringing in hundreds of insects to feed the chicks.

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Scenic Sunday

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Something’s up

I was eating breakfast yesterday morning when I saw five boats running through the front yard.  This struck me as odd because the boats generally go their own speed and pick their own course.  These looked like they were all headed towards the Cut Bridge rather than out to sea.

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Sensing that somthing’s up, I grabbed my glass and zoomed in. Hey, that ain’t no lobsta’ crew. ©2010 ShootingMyUniverse

And that ain't no “Joe Tourist” pocket video camera. 


Yeah, I don’t think they’re out for lobster!  Maybe a Doublemint Gum commercial?


Well, when there is a mystery on the water, I always turn to GoodMorningGloucester to find out what’s going on.  Joey doesn’t miss a trick.  The mystery is solved on GoodMorningGloucester.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


You know you want to ride on this.  Well, this one, you can!

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P.S. I should mention that Codzilla terrorizes Boston Harbor. Check out their website for more information.

Monday, May 24, 2010

American Copper

I sometimes wonder where they get the names for these bugs.  ©2010 ShootingMyUniverse

When the bug turns and you catch it in the right light…©2010 ShootingMyUniverse

It does turn to copper! ©2010 ShootingMyUniverse

Sunday, May 23, 2010


This is one of the only two herbs in the dogwood family. Who would have thunk? 

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Forgotten Photo Friday, Uhm, you’re in my shot.

Okay, now someone has to know something about this.  As I posted back in October, I was shooting the Scott Covered Bridge in Townshend, VT when I stumbled across this crew filming a documentary.  I gave one of them my card and he said that he would email me the link to the film’s website.  I’ll be darned if I was let down!

Scott Bridge, Townshend 9-25-2009 4-46-31 PM

So, anyone out there have any information about a film being shot in Southern Vermont in October of 2009?  The mystery is just too much!

Be sure to check out the October covered bridge post.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Gloucester Commute

This isn’t a bad way to get to work, is it? The Caterina G rounds Eastern Point.©2010 ShootingMyUniverse

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles generally reside in the canopy of the hardwoods, but when the females play hard to get, they will test the male’s courage.  This young lady dropped down thirty feet in front of me.  Perhaps she was testing her suitor or perhaps she was just trying to get away.

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Unimpressed with his display, she gave him a sharp peck and sent him packing.

Monday, May 17, 2010

East Coast Warbler’n

I know they are there.  I can hear their buzzy-raspy calls overhead, deep in the woods, way up in the canopy. I know that they are there.

It is always fun to get out in May and catch the warbler migration.  Some even stick around to nest.  However on the east coast, the canopy is think, dense and lush.  The trees are close and this makes the birding tough. 

After waiting and watching and watching and waiting, I finally caught a glimpse of movement that wasn’t just the breeze blowing leaves around.  There it is, a Black-throated Green.  

Black-throated Green 5-16-2010 10-48-02 AM

Patiently waiting for another glimpse, I saw a Blackburnian Warbler  hop across a branch high up in the canopy. He was gone before I could get my binoculars up to my eyes.  Then another Black-throated Green popped out.  Black-throated Green 5-16-2010 10-48-55

He looked around and was gone.

Black-throated Green 5-16-2010 10-48-57 AM

These pictures are good enough for shooting first and asking questions later.  A few weeks ago, I shot a Black-throated Green an emailed the pictures off to Kim for a little help with the ID.  These came out much better!

Yes, east coast birding gets frustrating in May when the canopy fills out.  The skeeters are out in force the canopy is thick and you can hear’em but you just can’t always find’em. 

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Cape Ann Wildflowers

Pink Lady’s Slippers and Common Columbine are featured today with a spattering of some other Cape Ann Wildflowers.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

On Patrol

The last few weeks I have been checking out one of my favorite dragon spots to see if there were any around.  Walking up a narrow clearing, about 50 feet wide by a wooded vernal pool, I saw one on patrol.

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Eventually it landed low in the bramble, just long enough for me to get some shots off. ©2010 ShootingMyUniverse

I’m not familiar with this bug, but in this day and age, I can shoot first and ask questions later. ©2010 ShootingMyUniverse

After all, how difficult could it be to find, look at those wind spots! What I had envisioned to be an easy session with the field guide did turn out to be a bit of a challenge. You see, the picture in the book was in different lighting and a different angle. Note that the spots disappear from a different angle. ©2010 ShootingMyUniverse However I did get a positive I.D.  This is a Spot-winged Glider.

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