Along with ice bells on willow wands, the right conditions also produce all kinds of ice ordination along edges…here along the edge of an remnant ice sheet from the deep freeze of the previous days. The sheet is lodged along the bank of the Mousam River, and the rise and fall and splash of the rapids has festooned the whole edge with ice baubles. I love the ways in which light interacts with the ice. 🙂 Sony RX10iv at 244mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/400th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.
Conditions have to be just right for ice bells to form. The water has to rise and fall with heavy rains or tidal effect. There has to be enough wind and current to keep the willow wands or branches constantly moving, and it has to be well below freezing. The rapids on the Mousam River at Roger’s Pond Park in Kennebunk Maine were completely frozen over for several days during our cold snap in early January and have only broken loose due two days of rain last week. The return of sub-zero nights and days in the teens this week made for ideal ice bell weather, and indeed there were some nice ones there when I visited on Sunday. Sony RX10iv at 600mm. Program mode. 1/500th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.
I was down at the beach the other day looking for landscapes when I spotted a group of mallards far out from the road on Back Creek, almost to its meeting with the Mousam River. I was shooting them when they suddenly, maybe rattled by the attention, took to the air. I was able to follow them for several flight shots. Sony RX10iv at 600mm. Program mode. 1/1000th @ f5.6 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.
We went back a second day to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge just at the east edge of greater Denver to see if we could get a close look at Buffalo. I had seen them close enough to touch (if I had been so foolish as to put my arm out the window of car) in North Dakota, but Carol had never seen one closer than 500 yards, and that had been on our first visit to RMANWR two days before. So since we had to go to the airport to drop of Kelia on her way home and were out that way anyway, it was worth a second try. And we were blessed. This great bull was grazing close enough to the road so that I could not get all of him in a 600mm field of view. I like this shot, with the tongue out and him so intent on his graze. He paid no attention to us, safe in our rental car, on the road so close. Sony RX10iv at 500mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/1000th @ f4.5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.
The Juncos are under our feeders most days here in southern Maine, but they are all Slate-colored Juncos. Of course they are all, according to the experts, Dark-eyed Juncos, but the DeJ has at least 5 recognizable plumage variations across the country. When we lived in New Mexico, on a good day in the winter, we could get 3 of them at our feeders. This is the Grey-headed variety which I found at Bandolier National Monument on a November visit to New Mexico. Sony RX10iv at 600mm. Program mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 100. -.3 EV. Processed in Polarr.
This year we spent a week in Colorado before going on down to Socorro New Mexico for the Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, so we had a chance to observe Mule Deer in both Colorado and New Mexico. I have to say New Mexico Mule Deer have bigger ears than Colorado Mule Deer…at least that is certainly my impression after a chance to compare them. 🙂 These two does were out on the South Loop, browsing contentedly near the loop road. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.
Taken during a “panic” when a thousand or more Geese came up off the water at the same time and circled close overhead. They are always calling loudly during a panic. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent field of view. Program mode with my special flight and action settings. 1/1000th @ f8 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.
Snow Geese panics are one of the spectacles that draws people back to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife in New Mexico each fall and winter. When 2000 geese come up off the water all at once and circle it is something to see, and to hear. This looks like a Mallard panic but it is not. These Mallards were just all inspired to move down the field at the same time. They are flocking birds, and when one (or at least a few) go, they all tend to go. Sony RX10iv at 540mm equivalent field of view. Program mode. 1/640th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.
With my new Sony RX10iv, action shots are easy. 🙂 This Sandhill Crane at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico is caught showing off for his mate, or trying to intimidate a rival. Program mode, with action settings. 1/1250th @ f5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.
I took my Basic Field Techniques for Point and Shoot Photography class out for the dawn flyout at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in Socorro New Mexico during the Festival of the Cranes this year. This is just as the sun was coming up. I like the subtle light in the clouds and the bird in full flight. Sony RX10iv at 600mm. Program mode with my custom Flight and Action settings. 1/1000th @ f4 @ ISO 640. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.