I really like the detail in this Cowbird portrait shot. You can even see the small individual rimal feathers surrounding the eye.
Went on a successful hunt for a Sage Thrasher on Nighthawk Road and the roadsides were full of these striking purple flowers. Because of their thin grass like leaves these lilies seems to come from nowhere.
Recently, Sara and I headed down south to the land of the pines. While we were staring down the road, we picked out this bouquet of flowers, which led us to this momma of a flower longhorn.
Thanks to Bruce Tilden for the ID!
This species is also known as Skyrocket due to the trumpet shape with back curved petal lobes. It really was a highlight of the afternoon when we came across it blooming on a recent trip to the interior.
I really like the contrast in this shot between the air and the water. The parts of the duck below the water look darker, bigger and slightly misaligned with the parts above the water. All of these differences can be explained by the bending of light as it transitions from water to air (a.k.a. refraction).
This week’s photo shows you that in the insect world, not even aerial predators are safe from other aerial predators. Watch your sixes!
Unlike the Mute Swans of Stanley Park, which have had their wings clipped, the resident mute swans are truly feral and hence countable in a bird watching sense. This swan was being exceptionally cooperative swimming right up to the dike near the viewing tower whereas they are usually sighted far away at the southeastern end of Katzie Marsh.
I found this striking lady while wondering around our campsite on Harrison Lake this past May long weekend. Despite the loud music and let’s say “eccentric” fellow campers, the area was beautiful and full of nature.
Sara and I visited the aquarium a few weeks back along with her parents. As a change of pace I decided to bring my telephoto rather than my fast prime. While I wasn’t able to get any really good shots inside because of the low light, I was able to get some satisfying close ups (like the one above) on the marine mammals outside and the birds in the Amazon Gallery. I have a full set of photos from the aquarium over at flickr.