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Week 32, #13 Starburst, Morning

Snapshot 1 (11-3-2018 5-01 PM)

This photo was taken by my trail cam early one morning.  I’m not sure what set off the motion sensor but the diffraction of light through our ligustrum hedge made an interesting abstract pattern, almost like a veil.

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Week 31, # 24 Wild Card, Unrivalled


This painted bunting (Passerina ciris) was spotted at Felts Audubon Sanctuary.  The Audubon Society Guide to North American Birds says that the painted bunting is often called “Nonpareil,” meaning “unrivalled.”   Coming from Illinois the most colorful bird we had was the cardinal.  Facebook friends from northern climates were amazed that such a bird existed outside of the rain forest.  We are lucky to have such visitors in Florida.

Taken with a Canon 80D camera, Tamron 150-600 mm lens at 600 mm, f/8, ISO 1000, 1/50 sec.

They’re Back

The last few days in early November this painted bunting has been visiting our feeder. I think it is a juvenile or perhaps a female, they have similar coloration. There are two populations of these colorful birds, in Florida we see the Eastern group which migrates to South Florida, the Caribbean, and Central America. I usually see the very colorful males around April.

Stars Over Rainy Lake

This is one of my first attempts at night photography. It was wonderful to see the Milky Way and Jupiter (brightest light). We were blessed with a new moon and several clear nights. This was a 30 sec exposure at ISO 1600 with my Canon 80D (f/4, 10-22mm lens).

Rainy Lake Sunset


We just returned from a week long houseboat trip on Rainy Lake, MN.  This was a great way to get away and still shelter with a few close friends.  We had a wonder time and saw the Aurora Borealis, loons, beaver, and lots of moss.  More photos to follow.