My favorite pictures

February, 2015 My favorite pictures

This is a handful of my favorite pictures. This comes with a few caveats:

  1. All of these were taken with my camera and I was standing there, but my friend Ethan took a few of them. I have credited him on the pictures he took. Most notably the amazing picture of a Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon). 
  2. They were not all taken at Pony Pasture. I’ll note where they were taken.
  3. They’re not all technically proficient – but some are quite rare.
  4. They’re not a result of brilliant photography – all of them happened because I was in the right place at the right time. And I had a camera with the lens cap off. It’s a 35 mm digital SLR, but it is strictly mid-quality, doesn’t even have replaceable lenses
  5. I’m thrilled with every picture. 

This may be the most technically proficient picture I’ve ever taken. It’s an American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus). I took it at Bryan Park in Richmond, VA in April of 2013. You can see the original blog post at Froggie:

Best picture I've ever taken. Bullfrog, Bryan Park, Richmond, VA, April, 2013

Best picture I’ve ever taken. Bullfrog, Bryan Park, Richmond, VA, April, 2013

I took this picture of a bumblebee in my neighbor’s backyard while dog-sitting in August of 2014. If you’d like to see the original post you can click on Neighbors!

One of my favorite pictures ever.

One of my favorite pictures ever.

This Bald eagle picture is far from technically proficient, but it’s something you just don’t see every day. I took it at Pony Pasture in the morning in December of 2012. If you’d like to see the whole post, click on Breakfast at Pony Pasture

Fresh fish

Fresh fish

This is another picture where I got lucky. My friend Ethan and I were hiking just upstream from Pony Pasture when I saw something in the water I knew I’d never seen before. This is a North American river otter (Lontra canadensis). The original post is at Greenspace. It has three otter pictures I took; one is quite unusual: 

Same otter, different angle. I'm not sure what's in its mouth or what its gender is.

North American river otter (Lontra canadensis). I’m not sure what’s in its mouth or what its gender is.

My friend Ethan took amazing picture of a Northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon) at Bryan Park in Richmond in April of 2014: 

What an image! Better than any snake picture I'VE ever taken! Nice job, Ethan.

What an image! Better than any snake picture I’VE ever taken! Nice job, Ethan.

I took a whole, whole lot of pictures of an American goldfinch (Spinus tristis) at Pony Pasture last August (2014) to wind up with this stunner: 

Gazing goldfinch

American goldfinch (Spinus tristus) at Pony Pasture, August, 2014

In October of 2014 I was once again in the right place at the right time at Pony Pasture – nearly in sight of the main parking lot! This is an Osprey (Pandion haliaetus): 

That is what alpha predators ALL look like. Fish wake up having nightmares when they see that look.

That is what alpha predators ALL look like. Fish wake up having nightmares when they see that look.

I’ll be putting up more very soon – I have several. Enjoy! 

Added March, 2015 – this osprey is dining on a fish that saw that look:

Late afternoon dining:

Late afternoon dining:

No lack of attention from this lovely animal.

No lack of attention from this lovely animal.

Bryan Park, Richmond, VA, March 23, 2015

Bryan Park, Richmond, VA, March 23, 2015

2 Responses to My favorite pictures

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  2. kouten07 says:

    Love the beauty found in nature. Great photos. Thanks for sharing them! .

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