2019—Killer Rabbit?

Looking ominously reminiscent of the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, an Eastern Cottontail looms large behind a male Northern Cardinal in South Texas. The Cardinal looks around as if trying to decide if it’s time to “Run away! Run away! Run away!”

Nikon D500, Nikkor 500mm PF.

2019—Back to Magee Marsh

A few weeks ago I was in Magee Marsh in Ohio photographing Warblers that were migrating north to breeding grounds in Canada. The Warblers stop at Magee Marsh to fuel up before the teacherous flight across Lake Erie. The birds also spend time at Magee Marsh bathing and grooming. This female Northern Parula is fluffed up after her bath as she preens and enjoys the sun.

2019—Open Up That Golden Gate

On Wednesday, the thick fog lifted so I was able to capture a view from the Marin Headlands of the Golden Gate Bridge with San Francisco in the background. I was really hoping for a shot of the bridge partially shrouded in fog but the towers were either completely obscured or completely visible. When the breeze picked up, the fog didn’t return. From this scenic overlook, it looks almost as if one could just step onto the bridge. Open up that Golden Gate, indeed!

Nikon D5, Nikkor 24-120.

2019—The Boys

Last week, I returned to Neenah, Wisconsin to visit my dear friend Susan. My last visit to Wisconsin was about ten years ago. Susan and I have been close friends since the age of twelve so we easily fell into a comfortable routine that comes with 60 years of friendship. Susan has always been a cat and dog lover and I’ve known many of her pets over the years. But this visit, I met two new pets, each rescued from less than ideal situations, and who, like me, are fortunate to have Susan in their lives. Meet her boys, Herbie, a Bichon Frise and Pippin, just a cat.


A flamboyance of flamingos greeted us as we entered the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday. A “flamboyance” is what a group of flamingos is called. And, indeed, they are quite flamboyant. We’re so used to the tacky pink plastic lawn variety that to see them in the flesh (in the feather?) is quite startling and their brilliant feathers and elegant stature make quite a statement. This Chilean Flamingo is related to the American Flamingo but its coloration is slightly different, a bit paler and the joints on its legs are pink.

Nikon D850, Nikkor 300mm PF

2019—At the Zoo

“Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo,” Paul Simon wrote more than fifty years ago. I was reminded of those lyrics from “At the Zoo” Saturday when I visited the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin. I’m not sure what Paul Simon might have been smoking when he wrote the lyrics. I have always been puzzled by several of the references to the zoo animals in the song and although I did witness a rather skeptical orangutan just before seeing the giraffe, I couldn’t really tell whether or not the zoo’s “giraffes are insincere.” But, the zoo was celebrating World Giraffe Day on Saturday, even though the official day to acknowledge the longest necked animal was the day before on the longest day of the year, Friday.

Nikon D850, Nikkor 300mm PF.

2019—Cassin’s Finch

Cassin’s Finches live in mountainous pine forests like those around Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. They are similar to the House Finches that live in suburbs around the USA but they live mostly in the western US. This male Cassin’s Finch posed for me on a perch near a feeder.

Nikon D5, Nikkor 500mm PF, Nikon 1.4 Teleconverter.

2019—Before the Fishemen Arrive

A few days ago. early in the morning, we visited Rock Creek Lake in the Inyo National Forest. The lake is like glass and it reflects the mountains that surround it and the clouds that float above it—that is until the fishermen arrive and the Brown Trout start to jump. We arrived as the sun rose about 5:15AM and stayed about two and a half hours. Then, the glass-like surface of the lake began to ripple as the trout surfaced and the fisherman gathered nearby. Time for breakfast.

Nikon D850, Nikkor 24-70 VR