Monday in Nature, 8 January 2018

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Leslie Reid, Jan 8, 2018.

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  1. Basic Guidelines: In the strictest sense, nature photography should not include "hand of man elements". Please refrain from images with buildings or human made structures like roads, fences, walls. Pets are not permitted. Captive subjects in zoos, arboretums, or aquariums are permitted, but must be declared, and must focus on the subject, not the captivity. Images with obvious human made elements will likely be deleted from the thread, with an explanation to the photographer. Guidelines are based on PSA rules governing Nature photography which also cover the Nature Forum. Keep your image at/under 1000 pixels on the long axis for in-line viewing. Note that this includes photos hosted off-site at Flicker, Photobucket, your own site, etc. We post one image per week.

    I had a two-slime-mold day a couple of weeks ago. One of the two was kind of ordinary, as slime molds go; it looked a lot like tapioca. And then there was this one. What you’re seeing here is about a 24 mm x 32 mm swath of Sitka spruce log, with the slime mold Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa var. porioides being consumed by a filamentous fungus. I came back a few days later and there was no evidence left of either one.


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  2. White-tailed kite, northern California.
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  3. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Leslie, thanks for starting the thread. Nature is amazing, and thanks for capturing that in your opening image.

    Mandarin Duck in flight, at the Elk Grove Regional Park near Sacramento, California. Mandarin Ducks are native to the eastern part of Asia, in Japan, China and Russia. This duck is not captive but is fed by people visiting the park, such that he has incentive to hang around the park. Most likely he has either escaped or has been released from captivity in California.

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  4. I had named my resident wood stork "Walter" after Jeff Dunham's bald, grumpy old man. Now, Walter has a girl friend. Walter has a girl friend (1 of 1).jpg
     
  5. Tropical Kingbird. I was about to tell it that Uruguay is in the sub-tropics, but, it took off from the bamboo before I could ;-}
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  6. Sunday morning in my Austin, Texas backyard. Nature Monday 1-8-2018.jpg
     
  7. Got a straight-on look by a female mallard
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  8. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Very nice that the wings for both geese are up, and it is not always easy to get multiple subjects all in focus.
     
  9. But sometimes you get lucky. Twin Cranes in Flight.jpg
     
  10. Dieter, this is a perfect photo to look for moire. Did you notice any?
     
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  11. Didn't notice any. Would the noise at ISO 2200 not mask possible moire?
     
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  12. ShunCheung

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    ISO 2200 is pretty high. Moreover, since this is a straight-on, frontal image, only a small area is in focus. It is very unlikely to find moire under such circumstances.

    The chances are much higher at base ISO and with a side view of the bird feather such that more area is in focus.
     
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  13. Been away for a while, enjoying the rain forest and the warm climate of Costa Rica and Panama. Now back in the frozen northland, but here's a little souvenir from Costa Rica.

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  14. Moon jelly washed onto beach IMG_0030_rotcrop_irfansharpadj_resize.jpg
     
  15. One from the archives (June 2015)...

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    Downy Woodpecker Feeding Interaction ... juvenile male (on left) being fed by adult male.

    I am always amazed at how often juvenile birds are so much fatter than the adults that feed them... ahhh, to be young again! :)

    --- Frank (www.gorga.org/blog)
     
  16. It's a snowy owl irruption year, so I rented a Tamron 150-600mm over the holidays and took a day trip to Prime Hook NWR in Delaware.
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  17. Forest stream in winter

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