Monday in Nature May 23, 2016

Discussion in 'Nature' started by lgw, May 23, 2016.

  1. Basic Guidelines: Nature based subject matter. Please, declare captive subjects. Keep your image at/under 700 pixels on the long axis for in-line viewing and try to keep file size under 300kb. Note that this includes photos hosted off-site at Flicker, Photobucket, your own site, etc. Feel free to link your image to a larger version. In the strictest sense, nature photography should not include hand of man elements. Please refrain from images with obvious buildings or large man made structures like roads, fences, walls. Minimize man made features and keep the focus on nature.

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    Greetings,
    We have a bit of a celebration this week. On May 27, 2013 Monday in Nature began and this week the thread turns 3. Light 3 candles and lets have some cake.
    The thread has always been about coming together and celebrating the love of nature and nature photography. Many people have come to join in, and new folks always find us. We have a pleasant community within our corner of photonet. Someone has the answer to just about any question from the natural world. There are photos to match, and pretty darn good ones, too. What will the future bring? Stay tuned! Let's find out.
    We all have things in common that bind us in nature. We get outside, get rained on, wear out shoes, love our gear, try to learn new things, ask questions, get back outside and do it all over again. We all look to the same sky overhead, and we probably all smile at the sight of a rainbow.
    Thank you to everyone who has helped make Monday in Nature such a cool place to be. Opening the door each week is a pleasure and an honor. Thanks for coming to the party.
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  2. Happy Birthday! Unfortunately I am one "candle" short.
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  3. Nice lighting Christoph.
    Bedstraw from me.
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  4. Baby Hummingbird being fed. My first time to ever see this. Shot was taken at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.
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  5. Let the celebrations continue!
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  6. Laura thanks for all your past and present input to the forum.
    Late spring is bluebell time, but I wanted a picture a bit different from the wood-full-of-flowers or flower-heads-close-with-others-and-leaves-behind. So a 300mm lens on a M43 body and lots of grovelling on the ground with a table-top tripod. You may not like the result!
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  7. Happy Birthday Monday in Nature! This wild columbine celebrates with the Panasonic Leica 100-400mm M43 lens. I am impressed with the lens sharpness at 400mm, which is a main concern for telezooms. So far so good, and I hope the columbine approves.
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  8. Black-chinned Hummingbird Flashes His Gorget
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  9. Congratulations. I love those hummingbirds. Alas, none here at the moment, but here's a bee luxuriating in a dandelion (cropped to a faretheewell)
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  10. Happy birthday, and thanks, Laura, for keeping it going. When I first took this shot, I originally thought it had 3 wildlife elements - the frog, butterflies, and flies, but when my wife looked at it, she noticed that the portion of the 'log' that the butterflies were resting on was actually a snapping turtle. Always fun to see something in an image you hadn't noticed when you shot it.
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  11. A short stubby candle that tastes better than the cake. Found on the edge of a hiking trail yesterday. I hope I got the species correct?
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  12. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Great egret with breakfast
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  13. The morning after overnight rain.
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  14. Happy birthday! Thanks, Laura, for keeping it going.
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  15. The red breasted Grosbeak didn't show but here is a cheerful substitute, Happy for the birthday!
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  16. We have a bit of a celebration this week. On May 27, 2013 Monday in Nature began and this week the thread turns 3. Light 3 candles and lets have some cake.​
    Interesting. May 27th of this year is also the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck in World War Two. My how time flies. :)
     
  17. One more rainbow... or may be two?
    Regards, Miha.
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  18. Steller's jay.
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  19. Trichodes alvearius - Bee-eating beetle. This colourful species became extinct here in the UK in the 19th century - I spotted this one on a trip to Sicily last month.
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  20. No rainbows or unicorns, but I was able to obtain many keepers, hiking around my hill and checking out local buffer park.
    Les
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  21. Gordon, I am so pleased to see your morel mushroom image, as I just attended a mushroom workshop a few days ago and the speakers raved about it, saying it's one of the most desirable wild mushrooms. A true morel is hollow inside. I hope to have the opportunity to taste one sometime.
     
  22. From a Photo Class on Raptors' this weekend -
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  23. Great images this week. Thank you, Laura, for your efforts to keep this going. This is a plant I came across in a shady damp spot off the side of the road. Haven't been able to ID it yet. Perhaps someone is familiar with it?
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  24. Mary, yes they are tasty. This one and several others went into an omelette. My ID on this mushroom as a morel is 100%. I'm just not certain about the species. My field guide lists only four species and of those four, angusticeps is the best fit, however I've learned in the past, from Laura, that there are often many more species within some genus than what show up in a single guide book. I also found a number of Morchella deliciosa which are the ones I usually find.
     
  25. Happy birthday! This is an oldie, but I couldn't resist the rainbow...
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  26. Mary Doo, I haven't seen morels recently but used to get them often when I lived in Connecticut. I don't know the species here either, but second the general opinion that they are very tasty and that one of the best things you can do with them is put them in an omelette.
     
  27. Knowing this to be a hot bed of mycological expertise, I'm posting a photo of a mystery fungus. A good friend and mushroom hunter couldn't identify it either. Found on a hillside going up to Mount Ashland in southern Oregon. Any ideas? Thanks for three years of great photos..
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  28. Two bald eagles have been hanging around a boat dock on the Snake River near Idaho Falls on their way north. They tend to stick around for a couple of weeks in the spring and then move on. They also visit in the fall on their way south. I have been walking the dog on the riverbank in hopes of photographing them. I finally succeeded this morning. Here is one of several dozen shots.
    Shun - I love the symmetry of the egret's head above and it's reflection below the circular water ripples.
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  29. Perhaps not the finest capture for me, but I am sure the Heron enjoyed his captured "Lobster" breakfast. Acquired at the Cosumnes River Preserve, Galt, California.
    Canon EOS 7DII & Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM / Contemporary @ 600mm. Technicals = 1/2500 sec; f/10; ISO 800. With a severe crop!
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  30. Great images today, as always. This ship isn't sinking.
    John Farrar, I loved your image from across the room, and loved it more the closer I got.
    Steve Henry, I'll go out on a small limb here. I think your mushroom is Calvatia sculpta. I'm glad you mentioned the location, because this is known from western mountains. It's a spectacular mushroom, especially for a puffball!. You great image shows some important details. In case you have the book, it's on p. 684-685 of Mushrooms Demystified. Also check here and here
    Now, here's a tip about photo ID of fungi and your mushroom presents a big hole that's easy to find oneself in. It also looks like it could be the emerging cap of Amanita magniverrucata, another mushroom with huge white pyrimidal warts. It would be easy to say, oh yeah, it's that Amanita, and be done, and probably wrong. The key is location, and season.
    Gordon, ah yes, Morchella. Since you mentioned it, why, yes, there are a LOT of morels. I had to look, but in Ascomycete Fungi of North America there are 11 species with photos and descriptions, with 21 total in the index. You're fine, go get more butter. ;-)
     
  31. @Laura Weishaupt - Thanks for the ID. I'll let my friend know as well. I do have a mushroom book, but it's packed for a move.
    Another Happy Monday.
     
  32. Life after death!
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  33. Happy 3rd Monday in Nature! Dressed up for the occasion, here's a 3-colored grasshopper from Orocopia Mountains Wilderness :)
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  34. Male Purple Finch
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  35. Happy Birthday Monday in Nature! I needed a Patterns in Nature shot, and I photographed this Tomato Hornworm. It looks like fish lined up.
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  36. Joyeux Anniversaire MIN! Yesterday visited the Sweetwater Wetlands Park and caught this large male 'gator warning off a younger male with an impressive growl that caused the water to vibrate.
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  37. [​IMG]Mine was taken in the Caribbean island of Grenada a couple of months ago
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  38. What a superb set of birthday images! It seems invidious to pick just a few but I really liked Christoph, Mary Doo, Gordon B and Leszek's. And I've never seen anything like Steve's Calvatia.
     
  39. A day late to the party, but here is my contribution:
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