Monday in Nature Weekly Photo Jan. 27, 2014

Discussion in 'Nature' started by lgw, Jan 27, 2014.

  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. Do you have a series of great shots to compliment your post? Please, tell us where they are so we can see them.
    In the strictest sense, nature photography should not include hand of man elements. Try to minimize man made features, keep the focus on nature, and let common sense be your guide. Let's make this a true Photo of the Week and only post 1 image per week.
    Good Morning All,
    On this day in 1888 the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington D.C. The first monthly magazine was published in October of that year. Back in 1830 the Geographical Society of London was formed. It later became known as the Royal Geographic Society and was granted a Royal Charter in 1859. "Geographical" magazine has been published monthly, continuously since 1935. It is difficult to imagine what our state of knowledge would be like without these and like organizations in Canada, Australia, Russia, India, and on. Science, geography, nature, exploration, and photography all wrapped up together. In a not so perfect world the broad view and mission of these organizations is to promote knowledge about the natural and cultural world.
    Each month a slice of the planet comes to the mailbox. It's bound between yellow bordered covers and it is full of some of the best and most inspiring photography I can ever hope to see. I'm lucky. My great aunt worked at NGS and gave my family a gift subscription every year. I got my own subscription as soon as I could afford it. I can't articulate how my photography is influenced by this monthly gem. But, it helps me see the world and gives the brain a good work out. I can't imagine life without it.
    Happy birthday National Geographic Society. It's Monday. What would you put on the cover?
  2. I don't think I have one worthy of the cover, Laura. NG photography was always a treat to see and highly enjoyed by those in my house growing up.
  3. As a youngster I always enjoyed "intimate" looks at nature that I thought I would never see myself. Who knew?
  4. Rick! You would get along just fine with Linnaeus!
    Nothing of mine would make any part of NG, let alone the cover. This is a Weka, a chicken-sized flightless New Zealand bird sometimes mistaken by tourists for a Kiwi. They are supposedly threatened, but we saw several without trying!
  5. 2 bucks in my backyard. 27-degrees when I shot this from my patio.
  6. Dreaming of warmer days at Kingwood Center Mansfield Ohio.
  7. Very cold and still snowing in upper Michigan. This was taken with a Nikon D300 and the older 80-400 mm VR the snow. Stay warm:)
  8. Window art. Frost ferns on glass.
    Nikon D800 w/70-200 & CU filter.
  9. Richard, welcome to MiN. Beautiful image. To you also, keep warm.
  10. kts


    another shot from the frozen ponds before the snow hit this past weekend
  11. As a kid, two of my photographic fantasies were to work for National Geographic and to see one of my images up on the huge Kodak screen that used to be in Grand Central Station in NYC. Although neither came true, my passion for the medium continues wherever I go.
  12. Have been enjoying National Geographic for over 50 yrs ! Don't think I have any thing that would make the cover but here is my Monday contribution. AJ
  13. Hello,
    I have returned after a long hiatus. This week is a female Anne hummingbird captured in her efforts to defend her feeder from all comers. Winter is hardly the word west of the Rockies, and the hummer boys feel in the mood to get things started, she will have none of it. She may be right, things are starting to be on the change.
  14. Having an image of yours published National Geographic is definitely one of those things that many of us nature lovers would love to happen. But as it is, I'm happy to share mine here.
    A Royal Tern on Playa Negra. You can click on the image to view it larger.
  15. Coyote Leaps As The Sun Sets
  16. Went South for the winter and found a glacier. This is the glacier in Gold Harbor on South Georgia Island. It may not be Nat Geo quality, but it is their sort of subject. Compare this photo with the one in this link ( made in 2001 to see substantial shrinkage of the glacier over the last 13 years.
  17. Cool here in Florida, but at least the sun is shining today.
  18. Tiny succulent plant on California beach side
  19. A honey bee for lunch.[​IMG]
  20. Love the kung fu pose of the spider Wes!
    No delusions (make that deleysions?) on my part either of ever coming close to Nat Geo standards, but for fiding my daily Wows there's nothing better than International Photonettic ;)
  21. Ice bubble taken last week.
  22. This is a mandarin duck. They are not native to the UK but there is now a decent size population derived from escpaees from collections.
  23. This was a horizontal cloud that I rotated 90 deg (looks better this way), couple of tweaks from from increasing shadow and contrast....actually, it looks way cooler in b&w.
  24. Gup

    Gup Gup

    Deer are habitual animals, too. This is a well traveled deer trail through the forest.
  25. One of the things I love most about macro photography in nature is the discovery of miniature worlds...
  26. From my archives, taken in January 2013. Next month I should have some new ones to post (finally).
  27. Wonderful GBH shot. If you haven't sold that, you should.
  28. It's always nice to see folks who have been gone for awhile. DL, I think many here would be happy to send you some snow.
    Dennis, I recall either this image, or one very similar to it. Archive or not, it still lovely.
    Seeing all the artistic views of winter makes it easier to take. And while Thom has given me a case of the heebee jeebees, Jon has provided the cure.
    This week is really top notch. Monday just gets better and better.
  29. This was last Friday at Pigeon Point Lighthouse on the West Coast where we are all doing a rain dance to try to get some moisture or we are going to be in trouble this summer. I think these are Red Wing Blackbirds but I am no expert. Normally in January the landscape here would be much greener. I drove from L.A. to San Jose and the only green spots are where the farmers can irrigate. 5D MK2 70-200 2.8L 1/800 f/4 ISO 100
  30. What can I say that the others haven't said?
    Not even a yellow border, but at least nature...
  31. Another image from Cades Cove, TN.
  32. This past summer the Rim fire, one of the largest in California history, burned into Yosemite National Park and very near Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. This photo was taken a few years ago. I wonder what the area looks like now, not only from any fire damage but from the lack of precipitation. The tall ribbon fall is Tueeulala Falls and the heavier flow fall are Wapama Falls.
  33. stemked

    stemked Moderator

    The Eagles are taking off!
    This Sunday I got to see one of the greatest natural wonders that I have ever seen. At the break of dawn close to 100 Bald and a single Golden Eagle spiraling up like vultures. The only down side was the lighting wasn't great and shooting initially at ISO 500,000+ doesn,t make for great images. The lighting improved a bit later but wasn't fantastic (very overcast), but that hardly took away from the spectacle.
    The area is in western Indiana, close to Illinois. Lovely to see.
    Pentax K3 Sigma 150-500 f6.3 at ISO 60,000 (about). Union Bridge, IN
  34. Thanks David and Laura. David, that is a terrific capture of a coyote, all four feet in the air...must have been near sundown (or sunrise) due to the back-light, and I'm assuming rather dim light. Were you in a blind, or was it a happy coincidence? What lens did you use?
    Lots of other great photos from everyone here too.
  35. Thank you Dennis.
    I was in my car-blind as the sun was setting. It's at that point where the light is changing every second, because the sun is right on the horizon and was down within a minute or two of this. This is my 500/f4 plus the 1.4x TC-III, hand held at 1/80-sec. The next shots were at ISO 6400, but this was the best batch of the day.
    This is in a state park five-minutes from my home, so I know where the coyote roam and patrol in my car-blind. In fact, this morning I caught this same coyote within 20-feet of this exact spot. The lighting this morning was that magical post-snow morning light, allowing low ISO and fast shutter speeds. I'm anxious to get home to process those.
  36. Roger G

    Roger G Roger G

  37. stemked

    stemked Moderator

    Where did you see the Weka?
  38. Doug,

    This particular specimen was on the side of the road between Picton and Havelock (South Island) where you can pull
    over to admire the view of Queen Charlotte Sound. There was a pair with chicks, but these disappeared into the long
    grass as soon as they realized they'd been spotted. The adults were bolder, and clearly used to scavenging around

    We also saw a couple in the garden of a B&B where we stayed at St Arnaud.

    Are you going to NZ as well on your trip, or just Oz?
  39. I just love my "occasional" Sunday breakfast visitors........ (sorry for the late submission).

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