Monday in Nature Weekly Photo Nov. 18, 2013

Discussion in 'Nature' started by lgw, Nov 18, 2013.

  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. Let common sense be your guide.
    Let's make this a true Photo of the Week and only post 1 image per week.
    Seems a celebration is in order. This is the 26th edition of Monday in Nature. All of you who contribute to this weekly thread make it happen. Some of you have been posting here since the very beginning. Others come and go with varying frequency.New folks have joined in almost every week. While we share many experiences in nature, we all have unique visions. You have all helped make this an inviting place with inspirational photography, helpful advice, wonderful stories, and views of nature that many of us will never see in person. In the beginning many of us were familiar with others through our camera forum POTW or the No Words forum. It has been a real treat to become acquainted with other nature photographers through MiN. It is fitting to tip our lens caps to the Nature forum mods. When presented with the initial concept, valuable suggestions were made and they agreed to give it a try. Seemed like a good idea at the time and you all proved it so. The future looks in focus, naturally.
    Thank you to everyone who makes this an enjoyable start to the week. Let's light 1/2 a candle and make it a great Monday in Nature.
  2. 26 weeks? How did that go by that quickly?
    Here's a little Green Heron (who's not too green) in early morning light.
  3. Let us celebrate with popping open a little something. Capsule of Impatiens pallida (Pale Touch-me-not)
  4. My wife and dog are dwarfed by what is the 2nd largest Green Ash tree in the state of Ohio. It is located in Byers Woods,
    Ashland county Ohio.
  5. kts


    that beech tree behind her to the right isn't to shabby either guess would be they're both close to 200 yrs old
    winter is right around the bend when these little junco's start showing up in my backyard
  6. Thom, Boy Junco's already. We may be in for an early winter.
    Thom that portion of Byers Woods is called "The Big Tree Loop". There are some enormous oak trees in that area also.
  7. American White Pelican at White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas.
  8. pelican photo
  9. Last weeks mild wet weather afforded these oyster mushrooms a final late season flush. I found them yesterday growing on the trunk of a dead maple tree, I took a few photos before cleaning them for supper.
  10. Autum is slipping away and these ducks will see a cold winter. The white one is aging and follows the grey everywhere. Will he see the spring?
  11. Here's one taken a couple of weeks ago.
  12. An attractive group of fungi on an old fallen tree (I'm not much good at identifying organisms without at least six legs and/or two wings):
  13. 26 weeks has gone by fast, almost as fast as this fall season that's rapidly fading. It's been a delight to participate here, thanks again Laura for all of your efforts and observations.
  14. One of several shots from Great Smoky Mountain National Park, late last month...
  15. Pine Needles Caught in a Twig
  16. As winter approaches I find a last bit of color in the woods. AJ
  17. Full moon last night. Here's the upcoming moon over the Pescadero (California) Marsh. It's one of the remaining wetlands on the pacific flyway.
  18. Greetings from the depths of northern Ontario.
    Our koi and shubunkin are hunkering down for the winter. Here's Mini Pearl, Spotty and White Lips down at about the 4' depth level. For perspective, Mini Pearl is about 16" long.
    The pond freezes over but we keep the waterfall and pump running for aeration. See ya in the spring, guys!
  19. White-tail buck in rut
    Click on the image if you'd like to see it full-sized.
  20. It is time to fly south.
  21. Happy 26th edition and great shots as usual everyone! This one was taken while I was kayaking in NJ this past summer. I must admit that I was startled when I saw this proud gull coming at me with a freshly caught blue-claw crab in its mouth. It goes to show that you never know what you will find in nature.
  22. Hi everyone ! Another wonderful start to Monday. Gordon B what a wonderful delicate shot .Robert that is a wonderful capture of the gull !
    Spent a few days at Dauphin Island, Al. I was fortunate to find the reddish egret. I love to watch these guys hunt. They run , jump and spread those glorious wings .
    Hope you enjoy .
  23. Another day in the hood....walking the hill.
  24. Young buck resting.
  25. There is a family of Magpie's living in a tree in my yard. This baby was wandering around near the fence while waiting for mum to come back with some food.
  26. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring in the background, New Zealand, with Nikon D800E and 24mm lens.
  27. Eleven pointer in the Great Smoky mountains on a very frosty and cold morning.
  28. Great shots, everyone!
  29. Gordon, I believe that is the most beautiful Pleurotus image I've ever seen. I trust the meal was good also. With the recent warmth and a bit of rain we may get a few things, but fungi in our area have pretty much shut down with the exception of species like Crepidotus.
    AJ Bart, welcome to MiN. You're in good company looking for the last color before winter sets in.
    Shun, what a great patch of yellow (lupins maybe?). Are you heading to the mountains in the distance?
    Jonathan, looks like a a little flush of the genus Mycena, but a few species look pretty much like that.
    Robert M, that is an amazing shot of the gull. It almost has that "now what?" expression.
    The week is off to a great start.
  30. A wonderful variety of of pictures as usual. I can't believe it has been 26 weeks already. I didn't get out to get any new pictures this week. Here's one from 2012.
    Canon XSi, Tamron 70-300 vc @300
  31. Granite Mountains in the heart of the Mojave desert, where I was collecting soil samples for work this week.
  32. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Laura, those must be Lupines.
  33. Gup

    Gup Gup

    A curious White-tailed Deer.
  34. Roadside opportunity on a country drive...old horse drawn cultivator surrounded by nature.
    Canon FD 50-135/3.5 @ 50/8.0, ISO400, 1/320 on a Sony NEX-7
  35. I'd like to gently remind contributors to Monday in Nature that nature photography minimizes hand of man elements, and in the strictest sense excludes them entirely. We had discussions about this early on, but we may need to revisit the idea from time to time. Please note that this is in the basic guidelines at the beginning each week. We all understand that nature climbs on the front door, fence post, windshield, or other structure built by people. Those photos have been about the nature itself and that is what counts. Please, ask yourself if an image is focused on nature, or about a human made subject. Let an editing eye and common sense be your guide.
  36. Laura, please feel free to delete my post, thank you.
  37. Bill, deleting the post is not necessary, or desirable. I don't possess that ability. There have been a few posts recently that have leaned more toward a landscapish direction. I think your image is quite nice. It is, as you say, telling a story of nature reclaiming. When we have these opportunities there are different ways to tell the story. This is they way you chose to tell it. It is probably a very good example of one end of a spectrum, where pure nature is at the other end.
    At some point it might be a good idea to have some guidelines on what constitutes nature photography. Where does nature photography begin to be something else? I'm not trying to make an example of you, or chide you in any way. If you sense that, then I apologize, as it is not my intent or desire.
  38. Happy half-anniversary everyone. Glorious images this week, as ever.
    Here is the ubiquitous, unassuming, blue periwinkle Nodilittorina unifasciata, always present in huge numbers, waiting to greet the visitor to any southern rocky shore.
    60D, 24-105 (wish I'd had the macro with me!), 1/40 @ f/9, ISO 200
  39. stemked

    stemked Moderator

    Actually Goeff I really like the abstract nature of the shot. I don't think a macro image would have picked it up as well.
  40. Thanks, Douglas, I know what you mean. But with a macro I could have got this image and closer ones, too!

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