Black Point Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island NWR near Titusville, Florida
21st of 2017 I was making my last round through Merritt Island NWR
when I came across a feeding frenzy of egrets, herons, pelicans, spoonbills,
Ibises and much more. It was quite an incredible
event, and I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon the scene in such good light.
were not feeding were soaring in all different direction. It was difficult to find just one bird out of
the mass to lock onto, but I happened to capture this White Ibis as
it was gliding in for a landing with a few hundred other feeding birds in the refuge
Roseate Spoonbill, Platalea ajaja: Black Point Wildlife Drive,
Merritt Island NWR near Titusville, Florida
This photo was taken on a very cool morning right before sunrise. The clouds in the western sky were glowing pink from the light of the rising sun. Their reflection in the water provided a perfect match for the tones of the spoonbills feathers. The pastel colors certainly give the image a light and soft feel.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/200 second @ f/7.1
As the days shorten I look forward to the arrival of winter bird, but can't keep the warblers out of mind. I so look forward to their return in the spring. Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4; Exposure 1/60 second @ f/8
August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Hopkinsville Kentucky
15 different photos arranged to show the progression of the eclipse. The eclipse begins on the right side of the image and progresses to the left through totality and the waning partial phases.
On August 21, 2017 my family and I were on site in
Hopkinsville, Kentucky for the total solar eclipse.This was the second total eclipse for my wife
and I, and the first for my children and grandchildren.I was fortunate to have contacted the
Northwest Baptist Church a few months before the eclipse and got permission to
park on their property to set up camera equipment.The church property sets on a incline that
gave a good 360º view.It was without a
doubt the best place near Hopkinsville to see the eclipse. I have been preparing for this eclipse most of my life. As a young fellow I had a passion for astronomy. I remember when I was fifteen years old and looking through a astronomy book from my high school library. The book had a chapter on the mechanics of solar eclipses, and a chart of solar eclipses that would occur between 1950 and 2050. At the top of the chart was a map of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.
Baily's Beads, August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Hopkinsville, Kentucky
the last hint of the photosphere as totality begins. This phenomenon is named in honor Francis Baily who theorized that the beads seen at the beginning of a total solar eclipse was sunlight shinning through mountains on the moon, which indeed does create Baily's Beads.
I remember being so excited. The path of the future total eclipse would pass only one-hundred miles north of where I lived at the time. My mind when into overdrive. I immediately started thinking, "I can see that one, its close to home." I then realized that I would be sixty-two years old in 2017 and immediately thought, "I hope I live that long." Well, as you can imagine my thoughts on age as changed drastically since that day, and yes, I did live to see the eclipse own August 21.
Inner Solar Corona: Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Notice the solar flares at 2:00, 3:00 and 5:00 position. Solar flares are plasma
being ejected from the photosphere.
No words can express the beauty and excitement of an event like a total solar eclipse, and no photograph can capture the extent of tonal ranges of the solar corona. It is something that must be experienced in person and seen with ones on eyes.
August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, Solar Corona: Hopkinsville, Kentucky
The solar corona extends two to three times the diameter of the photosphere. This image does not show the entire corona. The latitude of the camera sensor cannot maintain a proper exposure from the inner corona to the out corona.
The photos here simply, do not even come close to what the eye can see in an eclipse. The human eye can see a far greater range of values than a camera. Some of the images here are single images, others are multiple images put together to give the viewer a more comprehensive view of what I saw with the naked eye. I can not stress enough, how captivating, and thrilling a total eclipse experience can be. The next total solar eclipse in North America will occur on April 8th, 2024. I am planning to there, and I hope you will do the same.
(This is my favorite Audubon print, I hope it will be in the show!)
For my friends here in North Alabama and
surrounding states.I thought you might
like to know that……
John James Audubon comes to the Huntsville Museum of
Art!Well, not Audubon himself, but a
treasure trove of Audubon Aquatints from the Kathy & Michael Mouron
24 aquatints from Audubon’s most famous work, The Birds of
America will be on display from Sunday, July 23rd until November 19th,
The Museum will be hosting a preview party on the evening of
July 22nd, an event I do not want to miss.Follow this link
to purchase tickets to the preview party.I hope to see many of you there, if not at the preview party, make sure
you get to the museum before the show moves on.
If you have problems with the link above, here is the
Museum to present John James Audubon’s Birds of America from
the private collection of Kathy and Michael Mouron
IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 13, 2017
Samantha Nielsen Director of Communications email@example.com 256.535.4350
Huntsville, Ala. – The
Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is thrilled to announce the opening of the much
sought after exhibition, Birds
of America: Audubon Aquatints from the Kathy & Michael Mouron Collection, on Sunday, July 23rd. Birds of America will be on view at the Museum for general admission until November
Birds of America presents
24 of the 435 prints comprising the best known works of 19th century American naturalist, John James Audubon (1785-1851). The
works on view in the exhibition at HMA are from the private collection of Kathy
and Michael Mouron of Birmingham, Alabama and are being shown publically in
this region for the first time.
James Audubon’s life-sized watercolors of North American birds is widely
considered to be among the highest quality of wildlife illustrations,” said
Christopher Madkour, Executive Director of HMA. “We are thrilled to be hosting
this exhibition at the Museum and are grateful to the Mourons for sharing their
extraordinary collection of Audubon paintings with us.”
observe his subjects firsthand, Audubon traveled through much of the North
American continent and recorded the appearance of birds in a variety of media.
His intricately detailed illustrations are rich in observation and include song
birds, waterfowl and birds of prey which are represented as life-sized and in
their natural habitats.
Mourons were drawn to Audubon’s Birds
of America collection after first seeing a few
pieces soon after graduating from the University of Alabama. Forty years later,
Michael and Kathy spotted a piece from the collection through the open doors of
Arader Galleries in Philadelphia and quickly became friends with the gallery
owner, Mr. Graham Arader. After purchasing the “Wood Duck” aquatint in May
2013, the Mourons, with help from Mr. Arader, have now added thirty-three other
pieces to their own private Audubon collection.
Graham’s careful guidance and counsel, I believe we have been able to secure
some absolutely fabulous pieces, rich in color and with full margins and some
with most interesting provenance,” said Michael Mouron. “Kathy and I are
excited to share our collection with the Huntsville community and look forward
to seeing Birds of America on display at the Huntsville Museum of Art.”
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of the aquatints in the Mouron’s collection are currently on loan to the
University of Tennessee in honor of Michael’s father; however, most of the
other pieces will be included in the exhibition at HMA.
Saturday, July 22nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Museum
Board of Directors and Mayor and Mrs. Tommy Battle will host a Preview Party to
celebrate the opening of this exhibition. Guests will be able to view the
collection before it opens to the public, while enjoying a reception catered by
Chef Narvell and listening to live music by a string trio from the Huntsville
to the Preview Party is $25 for Museum members and $45 for non-members. Tickets
are on-sale now and may be purchased online at www.hsvmuseum.org or by calling
256-535- 4350 ext. 208.
more information about the Birds
of America exhibit and to see what else is
happening at the Museum, visit www.hsvmuseum.org.
While atop the boardwalk tower at Magee Marsh this little
Prothonotary Warbler created quite a stir among some of the birders.The rust colored, dirty forehead and crown
had many birders clamoring over the bird’s identity for a while.I caught this image as the bird sang its
territorial song just off the boardwalk.By the way, this image is heavily cropped, but doesn’t diminish the
enthusiasm in the little guy’s song.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, Exposure 1/500 second @ f/8
This is another one of the beautiful warblers that can be
seen migrating through Magee Marsh during the spring migration. There were a lot of magnolias this year and
this male put on a great show for photography.
I am already looking forward to retuning to Magee next year.
Ohio Department of Natural Resourse parking lot
near Magee Marsh.
During my visit
to Magee Marsh last month I had a few rainy, cool days. Okay, they were down
right cold days.Birds were not very
active and photography was slow.About
hour before the sundown on one of those days, I decided to leave early.
On the way out I
stopped at the Ohio DNR parking lot to check for birds.One of the evergreens, which I believed to be a spruce, had
a few warblers flitting around.The
birds were busily feeding, hopping from limb to limb gleaning insects from the
There was not another soul,
or car for that matter, in the parking lot so I drove up to the tree and parked
about 14 feet away and patiently waited for the birds to feed on the limbs
closest to me.After watching the birds
for about fifteen minutes, this female Cape May Warbler hopped right in front
of my camera.A few other birds came
along over the next 30 minutes, giving me some great photo opportunites.
Cape May Warblers
breed in a few of our Northern States and Canada. They build nest close to the top of spruce and
fir trees some thirty-five, to sixty feet off the ground.During the breeding season, the Cape May
primarily feeds on insects, but on its wintering grounds in the Caribbean, and
Central America it uses its tubular tongue to feed on flower nectar and fruit