Sauntering . . .

A Rocky Mountain elk saunters toward higher elevation at the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Reserve in southwestern Oklahoma. This elk was photographed during the final day, and last two hours during our recent visit to the park. It was my observant wife who first spotted the elusive elk hidden in the trees. Great to have an extra pair of eyes!

Image capture: Nikon Z9/Z Nikkor 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 @400mm, f8/1000sec. The Z Nikkor 100-400mm rocks for wildlife photography! A great tool when the subject is on the move and you are limited as a photographer to move, as was the case.

Twilight Interlude . . .

This photo was my final capture of the day during a recent sojourn wandering the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Oklahoma. A grand place to photograph with many rugged and serene settings, and a variety of wildlife. This is a haven for the nature and wildlife photographer! I highly recommend!  

The Chase . . .

Two seagulls with the hope that one will have a tasty lunch! I shot a motor drive sequence with my Nikon Z9 and a Nikkor Z 100-400mm @400m (DX crop factor 600mm). A great combination for active waterfowl photography! The Nikon Z9’s awesome ‘eye detect autofocus’ provided sharp zonal focus, which allowed me to concentrate on precise framing of this ‘it remains to be seen’ moment!

Flyby . . .

This Great White Egret finally decided to do a flyby, after an hour of trying to get close enough for a decent shot. Patience paid off as he gave me one pass. Image was captured at 10 frames-per-second using a Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera and Nikkor Z 100-400mm @400mm (DX crop 600mm), f5.6/6400sec.

Shimmering Birches . . .

During our visit at Rochester, Minnesota we took time to visit one of our favorite hiking areas, Chester Park. It was plenty cold for this Texan (low 40’s) as I captured this image in brisk winds with overcast skies, which is my preference. The soft, diffused light on an overcast day, allows all the nuances of colors to be expressed in their full glory.

Autumn Splendor . . .

A recent road trip to Minnesota provided an “obsessed color photographer” with a plethora of vibrant, autumnal hues in which to entice me. This image was captured just off the road in Rochester, Minnesota near the Olmsted Historical Society. Perhaps Lucy Maude Montgomery said it best, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” I couldn’t agree more!

Autumn Wonder . . .

There is nothing quite like driving through the Julian Alps in Slovenia when the towering Larch trees begin to put on their autumnal yellow dress! I captured this photo as we wound our way along the main narrow, mountain road that runs through the Triglav National Park, which lies in the southern part of the Julian Alps. Shooting from a higher viewpoint, I was able to include more of the mountains, which added a dramatic background and spatial depth to the overall scene. I like my photographs to have attitude!

Autumn Sky . . .

Image captured from my driveway using a Nikon Z9 with a Z 24-120mm f/4 lens. The Nikkor Z 24-120mm is an absolutely stunning lens that is super sharp! An awesome zoom range that covers a wide range of my photography needs. Of course, I’m lovin the stellar Nikkor Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6, as well. These two lenses rock!   

The Heron Strut . . .

A stunning Great Blue Heron struts along the lakeshore reacting to my whistle. I was fortunate to be within twenty feet of this magnificent bird to capture this image. With this type of fleeting moment, timing and anticipation on my part was more important than frames-per-second.