Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Beautiful Sunset at Lake Mercer in Fairfax

Wonderful Sunset over Lake Mercer in Fairfax Virginia 6-27-2011

Highlights in Madison

This weekend in Madison, I spotted this 8 Point Buck out in the front yard. I snuck around the back with my camera and obtained this shot.

8pt Buck in my front yard

A Hummingbird at my neighbors (Buddy) house

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Here is another shot of the Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tree Frogs in the Back Yard

I learned a new Photoshop technique last week called focus stacking. You basically take a series of photographs and focus at different depths on your subject. Photoshop then processes the in focus parts of all of the images then stacks them in layers. Below are three shots of my tree frog in the back yard.

Tree Frog in a Japanese Maple

Tree Frog on a Hydrangea

Tree Frog Staring out of a Flower Pot

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pileated Woodpeckers at Lake Accotink

Made a trip to Lake Accotink in Springfield, VA over lunch hour one afternoon last week. Didn't know what to expect. After arriving I discovered that there was a school field trip going on and had pretty much decided that nothing, I mean NOTHING, would still be around with 200 kids goofing off everwhere. As I was about to leave I heard a Pileated Woodpecker nearby and decided to wait it out adjacent to a couple of very large but dead trees. Sure enough one showed up then two, three and then four total. I had obviously stumbled on a family. Here are some shots of the woodpeckers doing what they do. If the weather and time permits this week, I may swing back and see if they are still hanging around.

This one was likely a youngster. Sat in the tree and called for momma.

There are very large woodpeckers. Largest in America if I'm not mistaken.

Lucky me to capture this one jumping from one limb to the other straight towards me.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Saturday Storm Defeated

Saturday the girls played a difficult team but they gave it their best shot. Here a couple of pictures from the game.

You can view the rest of the game pictures here.

Coming soon, pictures from Storm's final game on Sunday. You won't want to miss them.

Unfortunately I cannot maintain all of the game shots online indefinitely. If you want to download them, please do so soon. I will try to keep them posted as long as possible but the oldest will go first.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Virginia Nature Photos

Here are some of my latest photos shot in Madison and Springfield, VA.

A fox shedding it's winter coat at Lake Accotink in Springfield, VA

A male Downy Woodpecker feeding a baby in Madison, VA

A Buck Moth caterpillar in Madison, VA. The Buck Moth caterpillar is the 2nd most poisonous in Virginia. The most poisonous one is the Saddleback Caterpillar. Get stung and expect 10 days of excruciating pain and swelling or worse if you have an allergic reaction. I will post more of these Buck Moth images in the coming days.