Portrait of a Flower
This gorgeous flower posed so nicely for me. The white background set it off so well. I think it makes it stand out magnificently.
How about you?
The image does show that the little Nikon 1 V2 is a very capable camera!
A Good reason for Liking Dragonflies!
This Twelve-Spotted Skimmer is the only dragonfly I have seen sitting still this year! Of course, I was out of commission for a while so couldn't visit my favorite haunts where I usually see them. I was pleased that it posed for me long enough to get a picture, even if it was a bit farther away than I wanted, so it's a cropped image.
Something that makes the dragonfly even more appealing: "Many people ask, "What do dragonflies eat?" As adults, dragonflies eat other insects and can consume hundreds of mosquitoes in one day! typically eat mosquitoes and other small insects. They are valued as predators, since they help control populations of harmful insects. Dragonflies are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic. Adult dragonflies do not bite or sting humans, though nymphs are capable of delivering a painful but harmless bite." ( http://dragonflywebsite.com/index.cfm
Anything that consumes hundreds of mosquitoes in one day you just have to like!
Male and Female Ring-Necked Ducks
My Birds of Oregon book says, "Visits to secluded ponds during the colder months will soon reveal Ring-Necked Ducks." These ducks must be confused! It is surely not winter or is it cold! We are having a hot dry spell in Oregon. So I feel fortunate to have seen this group in Alton Baker Park. I don't know where they got the name. I don't really see a ring around their necks.
Eye Popping Poppy!
I just couldn't pass up photographing this raving beauty! I love the black center set off by the bright red petals. Lovely to look at.
The Beautiful Days of Summer
We all look forward to summer when, as they say, the living is easy. I thought this scene along the Willamette River near Delta Ponds typifies summer well. All it needs is some people! And the bench along the shore beckons one to take a seat and quietly contemplate the pleasures of the surroundings.
It reminds me of the song (sung by Nat King Cole), "The Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer" - https://www.google.com/search?q=the+lazy%2C+hazy%2C+crazy+days+of+summer.&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
Once again this year, the osprey have a nest on top of the floodlights on a practice field of the University of Oregon. I could see wings in the nest, as the young ones exercised. This is one of the parents who is standing by to watch over the family. You can tell it takes its job seriously! The photo was shot with my old mint Nikon D1x, using a Nikkor 18-300 zoom. The image had to be cropped by quite a bit. I could have used a longer lens!
As I walked the Riverbank Trail, I noticed this bare backed fisherman across the Willamette River. Others found that a good spot also, or else they were waiting for the fisherman. You can't really see it in the photo but he has some interesting tattoo's on his chest. I don't know if he caught anything, didn't wait around. I had walking to do! :)
Heading for the Fishing Hole
While walking at Clearwater Park, I saw these three fishermen on the Willamette River. Here they are just coming out of some rapids into calmer water. Looks like fun!
Hey, Little Green Heron, I don't know if I would stalk that prey!
This little Green Heron seems to be stalking a Pond Turtle on a log, as if it were prey. In truth, I think it was really trying to chase it away, because the turtle left and the heron took over the log. Just some fun that goes on at Delta Ponds. Also, something in this photo tickles my fancy. Can you tell what it is? :)
My Wife's Husband
Guess who? Photo by Carol.
The Calla Lily That Isn't
Did you know that the Calla Lily is neither a Calla or a Lily?
Here is some interesting information about the Calla Lily at www.CallaLilyGuide.com:
"The calla lily originates from the southern parts of Africa, namely South Africa up to the country Malawi, which is positioned in alignment with the northern border of the African island Madagascar. This area has a tropical climate in which the calla lily really finds itself at home with a steady temperature, rainy seasons and dry seasons..........."
"The name of the calla lily is not only just a common name that never is used professionally, it is also totally misinformative since the calla lily is neither a calla nor a lily............"
John Got Married!
The day finally arrived! My photo shooting buddy, John, got married. I just couldn't refuse his request that I shoot pictures at his wedding, even though I told him I was much more comfortable shooting the Great Blue Heron. If my pictures don't turn out, the heron never complains or is displeased with what I do, unless I get too close. Then it will fly away. In the case of the wedding, since I am not a great people photographer, I was the one who felt like flying away! LOL But how could I refuse John? I hope he will be happy with my humble efforts. This shot reflects the happiness of the newly married couple, John and Violet, as they take the walk down the aisle after the ceremony.