This afternoon I led a photo walk at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield. This image called “Mozell’s Water Lilies” is at the Rockery Pond. We were entertained by a beaver who swam repeatedly around a giant snapping turtle — whacking his tail, while the turtle spun around in the water as if struggling with its dinner. Quite a show
A mother robin pauses after feeding her chicks in the nest.
I’ve been watching this little family for some time. When Mom is away at the Worm-o-Market the kids pass the time by arguing and tussling a bit and grooming easy other. Every once in while, one little one will make some practice wing flaps. Mom returns from the hunt and lands or a nearby branch, scanning the area for predators and photographers. She deftly lands in her nest and hands a worm or bug to one of the kids. How does she choose who gets fed?
She hangs around a bit, scolding and teaching, then decides to take a rest and plops her plump body protectively on the babies. Some time passes and she flies off again, searching for another juicy morsel. The lives of robins in the spring.
This evening I returned to a favorite freshwater marsh at the Ipswich River Wildlife Refuge. Back in the digital darkroom I made 2 versions of the same scene. Which do you prefer and why? These files are available as fine art prints and also licensed for commercial use. Contact me to learn more.
On a walk in the spring woods, faced with flat light and a mass of uniform green, I found this small watercolor-like composition. Sometimes it pays to take one last look around before leaving a place without a photograph.
Tonight I took a walk at sunset to a favorite outdoor space and conservation land. This tree said more to me the longer i gazed at it.
Bare trees in early April stand out against the backdrop of The Great Marsh in Rowley, Massachusetts. The property is in the Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, jointly managed by The Essex County Greenbelt and Massachusetts Audubon. Click image to see larger version or the purchase an archival print or license image use.
This was lit with one CFL bulb in a five dollar gooseneck, hardware store lamp clamped to a light stand. The only fancy gear was a 30 inch reflector disk on a stand. The background was a length of plain black clothe hung from the ceiling with 2 pushpins. Oh yes, it was 3 exposures combined to maximize front to rear sharpness.
Fresh snow on a small branch, in a big forest in New Hampshire, New England. From my film days.
Even after a day of perfect nordic skiing in Carlisle, MA with my daughter and winter at peak goodness, it is nice to know that spring flowers like these will be in our gardens in April. Currently, these daffodils are in my dining room. You are welcome to purchase an archival print of this photograph or license it for commercial usage. Just click on the image to go to the commerce section of my site.
Wakefield, Massachusetts is “socked in” or, shrouded in thick fog early on a winter morning. Click image for larger view. This photograph is available as a fine art print or licensed for commercial use.