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Spring has sprung

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Sure signs of spring are the grass greening up, temps rising and the unmistakable sound of the American Robin. We have about 6 full size trees on our lot and I have numbered them so when my wife of daughter sees something of interest, they can identify what tree it is in. Makes life easier for sure knowing exactly where …

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Flash or exposure compensation

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Even though we are in the middle of winter here in the midwest, there is still plenty of spring planning going on with our resident woodpeckers. On a crisp winter day, when I walked out onto our deck to check some of the feeders, there is a distinct rat ta tatt tatt on the trees. Having heard this before, I …

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Should I stay or go

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Just 10 days ago we had 5 inches of new white fluff on the ground. Today the thermostat is going to hit fifty four which means the snow is long gone. For our Canadian Geese population, although a hearty winter bird, they often fly to slightly milder climates where food and water are more easily accessible. With our crazy weather …

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Finally Snow!

In Wildlife by Patrick

Living her in the Midwest, especially in Michigan, we are no stranger to snow. Many people complain about the snow, but I for one welcome it for one reasons, photographically. Winter for me means that I can put away the softboxes and speed lights that I use to flash fill my wildlife subject because the blanket of snow is one …

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Kids are fun to watch

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One of the best things about my Backyard Studio is that it is established and the birds are now comfortable building their nests and raising families. It has taken several years, but many species are now calling my backyard home and come back each year to raise the kids. This makes being a wildlife photographer so rewarding knowing that you …

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They need a voice!

In Wildlife by Patrick

Whenever I hear or read something about wildlife species that threatens there well being, I tend to get a bit worked up. I like to keep my posts about photography, but this affects wildlife photographers as well as our entire ecosystem. Gray wolves have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since its inception in 1973. Now the government administration …

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Pebbles is Back

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Each and every year, I wait for the migration back of the Ruby throated Hummingbird. This is the only hummer we get East of the Mississippi. Trying to photograph these guys is so much fun and really entertaining. There aerial acrobatics is amazing. Usually there are 2 that frequent my feeders. Quite often you can see them up on the …