Northern Parula Warbler
Auntie Em, Auntie Em
Male Common Yellow Throat Warbler in gusty wind.
Going Nuts !!
Tufted Titmouse taken at Maple Lake in Palos Hills, Illinois.
Taken at Maple Lake in Palos Hills.
It's Upside Down
Taken at Lake Katherine in Palos Hills, this gull actually tried to swallow his catch whole several times while I was photographing.
I'll Have Mine Rare
I suspect I will hear from some that my title is in bad taste, BUT those disappearing little legs are of a mouse and I was amazed to see how efficiently this red tailed hawk literally skinned (and gutted) his prey like I would a catfish before ingesting him.
Golden Crowned Kinglet
One of many migratory songbirds that migrate through Chicago during spring and fall.
I'll Be Back
Sugar Maple at the Morton Arboretum
Red Tailed Hawk with prey.
Taken at Morton Arboretum. Processed with Photomatix HDR.
Papa John?s interest in photography began about seven years ago when a couple of my grandchildren started getting involved in soccer and basketball. Once I discovered the convenience of digital photography, I began experimenting with other subjects like birds, bees, flowers, and wildlife.
I was quickly ?hooked? on photography. I found myself reading every photography book or magazine I could get my hands on and I never seemed to tire of filling up memory cards with hundreds of images a day.
My wife and I have traveled to a number of great places and I have enjoyed capturing images from Northwest like Portland, Seattle, and the Columbia River Gorge to Southwest like Tucson, Vegas, and Red Rock Canyon to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, but since retiring almost two years ago, I get out locally several days a week and never seem to run out of things to photograph right here in the Chicago area.
Since my primary passion is nature photography, I spend considerable time in local forest preserves, Morton Arboretum, and the Chicago Botanic Gardens photographing everything from birds and butterflies to flowers and waterfalls.