My rescue pup loves to sit in my garden areas and watch for varmint. She makes sure the wild critters stay out of HER yard. Part border collie, part cattle dog, but thinks she is part lab, part hound! She definitely keeps our yard, rodent-free! Nice Job, Lexi!
An explosion of purple from this tiny, late summer, prairie wildflower.
Camera: D750 Lens: Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Exposure: 1/1600 at f/3.5 ISO 125
Late Summer Serenity
A blue heron fluff's its' feathers after landing in a pond by colorful, late summer grasses. The scene here is always peaceful and enjoyable. Whalon Lake in northern Will County.
Camera: Nikon D5100 Lens: Nikkor 55-300mm ISO: 200 Exposure: 1/1000 sec at 8.0, Length: 300mm Edited in: Adobe Lightroom and NIK
Clinging For Dear Life
I was out at Springbrook Prairie Preserve with my son, Adam, watching him enjoy his new toy, a nice drone with a camera. Of course never go out without your own camera. Caught a macro shot of this little guy and had to chuckle to myself once I had it up on my screen. It looks like this grasshopper is terrified of my close lens and is wondering what I am going to do to him (or her)!
Camera: D750 Lens: 105mm 2.8 ISO: 125 Speed: 1/800
CMC Friends We Be!
Maureen (pictured) and I met via CMC and discovered we lived in neighboring towns just 17 min away from each other. We even have the same street name in our addresses! We both love kids, horses, trees, photography,and have beautiful little granddaughters! CMC may be shutting down, but our friendship will live on forever!
Mammatus clouds ahead of a line of good old fashion summer thunderstorms. These types of clouds are usually indicative of severe weather in the area. This group did not disappoint.
Nikon D5100 Lens: Nikkor 55-300 1/200 at f/7.1 87mm ISO 200
There is so much lovely grace to this fragile wildflower in my bee and butterfly garden. I love how it curls and swirls. Not sure where the bees and butterflies are at the moment, but they have enjoyed this small garden perhaps even more than me!
Camera: Nikon D750 Lens: Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Exposure: 1/400 sec at f / 3.2 ISO: 250
Take Care Of It!
Trolls are mean. And the giant forest trolls at the Morton Arboretum are not going to allow rebels to destroy nature. Danish artist, Tomas Dambo designed and built (with a team of young folk) six of these giants, his first U.S. exhibit. They are to guard the forest for the next two years, so get out there and take the troll hunt. They are quite amazing. Don't miss out on their giant campsite, either. You have to find that one on your own, so I hear. The trolls can be found on the troll hunt map. Enjoy!
Amber Waves of Mane
A champion in the waiting (she was bred by champion parents), this 4 month old filly is already showing off her gorgeous golden, amber mane.
Don't let anyone tell you not to shoot in the middle of the day. This was shot after 10 AM, the so called "no-no" period. But these horses are not always out during the golden hour. I often shoot during strong sunshine. The D750 has negative ISO settings that are somewhat helpful, and I'll shoot in the shade if possible. Obviously, there is no shade in a horse's pasture. Yet even with limited editing (in Lightroom with NIK), I was able to tame the real sunlight and replace it with the sunlight option in NIK). The result..... What "Trottin' On The Catwalk" would look like if she were posing at 7:30 PM. :D
Camera: Nikon D750 Lens: Nikkor 24-120 Exposure: 1/160 sec f/6.3 at 85mm
Red Spotted Purple Butterfly
The red spotted purple butterfly, resting on some bee balm, shows off its' beautiful wings.
Camera: Nikon D5100 Lens: Nikkor 105 f2.8, Exposure: 1/200 sec at f/7.1 ISO 200