Even the Water Can Hold Surprises

Bullfrogs are a creature that can be heard anywhere near the water during the summer in Iowa. Hearing them is one thing, spotting them is another. Before you reach the waterline, you may begin to hear the splashes heralding the frog chorus' departure. Sometimes, if you're lucky at least one will stick around. This one… Continue reading Even the Water Can Hold Surprises

Don’t Be Afraid to Get Dirty

I don't like getting dirty. This doesn't mesh very well with wildlife photography, so I have to work to get over it. The reason for this is very simple. I want to get the best shot possible. The best shots of animals are those that are looking evenly at the animal. This means not shooting… Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid to Get Dirty

If You Want a Challenge, Chase a Butterfly

Every time you go to photograph a new type of animal, you find that you still have a lot to learn about wildlife photography. I was walking through the woods looking for birds and hoping for an owl. Instead I found a butterfly. I, in my ignorance, believed that it would be an easy shot… Continue reading If You Want a Challenge, Chase a Butterfly

If You Can’t Catch the Fast Ones, Go For the Slow

Some days, you just can't catch a break. Someone scares off your raptor or the ducks see you coming from a mile away and make a break for it. Those days, it's still worth going out because some animals won't run away that fast. This turtle was too happy to keep sunning itself while I… Continue reading If You Can’t Catch the Fast Ones, Go For the Slow

Look Everywhere For Your Subject

I nearly missed this shot because I wasn't looking up. This adorable, little squirrel was curious about me but it only poked it's head out for a few seconds. This is a good reason to remind my fellow wildlife photographers to look up for subjects. In fact the other photographers that I was out with… Continue reading Look Everywhere For Your Subject

Seek out the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Just because a bird is a common sight for you doesn't mean that it's not unusual for someone else. American Robins (Turdus migratorius) can be found in Iowa year-round and so they are easy for me to overlook when I'm hunting for a subject. This bird has a striking gray and orange coloration that can… Continue reading Seek out the Extraordinary in the Ordinary