WELCOME TO THE BLOG! This is a solution-and-success-oriented blog focused on topics that are the foundation of all of my photography work -- wildlife rehabilitation and protection, land conservation, faith and environmental stewardship, and great places or opportunities to photograph wildlife and nature. Share your comments! As of November 2019 some blog posts are now recorded podcasts available on Buzzsprout, https://www.buzzsprout.com/711591.

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Conservation: The New Normal is Take the Road Less Traveled

October 13, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Symbolically, someone who takes “the road less traveled” has come to mean a person who acts independently, is free from the conformity of others, makes their own choices, and perhaps leaves a new trail that could become the road more often traveled. Many are familiar with the celebrated poem by Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”, where this famous...
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Speaking Up for Wildlife: Let’s Talk About Wildlife Trafficking

September 12, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
In a 2016 survey, 80% of Americans said they support wildlife conservation measures, but 80% of Americans aren't aware of the illegal wildlife trade in the U.S. An August 25, 2020 headline from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reads, “Hummingbird Trafficker Pleads Guilty”. This is just one of 10 wildlife trafficking cases, so far in 2020, describ...
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The Spirit of a Fallen Warrior: A New Year and More Beautiful Hummingbirds

July 28, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Did you know, the Aztec god of war “Huitzilopochtli” is often depicted as a hummingbird? It was believed that fallen warriors would return to earth as hummingbirds and butterflies. There’s nothing like hummingbirds. In my area they’re very active right now. The nesting season is over. The young that survived are busy trying to secure their own...
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Dead Trees are Do-Gooders

July 22, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
If you love birds, you have to love dead trees. I photograph raptors and other birds, a lot. I often notice one thing in common across my many bird shots, in the many different locations I’ve photographed them, and that is the birds are in a dead tree or on dead wood. Sounds bad, but it’s not. In fact, it’s a good thing because dead trees are do-go...
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Moonstruck

June 07, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
The full moon has a long aura of mystery and magic about it. Some say it triggers “wanderlust" -- a desire to travel, wander, or roam. Travel and new experiences offer empowerment, education, and opportunity, so I’m all-in for the Moon and its wanderlust charm. But our Moon is so much more. It plays a critical role in producing the environment requ...
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Red-Shouldered Hawk Nest ***UPDATE May 29, 2020***

May 29, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
At this time, all the young hawks are 30 days old, or slightly older. It showed today when I visited the nest. Look at the comparison photos below taken exactly one month apart! On April 29, the young hawks were barely able to stand. In just one month's time they have flight feathers, can feed on their own, and stand, hop and fly small distances....
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Red-Shouldered Hawk Nest *** UPDATE May 19, 2020***, Video Included

May 19, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
My last visit to the Washington DC nest was one week ago on May 12. Today's visit reveals all three young hawks are losing their downy feathers, have sprouted flight feathers and all three are up and around in the nest, looking healthy, well fed, and trying out their rapidly growing wings. The mother hawk visited the nest once while I was there tod...
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Red-Shouldered Hawk Nest ***UPDATE MAY 12, 2020***

May 12, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
They grow up fast! In less than 2 weeks, the largest of the three young hawks, has nearly tripled in size and has grown a lot more flight feathers than just 4 days ago. There are still 3 young hawks in the nest. Mom is perched near the nest when not feeding or hunting (if she hunts). The nest is getting a little crowded, and the largest young hawk...
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Red-Shouldered Hawk Nest ***UPDATE May 8, 2020***

May 09, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
When I visited the nest on May 8, the young hawks were napping and both parents were away. Even when a parent can't be seen at the nest, one is usually perched nearby keeping an eye on things. Within about 30 minutes of arriving, I heard the first call from one of the adults. This can mean that one of the parents (usually the male) has food, and is...
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Red-Shouldered Hawk Nest, ***UPDATE, May 5, 2020***

May 05, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
There was some sad news from the red-shouldered hawk nest. Based on accounts from residents who live in the building next to the nest location, on May 1, the adult male was found hanging from a tree. It appears he was tangled in netting or fishing line. He was rescued. What this means is that the adult female was the only one looking after the youn...
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Red-Shouldered Hawk Nest

April 30, 2020  •  1 Comment
The red-shouldered hawk is one of the most beautiful (see the photos) and “talkative” hawks in the United States. If you’ve been fortunate to have one come across your path you might just fall in love. My first encounter with a red-shouldered hawk was seeing one, then a pair, perched in a tall tree in my backyard during a cold day at the height of...
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Review of Saal Digital Professional Line Photobooks

April 25, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
I recently had an opportunity to try Saal Digital’s Professional Line of Photobooks, and was asked to review their photobook process and quality. If you’re like me and invest a lot in creating and producing your professional photographs, these are the photobooks for you. Saal Digital (https://www.saal-digital.com/) has a lot of photobook...
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Earth Day

April 20, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Earth day is April 22. It’s inspired me to write about a couple of things happening around my home, and to share resources on Earth Day and actions we can all take that support good stewardship of our planet. PodCast Link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/711591/3449764-old-t-shirts-never-die-and-more-for-earth-day Around My House 1. Happy Bees, Hap...
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14 Days, Over 40 Species

March 21, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
14 days, over 40 species. After a recent trip to Florida I was struck by the number of remarkable wildlife I photographed in just a few days. Even more, in the days just before my trip, locally, I had photographed a lot of delightful and diverse wildlife. I wondered… “How many different species had I actually photographed?” I counted them up. I was...
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My Color Crush

March 05, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
I love color and am drawn to it. On a recent trip to Florida I was inspired by so much color. From the color of the sky, the water, the landscape, and the colors of Florida wildlife. Some of the colors just stopped me in my tracks. Enjoy these images of Florida color and read more below about the power of color. Color evokes both human and a...
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