I had to settle for a photo of a telescope projection of a partial solar eclipse as viewed in Sacramento. The straight-on shots were dramatic, but the moon was not to be captured by me. It was great to see so many people looking–with special glasses–and cheering.
We were driving on a country road in Southern Illinois when we stopped to watch a deer grazing in a field. I took this shot from the car–included the mirror in the frame to show that this was a roadside photo opp. Note in the enlarged photo that the deer is watching us while still chewing hay. And, by the way, this is one large deer.
While I usually photograph honey bees, I occasionally come across a yellowjacket which resembles a bee but is considered a wasp. Took this shot last month at Green Earth’s Chautauqua Bottoms in Carbondale, Illinois.
Teddy and Molly(background) are best of friends, but when we first added Teddy to the household, Molly wasn’t so sure about the newcomer. Today, they are inseparable.
A month ago I stood in downtown Makanda, Illinois, an artsy kind of place with five storefronts facing railroad tracks on the other side of a country road. I entered the Eclipse Kitchen in hopes of a decent lunch. I got one along with an $18 tank top explaining the name of the eatery and the expected economic effect of the coming total solar eclipse.
If I were to film the ideal location to witness that first total eclipse in 99 years in the United States, it would be here. The village is surrounded by green hills with wide open skies above. Google “Makanda” to get the town’s official eclipse pitch.
A scrub jay attacked the backyard bird bath this morning. Had to take this shot with a telephoto lens through a window. The jay is jittery and will flee if I move too much inside–it’s a privacy issue.
My beehive split recently and for about 60 seconds thousands of honey bees searching for a new location hovered over my neighbor’s backyard before settling in an evergreen tree across the street.