24 Jul 2015

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I was alone on the eighth floor of this massive complex until I met Ceiling Bird.

She stood like a solider.  What’s your blue anklet for?

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29 Mar 2015

Once again, musical accompaniment may be found here.

Some bright morning when this life is over
I’ll fly away
To that home on Gods celestial shore
I’ll fly away

I’ll fly away, oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away

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I like my irony dark, thanks.

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11 Dec 2014
09 Dec 2014

The Sand Crane

Since  this blog has taken a turn toward animals lately (both dead and alive), we’ll stay on theme with a post or two on Sand Cranes. These are large migratory birds that converge by the thousands on the same field in Indiana every fall and spring. Until this weekend, I had no idea such a sight was to be had within ninety minutes’ drive of Chicago. When a friend suggested taking a trip to see them, the Idiot Photographer and I jumped at the chance. After all, road trips are always fun, and we needed some photo opportunities since the urbex has been in a little lull of late. So 6AM this past Sunday found us on the road, trying to get to the wildlife preserve shortly after dawn when these birds would be most active.

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Some quick lessons learned: the lenses optimal for shooting decaying buildings are not so hot when it comes to capturing birds in flight. I had thought my 250mm lens was quite the zoom; it was neither “zoomy” or fast enough to get the kind of shots I was hoping for. Live and learn. I will post a few more shots tomorrow, including a couple of the cranes’ famous mating dance.

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06 Dec 2014

Two shots of birds from last weekend’s trip to the Brookfield Zoo. First, the instantly recognizable Greater Delta Mardi Gras Bird. (Bourbonaisse Plumarius)

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And a portrait of the handsome Tufted Blue Gargler (Indigo Emesis)

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03 Dec 2014

Hello!

Sometimes you have stand in the danger zone to get the photo you want.

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Hello down there!

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08 Sep 2014

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Sometimes we know what we want, and see where we want to go, but know not how to accomplish either.

 

 

 

 

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13 Jun 2014

Morning Ritual

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Duck Yoga

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12 Sep 2013

Frogmouth

Frogmouth

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31 Aug 2013

Inca Terns- a study

One of my favorite birds in the Lincoln Park Zoo’s aviary are the Inca Terns.  Every time I am there I try to capture what it is that delights me so much about them, today I offer you a brief study of these charming and silly birds.

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Inca Tern

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