Daily Archives: May 18, 2024

Maine! Trillium

It is Painted Trillium season in southern Maine, but, at least in my experience, they are becoming hard to find. I used to know of several patches, but it is down to one now. If anyone knows of any accessible spots where I could respectfully photograph them I would appreciate it. This is a program mode focus stacked image at 1600mm equivalent (1x) using the digital tele-converter in the OM System OM-1Mkii and the M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom, taken from about 4 feet. The remaining flowers I know of are quite small for Painted Trillium, and seem to be getting smaller year to year. ??

Biggest Week in American Birding! Song too big for the frame

Yellow Warbler: Estuary Trail, Crane Creek State Park/Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor, Ohio, USA, May 2024 — The frame cannot really contain the song. Yellow Warblers, of course, were everywhere at Magee, on and off the boardwalk…singing somewhere nearby just about whenever you stopped to listen. They are nesting birds at the marsh and well into the cycle. This one was along the trail that loops around the back of the marsh on the far side of the channel from the boardwalk. Singing away! OM System OM-1Mkii with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Florida! Fisher king

Belted Kingfisher: Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Florida, USA, January 2024 — I am always happy to find a Kingfisher, as they are, as a family, among my favorite birds. The Belted Kingfishers of Florida, however, are not easy to photograph. They tend to be very “flighty” and will not sit still for a photo. This was taken from the open window of the car, across the front seat and out the passenger window, from too far away, using the 2x digital tele-converter in the OM-1. Still it is a Kingfisher! An adult male. OM System OM-1 with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 1600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.