SYMPHONY OF NATURE

Saturday, May 23, 2015

SURFACE LIGHT

Below is a B&W image I took this week of a Dwarf Crocodile. He is a very cool small crocodilian whereas I wanted to depict in dark tones to better emphasize his awesome texture without any other distraction from the subject-matter outside of a faint view of the surface of the water.

SURFACE LIGHT


Classification & Range -
The West African dwarf crocodile belongs to the family of crocodiles, Crocodylidae, which contains nearly all modern crocodilians (crocodile-like animals). The family Crocodylidae is divided into two subfamilies, Alligatorinae (alligators and caimans) and Crocodylinae (crocodiles). Dwarf crocodiles belong to the subfamily Crocodylinae. The dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis) is itself divided into two subspecies: The Congo dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis osborni) and the West African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis tetraspis). The West African dwarf crocodile has a knob on its snout which distinguishes it from its Congolese cousin.

Habitat -
West African dwarf crocodiles live in smaller bodies of water (ponds, creeks, backwaters) throughout West Africa.

Length & Weight -
Books on crocodiles often say that dwarf crocodiles do not grow larger than about 5 feet (1.6 m) in length, but the male dwarf crocodile at Woodland Park is 6 feet, 3 inches (1.95 m) in length, and weighs 175 pounds (80 kg). Females tend to be much smaller, at only about 3-4 feet (.9-1.22 m) in length, and weigh far less than males. Our adult female weighs less than 40 pounds (18 kg).

Lifespan -
50-100 years (estimate).

Diet -
In the wild:Mainly fish, but also frogs, birds, small mammals. At the zoo: Rats, mice, fish. Crocodiles often snap at things that splash near their heads. In this way, they easily catch their lunch in the form of a jumping frog, fish or bird that has selected a poor place to land. When zoo visitors throw coins at crocodilians, the animals may snap at and swallow the coins, and become ill.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Balancing Act

I cannot imagine a world where birds such as this beautiful Flamingo simply do not exist. They are such exquisite creatures to behold, that I often find myself mesmerized by their sheer elegance and balance of which they readily display.

This particular image was taken in a zoological park nearby me on a very inclement afternoon this week. I often practice my wildlife photography skills here to improve upon both my observation and technical skills of seeing and taking great images of nature.

This Flamingo was standing alone in a shadowy back-area of her enclosure, seemingly trying to avoid the constant stare of onlookers as they passed through the exhibit. I knew if I could get the shot, that the final result would be spectacular....and I believe I was correct!


Balancing Act

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

It's a Small World

As many of you may have guessed I do not specialize in just one given area of photography. I enjoy taking pictures of "LIFE" all around me, even the ones who rarely get noticed by us "Giants" walking around. Macro photography is highly specialized and highly challenging, but very rewarding when you are able to zoom in close and actually get the shot you were after. Insects, Bugs and Arachnids tend to move around when a big lens is too close for comfort. Below reflects a few shots I have taken this week of which I believe show not only good clarity, but also depicts the environment of which these little creepy crawlers dwell.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Watch Out for Snakes!

As I typically do each year about this time, here is a reminder to be very careful of venomous snakes as you hike along your favorite trail or waterway. Snakes are likely more scared of you than vice-versa, so if you do encounter one, simply give it some space and move on. If by chance you should be bitten, seek medical attention immediately. The below image of a Cottonmouth was taken a mere 10 feet away from a family with young children paying very little heed to their environment. Should they have been unfortunate enough to step too close or worse yet on-top of this snake, their day would have ended much the worse than it began unfortunately!



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Saturday, May 16, 2015

BALANCING ACT

The north Texas current flooding is turning out to be a bonafide bonanza for some of the native waterbirds who are feasting themselves as they carefully thread over the cascades of flowing water to snag any unsuspecting fish caught in the current. This is one of many shots I took of a Great Egret trying to keep its balance and fish at the same time......


BALANCING ACT

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Buck The System

Sometimes, you just gotta "Buck the System"... Last week I got a not so-friendly reminder from my HOA that some of the trees on my property were not the prescribed 6 feet in height as is required by our bylaws, and that I had a couple of weeks to promptly take care of it. 

Begrudgingly, I went out to my garage, cranked up my chainsaw and proceeded to the suspect trees that dared to dangle their branches below the specified height dictated by my most observant HOA friends and neighbors. 


As I proceeded to trim, I noticed that on one low-hanging branch, a morning dove had decided to build her nest there, and although the noise of my chainsaw scared her away momentarily, I made an immediate decision that the "Needs of the One (Morning Dove) Outweigh the Needs of the Many (HOA)" in this particular case and left her branch intact for now until her little family was raised. 



I may get another "Nasty-Gram" in the mail in a few weeks, but I don't think they will lock me up anytime too soon.......






Thursday, April 30, 2015

Circle of Life

Last night's Robberfly post prompted me to assemble some of my past images of insects and arachnids doing.....well, what they do to survive. The circle of life is never-ending and sometimes those who are one day predators, turn out to be prey the next. Nature is nurturing yet unforgiving at the same time.

For those of you out there in the world like me that closely observe nature, I am certain this is not a new epiphany to you. However, for those of you who seldom stray past the safe confines of your home, or really never pay attention to the wonderment of life that prevails all about you, I bid you to take a moment and truly observe your surroundings. Take a walk in your garden, or at a nearby park. I believe you will be amazed by what you see.







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