SYMPHONY OF NATURE

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Curious Raccoon

An image I captured this summer of a curious Raccoon hugging the tree he/she was in very tightly. I decided to change it to a black and white as it seemed to better represent the beautiful lighting that was present as this little bandit moved higher into the treetops to avoid me  - Dennis


CURIOUS RACCOON
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Friday, December 19, 2014

CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR HIM

If you are like me, finding that unique Christmas gift is not always an easy task, especially if its for that special someone in your life who is the breadwinner of the family or in other words he/she "Rules the Pride" lol:)

Below is one of my signature images of which might just be that unique gift idea you are looking for, so check it out, and if you like what you see, click the pic and see all of the cool options you can choose from in my Redbubble store.

Ciao for now! - Dennis


LIONS STARE

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LION CUP




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Thursday, December 18, 2014

FLASHBACK FRIDAY

I have decided from time to time to jump back in time to some of the very first posting I made into my Blog simply to remind me of the journey I have and continue to make through the lens.

Below is a beautiful depiction of all the small creatures that are probably in your backyard. Next time, in lieu of simply being scared at first sight, ponder a moment and take a closer look. I promise you it just might be worth the effort. - Dennis

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IMAGE INFO:A slithering Rough Green Snake I happened upon last summer as I was walking one of my favorite trails.
This shot was taken at the Fort Worth Nature Center in Texas, USA.
Equipment:  Camera Nikon D300 with Nikkor 105mm Micro lens



ROUGH GREEN SNAKE
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Opheodrys aestivus


COMMON NAME: Green snake, tree snake, or summer tree snake 


DESCRIPTION:  Rough green snakes are fairly long, slender snakes with long tapering tails. Adults are usually between 20 and 32 inches in length, but occasionally may be as long as 40 inches. They usually are 1 inch or less in diameter. Rough green snakes are a uniform bright green color with an ivory or off white belly and a pale white throat. Young rough green snakes usually are more dully colored until they shed their skin for the first time. Rough green snakes have large eyes and particularly good vision. This allows them to see and capture quick moving insects which are often the same color as the snakes themselves. Rough green snakes have keeled (ridged) scales. This gives them a rougher feel than the similar smooth green snake. 


DISTRIBUTION:  Rough green snakes are common throughout the eastern and southeastern United States.   They are found from southern New Jersey west to eastern Kansas and Texas and south to Florida. Some small populations have been found in New Mexico.


HABITAT:  Rough green snakes are found in a variety of habitats. They inhabit uplands and wetlands as well as many habitat types in between. Rough green snakes are particularly abundant along the edges of ponds or streams where they can be found in the overhanging branches of trees and shrubs. They sometimes take to the water in pursuit of prey.


FEEDING HABITS:  Rough green snakes spend the majority of their life in trees and shrubs hunting for crickets, grasshoppers, spiders, caterpillars, and an occasional small tree frog. Rough green snakes are not constrictors.  They simply grasp their food with tiny recurved teeth and swallow their prey alive.


LIFE HISTORY AND ECOLOGY: Rough green snakes mate in both spring and fall. Females lay 3-12 cylindrical eggs, usually in rotting logs or under rocks, during June or July. After an incubation period of 5-12 weeks, the eggs hatch and young emerge in late summer or early fall. Hatchlings are approximately 6 inches in length. Rough green snakes are extremely well camouflaged. Their bright, leaf-green coloration makes them virtually invisible among tangled vegetation. Their primary defense mechanism against predation or capture is to remain motionless until an opportunity for escape presents itself. Like many snakes, when first captured or handled, rough green snakes will distend their cloacae and expel a noxious mixture of feces, uric acid, and musk.


REFERENCES:

Conant, R., J. Collins. 1991. Peterson Field Guides: Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern/Central North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.


Plummer, M.V. 1997. Population ecology of green snakes (Opheodrys aestivus) revisited. Herpetological Monographs 11:102-123.


Author: Kevin Pugh, Wildlife Biologist, Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries

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COOL FRAMED IMAGES

Here are some of my "Best Selling" prints whereas I decided to bundle together for better viewing purposes. I sell them all, and many , many more on my Redbubble Store Site,  however if you are interested in contacting me directly via phone or email (below listed) in regards to some other arrangement or cool project idea you are working on that would mesh well with any of my images, I would be excited to hear about it, and will respond to all inquiries immediately.

 Ciao for now! - Dennis

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MY CANINE COMPANIONS

Since I rarely share personal information outside of my photography work, I thought for today's post I would "break tradition" and introduce you to my canine companions!

Rocket (left) is a male Border Collie rescue who is strictly business when it comes to play time! His attentive nature is beyond measure, as he is quite honestly the smartest dog I have ever known. Show him something only once, and he usually grasp it immediately. Rocket also exhibits no fear of anything to and including other dogs, and woe to the unlucky dog/human that gets between him and his ball!

Mya (Right) is a 99% female Golden Retriever (really/tested) rescue who is quite frankly the laziest dog in the world, and completely the opposite of Rocket. That said, she is also the most sensitive and sweetest dog I have ever known. She doesn't like conflict and will routinely throw herself into the middle of a brawl to break it up. When I take her to the park, instead of wandering about as most dogs do, she will find a proper vantage point to simply sit and watch over her domain like a Mom would to her kids playing on the swings....go figure:)




Rocket & Mya....Ready.....Set.....GO!





Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TEXAS BIG THICKET - National Preserve

Deep down in Texas there is a place called the "Big Thicket" National Preserve. This national preserve protects the incredible diversity of life found where multiple habitats converge in southeast Texas. Hiking trails and waterways meander through nine different ecosystems, from long-leaf pine forests to cypress-lined bayous. It is a place of discovery, a place to wander and explore, a place to marvel at the richness of nature.

Below are a few cool shots I took there some years ago now as I hiked across this varied terrain and some of the critters I stumbled upon to and including the highly venomous Copperhead Snake , who was camouflaged so well, I almost ran into him.....and that would have been bad (gulp)!

A great place to visit and explore if you ever find yourself traveling to Texas!
Adios for now! - Dennis





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Monday, December 15, 2014

BOOK COVER DEAL

Another milestone for my little wildlife photography business is about to be achieved; I have officially sealed the deal for my first wildlife image to grace the cover of a soon to be published children's book! The publisher will be Scholastic based out of New York City, and I cannot tell you how excited I am about being apart of this wonderful project, especially considering it will be intended to reach the young minds, and imagination of kids everywhere around the world.

I can't divulge much more information than this, suffice to say, it will likely be published and released sometime in early summer 2015, and as we get closer, I will most certainly provide more detailed information and updates. Ciao for now!

Merry Christmas One and All! - Dennis


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