Big Red

Red rooster – Farm in Pennsylvania

We spotted this handsome devil while driving somewhere through southern Pennsylvania many years ago. A classic scene for the area – a big proud red rooster atop a stone wall, daring all challengers to step up and go toe-to-toe with him.

Photo info:
Red rooster
A farm in southern Pennsylvania
March 2006
Canon PowerShot G3

Osprey Has Landed!

Osprey – Ridge, Maryland

I don’t shoot many wildlife images for the simple fact that it can take an extraordinary level of patience and effort to capture decent looking photographs. This one in particular took nearly an hour and a half, and many dozens of exposures for me to finally capture one that I was satisfied with. I found that autofocus was useless because the osprey was arriving and departing too quickly, so I had to slowly setup manual focusing with each new arrival to the nest.

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Photo info:
Osprey landing on nest
Point Lookout Marina
Ridge, Maryland
May 2014
Leica Telyt-R 560/6.8 telephoto lens
Leica M240 digital camera

Seldom Seen Now

Common toad (Bufo bufo) – Poolesville, Maryland

We used to see lots of tree frogs and common toads in our yard when we first moved here in the early-1990s – lurking for unsuspecting insects in our vegetable garden and flower beds – but they began to disappear within a few years and now we rarely see them at all. This is the last large toad that I’ve been able to photograph, and that was over seven years ago. We’ve seen two or three other small amphibians since then, but none of them have been as big, beautiful, and plump as this one.

We don’t know what to attribute the decline to, because we didn’t use chemicals on our lawn, garden, or flower beds during the time that we noted the decline of their numbers in our yard. However, we do still hear peepers in distance at night, but even their welcome sound is dying down over time.

Toad – Poolesville, Maryland

Photo info:
Common toad (Bufo bufo)
Poolesville, Maryland
April 2014
Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH lens with helical extender
Leica M240 digital rangefinder camera