Day 4 : Black and White

bwstorm badlands

Dear Friends, this black and white was taken in the badlands of North Dakota.  This storm chased us back in the vehicles but never did rain on us.  I am not a lover of black and white photography probably because my career was spent at an electron microscope and in a traditional black and white darkroom.  All work was done in black and white, but  i accepted the challenge so this is the work for this week.  til Tomorrow MJ


bw sunset

Dear Friends, Day 3 of 5 day Black and White Challenge.  This sunset in the rain was taken in the North Dakota Badlands, on top of Buck hill in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  Juniper and cedar trees are prevalent in these landscapes, but one can usually see the sky, hence many sunrises and sunsets.  Black and white???  til Tomorrow MJ

Cranes Comparison

bw cranes comparison

Dear Friends, day 2 of black and white challenge and another crane image.  Those who know me, know that i spend most of my waking hours in the fall in the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, an area of wild rice marshes.  This is a comparison of the adult head (right bird) after preening with feathers raised and a juvenile head (left) who has not been preening.  Black and white still has to show something of interest (for me). so til Tomorrow MJ

Dancing in the Drizzle

crane adultbw

Dear Friends, accepting the 5 day black and white challenge issued by my friend, Jan.  Today was a very iffy day for light so black and white was quite appropriate and as usual the Sandhill Cranes at Crex Meadows, dancing for our entertainment, til Tomorrow MJ

Foliage is Gone

fall foliage23Friends, this is to remind me of the beautiful foliage that is now gone from this place.  Crex Meadows in the fall is truly an amazing place and i like to share with you. til Tomorrow MJ

Heron Snacking

blue heron fishing

Friends, this Great Blue Heron is having a fishy snack at the fishing hole.  Like eating popcorn, you can’t just eat one. I know he is backlit, but i like how the light lit up his beak.  til Tomorrow MJ

Preening Feathers

preening crane

Friends, after three days of cleaning up a hacker’s mess, i have finally returned to the land of computer sharing.  If you receive a notice from yahoo telling you to update your software, please know that it is a scam to steal your contacts and email.  Then they horse up your passwords and send out embarrassing messages saying you are in Istanbul and need cash.  I don’t even have a passport.  So back to Crex Meadows and this beautiful crane, cleaning her feathers. til Tomorrow MJ

A Tight V

cranes tight v

Friends, first , thanks for all the birthday wishes.  i had a great day.   Jim and I went to Crex for dawn and watched the cranes leave their roost site in the morning.  This image was taken the night before when the cranes were coasting into their roost site.  Three natural history facts are in this photo, cranes fly in a v formation, they coast before landing and they talk to the birds below to warn them of their landing.  so til Tomorrow MJ

Why Heron have Long Necks

sleepy blue heronFriends, this Blue Heron has a very long neck so he can bunch it up and rest his chin when he is resting.  The morning was very windy and his head feathers were standing up on end, i love the feather details.  I did not like the green detailed background so i tried to minimize its effect, did i succeed??, til Tomorrow MJ


cranes on the moonFriends, i had to be creative today and do some artwork on photos that i took on Thursday.  Cranes Flying and the moon rising were just too tempting to leave as is, so here is my rendition that depicts the crane spirits moving into winter across the harvest moon.  God gave me photoshop, so i sometimes use it to express my feelings. til Tomorrow MJ


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