Archive for Silent Spring

Natural Insect Control

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2018 by lilybug1960

Natural Insect control.
 
Tonight I am doing lecture for the Griffin Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association on things we have done here in our yard that not only improves my photography but makes it a more natural order in life. I am doing a version of this lecture in Jackson, WY Sunday as well. It is titled “Avoiding a Silent Spring” and is how we have taken to heart some of the subjects that were talked about in Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring”. One of the points was how widespread we humans treated and still treat for Japanese Beetles. We treat the plants and soil with chemicals, but to no avail. Here in Bear Woods, we don’t treat with any chemicals, we use a product called Scarlet Tanager. The Tanagers love eating the beetles and I simply sit on the porch and photograph them as they come in for their meals. This will start to occur around the end of June, beginning of July and continue for a few weeks. We have slowly, 4 or 5 years, worked on returning many parts of our property to more natural settings and in doing so attracted a tremendous amount of migratory birds. My presentation talks about our efforts and how we have set up bird photography studios to capture the beauty of the visitors we have attracted. I will show lots of pretty pictures of the birds and help to give you ideas of how to do some simple common sense things to do the same, regardless of the size of your yard. It will be worth the time for you if you simply love seeing beautiful birds, photographing them, or just simply want to make your yard a safer, chemical free place to live.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional
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“Extinction is Forever”

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2018 by lilybug1960

“Extinction is Forever”
 
When I was studying photography my mentor, John Shaw, used to talk about composition with birds, especially flying birds. He would emphasize to me and all who listened to him, that you want a bird, or any animal for that matter, to be looking into the frame. Having the animal close to the edge of the frame and looking out of the frame made the viewer uncomfortable. You wondered what was out there. He said the only time he ever saw a successful image where the bird was against the edge and looking outward was with the text “Extinction is Forever”. That lesson stuck with me for several reasons, a photograph can cause the viewer to reflect upon the message, and as a nature photographer I felt I had a responsibility to the natural world to influence a viewer when possible. The image he described was near to my heart and was the reason I first read “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson. It was that book that helped to get DDT banned as a pesticide and in doing so the Bald Eagle has made a great recovery. I think it is always important to keep the message in mind though. If you are going to have the opportunity to be in Jackson, Wyoming for the North American Nature Photographers Association 2018 Nature Celebration in May, please come listen to my presentation on “Avoiding a Silent Spring”. I will discuss the little things you can do to help, and I will even show some pretty images!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #NANPA, #2018NatureCelebration

My Fascination with Bald Eagles

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2018 by lilybug1960

My Fascination with Bald Eagles.
 
It may be hard for some folks to understand why I have this fascination with Bald Eagles. It started in my youth. I never saw one until 1976. It wasn’t until my first trip to the Grand Tetons that I saw our Nation’s symbol. It is why I read and thing everyone should read “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson. One of the first studies of the numbers of Bald Eagles showed that there were only 487 nesting pairs in the lower 48 States in 1963! Because of the widespread use of herbicides and pesticides, primarily DDT, Eagles and other Birds of Prey, were almost eliminated. Rachel’s book helped to bring attention to how DDT effected the birds. It was prohibited to use and as of 2006 our nesting population was up to 9789 pairs. We have a long way to go to reach the numbers of the 1700s and 1800s. I am fascinated with them because I never thought or dreamed they would survive. I find them so majestic in flight. I only hope that people who are growing up seeing so many never take them for granted and will always appreciate their comeback.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 200, 1/200th of a second (Sunny 16 Rule), Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLenseUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional