waltonksm

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About waltonksm

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    Presently in an Eskimo village about 500 miles due west of Anchorage, AK
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    Wildlife, photography, my environment. I love taking photos of birds. And when I can afford to travel (less frequently the past many years) I love taking photos of what I am seeing as I travel. I love the four corners area of the US, and also the area along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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  1. ...And some Pixie Cup Lichen. As with the other tundra vegetation photos, there are MANY other plants in this image.
  2. Another of my self-assigned projects this year is to document tundra vegetation, and to record the changes to the vegetation as the season progresses. I am awaiting someone "beating a path to my door," anxious to use my photos of the tundra. I lived in this area for quite a few years, but never documented the vegetation. Much of my fascination has been with various lichens that grow here. I also am fascinated by the great variety of plant life you can find in just one square foot of the tundra. I hope I am able to convey to others the truly unbelievable diversity of plant life. Many people think of the "...frozen, barren tundra." It is truly NOT barren, and is really amazing for the plant life it supports. I bought an "international version" of the 18-55 Af-P lens, and have been using it on my D500 The price for these was under $100, WITH shipping. I was amazed by what a wonderful lens this was for the price. I have been running around all over the tundra, taking these images. I thought I had found the solution to identifying lichens when I found a used version of a book that is specific to Alaska tundra..... and then I saw the price: "only" $165 for a used copy! So for those of you that might be at all interested, here are some shots of tundra vegetation. I am slowly identifying them, but have a long way to go. Below are bog cranberry blossoms. I included my finger in one image to show you just how small they are. These two images also contain at least one variety of lichen, dwarf birch, Labrador tea, and other plants. There is a left-over cranberry from last year that has not quite rotted all of the way. Blueberries will be in abundacne very soon. Below is reindeer lichen, with a solitary mushroom growing in the middle of the tangled lichen. Below the reindeer lichen is another lichen that I have not identified, yet. Lastly, I have what I thought was lichen, but is just fungus. I have identified this as "orange peel fungus."
  3. Thank you Ann, but I cannot take credit for complementary colors. And thank you, too, Merlin. We did have fun finding alternative photo opportunities at our favorite spot for observing birds. Here are more non-bird images. I am not any sort of expert at close-up images. I think these are really pushing the limits of high ISO with this camera. Do you find the bokeh too distracting?
  4. I managed to delete/totally mess-up my earlier replies. Ann: I hope you are wrong. But then maybe the alternative might be worse. These "sort-of" look like the gypsy moth caterpillars, but they seem to be "hairier." My photo shows more like spines than hairs. But I will do some more research on this one. Dallas: I had to make a quick trip to Anchorage for medical reasons, and it appears that my 12-50 kit lens arrived the day I left. I bought the "international" version for $350 less than the US model. It was only $153. I have a few more photos to post to show more "bugs." But here is a photo of a bumblebee getting nectar from the vetch. :
  5. I have not spent enough time identifying things that I see. So this one will have to wait for later, unless one of you has the answer for me. Many years ago I was doing social science sorts of research... and you almost always needed a "miscellaneous, other" category. Of course, this was to be LESS than 10% of your observations. Lately, this has been over 80%. So, I am not doing a good job of categorizing things. We had to travel to Anchorage to take care of personal business, and stopped at Potter Marsh to see if all the arctic terns were gone (and they were!) So, we snapped a few "bug photos." My knowledge of caterpillars is about as good as my ability to identify plants. But I thought someone might find this interesting just as a photo, not for any identification purposes. And if anyone can identify these, please let me know. Some of the background and a few almost in focus blooms are "Hairy Vetch" (a lavender flower.) I believe this was one of the wonderful experiments to come up with something that grows fast, and can be used to feed cattle. It is now all over the place; and a real problem, as it chokes-out native flora. This is one of my first efforts to get something in close focus with MFT. I guess I need to break down and get a true macro lens... or at least one that is easy to handle for very near objects. I was shooting most of this at ISO 3200. I did drop to ISO 1200 a bit later in my shoot. Thanks for looking, and please make sure and criticize/comment. Using MFT is a very new thing for me (not that I have ever really learned to do macro of any type!) This was shot with an Olympus OMD E10 Mark II, using a 14-42 Panasonic Lumix lens.
  6. Thank you for your input and the compliments. I am probably a bit more sensitive to the gravel than others. I have mined much of this gravel, so I know just how "unnatural" this gravel bed is.
  7. Another person (not on this forum) commented to me about one of my photos; that he knew I took it from the road, based on the vegetation in my photo.... and that I should have kept it out of the image. I would have preferred some other settiing. But yes, this is about the sharpest of the images of the kits. I am also just learning to use the Olympus MFT. So I have quite a few rejects for other reasons. Thank you for your comments.
  8. I enjoyed your photos. I always like viewing photos from the southwest; I miss the desert. It also took more than a minute for them to load. And yes, I have a prehistoric connection from the ONLY provider available, unless I go to a direct satellite connection.
  9. Thank you, Ann. And here is one more. I did not post it because of the solid bed of gravel under the fox. It is too "unnnatural." But it is very sharp. These did NOT look to be poorly fed, but this one appeared to be asleep on the gravel when I drove up, and it did not get up immediately when I walked toward it.
  10. I apologize, but I wanted to include just one more......... I could not resist. This is clearly a photo of a mouth that may be attached to a head. I may go back for more tomorrow, but I did have a couple of shots with the adult bird stuffing his head about halfway into the mouth. But the focus was off a bit.
  11. Thank you Anthony. I was about to post a link to the "Wilderness Classroom" that also defines a young fox as a "kit." I have to admit, I cannot remember when or where I learned this term for a juvenile red fox. I have not been out searching for wildlife, it just happens to be around a lot lately. I almost always take advantage of opportunities to photograph birds. I am a bit concerned that these foxes stayed so close to me. I do think we are about to go through a big die-off of foxes. The adults that I have seen recently did NOT appear to be very healthy. And I am in an area that has had rabid foxes in the past. The ptarmigan and rabbit populations are VERY low right now.
  12. There were two red fox kits out in the sun taking a break from whatever kits do. I did not get enough depth of field to get them both in sharp focus. I included this photo, even though the first fox is obviously not in focus. I think it draws your attention to the one in the back, which is in focus. But perhaps this does not work? The two following photos are very much in focus. As many of you know, fox eyes have vertical irises that are oval. These two looked healthy, BUT... I think their eyes were too bright. They appeared to be glazed over; and the foxes were not really moving around very much.
  13. Thank you..... But I have to confess to three different days worth of shots to get these few decent ones.
  14. This tree swallow nest must have been established BEFORE we started our gravel operation. I have watched them on several occasions, an threy do not appear to be bothered by the noise and vibration. I suppose this does keep the nest safe while our equipment is running. This first photo is of the two chicks letting the parents know they are anxious for more food. This is mom. She has less brilliant colors than dad This is dad, about to give out a tasty bug. And here are a few more of dad, as he feeds the chicks, then races away for more bugs.
  15. Dallas (or anyone who wants to jump in:) Do you have any recommendation for an aftermarket resource for learning the Olympus menu/setup system? I am now at the point of doing more exploration of sub-menus and settings, and could use something a bit "dumber" than the manual that comes with the camera. Alternatively, perhaps you can suggest a vitamin that might make my understanding a bit better.? Thanks.