Author Archives: Tony Pratt

Yard Birds

 

 

 

Winter bird photography can include the luxury of shooting birds attracted to feeders from right inside the comfortable environment of your living room.  In my case I shoot from my desk into bushes just outside my desk window with feeder to the side of the bushes.  I keep my camera on one side of my desk and on days when elements outside create moments I find appealing I keep one eye on the bushes and feeders.  Here are white throated sparrows and a cardinal photographed from my desk chair.  Call me a Monday morning, arm chair photographer.

Posted in Birds, Cardinals, Winter 2018-19

Dwarf Palmetto

We were in Buxton on the Outer Banks for Thanksgiving and I’m just getting around to working with some images from that trip.  Along one of the nature trails in the National Seashore there were many dwarf palmettos.  From what I could, find this plant is at the northern most limit of its range on the Outer Banks. Its beautiful, radial symmetry is a fantastic photography subject and caught my eye on our hike.

Posted in Black & White, Palms, Travel, Winter 2018-19

Swallowtail Caterpillar

If you’ve ever wondered what the caterpillar of the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly looks like here it is.  The beautiful mostly-black butterfly is common in my yard but I don’t recall ever seeing its caterpillar.  The caterpillar uses mimicry of eyes and a mouth to look wicked scary to possible predators.  The last two images show the real head of the caterpillar.  Pretty interesting find in my garden yesterday.

 






Posted in insects, Macro, Summer 2018

Storms On The Beach

 

 

 

Enjoyable morning on the beach at Fenwick Island State Park, until the storms threatened from the west.  (taken with my new GoPro camera)

Posted in Beach, Summer 2018, Surf, Weather

Pamlico Storm

Taking the ferry from Cedar Island to Ocracoke last week there were thunderstorms over the mainland that were fun to watch from a safe distance in the middle of Pamlico Sound.  

Posted in Scenics, Summer 2018, Weather

Sunset On The Flats

Sometimes the simplicity of monochrome is what the scene is all about.  

Posted in Black & White, Scenics, Summer 2018, Sunrises and Sunsets

A Sweat Bee

I shot this iridescent insect in my garden recently and really didn’t know what it is until I looked it up online.  My belief is that it’s an Augochlora Sweat Bee and I will gladly defer to any entomologists out there who can either confirm or correct my thought.  If it is indeed a Sweat Bee it gets it’s name, according to what I found, because it likes to lick sweat off of arms or legs.   The web passage goes on to assure me that they are fairly passive and “unlikely” to sting.  This was not tested as, thankfully, the bee made no attempt to ingest my sweat.  I love what can be learned online and that by photographing an insect I have seen often in the garden I learned more about it.

Posted in insects, Macro, Summer 2018

Orange Meadowhawk

This dragonfly, an Orange Meadowhawk, is seen regularly in my yard.  I like seeing them for not only their beauty but for the fact that they feed on mosquitoes, flies, and ants among other insects.  I thanked this one for stopping long enough for a quick portrait then off it went to find more protein.

Posted in insects, Macro, Summer 2018

A Change in the Weather

A cold front blasted through the Cape Region today bringing heavy rain and a sharp drop in temperature.  At 1:30 in Lewes it was 73 degrees out but in one hour it had dropped to 56.  Just when you Delaware coast locals thought that some spring weather had finally arrived nature dropped in the cold NW winds again.  Anyway, I loved the dramatic sky the front brought in as it approached Cape Henlopen.  

Posted in Black & White, Scenics, Spring 2018, Weather

Reflecting In Cambridge

Photographing through the window of a store front window in Cambridge MD recently an interesting reflection became part of the composition.  This was the scene as I saw it through the window glass.  A slightly surreal look at past, present and future at least as my mind’s eye sees it, as the empty store is planned for a new opportunity. Downtown Cambridge is sprouting new restaurants and stores all the time.  It’s a great place to visit.   

Posted in Scenics, Travel, Winter 2018