Author Archives: Tony Pratt

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

Dewey First light

I caught the first rays of sunlight today on Dewey Beach.  A beautiful January morning on the beach with a tolerable temperature of 32, which is a bit warmer at sunrise  than it has been recently.  

Posted in Beach, Scenics, Sunrises and Sunsets, Winter 2018

LBB

Feeding stations in winter, especially in deep snow and extreme cold, bring out a large variety of birds.  This delights many photographers who find close targets to shoot.  Many LLBs (little brown birds) show up and, despite my best attempts using bird identification guides, I sometimes can’t come up with an identification that I’m completely confident in.  So I enjoy the image of this unidentified bird for the beauty of the scene.   

Posted in Birds, Winter 2018

Icing Up

Days of well below freezing temperatures result in salt water creeks freezing up.  This is a sight rarely seen anymore.  

Posted in Scenics, Winter 2018

Brrrrrrrr!!

We are experiencing solid cold weather here on the Delaware coast right now, and while I shiver from being outside for a few minutes the wildlife that spends their winter here tough it out no matter what the temperature.  Some species thrive on the cold but I have to think that this Great Blue Heron, photographed a couple of years ago just off of New Road in Lewes, would much prefer temps in the 40s or 50s rather than in the teens.  But then again it has the option of taking to wing and going farther south if it prefers.

Posted in Birds, Herons, Winter 2018

Fresh Fish Today

A trip to the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia yesterday gave opportunity for many interesting and colorful subjects like these fish seemingly swimming upstream in an ice filled display case.  

Posted in Travel, Winter 2018