Saturday, June 30, 2012

More Warblers

Chestnut Sided Warbler

We did more birding along the Pine Creek valley two weeks ago with friends from Connecticut.  We had a great time and the warblers were very active. The weather really cooperated. Our friends are fairly new to birding and they got to see a number of birds that they could add to their life lists.  The above Chestnut sided warbler was the best of that species I have ever gotten.  This image was almost full frame in the 600 lens. 

Magnolia Warbler
Once again the area that we often see Magnolia Warblers had a number of them calling and flitting around.  They are a very pretty bird and have a beautiful song. 

Black and White Warbler
One swamp area that we visit often has many Black and White warblers.  we were not disappointed on this trip as four of them entertained us. They creep up and down trees much like the brown creepers. 

Barred Owl

On our first evening of the trip-we went to one of my favorite spots for owls and Joan and Kim were both able to capture awesome shots of a Barred Owl.  there were three of them there and two of them were having a fit about the third one being there-it was fun to watch and listen to. 
Cedar Wax Wing
We had a half dozen Cedar Wax Wings flying round at one spot that we went to bird. They look like bandits.

Black Throated Green Warbler

On our last evening there we went back to see the owls but they were not there.  However, a Black Throated Green Warbler was there.  Since it was getting dark and we were under heavy evergreen cover, I borrowed Joan's Camera and Long Lens to get this image as my camera can not push the ISO as well as her's without getting digital noise that make s the image unusable.  This image was taken at 6400 ISO. 

Until next time.

Jim Borden

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pa Grand Canyon

The Pa Grand Canyon is one of my favorite places to visit whether it is spring, summer, fall or winter. It takes me back in time and refreshes my memories of the outdoor lessons taught to me by my grand father and father. The above image is actually a composite of 25 individual photos taken at Leonard Harrison Lookout.  The shots were taken from a tripod and 5 shots were taken at each position due to the lighting that day.  The tripod head was rotated to overlap individual views so the panorama could be made.  The composite file is 396MB and the native print size is 20 inches by 60 inches and will print up to 40 inches by 120 inches.  We are going to print and frame one at 20x60.

 I look forward to going back in the fall and winter to repeat the process.

This view of the canyon is missed by many.  It is along the west rim looking north, but one has to leave the vehicle and walk to this look out.  It is my favorite view of the canyon as it shows the meandering Pine Creek and the rail trail as well as the structure of the mountains and leaden valleys.

Until next time

Jim Borden