Spider web

Another photo to get you in the Halloween mood.  Not sure what kind of spider it is but thought it was an interesting and a bit creepy looking web. Looks like maybe the web was damaged and it’s in the process of repairing it.  Hope you enjoy!

DSC_7241 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON.

“Morning Gold” – Back-lit grass

I made these back-lit images not long ago in the early morning as the sun was rising low in the sky, when the grass and other vegetation was covered in dew. Using a shallow DOF, many of the tiny droplets of dew are out of focus resulting in a nice “Bokeh”.  The golden sunlight adds warmth to the shot.  Love me some back-lighting.  Hope you enjoy!
DSC_7256 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON. DSC_7258 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON. DSC_7255 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON. DSC_7252 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON.

Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana)

Here are some images of several Pronghorns I took recently on a trip through Wyoming and Montana. We saw a lot of them, though most were to far off to get any good shots. Until I started writing this post, I was under the impression that Pronghorns were antelope; however, researching them a bit has revealed that they are not really Antelope but an artiodactyl mammal often known colloquially in North America as the prong buck, pronghorn antelope, or simply antelope, as it closely resembles the true antelopes of the Old World.  They live predominately in grasslands but also bush-land and deserts. This was a mixed herd but mostly males.

DSC_6763 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON. DSC_6764 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON. DSC_6765 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON. DSC_6769 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON. DSC_6772 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON. DSC_6776 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON.

 

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North American beaver (Castor canadensis)

Beaver are typically nocturnal; however, this one was busy feeding in the late afternoon in Montana when I photographed him.  He was so busy feeding, in fact, that he didn’t seem to mind me being in such close proximity to him at all.

Did you know…In the 17th century, based on a question raised by the Bishop of Quebec, the Roman Catholic Church ruled that the beaver was a fish (beaver flesh was a part of the indigenous peoples’ diet, prior to the Europeans’ arrival) for purposes of dietary law. Therefore, the general prohibition on the consumption of meat on Fridays during Lent did not apply to beaver meat.  The legal basis for the decision probably rests with the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas, which bases animal classification as much on habit as anatomy.  This is similar to the Church’s classification of the capybara, another semi-aquatic rodent.

Hope you enjoy!

DSC_6924 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON. DSC_6936 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON. DSC_6942 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON. DSC_6944 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON.

 

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Sunflowers

Not long ago after seeing some pretty cool pics of sunflowers, I was wishing I had a some near by to give it a try for myself.  I guess my wish came true because a few days later I came upon a huge field full of them.   Here are a few of the images I shot that day.  Each are 3 shot HDRi combined in HDR Efex Pro 2.  Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend! DSC_7663_HDR by . DSC_7687_HDR by . DSC_7693_HDR by .

Deer Drive-by

I rarely get the chance to see 1 fawn, let alone 3, so I was fortunate to come along this family of deer as they were dining in a bean field one evening.  As usual they didn’t stick around to long once they saw me, heading farther into the field. It was quite a treat!

DSC_6496 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON.
3 Whitetail deer grazing
DSC_6494 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON.
Whitetail deer and fawns
DSC_6491 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON.
Whitetail deer notice me nearby taking pictures of them
DSC_6490 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON.
3 Whitetail Fawns
DSC_6487 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON.
3 Doe closely watching me with their fawns nearby
DSC_6476 by CHRISTOPHER L.NELSON.
This Doe quickly decides I’m to close for comfort

 

Chives

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A couple of shots of the head of a chive plant from our garden. I thought it was a little more of a unique picture than we’re used to seeing when talking about a chive.

Some interesting facts about the history of chives:

Chives have been cultivated in Europe since the Middle Ages (5th until the 15th centuries), although their usage dates back 5000 years. They were sometimes referred to as “rush leeks” (from the Greek schoinos meaning rush and prason meaning leek).

The Romans believed chives could relieve the pain from sunburn or a sore throat. They believed eating chives could increase blood pressure and act as a diuretic.

Romanian Gypsies have used chives in fortune-telling. It was believed that bunches of dried chives hung around a house would ward off disease and evil.

Have a great weekend!

Nature and Wildlife Photography by Christopher L. Nelson

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