Years ago, I noticed that I could not wait for winter to get over so I could start walking outside. I watch the new growth emerge from the previously frozen ground. The first plants were wildflowers, like the "Snow Trillium". Soon, I started carrying my camera and a plastic ground cloth so I could get down, way down and photograph the beauty of the wildflowers.
When friends and family members told me I should sell my photos, I needed a name. The first thing that came to me was my love of wildflowers. Thus the name of my photography business is "Wildflowers Photography".
White Trout Lily
Spring Beauty and Anemone
Prairie Trillium or Wake Robin
Turk's Cap Lily
Close-up Cone Flower
Fringed Gentian at Becky's Fen
Yellow Lady Slipper
Coreopsis and Milkweed seed pod
Jack in the Pulpit
Pink Lady Slipper
I have noticed that I am seeking out more images of birds and animals. I am not sure why. They are illusive, flighty, and stubborn by presenting only their backsides to the camera. I have had to slow down, learn their patterns, i.e. where a bird lands prior to their final approach to food source at or near a bird blind.
Cardinal in a snow storm
I may be back a little early
Pay attention to me
Winner and Loser
Green Heron with dinner
White Pelicans coming in to feed at sunset
Abstract White Pelicans at the reservoir
Tree Frog Close-up
Green Heron, fall colors, reflection
Enjoying a Fall evening swim
Snow Geese on the Mississippi
Male Cardinal waving
Red Wing Blackbird on a reed
Old Faithful with a bison grazing nearby
A deer on two legs, feeding on a pine tree
Goose and its reflection at the roller dam
Fawns in our backyard
I have never gone out on purpose to take images of any urban or urban-like environment. It may have something to do with not enjoying photographing people. These are from small local areas, downtowns and neighborhoods.
Winter has arrived
Anyone for a picnic
Sunrise Santa Fe RR bridge
Mt. Mercy Grotto Cedar Rapids Iowa
Iowa City Criterion
Sunset over Pheasant Creek State Park Iowa
Sunset over an Iowa farm
Balloon Glow at Brucemore
Out for a walk
What a ride
Playing in Photoshop
Sunset over another Iowa farm
Lighting a prayer candle
Sunset #2 Pheasant Creek State Park, Iowa
Downtown Cedar Rapids Iowa
Miscellaneous images from an assortment of trips, activities, challenges and opportunities. I always have my camera with me, no matter where I am going. You never know what you will see. Some of the images are the result of learning Photoshop.
At Wickiup Hill Learning Center, Linn County Conservation, Linn County, Iowa
An Iowa barn
Badlands National Park
Grand Tetons National Park
Frog - Wickiup Learning Center, Linn County Conservation, Linn Ciunty Iowa
Lighthouse in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan
Very Red Colors
Not together yet
Beautiful Fall leaves
It's cold outside
Touching - pencil drawing
Fiery sky over Ellis Park Cedar Rapids Iowa
Molden Barn Grand Tetons National Park
Can't float any more
Fall in SE Iowa
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Awards or Published
I have been entering contests and sending my images in to various magazines for publication for over 20 years. Here are some of the images for which I have received awards. I am very proud to say that some of these images have been published.
My first cover
Annual Spring Report of the Iowa Natural Heritage magazine
Lake of the Clouds
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Upper Peninsula Michigan
Second Place and Published.
Published and Honorable Mention B+W
"Looking at you"
Published and contest winner
Santa Fe bridge in Fort Madison, Iowa
The world's largest swinging span bridge at sunrise. An Honorable Mention.
Fireworks over the Cedar River
Taken from the top of Veteran's Memorial. First Place and Published.
2013-2014 Cover of Cedar Rapids edition of the Yellow Book.
My best selling image. Email me for LIMITED EDITION pricing.
U of I Obermann Photo/Essay Winner/Exhibited
I drove across the Coralville Reservoir several times a week for work. I always thought the reservoir was just a large pool of water created by man for man’s recreational pleasures. My opinion was shortsighted. Several years ago, I spotted a large flock of white birds covering the lake west of Highway 965. This was my first experience at seeing tens of thousands of migrating American White Pelicans. I tried unsuccessfully to photograph these pelicans from the side of the reservoir. I spent many an evening watching them as they formed lines hundreds of birds wide and twenty deep, diving one row at a time, chasing and eating schools of small fish.
The next year, I asked a friend if he thought we could paddle a canoe out into the reservoir and get closer, maybe, even into the flock of pelicans. Early one evening, we took off, working our way upriver. It was a successful adventure. I will never forget the sounds, the smells, and the thrill of being surrounded by thousands of pelicans. We were literally among the pelicans. This trip is repeated yearly, each time I am amazed at the number of pelicans that stop at the reservoir.
I now see the reservoir as a safe haven, a resting place, where the pelicans come to nourish themselves for the rest of their migration. When the pelicans leave, the surface of the reservoir becomes quiet, but I still stop to watch and remember.
St. Jude's Catholic Church Corn Festival, Cedar Rapids
"Sunset on the Prairie"
Winning Photograph and Published
Fall in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan
Fall Coralville Reservoir trail Johnson County Iowa
Winning Photograph and Published
White Egret Reflection
Best of Show
Fall at Ushers Ferry Historical Village
Winning Photograph and Published
Quaker Oats RR Bridge over the Cedar River
Sunset North of Marion, Iowa
Winning Photograph and Publshed
Fall Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Winning Photograph and Published
"Keeping his face dry"
Winning Photograph and Published
In the winter, there are numerous eagles that perch in the trees that line the banks of the Mississippi. On this cold winter day, I was in the right place at the right time to watch and photograph this eagle taking off from its perch, a mere 20’ above my head. I held down the shutter on my camera, following the eagle as it flew overhead. As I lay on the bank at the edge of the river, the eagle continued to fly back and forth in front of me for at least 20 minutes searching for dinner while I was taking photos nearly continuously. Finally, with my memory card full, I stayed and watched for a while. When I started to get up to return to my car, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the eagle diving. I instantly stopped moving and continued to watch as it grabbed a fish and flew back to its perch right above me. I will forever remember this close encounter with an eagle, and above all, I will remember to carry multiple memory cards with me whenever I am out viewing “Artistry In Nature”.
Second Place and Published
Tulips after a rain
Third Place and Published
Yellowstone Mammoth Hot Springs Terrance
Second Place and Published
Sunset north of Marion, Iowa
Honorable Mention and Published.
The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa
3rd Place and Published.
April 2017 calendar for Iowa National Heritage Foundation calendar
This image of a pale violet anemone was selected as the April calendar image for 2017.
2008 Linn County Conservation 50th Anniversary
The original color image was taken in front of the two remaining pillars at Matsell Bridge Natural Area park for the 50th anniversary of Linn County Conservation. An old image of the original Matsell mansion was placed behind my B+W converted image featuring the conservation staff.
This gallery contains some newer images that I have not displayed before or new images that I recently took.
We live in a wonderful, beautiful world. Get out and enjoy it with a walk or trip to a park.
Mary Lundby Bridge
This image was used by Linn County Conservation as the cover for the dedication ceremony of this bridge. This is a HDR merge of three images. I believe the key to this image is that the Wapsipinicon River was smooth, a like a mirror.
Wild turkey prancing
Spraque Lake Rocky Mountain National Park
Rarely do you see moose on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. But this spring, at Sprague Lake, we saw this female moose and her yearling. They were busy feeding and did not notice the many park visitors walking around Sprague Lake, nor the man who was fly fishing in the lake about 100 feet away.
American White Pelicans
On this day, I lost a friend to cancer. I headed to an isolated spot at the lake and sat down to pray and remember. As the afternoon turned to early evening, I saw a large colony of pelicans floating towards me. I grabbed my camera and started taking images as they lifted up into the evening sky. Watching them fly, uplifted my spirts as well.
Early this spring, Greg, Bob and I were visiting Rocky Mountain National Park when we saw this coyote on a small rise in Upper Beaver Meadows. He was checking out his territory. After about 10 minutes, he slowly wandered away from us, towards a herd of resting elk further into the valley.
Trumpeter Swans preparing to land
Grapes ready to be harvested
American White Pelicans
On a cooler fall day, with some wind blowing, I found this little huddle of pelicans. As I moved closer to them, they kept their eyes focused on me and when I got directly in front of them, I got this image.
Fall Road, NE Iowa
On the campus of Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Patterns in the snow
Sunrise Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Michigan Upper Peninsula waterfall
Yellowstone National Park Mammoth Hot Springs Terrances
Fall at Backbone State Park, Iowa
Fall colors NE Iowa
Quaker Oats reflected in the Cedar River
Backbone State Park, Iowa
Bear Lake Rocky Mountain National Park
Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs, CO
An Iowa sunset
Maroon Bells, CO
Upper Peninsula of Michigan Fall color
Sunset North of Marion Iowa
Moon over Breckenridge CO
Sunrise over Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Taken during one of my recent trips to the Great Smokies.
Female Cardinal in the snow
We see thousands of images of the bright red male Cardinal in the snow, but seldom a female. This was taken at the birdblind at the U of I field campus. She was one of two cardinals I saw on that cold winter day.
Pelicans feeding sequence
American white pelicans like to come together in groups of a dozen or more birds to feed; as they can thus cooperate and corral fish to one another. They coordinate their swimming to drive schooling fish toward the shallows. The pelicans can then easily scoop up these corralled fish from the water.
U of I Field Campus birdblind
Image taken on one of Lake MacBride's nature trails.
Posing on one of our backyard feeders.
Roosters looking for lunch
Honking geese at sunset on a frozen lake
These two geese did not like me approaching them. They flew onto the frozen lake, sliding on the ice. Almost immediately with some unknown coordination, they started sounding off one at a time.
Renee and I took a seven day cruise from Vancouver, thru the Inside Passage up to Stewart Alaska. We followed that with a seven day land cruise.
Upon returning to Anchorage, I dropped Renee off at the airport and joined ten other photographers for a photographer only tour, based 92.5 miles into Denali National Park.
The images are in chronological order.
Inside Passage #2
Humpback whale bubble net feeding
Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Park #2
Glacier Bay National Park #3
Brown bear or Grizzly
On two legs smelling another bear to his right and us in front of him, across a river. This was our first interaction with an Alaskan Brown bear. We watch and photographed it for at least 30 minutes.
National Park service renger station in Denali
Nails keep the bears from coming into the cabin.
Bull caribou walking in the Fall colored tundra
Sightseeing plane flying between us and Denali
Over 90 mph winds were recorded on the day I took this image.
Denali in B+W
converted from the previous image.
Female moose in the Denali valley
Male Willow Ptarmigan
Notice the white feathers replacing the colored feathers. The weather was so unusual that these willow ptarmigan were already changing into their winter colors and no longer invisible.
Mother grizzly and two yearlings
Cross fox with his next meal, a ground squirrel
A cross fox is a cross between an artic and red fox.
Bull moose in a kettle pond
The view from the porch of the campground above our lodge
Caribou showing a blood ingorged rack
Pregnant female Grizzly
We were with this grizzly for nearly 90 minutes as she walked towards us eating blue berries. She crossed the road in front of the vehicle and settled in a little stream to cool off on a 65 degree Alaskan day.
Denali National Park treeless valley
Northern Lights above our lodge
A 30 second exposure on a tripod at F2.8 ISO 200
An Iconic view of Denali and the Denali highway
Denali from Wonder Lake
This was the most clouds we experienced while on the photography tour.
Alaskan Range from Reflection Pond
Sunrise on Denali
One of the last images as we headed back to Iowa.
The Egrets at Lake Macbride
After our Alaska trip, whenever I wasn't working, I was walking the trails along Lake MacBride. I always had a camera with a long lens with me. I wanted to practice improving my handheld photography. This gallery contains some samples of images I took of the White Egrets. I hope you enjoy them.
Egret Study #1
Egret Study #2
Egret Study #3
Egret Study #4
Egret Study #5
Egret Study #6
Egret Study #7
Egret Study #8
Egret Study #9
Egret Study #10
Egret Study #11
Egret Study #12
Photographing the Sandhill Cranes near Kearney NE has always been on my to do list. I see them flying in the sky on my annual March trip to RMNP and this year, decided to arrange a photograph tour in a bird blind on the south edge of the Platte River. The sign at the Rowe Sanctuary list 406,000 cranes in the valley. At 6:15 we started the nearly 1 mile walk to the blind with only a couple of red-filtered flashlights to guide us. Once in the blind, with the door and windows closed, we had to setup our tripods and cameras in the dark. Something agitated the cranes, and the guides would not open the windows until the cranes settled down. The sounds of these agitated cranes was so very loud and almost unreal. We were told that the background noise last all night as some of the cranes are always on watch.
When the windows were finally opened, we were less than 25 feet from the edge of the Platte River with hundreds maybe a thousand Sandhill cranes in front ofus. We raised our ISO to at least 10,000 and began taking images. As the rising sun slowly began to brighten the sky, the noise of the cameras increased. I slowly moved from 12,500 to 8,000 ISO and was able to isolate smaller groups of cranes. When the sun finally broke through the gray morning clouds, the sounds of hundreds of images being taken filled the birdblind. The light was perfect.
As the sky continued to brighten, the chance of rain finally disappeared, other cranes began to come into the area, while those in front of us left for their morning feeding grounds. I spent the next 30 minutes trying to isolate either one or a small group of cranes, including some flying and drinking.
Would I do it again, yes, but I would do an evening trip to see the cranes arriving to the safe sandbars of the Platte River.
one of the first images of the day
look at me, look at me
walk this way
calling for their mate
preparing to land
the race is on
American White Pelicans on Lake Macbride
I first spotted the American White Pelicans in mid February, several weeks early, per the local DNR. I make it a point to walk the trails around Lake Macbride as often as possible. I also, have been reading about their habits and behaviors, with the goal of anticipating what type of action may occur, because the pelican is doing this...
One thing I notice is that if is very difficult to sense/observe when the bird will stab their beak into the water to grab a fish. Unlike the herons or egrets, who's posture tells you that they have a target in sight. Once the pelican stabs the water, the nearby pelicans all flock to the area, hoping that the fish got away and is easy pickings.
I'm out of here
Oops, feet first not tail first.
A late afternoon reflection
Soaring, high above the waters
And I'm off
Reflections at sunset
Come on junior, we need to get to the feeding zone
Some interesting facts about Bald Eagles:
Large birds need large nests! Bald eagle nests are about 5 to 6 feet in diameter and 2 to 4 feet tall. If the tree is strong enough, they will use the same nest again and again, adding new materials each year, so some nests can be enormous.
During the 1970s, bald eagles were seriously endangered. They’ve since made a remarkable comeback and in 2007, were removed from the Federal Endangered Species list.
The bald eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782. It was chosen for its majestic appearance and representation of freedom and strength.
When it comes to sight, eagles have two centers of focus. This gives them the ability to see forward and to the side simultaneously.
On average, male bald eagles weigh 25 percent less than females.
While on the hunt for prey, eagles can dive up to 100 miles per hour. But in regular flight, they can travel about 30 miles per hour.
Male bald eagles weigh between 7 and 10 pounds. Females are considerably larger, weighing up to 14 pounds.
Eaglets and juvenile bald eagles are brown in color, with some white feathers. They do not get the distinct coloration of a mature bald eagle until they are about 4-6 years old.
Bald eagles are capable of carrying a little more than half their own weight in flight, up to 8 pounds.
Bald eagles are exceptional swimmers. If they catch a fish which is too big for them to carry in flight, they will swim with it to the shore.
In addition to being the national bird of the United States, the bald eagle is seen as sacred in many Native American cultures. Many are considered messengers of the Gods, and eagle feathers are often used in ceremonial costumes and headdresses.
An adult bald eagle’s 2 inch long talons are capable of exerting a force of 1,000 pounds of pressure per square inch.
Bald eagles have up to 7000 feathers which are composed of keratin, the same material which makes up human hair and nails.
An eagle can fly up to 10,000 feet.
The bald eagle's eyesight is estimated to be 5 to 6 times sharper than a human's.
An eagle can consume one pound of fish in about four minutes.
Eagle with a chad at Lock and Dam #14
Riding the wind currents
Cedar River Basin south of Cedar Rapids
Ready to get lunch, but all three were too late
Eaglet with one parent, Spring of 2017
Looking for dinner
Floating on ice in the Mississippi River
Something caught his eye
About to grab
I was asked by a friend to post some of my favorite images; here are some from 2017. I will add more later.