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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-26-2019, 07:42 PM  
Thematic Butterflies and Moths
Posted By Knock
Replies: 521
Views: 59,547
Nice catch Norm! That is an impressive moth! I hope all is well in Algonquin. Three times as many chances and I've seen 2 over the past 5 years! I remember seeing them much more frequently as a child. Herbicides perhaps?....or maybe the lunas are hanging out wherever all of the honey bees went...?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-26-2019, 04:37 PM  
Thematic Spiders
Posted By Knock
Replies: 807
Views: 51,389
Green lynx spider on a cone flower. K70 with kiron 105/2.8.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-25-2019, 08:05 PM  
Thematic Forest-walks_Lichen-Fungi-Moss-dead-leaves
Posted By Knock
Replies: 1,415
Views: 66,501
...this is not a forest walk, nor does it show lichens, fungi, or moss. I'm not sure where these pics should lay, but this is my favorite thread so I hope you don't mind. Pics where taken on a hike (during a drive-through) in a precious valley in southeastern Utah. This place was pristine and strangely spiritual. There were no people around (I think we saw 2 cars on a 17 mile drive through the valley). The isolation was immense. Simply a special place.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-22-2019, 04:14 PM  
Other Challenge +Show us your bokeh+
Posted By Knock
Replies: 4,966
Views: 430,452
A couple with my newest lens (kiron 105/2.8).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-14-2019, 08:42 PM  
Travel Southeastern Utah and Northern Arizona
Posted By Knock
Replies: 2
Views: 251
I added a pic to better show the petroglyphs on Potash Road.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-14-2019, 05:38 PM  
Travel Southeastern Utah and Northern Arizona
Posted By Knock
Replies: 2
Views: 251
Here's a few pics from my recent vacation in and around southeastern Utah and northern Arizona. Unbelievable scenery out there. We tried to stay off the beaten path as much as possible, and the extra driving was worth it once we found places like Potash Road, Moki Dugway, and Valley of the Gods. We still hit the popular places like Arches NP and Monument Valley --they're pretty impressive too, but lord have mercy there were a lot of folks in those parks. Pics were taken with sigma 18-250 macro or 15 mm ltd.
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-12-2019, 11:40 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By Knock
Replies: 11,246
Views: 1,872,222
Imperial Point, North Rim, Grand Canyon. K70 with 15mm ltd.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-12-2019, 11:25 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By Knock
Replies: 18,160
Views: 1,226,885
My recent vacation brought me through southeastern Utah. My mind was blown many times. The landscapes were uncanny. I was lucky enough to catch a couple lesser known highways and dirt roads, which led me to isolated, raw, and gorgeous lands. I hope to return to southeastern UT as soon as possible (maybe some camping in the Valley of the Gods). The attached pics were both from Arches NP, and were shot under a harsh noon-time sun. K70 with sigma 18-250.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-28-2019, 09:11 PM  
Thematic Forest-walks_Lichen-Fungi-Moss-dead-leaves
Posted By Knock
Replies: 1,415
Views: 66,501
It's not much of a forest/lichen walk but this is my favorite thread so, sorry...not orry. Taken on the Audobon Birdtrail on Dauphin Island, Alabama. Taken with K70 and my newly acquired Kiron 105/2.8 macro.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-18-2019, 04:57 PM  
Nature Cahaba lily
Posted By Knock
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Views: 171
Paddled a couple miles upstream on Hatchet Creek in central Alabama to catch a glimpse of the blooming Cahaba lilies (sometimes referred to as the shoals spider-lily). These lilies only grow in shoals of fast moving rivers and creeks in Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas. The river current wedges the seeds and bulbs into rock crevices in shoals, where they take hold, grow, and bloom into a magnificent flower. Pretty cool stuff.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-12-2019, 07:56 PM  
Post photos of snakes and other reptiles here
Posted By Knock
Replies: 487
Views: 52,082
A common anole in my Confederate jasmine. This week the love bugs have been aplenty...the anoles are happy to oblige...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-17-2019, 07:22 AM  
Abstract pine tree
Posted By Knock
Replies: 5
Views: 274
Great lines!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-05-2019, 02:37 PM  
Landscape Cheaha State Park
Posted By Knock
Replies: 7
Views: 371
It's great to see another Forum member from Bama! Your timing could not have been better regarding the tornadoes in west Alabama--it was a scary day. I used to do a lot of camping in Cheaha during my college years...good times! On my first camping trip to Cheaha, my friends neglected to tell me that Cheaha was in a dry county...needless to say I was better prepared on my next trip to Cheaha.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-19-2019, 03:01 PM  
Thematic Forest-walks_Lichen-Fungi-Moss-dead-leaves
Posted By Knock
Replies: 1,415
Views: 66,501
Howdy Norm. It's currently 62 F here in Montgomery, but unfortunately we're dodging a couple tornadoes as a cold front is pushing in from the west. Not the kind of excitement I was looking for...but I don't think I would handle -33 very well either. Hunker down my friend. I hope all is well.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-19-2019, 01:25 PM  
Thematic Forest-walks_Lichen-Fungi-Moss-dead-leaves
Posted By Knock
Replies: 1,415
Views: 66,501
The elusive stinkhorn and some fungus that I should know the name of, but don't. Taken on Dauphin Island, Alabama. K70 with Sigma 18-250.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-09-2018, 08:01 AM  
Post photos of snakes and other reptiles here
Posted By Knock
Replies: 487
Views: 52,082
Our paddling trip through the northwest Florida panhandle was cut short due to Hurricane Michael, but we were able to spend some time on the black water of Sister River in Walton County where we caught a glimpse of this banded water snake.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-19-2018, 10:36 PM  
Thematic Butterflies and Moths
Posted By Knock
Replies: 521
Views: 59,547
I don't have the opportunity to see a Luna Moth very often, once a year if I'm lucky. I was lucky enough to notice this one in the bushes at the end of my driveway as I parked one night. I had to leave my car lights on to have any chance of seeing him, much less taking a picture of him. I set the ISO at 12800 and hoped for the best. After some heavy handed editing this is what I ended up with--I still can't get over how good the high iso capabilities of the modern pentax cameras are. K70 with tam 90.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-17-2018, 09:07 PM  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By Knock
Replies: 1,557
Views: 93,426
My wife rescued an exhausted hummingbird from a local Walmart floor, brought her home, and nursed her to health (took about 30 minutes). This particular pic was soon after she got it home. Poor bird was spent....some time and a spoon full of that nectar sugar stuff and the hummer lady was just fine. Wrong to relocate?....yes, but she would've been shopping cart road kill. At what point does morality overrule letting nature takes its' course?....not a rhetorical question...too many smart people here not to offer a well thought out opinion....I'm just curious. In regards to the hummingbird my wife save...yes I think she did the right thing. Would that little hummer have died?...most definitely....is the hummer likely to fulfill her purpose of making more little hummers?...probably yes. Did my wife disrupt Mother Nature!!!!!!!?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-15-2018, 08:09 PM  
People Loggers day - Algonquin Park
Posted By Knock
Replies: 12
Views: 502
Helluva rant Norm. Economics aside, I see definite similarities with logging and hunting in regards to population control. I don't hunt and I don't chop down a lot of trees, but I understand the point. Plus, I've seen Algonquin and my oh my there is no shortage of trees.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-15-2018, 07:02 PM  
Nature My wife is a hummer nurse...
Posted By Knock
Replies: 15
Views: 781
Thanks for the comments. My wife's compassion is immeasurable. I've watched her free snakes stuck in glue traps, help turtles find the other side of the road, relocate spiders found inside the house to a better location without killing them, take in lost dogs...it goes on and on. She loves nature and it loves her back.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-14-2018, 07:35 PM  
Nature My wife is a hummer nurse...
Posted By Knock
Replies: 15
Views: 781
Today in Walmart my wife was walking down the pet food aisle. She noticed what looked like a plastic humming bird on the dirty floor, but after a closer look there was nothing plastic about it. She quickly picked it up before it became Walmart roadkill, and drove home with the ailing hummer in her open palm. The poor fella was exhausted, wiped out, and depleted. Once home we offered it some nectar, and the hummer lazily ate a snack from our spoon. After nearly 30 minutes of snacking and resting in my wife's hand the friendly hummer gave her a wink and a nod of its' head, and then flew away slowly. My wife is awesome.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-05-2018, 07:47 PM  
Thematic Wetness...If the Subject is Water
Posted By Knock
Replies: 1,308
Views: 97,137
A recent lazy float down the Tallapoosa River (central Alabama) with a few friends. I just had to post the out of focus picture of the fella on the canoe...I couldn't help but think about the famous Big Foot picture taken in stride with arms swinging--if you knew my friend you would understand. He usually canoes in the nude, but thankfully the Alabama summer sun kept him in his speedo. K70 with both 15 mm ltd and sigma 18-250.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-24-2018, 09:01 PM  
Post photos of snakes and other reptiles here
Posted By Knock
Replies: 487
Views: 52,082
A friendly anole hanging out on my Jasmine vine. K70 tam 90mac
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-10-2018, 09:29 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By Knock
Replies: 9,945
Views: 791,497
Another new family member...Juno. Much like the cat before, ISO is pretty high.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-10-2018, 07:31 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By Knock
Replies: 9,945
Views: 791,497
A big yawn by my new cat (by marriage) Elliot. Ahhh, yes a new subject to take pictures of!! K70 with Tam90, f3.2, 1/20, ISO 16000. Not the ideal exposure in many many ways, but I liked it. Finished up the editing with Nik Silver Efex.
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