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post #1 of 24
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While it’s great to see that some of the Bears in North America are still making turns, I’ve not seen snow since the Gathering, so I get my ski stoke vicariously through your TR’s.

 

I’ve got no snowy images to share or ski tales to tell, (aside from tuning and waxing our skis for summer storage I've been almost completely divorced from all things snowy,) so figured I’d post up a few photos that I made during one of my Back Yard Safaris. Thought that this was a more judicious use of my time as opposed to starting an original helmet or safety bar thread. Summer’s long enough as it is. All of the following shots were made within 50 feet of our back door with the exception of the Sea Gull image.

 

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post #2 of 24
Very nice! The snake shot looks like it was done in a photography studio with controlled background and lighting. Awesome shots.
post #3 of 24

No pythons, anacondas or even gators?  I thought your back yard was in Florida for pete's sake..

 

On the serious side, I think that shot of the spider is beautiful!  AMAZING!

 

Thanks for sharing..

post #4 of 24

Gorgeous!  How do you get them all to smile for the camera?

post #5 of 24

You're pretty good at taking pictures. Ever thought about doing it full time? 

post #6 of 24
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You're pretty good at taking pictures. Ever thought about doing it full time? 



it is his day job.

post #7 of 24
I don't believe you are a professional photographer (Thanks for the clarification, Captain Obvious wink.gif), I take pictures so much better than you.
 
This is wildlife from my back yard:
 
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Edited by Philpug - 6/18/11 at 10:13pm
post #8 of 24

I know what you mean, Phil; it's hard enduring the work of an amateur when your own skills are way better.

 

I snapped this just outside my home after a particularly hard rain had left a puddle in the street:

 

 

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post #9 of 24

That's nuthin'  

This is the kind of wildlife I have in my back yard!

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Bazzer, can you toss ziggy like that?  Huh?

Now that's wild!

 

post #10 of 24

Is that an a-frame?

post #11 of 24
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Is that an a-frame?



His core is engaged, he's traveling in the direction his tip (well, in this case, tail) is pointed, and he's probably embracing chaos.  I'd say he's good to go.  This is assuming you are talking about the human and not the canine...

 

To the OP:  Nice pics, Sir.  In exhorting you to not quit your day job, this is a rare case where we get to intend it as a Good Thing (tm).  beercheer.gif

post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

I don't believe you are a professional photographer (Thanks for the clarification, Captain Obvious wink.gif), I take pictures so much better than you.
 
This is wildlife from my back yard:
 
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post #13 of 24

Not my yard, but I caught this guy in my neighbors back yard a few weeks ago.

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post #14 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post

Very nice! The snake shot looks like it was done in a photography studio with controlled background and lighting. Awesome shots.


Shot this on our pool deck, which is off white. I was on my belly shooting at a slight downward angle, using a 105mm macro lens which has a very shallow depth of field. Thus the background is a nice soft neutral wash. I did use an on camera flash.

 



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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

No pythons, anacondas or even gators?  I thought your back yard was in Florida for pete's sake..

 

On the serious side, I think that shot of the spider is beautiful!  AMAZING!

 

Thanks for sharing..


Not got any SERIOUS beasties quite so close to the house. You'd have to truck on out to the Everglades to find the invasive Pythons that have garnered some press. The most venomous local snake is the Coral Snake. They are however pretty docile and try and avoid people, and have very short fangs. You'd have to get pretty unlucky and almost step on one of these to

get bitten. Of much greater local concern are the pit vipers known as Water Moccasins or Cotton Mouths. They are very curious, and can be extremely aggressive. A bite from one of them producing a full envenomation can be fatal.

 

We get Gators in local irrigation canals and other bodies of fresh water, both natural and man-made, thus there are tons of gators around area golf courses. I don't play golf.

 

Glad that you enjoyed the images. You are of course most heartily and sincerely welcome. 

 



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Originally Posted by bbinder View Post

Gorgeous!  How do you get them all to smile for the camera?


Luck, patience, and a modicum of skill.

 



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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

I don't believe you are a professional photographer (Thanks for the clarification, Captain Obvious wink.gif), I take pictures so much better than you.
 
 
 
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Originally Posted by FairToMiddlin View Post

I know what you mean, Phil; it's hard enduring the work of an amateur when your own skills are way better.

 

 

I concur. I consider it an honor to have any of my images posted on the same as thread of some of your clearly superior work.
 

 

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That's nuthin'  

 

Bazzer, can you toss ziggy like that?  Huh?

Now that's wild!

 

I'd relish the opportunity to treat Ziggy to a good, ol' fashioned dog tossin', but he's too smart for me. Even when I offer bacon, he does not come to me when I call, so I've as yet been unable to gain a grasp on him.

 

 

post #15 of 24

Beautiful images!

post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by Bazzer View Post




Shot this on our pool deck, which is off white. I was on my belly shooting at a slight downward angle, using a 105mm macro lens which has a very shallow depth of field. Thus the background is a nice soft neutral wash. I did use an on camera flash.

 




Not got any SERIOUS beasties quite so close to the house. You'd have to truck on out to the Everglades to find the invasive Pythons that have garnered some press. The most venomous local snake is the Coral Snake. They are however pretty docile and try and avoid people, and have very short fangs. You'd have to get pretty unlucky and almost step on one of these to

get bitten. Of much greater local concern are the pit vipers known as Water Moccasins or Cotton Mouths. They are very curious, and can be extremely aggressive. A bite from one of them producing a full envenomation can be fatal.

 

We get Gators in local irrigation canals and other bodies of fresh water, both natural and man-made, thus there are tons of gators around area golf courses. I don't play golf.

 

Glad that you enjoyed the images. You are of course most heartily and sincerely welcome. 

 




Luck, patience, and a modicum of skill.

 



I concur. I consider it an honor to have any of my images posted on the same as thread of some of your clearly superior work.
 

 

I'd relish the opportunity to treat Ziggy to a good, ol' fashioned dog tossin', but he's too smart for me. Even when I offer bacon, he does not come to me when I call, so I've as yet been unable to gain a grasp on him.

 

 


Probably because you were holding the evidence.....

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post #17 of 24

Fantastic pics. I love the frog pic. those little pads on the feet area very cool.  Juxt goes to show what an incredible world we live and there's so much we overlook that is right in front of us.

post #18 of 24

I love the photos, Bazz.  It's a real treat to see more of your work.

 

Is that fourth photo an owl?  

 

I've had MANY compliments on your tarpon photo from flyfishing friends who come into my office. icon14.gif

 

Thanks for posting these. 

post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post

I love the photos, Bazz.  It's a real treat to see more of your work.

 

Is that fourth photo an owl?  

 

I've had MANY compliments on your tarpon photo from flyfishing friends who come into my office. icon14.gif

 

Thanks for posting these. 

So glad that you enjoyed the post, and that your fishing buddies appreciate the Tarpon photo.

 

I most sincerely wish that I'd been able to post an image of one of the few species of Owls that resided in Florida. Alas, I've yet to see one in the wild around here. The bird in the fourth photograph is a Blue Jay or Jaybird, Cyanocitta cristata, a very common resident of the entire Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. and southern Canada.
 

 

post #20 of 24
Great stuff...thanks for sharin'
post #21 of 24
Thread Starter 

Had an unexpected visitor today. While not native to North America, conjecture has it that the existing local musters of feral Peacocks are all descendants of birds that escaped from the Miami Metro Zoo when the aviary there was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. I've seen a few of these birds over the years, but this is the first time that I've found one in my yard.

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The Raccoons however have been living in my yard for longer than I’ve been alive.

 

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post #22 of 24

For some reason, it does not surprise me that you have a rare peacock in your yard.  You lead a most interesting life, and THAT is a good thing!

post #23 of 24

Wonders what wild peacocks taste likedrool.gif  Probably much better than raccoon..

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Wonders what wild peacocks taste likedrool.gif  Probably much better than raccoon..

its all in the marinade.....

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