Saturday, July 21, 2018


Location: Lake Conway, Conway, Arkansas.
Photo # IM3_6275bws.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Style is everything...

A blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) pauses after a bird bath, surely enjoying a temporary, new hairstyle.

Location: central Arkansas. July, 2012.
Photo # KS1_3775a.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

"Waiting to Attack"...

A likely immature, female yellow fly sits in waiting for movement.
Identification between the species of Yellow, Deer and Horse flies is daunting. There are many variances in size, body color, hair, wing markings, antenna length, eye separation (females have a larger space between the eyes, etc. For example, there are over 250 species of deer and horse flies.

Horse flies (Tabanus), about 1/2" to 1.25" in length, often have dark bodies and darkly colored wings. Yellow/Deer flies (Chrysops), which are often smaller, about 1/4" in length - about the size of a house fly, have transparent wings dark lines or bands.

While they are similar looking, they do have differences. Deer fly, for example, has wings that are A-shaped whereas horse flies have wings that fold straight back when at rest. Horse flies also tend to be slightly larger with bigger eyes and a slightly wider body.

The yellow fly is a fierce biter. Like mosquitoes, it is the female fly that is responsible for inflicting a bite. The males are mainly pollen and nectar feeders. Tabanids lie in wait in shady areas under bushes and trees for a host to happen by. Sight is the main host finding mechanism, but carbon dioxide and odor also play a role. Moving objects, especially if dark colored, are most prone to attack.

Deet (diethyl toluamide) and citronella are the more effective repellents.

Photo # K01_1330.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Ivy, Study I...

Photo # KS9_0465bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Monday, July 2, 2018

"Rocking the Groves"...

A male Blue Grosbeak, Passerina caerulea, in non-breeding plumage. You can find these more commonly near water, in streamside thickets and mesquite groves. He and his cinnamon-colored mate often raise two broods of nestlings in a single breeding season.

Location: central Arkansas. May, 2016.
Photo # KS8_9189c.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Monday, June 25, 2018

"Cliff Falls"...

Location: Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas. March, 2016.
This is actually a deceivingly small waterfall compared to how it appears here. I wanted to compose this as if it were a large waterfall to us humans. If you were a small mammal, this would be a large waterfall. Everything is a matter of perspective. The size of a waterfall shouldn't necessitate how much we should appreciate its beauty.
Photo # KS8_8761bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Monday, June 18, 2018

"Natives of the Meadow"...

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) in non-breeding plumage.
Normally, I would post this in color, but after review, the absense of color adds interest and depth to the image, emphasizing the structure of lines and shapes, both in the bird and grasses. Comments welcome.

Location: Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas.
Photo # KSA_8530bw. Not cropped. April, 2018.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography