Monday, June 7, 2021

'Color and black-and-white"...

 This is the male Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus).

These chunky birds use their stout bills to eat seeds, fruit, and insects.  They spend most of their time out of sight, in the treetops. Their song isn't too different from the American robin.

Adult males are black-and-white birds with a brilliant red chevron extending from the black throat down the middle of the breast. Females and immatures are brown and heavily streaked, with a bold whitish stripe over the eye.

Photo # KS8_9263.  
Location: central Arkansas.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

 


 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Red-shouldered Hawk...

 Juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

This is a medium-sized hawk, even though it's in the Buteo genus which is usually the larger hawks. It's diet is very diverse, including small mammals, snakes, lizards, birds, crayfish, mice, large insects, and occasionally fish.  This particular bird was finding worms to eat.



Photo # KSA_0199bwc.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Eastern Meadowlark...

 Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna).
These birds are a treat to see up close and experience their song.

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, AR.
Photo # KSA_8530c.  
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

"String Theory 3"...

Plants can be impressive how they grow. Some see this as chaos, but one physics definition of  chaos is a dynamical system that is extremely sensitive to its conditions. Nature created this chaos from order.

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas.
Photo # IM5_5285bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography



Sunday, February 21, 2021

"Light Traffic"...




The dance of light, shadow and bird traffic play visual dances on the fresh snow.

Photo # IM5_6542bw7. February, 2021.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Friday, February 19, 2021

"Tan-striped"...


 

Running through the fresh snow, this White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) is the tan-striped morph. Notice the broad eyebrow, behind the eye, is tan, not white.

The White-throated Sparrow comes in two color forms: white-crowned and tan-crowned. The two forms are genetically determined, and they persist because individuals usually mate with a bird of the opposite morph. Males of both color types prefer females with white stripes, but both kinds of females prefer tan-striped males.

Photo # K02_3345_00001ac.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

"Contrast and Shadow"...




For some, reeds and flowers come and go.  Yet, when you add snow and soft sunlight, you have an impressive mix of high contrast and soft shadows.  The sun was setting late afternoon but was softened by the high clouds of the oncoming winter storm. If you look closely, you can see the long, soft shadows of the reeds and flowers flowing to the left. It's not often that I'm able to mix high contrast, texture, and soft shadows into a single photograph.

Reeds and flowers, snow storm, February 2021.
Photo # IM5_6521asc.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Thursday, February 11, 2021

"Paths of Change"...




Even though the water from these waterfalls all came from the same source, they each made their own path resulting in their own unique result in the world. The same applies to each of us. We may all come from the same DNA, but each of us has our own life experiences, based on our own paths in life, which shape our results in this world. Best wishes to your results as you find your own path.

Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas. January, 2012.
Photo # KS1_3158bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

"Through the Trees"...


 


While creating some abstract work, I didn't notice the light coming from the other side of the trees until I viewed these results.

Forest, central Arkansas.
Photo # IM5_6198bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

 


"Territory Dance"

This is my airbrush version of my photograph of two Great Blue Herons having a territory dispute at Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge.
I welcome feedback.


Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas. December, 2020.
Photo # K02_0916_00001bc_arbrc.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

"Line of Sight"...




This pair of Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) seem to be in each other's line of sight as they search the horizons for prey.

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas.
Photo # K02_2052_00001cbw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Friday, January 1, 2021

 


"Air Brakes"

A Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) makes a semi-graceful landing on a frozen pond at Holla Bend NWR.

Photo # K02_0792_00001ac.
Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, AR.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography