Flying Flowers

My infatuation with butterflies was always strong. I like these little creatures for their fragility and grace. Their wings are so colorful and beautiful. Butterflies are like flying flowers with singing and dancing souls.    

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Observer

That was a cloudy evening on Bear river and I had a difficult time sometimes to get a proper shutter speed. When I saw this bird the sun came out from under clouds for a few seconds and I was able to take a few pictures of her. I believe this is a female Yellow-headed […]

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Humming Bird

I never thought that some day I would be able to take a picture of a humming bird. First, I was trying to capture her when she was in the air and beating her wings very fast but it was impossible. After a few attempts I gave up and just watched a humming bird and […]

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American Avocets

Time flies. It seems that only recently was March and I was learning how to photograph American avocets in flight. The whole experience was exciting but not very promising and often frustrating. Looking at these photographs I think how elegant and beautiful these birds were, how excited I was watching them and taking photos. Things […]

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American White Pelicans

  There are hundreds of pelicans at the Bear river in July. They are on the shore close to each other and immature ones are very curious exploring the river. Immature pelicans are adventurous, they come close to you. This time of year American white pelicans are staying at Bear river in feeding flocks gorging […]

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Ducklings

There were eight little ducklings by the pond sleeping and moving sometimes. Unfortunately,they were quiet far away. My first pictures didn’t look good on the screen of my camera. I thought if I move little by little closer perhaps I can get a few decent pictures. I also thought if I would be at the […]

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Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret was preening himself with his beautiful wings spread wide, he was examining every feather carefully aligning them in the way that he could fly easily. I read also that the birds during the preening spread the oil onto each feather to keep them clean and healthy.    

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Clark’s Grebes

A young brave grebe eventually got closer to the shore and then a couple showed up . I was hoping that some of these grebes would perform a show for me running across the water as part of their courtship ritual, but none of them did. Their courtship ritual will continue through July. I still […]

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Long-Billed Baby Curlew

There were three Long-billed Curlews; mama, a baby and dad. Mama tried to stay close to her baby and dad was wondering on his own, far away from his family. The baby decided to cross the road and that was the last time his mama and I saw him. He went into tall grass and […]

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Yesterday and Today

I met her yesterday. She found the way from the mountains to our field and then to our yard where she stayed for awhile, drank water from the neighbor’s bird bath and left. This morning she visited us again and gave me an opportunity to take her pictures. There was a long silent staring at […]

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Great Blue Heron

When I saw this beautiful heron I thought no way I could get his picture. The moment I leave my car the heron would be gone. I got out of my car anyway. I do this often even I am sure that I would not be able to get a picture. I noticed that I […]

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The Desert Stories.

Contrary to their name these gulls are the state bird of Utah. They are migratory birds move to the Pacific coast in winter. That is only then this bird is regularly found in California. California gulls nest in colonies. The female usually lays 2 or 3 eggs. Both parents are very responsible and feed their […]

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Hold Still

Sometimes you wait for the moment to come, you forget about time and space, you are all anticipation and hope. You wait for luck to happen. And if it happens everything falls into its place; the birds are still, no gusts of wind, the water is so calm and if the wind suddenly blows up […]

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Chasing Butterflies

Inspiration comes when you see them. They are so light, fragile and elegant. And then you remember that their life is so short. Some butterflies live one day another two or more days. Such a short life but probably for a butterfly it’s an eternity.    

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Dignified

My last visit to Farmington Bay was great, I saw again Snowy egrets. The male was so close that I was able to take his portrait. The female was more cautious. She all the time stayed far away. It’s interesting that snowy egrets are not the early birds, they usually show up on a marsh […]

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A Frog for Breakfast

The Black-crowned night heron is looking for food. He does it mainly in the night time or early morning. He would stand still for a long time at the water’s edge very alert looking for prey. And then he would finally would catch a frog. He swallows a frog whole. I missed the moment – […]

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What is So Special About This Stick?

Sticks are usually gathered by male Snowy egret and presented to the female. The female Snowy egret (in the background) was so busy cleaning herself that the male changed his mind and dropped his stick.  

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American Bold Eagle

  Every prey bird always looks over its shoulder while hunting. A bold eagle is different. It’s absolutely fearless.  

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Snowy Egret

Farmington Bay. Snowy Egret Once Robert Frank said to Annie Leibovitz that you can’t take every picture. It’s sometimes impossible. That is exactly what these pictures are about. I wish that Snowy Egret would be more close. I wish that he would not hide from time to time in the grass but reality was different […]

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Bad Behavior – I. Fighting

Two geese were fighting over their territory. It was an ugly fight and a white goose was hurt hopefully not badly. I feel sorry for him.    

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Pelicans During Courtship

If a male pelican would not perform a proper dance during courtship he would be rejected by female. I think this male pelican started a very beautiful dance. She begins to pay attention. She is paying even more attention to his dance. The courtship continues. I think he was very impressive during courtship. I also […]

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White-faced Ibises

On Wednesday I got a shock when I entered Bear river refuge. I didn’t see anymore American avocets. The place were they used to hang around dried up completely. For the first time I realized that I know NOTHING about desert. Ibises also were gone. Where they used to be there was no water at […]

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It’s Time for Cleaning

Fluffy and almost clean. Final examination. A White -faced Ibis is going over each feather and is zipping feathers back together. Clean and pretty. Birds preen their feathers every day.    

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Wood Duck on a Shore

I always wanted to photograph this bird but didn’t have an opportunity.Today I was lucky watching these amazing birds. It’s getting warm in Northern Utah and I would have less and less opportunities to go to my favorite places to watch birds. Last time I went to Bear River refuge and was shocked that the […]

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Flowers Who Also Want to be Loved

I don’t like beautiful garden flowers. They are too perfect, too gorgeous and too boring. The wild flowers are different. You have to stop and pay attention to them to see their beauty. For some people dandelions are just little annoying weeds, for others they are flowers who also want to be loved. Dandelions never […]

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Sacred Bird

White-faced ibis. In ancient Egypt killing an ibis was punishable by death. Ibis was considered a sacred bird. It’s interesting that when American naturalists saw for the first time ibises they confused them with herons, storks and curlews. In April 2015 I saw for the first time Glossy ibises. I was driving on the country […]

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Robins

Do you remember the Christmas cards where the beautiful Robins were sitting peacefully side by side on the branches? They looked so friendly, so sweet but the reality is different. The male Robins spend much of their lives fighting, they are not friendly birds. I took these photographs in March. Seeing Robins was very joyful. […]

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American White Pelicans’ Heaven – I.

Finally, I reached the Bear River refuge and drove miles and miles around the river on the narrow dirt road. It was early afternoon and the desert was peaceful and comforting. I didn’t see any birds for the first fifteen minutes until I spotted many white birds. They were so far away that my first […]

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Cackling Goose

  I had a difficult time to identify this goose until I came across the Cackling geese. Cackling geese resemble so much in appearance Canada geese. Cackling geese have long black necks (my goose has a long black neck) Cackling geese also have white chinstraps. My goose has this white chinstrap. And most important my […]

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Sandhill Cranes

When I saw these birds I didn’t know what kind of birds they were. Later I would learn that I photographed Sandhill cranes. They arrive in the Northern Utah at the beginning of March and stay for the summer breeding season. Soon they will start a courtship with their special dances.  

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Flamingos

There were so many things happening on that day in San Diego. Conversation with a wonderful young woman from Switzerland who was so kind and gave us her pass to San Diego Zoo. Thoughts about my dad who would be so happy to visit this zoo.  And euphoria that we were in one of the […]

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The Dancer

A Pink-footed goose is performing his special dance.    

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Killdeer

This is my third time taking pictures of a bird from my car. What amazes me that birds don’t perceive a car as a threat. They are absolutely oblivious to your car and you. Killdeer was so calm, so relaxed letting me take as many pictures as I wanted. The difficult part was to find […]

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Hitch Hikers

I rarely visit Antelope Island in the winter. It’s usually deserted and windy. During my last visit I saw only bisons who were surrounded by birds. The bisons did not seem to mind the hitch hikers on their backs, I am not sure they even noticed the birds. Later I will learn that certain species […]

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Fish for Breakfast

My first trip to Farmington Bay, a home for many marsh birds, was very thrilling. I was warned before going to Farmington Bay not to get out of car and shoot from the open windows; birds don’t percept a car as a threat. Well, after driving half an hour, I realized that none of birds […]

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Hide and Seek

Two weeks ago I met a very young deer in our park. I followed a deer trying to be as quiet as I could but it didn’t work well. A deer was hiding behind the trees not giving me a chance to take  pictures. And then he left leaving me disappointed and wondering how other […]

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Robins are Back

I noticed robins two weeks ago in my neighborhood and was glad to see them back. Last Sunday after snow storm I went to our park and there were robins on the trees in the parking area. They were feasting on berries.    

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The Change

I always wanted to photograph a swan with a long graceful neck. Instead I took a picture of White Goose on our local pond. I wanted to be a street photographer and take portraits of strangers but lately I found myself photographing a lot of trees. I tried to be an artist but I never […]

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Grace

   

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Playing with Sun

Sun was going down. It was small and resembled a ball. The old tree was trying to catch the sun and hold it. I hope it makes sense…    

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Red Winter Berries

Just a little bit of color because everything around is still gray and dull.    

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White Winter. Shed

  Fence with cross. Lone shed. And snow, everywhere snow.    

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In the Fog

  Every tree is like a little poem that the Earth writes with all its soul and heart.    

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Portraits of Strangers

  2017 is coming to the end. It was a very good year. In many ways. I made smart decisions and not so smart. And of course a lot of mistakes. I was experimenting a lot with black and white photography and came to conclusion that I am comfortable with monochrome and color. I met interesting […]

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White Winter

  Heavy fog is like a dream to come true when you don’t expect it. This morning fog was everywhere. It was the rawest and the densest fog.    

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