Capturing a Bald Eagle in flight to me is something on the level of hitting major league baseball pitch. Well, maybe a little easier, but its close. No time to hesitate and a lot to consider - flight path, head angle, frontal lighting, perfect focus on the eye, accurate tracking and a really fast shutter speed. Add a little luck and when it works, it is rewarding.
Wild Columbine present a very simple color set - red, yellow and green. Not exotic like the orchids, but a delightful wildflower to erase the memory of winter.
I spent much of the summer stalking Green Herons on the nearby river. They are shy and unpredictable. I was finally able to stalk this bird due to his strong focus on a school of small fish. This was my only image with its crest raised. He appears to have caught a small walleye.
Went to see Pennsylvania's elk herd this fall during the rut. On a foggy morning I located this huge bull. I called him Big Nasty. When he came out of the woods, the force of his bugling formed a cloud of steam.
Autumn is a challenge to me. The expansive landscapes just don't capture the season. Here, the colorful leaves, the rushing water and the massive boulders present three contrasting elements of fall in the Great Smoky Mountains.
As autumn turns into winter, the Bald Eagles congregate in large numbers on the lower Susquehanna River. Tracking the acrobatics as the birds bank to locate the fish is great practice and sometimes rewarding. They certainly are a powerful animal.
The Finger Lakes region is rich with waterfalls. In the fall, they are decorated with autumn's leaves. A fortunate placement of a dead tree adds more interest as the upper falls seems to pour onto the arch of the tree. Just like real estate, it's location, location, location.
So, these are my favorite images of 2016 minus one that I saved for last.