Category: Photography

Stairway at the Louvre Museum.
Twisted sassafras tree trunks in a forest.

Sassafras trees

Sassafras tree trunks, Bluff Point State Park. I've always been fascinated by the strange, twisted forms of sassafras groves.  

Common Tern chicks and an egg in a nest on the beach.

Birth of a Common Tern

A sequence (on Flickr) of photos of a Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) hatching from its egg. Shot in 1981 when I was a volunteer on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tern banding project on Falkner Island, off Guilford, Connecticut, U.S.A.

killdeer-camouflage

Disruptive camouflage

When you look at a Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) in isolation it looks boldly-striped—the antithesis of what you'd expect from an animal trying to blend into its background. But in natural settings the black-and-white stripes work very effectively to break up the silhouette of the bird, making it surprisingly hard to spot against the background. At Hammonsasset ...

Photo of a Great Blue Heron.

Great Blue Heron

“Your sigh, I am told, is like the sound of rain driven against tower bells. You smell like wild ginger. When you lift your foot from the river, water doesn't run off it to spoil the transparent surface of the shallows. The water hesitates to offend you.” —Barry Lopez, The Search for the Heron, River ...

Little Blue Heron walking across tall reeds in a marsh.

Long toes

Now you know why their toes are so long. Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), Green Cay Wetlands, Boynton Beach, Florida.

Swing band "SwingInParis," performing on the Pont Saint-Louis, Paris

The City of Light

Swing band, Pont Saint-Louis, Paris. The band pictured here is wonderful: SwingInParis. More Paris pictures from last year's visit.

Photo of a young humpback whale feeding at the surface, surrounded by gulls.

Big gulp

A year-old Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeds on schools of Atlantic Herring (Clupae harengus) and Sand Lance (Ammodytes americanus) on Stellwagen Bank, just north of Race Point on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The birds are Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus) of various ages.