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Approaching Hobbiton - Matamata, New ZealandBringing Home the Bacon - How to carry a live pig from a poleBroad-Billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris)Elegant Egret Silhouette at Sunset - Little Corona, Corona del Mar State Beach, CAStunning Sunning AnhingaFlorida Softshell Turtle, or Weird Snorkel Nosed Turtle - EvergladesMorning in Marchissy SwitzerlandFarmhouse in Marchissy, SwitzerlandYellow SpiderFuture FeastDecorated NestField of SheepDragons Can FlyBlue Morpho ButterflyFinding Nemo
Approaching Hobbiton - Matamata, New Zealand
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Approaching Hobbiton - Matamata, New Zealand

As we drove on the north island of New Zealand we couldn't believe how many scenes like this we saw along the side of the road. This particular sheep farm just outside of Matamata is Hobbiton of The Shire from Lord of the Rings. Just around the corner to the left in this photo, dug into the hillside, are the hobbit holes and all the other features of Hobbiton that you see in the films. They had just finished filming The Hobbit when we were there, so they made us promise not to post any photos of the hobbit holes until the movies come out. But this photo is just outside that area, and still gives you a sense of what the countryside of Hobbiton looks like.

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December 6, 2011 9:00 am      Permalink

Bringing Home the Bacon - How to carry a live pig from a pole
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Bringing Home the Bacon - How to carry a live pig from a pole

Three men carrying a live pig hanging from a pole in Bontoc, Philippines (Luzon). This is the preferred method of transporting your pig (especially when still alive) along the edges of rice fields where there are no roads. Though the "bringing home the bacon" phrase does seem to fit, I don't remember ever eating bacon in the Philippines. Certainly we ate pork (lechon baboy), but not usually as bacon.

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January 28, 2011 9:53 am      Permalink

Broad-Billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris)
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Broad-Billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris)

The lighting was perfect, and this Broad-Billed Hummingbird sat still for an unusually long time (at least a minute). Fortunately, I had my 300mm f/4 lens with 1.4x extender attached to my camera and ready to go. I took this photo at the Fanciful Flyers walk-in exhibit at The Living Desert wildlife & botanical park near Palm Springs, CA.

You may be interested in past bird photos: Anna's Hummingbird, Olive-Backed Sunbird, Black Capped Lorikeet, Green-Winged Teal, Decorated Nest, Formation Feeding, and Peaceful Glide.

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January 27, 2011 11:52 am      Permalink

Elegant Egret Silhouette at Sunset - Little Corona, Corona del Mar State Beach, CA
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Elegant Egret Silhouette at Sunset - Little Corona, Corona del Mar State Beach, CA

This egret landed in front of me on a cool rock partway out into the ocean and stood there as if watching the sunset. By this point the sun had already set, but the colors kept getting more and more vibrant. This photo was taken last Sunday at Little Corona, Corona del Mar State Beach, CA.

For the photographers out there, you may be interested to note that this photo was taken at ISO 800, which to me is quite impressive considering how clean it looks. I applied a slight bit of noise reduction to the horizon, but mostly it's a testament to the awesome Canon 5D Mark II low light performance. I used a Canon 300mm f/4 lens with 1.4x extender attached at f/5.6.

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November 17, 2010 11:37 am      Permalink

Stunning Sunning Anhinga
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Stunning Sunning Anhinga

One of the many anhinga birds we saw in Everglades National Park. This anhinga was drying its plumage while preening. They are sometimes called snake birds since when they're swimming only their neck appears above water, looking like a snake.

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May 3, 2010 10:13 am      Permalink

Florida Softshell Turtle, or Weird Snorkel Nosed Turtle - Everglades
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Florida Softshell Turtle, or Weird Snorkel Nosed Turtle - Everglades

The most distinct aspect of the Florida softshell turtle (Apalone ferox) is its snorkel-like nose which you can see prominently in this photo. (But I just like to call it the Weird Snorkel Nosed Turtle.) It's also recognized by its flat leathery carapace (shell). This rather large adult (about 2 feet) crossed the path in front of us right as we started on the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park. This trail is a must-see for anyone visiting the Everglades.

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April 29, 2010 9:04 am      Permalink

Morning in Marchissy Switzerland
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Morning in Marchissy Switzerland

Morning in Marchissy Switzerland. The cows that give us all that good Swiss cheese are taken out to pasture early in the morning. This photo is actually a single frame from video I shot with my Canon 5D Mark II. View the Morning in Marchissy Switzerland video here. The small town of Marchissy is north of Lake Geneva (Switzerland) near Nyon. You may also be interested in my previously-posted Farmhouse in Marchissy, Switzerland Photo.

September 21, 2009 8:00 am      Permalink

Farmhouse in Marchissy, Switzerland
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Farmhouse in Marchissy, Switzerland

A horse grazing by a farmhouse in the small town of Marchissy, north of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Katie and I spent one night in Marchissy with my cousin and his family at the beginning of our recent trip. It was a beautiful place to try to get over jet-lag and experience a bit of rural Swiss life.

September 17, 2009 10:08 pm      Permalink

Yellow Spider
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Yellow Spider

I ran across this spider on a walk in Indonesia (Bunaken Island). I should point out that even though it looks like he only has 4 legs, in fact if you look really closely you'll see 8 legs since each leg is doubled up. I'm not sure why.

April 17, 2009 2:56 pm      Permalink

Future Feast
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Future Feast

Wild boar in its bamboo cage. These people don't usually raise livestock, but if they happen upon a young wild boar, they'll take care of it until feast time.

April 3, 2009 3:38 pm      Permalink

Decorated Nest
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Decorated Nest

I don't know what these birds are called, but there were lots of them at the Santika resort that Katie and I stayed in for one night in Manado, Indonesia. They build their nests in these small palm trees, and I love how the nuts look like strings of Christmas lights adorning the entrance to their nest.

June 29, 2008 9:00 pm      Permalink

Field of Sheep
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Field of Sheep

On our way from Lee Vining to Bodie we saw this flock of sheep enjoying this meadow. The shepherd and his sheep dogs were nearby resting in a small trailer.

June 14, 2008 11:04 pm      Permalink

Dragons Can Fly
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Dragons Can Fly

This guy posed for me for about 60 seconds, which was barely enough time to get a focused photo. The lighting and background of this shot might suggest it was taken in a studio, but this was along the side of a road in Tomohon. I had been following this particular dragonfly for quite a while.

May 6, 2008 8:50 pm      Permalink

Blue Morpho Butterfly
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Blue Morpho Butterfly

This butterfly photo was taken at the same place as the previous photo of the sunbird. I believe this is a type of blue morpho butterfly, but I could be wrong.

May 6, 2008 8:35 pm      Permalink

Finding Nemo
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Finding Nemo

Nemo and his parents. More underwater photos from Bunaken are here.

May 6, 2008 8:34 pm      Permalink