Photos of the Year


Badlands Bighorn
Badlands Bighorn 2016

Geese at Squaw Creek
Geese at Squaw Creek 2015

Elk framed on trail camera
Elk Frame 2014

Yellow-crowned night heron
Yellow-crowned night heron 2013

Broad-winged Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk 2012

Sertoma Butterfly
Sertoma Butterfly 2011

Another Keokuk Eagle
Another Keokuk Eagle 2010

Ram in the snow
Ram in the snow 2009

Owl family
Owl family 2008

Eagle with fish
Eagle with fish 2007

Cockeyed blue jay
Cockeyed blue jay 2006

Keokuk Eagle
Keokuk Eagle 2005

Little Brothers
Little Brothers 2004

Gentoo Penguins
Gentoo Penguins 2003


Hawk Jr. 2002

Past and Future Journeys

Prior to 1998 I was not in the habit of vacationing with a camera. My attitude was if I wanted a picture of something, I could buy a postcard. Funny how interests change. From 1998 to 2002 I traveled to Arizona a lot and shot mostly baseball photos. In 2002 I decided it would be neat to photograph an air show in England featuring World War II warbirds and that was more or less the start of my current adventurous photographic phase. In 2009, I became afflicted with employment, which meant I travelled a lot but not always to places to see a lot of wildlife. Thus you see New York City three times 2010-2012. In 2013 I went back into retirement and plan to shoot more wildlife in the coming years. Here's a chronological list of my journeys for which I have photo pages. For a subject list, see the Galleries page.

2017

2016

2015 – Photo of the year: Squaw Creek Geese, December.

2014 – Photo of the year: Elk Frame, Wind Cave National Park trailcam, February.

2013 – Photo of the year: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, January

2012 – Photo of the year: Broad-winged Hawk, Squaw Creek, December.

2011 – Photo of the Year: Sertoma Butterfly, Sioux Falls, April.

  • December – Custer State Park. [Photos] [Blog Entry]
  • November – Bosque del Apache and White Sands, New Mexico. [Photos] [Blog Entry]
  • August 2011-August 2013 – I temporarily moved to Chicago to work for two years. Here are some sights around town. [Photos]
  • July-December – Elk caught by trail camera in Wind Cave National Park, SD. [Photos] [Blog Entry]
  • July – Custer State Park bighorn lambs. [Photos] [Blog Entry]
  • April-June – Two-month work assignment in New York City. [Photos] [Blog Entry]
  • April – Butterflies, Sertoma Butterfly House. [Photos]
  • February – Iowa Eagles. [Photos] [Blog Entry]
  • January – Custer State Park, bighorns in Cleghorn Canyon, Ft. Randall dam. [Narrative] [Photos]

2010 – Photo of the Year: Another Keokuk Eagle, Lock and Dam 19, February.

  • December – Eagles at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City in northwest Missouri, December 2010. [Photos] [Blog Entry]
  • April-June – Two-month work assignment in New York City. [Photos] [Blog Entry]
  • February – Iowa Eagles and Elk – Quick trip through Iowa. [Photos] [Report]

2009 – Photo of the Year: Ram in the snow, Custer State Park, December.

  • Winter – Custer State Park, Wind Cave NP. [Photos] [Blog Entry]
  • July – Blue Angels, Sioux Falls Air Show. [Photos] [Blog Entry]
  • Spring – Custer State Park, Wind Cave NP, and out on the South Dakota prairie. [Photos] [Blog Entry]
  • January – Mississippi River Eagles – Return to Illinois and Iowa to see wintering eagles. [Photos] [Report]

2008 – Photo of the Year: Owl family, Florida, March.

  • Autumn – Custer State Park and Wind Cave NP again, Simmons Wildlife Safari (NE), Bosque del Apache NWR (NM), Squaw Creek NWR (MO) – Compilation of August to December drives. [Photos] [Report]
  • July – Wings of Freedom tour – B-17, B-24, B-25, P-51 on tour. [Photos]
  • June – Custer State Park and Wind Cave NP – South Dakota bison, pronghorns and prairie dogs. [Photos] [Report]
  • April – Kansas – Shorebirds. [Photos] [Report]
  • March – South Carolina and Florida – Owls are the highlight. [Photos] [Report]
  • February – Custer State Park and Wind Cave NP – South Dakota bison, pronghorns and bighorn sheep. [Photos] [Report]
  • January – Mississippi River Eagles – Return to Illinois and Iowa to see wintering eagles. [Photos] [Report]

2007 – Photo of the Year: Eagle with fish, Lock and Dam 18, February.

  • Autumn – Western US – Drive through the western US including Bosque del Apache (MN), Squaw Creek (MO), and a few shots from a local park. [Photos]
     
  • May – Florida – Another trip to St. Augustine and Tampa. [Photos] [Report]
  • February – Mississippi River Eagles – Return to Illinois and Iowa to see wintering eagles. [Photos] [Report]
  • January – New Mexico – Bosque del Apache. [Photos] [Report]

2006 – Photo of the Year: Cockeyed blue jay in the back yard.

  • December – Missouri – Return to Squaw Creek NWR. [Photos] [Report]
  • April – Florida – A quick trip to St. Augustine and Tampa. [Photos] [Report]
  • January – Mississippi River Eagles – Return to Illinois and Iowa to see wintering eagles. [Photos] [Report]

2005 – Photo of the Year: Keokuk Eagle, Lock and Dam 19, January.

  • December – Eagles at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City in northwest Missouri, December 2005. [Photos] [Report]
  • October/November – Nevada/California/Arizona/New Mexico – Bosque del Apache NWR and the Arizona Fall League are becoming a habit. Birds and baseball. This trip also included Death Valley and the Las Vegas air show Aviation Nation. [Photos] [Report]
  • September – Ireland – Galway, the southwest, and Dublin. [Photos][Report]
  • August – Baltimore – Baseball in Baltimore and Washington. [Blog Entry ]
  • April/August – Kansas City – I was based out of Kansas City for four months. See the [Photos] and [Blog Entry] from around western Missouri, visits to St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Denver, and a trip back home for the Blue Angels.
  • March – New Mexico and Arizona – A return to Bosque del Apache and the Cactus League. [Photos] [Blog Entry]
  • January – Mississippi River Eagles – Return to Illinois and Iowa to see wintering eagles. [Photos] [Report]

2004 – Photo of the Year: Little Brothers, puffins in the Gulf of Maine, August.

  • December – Galapagos Islands – Tour on Lindblad's MS Polaris, December 2004. [Photos] [Report]
  • October – New Mexico and Arizona – An eclectic mix of hot-air balloons, natural wonders and baseball. [Report] [Photos] [Video]
  • September – British Columbia – Grizzly bears at Knight Inlet, plus orcas, eagles, black bears and other stuff. [Photos] [Report] [Video]
  • August – Maine – Puffins. [Photos] [Report] [Video]
  • December 2003 to March – Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia – Most recent of many visits over the years. In addition to the monuments and museums of DC, the wildlife of the surrounding area. [Photos]
  • March – Florida – Long weekend. A few baseball and bird shots. [Photos]
  • January/February – Mississippi River Eagles – Eagles wintering along the river in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. [Photos] [Report]

2003 – Photo of the Year: Gentoo Penguins, Antarctica, December.

  • November/December – Antarctica – Argentina, Antarctica, Falkland Islands and Chile. [Photos] [Report] [Video]
  • September – Yellowstone and Grand Teton – The parks and surrounding area. [Photos]
  • July – Alaska – Bears, eagles, seals and icebergs in Southeast Alaska. [Photos]
  • May/June – Iceland – "Ring of Fire" eclipse and a drive around the island. [Report] [Eclipse] [Photos]
  • March – Florida – Return trip, Merritt Island and "Ding" Darling wildlife refuges again, the Kennedy Space Center, and an air show. [Photos]

2002 – Photo of the Year: Young red-tailed hawk near my office window.

  • December – Florida – Christmas in Florida, first visit to the Merritt Island and "Ding" Darling wildlife refuges. [Photos]
  • July – England – Flying Legends air show at Duxford near Cambridge, and a few snapshots around London, July 2002. [Photos-Flying Legends] [Photos-London]
  • June – South Dakota. [Photos]

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