Stephen Kirkpatrick

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Shrinking Roseate Spoonbill Population Spurs Action


Roger Tory Peterson called it "one of the most breathtaking of the world's weirdest birds." A century ago plumage hunters drove the Roseate Spoonbill to the edge of oblivion. Now, after decades of painstaking recovery efforts, the bird may again be headed for trouble. As poor water management and development afflict southern Florida, scientists are rushing to reverse recent population declinesRead More





Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Gem of Summer

Finally, back on track.

Yesterday I headed out to shoot an orchid that has eluded me for years ( see "Should've Been Here Yesterday".) Yes, I got it thanks to a helpful friend. But more importantly, I put one more image On A Roll, the first image since September 2012 and the 20th image since starting in December of 2011. I have also expanded this roll to include the entire state instead of only Madison County.

In the heat and humidity of Mississippi in July I found a gem. It was all worth it.



Crested Coral Root Orchid (Hexalectris spicata)



20)  Crested Coral Root --- Gem of Summer  
         Choctaw County, MS
July 8, 2013 - 2:10 pm
Partly Cloudy, 90 degrees
60mm, 1/25@f10, Tripod



Thursday, April 18, 2013

White Christmas

You never know what might be lurking in the woods. Got this shot on Tuesday. Searched for five weeks to finally get this shot.




White Eastern Wild Turkey

Friday, April 5, 2013

Back Up Plan

Recently we were in Las Vegas for the Shot Show, one of the largest outdoor shows in the world. We had planned a trip to the Grand Canyon by helicopter. Marlo had never been there and she wanted to see it. Since I was not there to shoot, I only took a small back up camera with me, the Nikon P7000. It is a great little point-and-shoot that I carry with me at all times.

Below is a shot I got of two ravens near the rim. For a point and shoot, not bad.


Ravens at the West Rim





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