Monthly Archives: August 2016

Soon Fall Color’s will light up the Trees and Woodlands

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I shot this image years ago and it’s a bit fuzzy.  “My bad.”  I must have been shooting out of one eye! But the color was what got my attention.  “Sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.”   I hope to find the tree again this year and shoot a sharper image for you.  Colors should start changing in the Midwest by Mid-October.

Dan O. De Ment

Male American Gold Finch – I can’t figure this thing out

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American Gold Finch resting between Feedings



I  captured this  Male Gold Finch the other morning as he rested and checked the area before continuing to feed.  Gold Finches are always cautious and alert.

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A heads up on, “Finches.”

I noticed earlier today, both male and female Finches are beginning to feed on Cone Plant seeds. “They love the Seeds.”   So, if you live in the Midwest, and love to shoot Finches, get your camera ready.  They really are a great subject and usually spend time on the plants. They are very cautious, however, so the best way to capture them is to be sitting somewhat near the plants  –  not to close –  so they’ll get use to your presence and start feeding.  I’ve got a 75-300 zoom that works well in these situations. I also have a Point and Shoot that takes excellent images.  Whatever you’ve got that works well for you will do the job.

Dan O.De Ment

Butterfly in Flight


One of our daughters caught this Butterfly in flight with her Smart Phone.

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Muffin, our Feral Cat, relaxing on the Deck.


We often find, Muffin, laying on the deck, looking through our sliding glass back door.  She doesn’t want anything more than the chance to see us and feel wanted – that’s how I feel anyway.  She bats her eyes when she sees either my wife or me and that seems to be enough for her at the time.  By the way, she’s slimmed down a bit over the summer.  This was taken some weeks ago.  It is now 6:50AM and I fed her at about 5:45 AM. When I pulled back the curtain to the deck this morning she was sitting there waiting for me…this is normal procedure for her.

Dan O. De Ment