Sunday, June 29, 2008

Big and Exotic

Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I guess I'll have to do a little research to find out what kind of flower this is. It's one of the many variates that Nelle Chilton has growing all around her pond. I've been watching the bud for several weeks now, and was astonished at its color and enormous size today as I strolled by.

Inch by Inch

Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I was really stunned by how close this deer let me get to it. Inch by inch I snuggled along an old fence line to within about 25 meters, allowing me to get this shot.

Cone Flower

Cone Flower
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

This cone flower really caught my attention this afternoon, and once I viewed it through my macro lens, I was even that much more excited. The wind was a bit whippy, which made the shooting conditions less than ideal. But, after numerous exposures, I was fairly happy with the results.

Back to Basics

Plants B&W
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

It's very seldom that I shoot - well, I mean digitally process - very much in black and white these days. But after coming across this large patch of rain soaked plants, I couldn't resist getting back to my roots and doing away with color in this image.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Dinner Time

Corn Snake
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I was pretty pooped after work today, but still hungry to get a few photos before the sun went down. So, I decided to get a few shots of this corn snake feeding.

I'm not a huge fan of snakes, but the elaborate coloration and shapes are indeed a thing of beauty.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Frame After Frame After Frame

Originally uploaded by Jason Means

As I was visiting my parents the other day, I noticed this particular hummingbird feeding rather oddly. Instead of sipping from the normal fake yellow flower on top the feeder, he chose to go after drippy droplets on the bottom.

It was a bit puzzling, but in turn made for some great shots. I'm just really glad we live in the world of digital technology. If I was still shooting film, I have a feeling things would have gotten ridiculously expensive. I'm sure that I must have fired off at least a hundred or so shots just to get one or two usable pics.

Thursday, June 19, 2008


Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Ryan Quinn, a good friend of mine, and I decided to go on a little photo safari after work this evening. Lighting was limited due some scattered thunderstorms rolling in, but we did manage to get a few good shots.

This turtle was lazily making his way across the road as we strolled by.


Originally uploaded by Jason Means

On my way home from Nelle Chilton's pond I came across this fawn. It was naturally very suspicious, but remained at a close enough distance for me to snap of a few shots.

Another Trip to the Pond

Originally uploaded by Jason Means

A trip to Nelle Chilton's pond is never boring. After watching several dragonflies do countless laps around the pond, I was lucky enough to snap a shot of this one as it perched upon a small stick at waters edge.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I was looking through some of my photos the other day from AT (annual training) and couldn't believe that I had forgotten to post the pic of CSM (Command Sergeant Major) Jackson.

I didn't have as much time to shoot pics this year during training, so what few images I was able to take I'm thankful to have gotten. This particular image is one of better portraits I've taken in quite some time.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

WVARNG Training

Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Well, it's been several weeks since I've posted any pics or blogs, so it's time to make up some lost ground. I've been at AT (annual training) with my National Guard unit, and to say the least, I'm pooped.

This years training was intense, and the summer heat was bearing down hard on one and all. Naturally, since I'm in the supply section, I deal with more behind the scenes activity so that other soldiers can focus on their training. My jobs are many, but I also get to moonlight as the battalions official photographer to document training.

I may not be kicking in doors and pulling security like the other MP's (military police), but I do get a great perspective on just how difficult and important their jobs are by observing and photographing their training.