Thursday, April 23, 2009

All Good Things Must Come To An End


Morel
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

This year's morel season was a bit sparse compared to years past, but I was able to manage enough for several good meals. I was a bit bummed since I have to go out of town for several weeks soon, and thought that I'd miss a lot of morel picking. However, it seems that this year's crop of molly moochers have come and gone, so I guess I'm not going to miss out on that much after all.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

WV Cycling Symposium


WV Cycling Symposium
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I spent a good part of the day photographing the WV Cycling Symposium. After the group finished up a morning's worth of meetings, they hopped on their bikes and took a spin up to the state Capitol.

WV State Capitol Complex in Spring


WV State Capitol Complex in Spring
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

On my way to the Cycling Symposium at the Governor's mansion, I spotted this colorful array of tulips next to one of the statues.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tree Swallows in Spring


Tree Swallows
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I've been watching this pair of Tree Swallows for the past month or so, having a blast photographing them on my lunch hour. Never before have I seen two birds so animated and fun to watch.

They continually repeat the same patterns over and over, so it's easy to move around and set up the same shot from a variety of vantage points and lighting conditions. So far, I think this particular shot with both birds in full focus is my favorite.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Morel Madness


Morel
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

This year's morel harvest hasn't been the best... but it hasn't been the worst either. I haven't found them in quite the same numbers as this same time last year, but I have found enough to make several good meals.

Hey, I'm All Ears


Sheltie
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

My neighbor Noel on Sutherland Avenue has two great Shelties, and I've been wanting to catch them romping about in the yard on a day with good lighting. Well, today was that day. Despite their barking and running around in circles, they modeled quiet well.

Pipe Smoke


Jason Smoking Pipe
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Ever since I got my new fedora and started puffing on my pipe, I've been inspired to return to black & white portraiture. I just wish I had a few more people to model for me that would commit to wearing a silly hat and puff a pipe so I wouldn't have to do self portraits.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Barred Owl


Barred Owl
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Well, I have had a really fun filled day of birds. Its started this morning on the way to work when I was able to get a picture of a Pileated Woodpecker. During lunch I climbed atop a ladder and shot preening Tree Swallows for about and hour. Then, on my way out to my dad's house, I came across a Red-tailed Hawk feeding on a branch.

What could be the icing on an already perfect cake? Seeing this Barred Owl on the way back to my house. He was sitting on a power line at the foot of Berry Hills Drive. And, just like our Red-tailed Hawk earlier in the evening, he had just finished his meal. If you look closely, you can see a little bit of blood still on his beak and talons.

Red-tailed Hawk Leaping from Branch


Red-tailed Hawk Leaping from Branch
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I came across this Red-tailed Hawk on my way out to pick morels at my father's house this evening. His broad shape stood out in contract against the bare branches. After I hopped out of my vehicle, I was able to snap a few shot before he leaped. And, if you look really close on the right side of the frame, you can see some of the guts of whatever he was eating still hanging from the branch.

The Cleanest of All Birds


Tree Swallow
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I'm pretty convinced that Tree Swallows are the cleanest of all birds. I photographed this same bird a few weeks ago doing exactly the same thing, picking and preening, over and over and over.

On The Way To Work This Morning


Pileated Woodpecker
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

My morning drives are usually uneventful. Like most drivers, I'm just content avoiding traffic and getting to work on time.

But, just a few hundred meters from my house, while I was coming down Sutherland Drive, I watched this big Pileated Woodpecker swoop right in front of my vehicle and land in a tree next to the road.

Thankfully, I had my camera sitting in the passenger's seat and was able to get a few grainy images of this elusive bird. Not the best shot in the world considering available light and framing, but this is bird that I've been wanting to get a shot of for years.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Chilton Pond Reeds


Chilton Pond
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I'm a sucker for abstract patterns in nature, and reflections as well. Needless to say, this image really stands out in my book. My only regret was that the wind was a little stiff, and it would have been nice to have a little sharper reflection in the pond.

Monday, April 6, 2009

WVARNG - CLS


WVARNG - CLS
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Really good training is also a good place to find some really good photographs.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

IV and Me


2009-04-04 20:06:01 -0400
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I snapped this shot today with my iPhone. What can I say... I'm a sucker for purple gloves.