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In this golden hour close-up, the last hour of sunlight helps to bring out the copper tones on the

Trumpeter Swan – Golden Hour Close-up

llperryphotography
As this Heron is walking through the water looking for it's next meal he needed to spread it's

Great Blue Heron – Balancing Act

llperryphotography
Red-Tail spots a potential meal as it soars above.

Intense Red-Tail

Rich LaBella
Geico SkyTypers performing in the annual Jones Beach Airshow. Close-quarters flight crossing.

Two-Way Traffic

Rich LaBella
Bald Eagle lands to consolidate it's grip on an eel before taking off for the trees to evade the

Eel Meal

Rich LaBella
Snowy Owl blasts by in pursuit of prey.  He wasn't successful, however but put on a great show.

Streaking By

Rich LaBella
Closeup of a Black Skimmer showing off a nice looking catch. It even flew around the rookery a

Nice Catch!

Rich LaBella
Red-Tail spots a potential meal as it soars above.

Homing In On a Kill

Rich LaBella
Brown Pelican overhead.   Always majestic with their huge wingspan.

Pelican Overflight

Rich LaBella
Buzz-bombing to the next promising food source.

Cormorant Flyby

Rich LaBella
Overlapped boats just off the start jockeying for an advantage of some clear air in the Whitebread

Reaching

Rich LaBella
This was my first photography trip of the year and although there is still ice on the water spring

Canada Goose – Sping Is Coming # 2

llperryphotography
This was my first photography trip of the year and although there is still ice on the water spring

Canada Goose Spring Is Here # 1

llperryphotography
Part of being a Nature and Wildlife photographer is the possibility of getting an image that is

Great Blue Heron – The Dance

llperryphotography
In this photo the Owlet is just looking around and because owls can't move their eyes they can

Great Horned Owlet – Sitting Pretty

llperryphotography
Copper Harbor Michigan is one of my favorite places to Photograph. It is a small town but it is a

Whitetail Fawn – Downtime In The Harbor

llperryphotography
One of the things I try to do when I am taking pictures of Swans is to get their reflections on the

Adult Trumpeter Swan – Up Close & Personal

llperryphotography
The day I took this photo there was only one cygnet in the marsh. This cygnet was left alone a

Trumpeter Swan Cygnet taking a bath

llperryphotography
I spent most of the summer photographing a Trumpeter Swan family in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Trumpeter Swan Cygnet – Getting Some Air

llperryphotography
Chute trimmer keeps close eye on the "curl"  keeping the chute providing maximum lift.

Working the Trim

Rich LaBella
Bowman keeps an eye on approaching yachts at the start of the Whitebread Race.

You Still There?

Rich LaBella
"Cloud 9" tacking upwind, crosses ahead of a competitor.

Crossing Tacks

Rich LaBella
"Alliance" parries a burst in the  rambunctious breezes of Whitebread XXVIII.

Gust! Ease!!

Rich LaBella
"Impulse" passes Bug Light in the Whitebread XXVIII

Passing Bug Light

Rich LaBella
Spinnakers on a broad reach in the Whitebread XXVIII

Reaching Parade

Rich LaBella
"Cloud 9" clears ahead of a pack on starboard tack in the  Whitebread XXVIII.

Just Clearing Ahead

Rich LaBella
Foredeck crew prepares the lines to jibe in the Whitebread XXVIII

Preparing to Jibe

Rich LaBella
Planing along under spinnaker in the  Whitebread XXVIII.

Truckin\’

Rich LaBella
Surfer bails out in spectacular fashion grabbing plenty of air.

Double-Reverse Exit

Rich LaBella
Skimmers are a very vocal breed.   Always making lots of noise wherever they are.

Calling Out

Rich LaBella
Incoming Black Skimmer carrying a nice looking catch. Flew around the rookery quite a few times

Skimmer with Catch

Rich LaBella
red deer roaring in stag rutt

stag roaring

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Elephants fighting with each other

elephants fighting

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Juvenile Black Skimmer sets a classic pose - nice long trail of wake and perfect form.

Juvi Skimming 2

Rich LaBella
Adult Black Skimmer shows how it is done - touches down right at the edge of the tidepool & perfect

Perfect Wake

Rich LaBella
Juvenile Black Skimmer has it down pat.  Effortlessly skimming across the tidepools.

Juvi Skimming

Rich LaBella
A perfect barrel seems lit from the inside as a surfer pops out on a great ride.

Last One Out Turn Off the Lights

Rich LaBella
Dropping In -  In perfect position for a great ride.

Dropping In

Rich LaBella
A surfer breaks out staying just ahead of the barrel on a great ride.

Breaking Thru

Rich LaBella
Looking out from the inside of the barrel on a great ride.

Tucked in the Barrel

Rich LaBella
A surfer stays just ahead of the barrel on a great ride.

In the Clear

Rich LaBella
Looking out from the inside of the barrel on a great ride - for now.

Might Not Make It

Rich LaBella
Epic surf provides great rides, but also spectacular wipeouts. This wipeout gets the award for the

Where\’d the Wave Go??

Rich LaBella
Overhead sets march ashore kept aloft by offshore winds making for perfect surfing, and intimidating

Ohhh, Crap!!

Rich LaBella
Black Skimmer doing a little "Drivers Ed" with juvi as they enjoy tidepools after a rain.

That’s It! Stay Low, Bill Down & Skim

Rich LaBella
Juvenile Black Skimmer has it down pat.  Effortlessly skimming across the tidepools.

Juvi Skimming 3

Rich LaBella
Juvenile Black Skimmer sets a classic pose - nice long trail of wake and perfect form.

Juvi Skimming 4

Rich LaBella
Larger yachts overtaking smaller in the Whitebread race.

Big Boat, Small Boat

Rich LaBella
Emergencies can arise anytime. While sailing around the North Island of New Zealand, a medical

Medical Rescue Helicopter

Steve Scribner
Nesting season brings out aggressive behavior in Terns. And this Common Tern is no exception - if

Back Off!

Rich LaBella
Timing right on the mark, the J/24 fleet lines up in a perfect start.

And They\’re Off!

Rich LaBella
J/24s crossing tacks close-aboard going to windward

Close-aboard Crossing

Rich LaBella
Chutes up & trimmed and now it is up to the trimmer & helmsman to stay in clear air and get to the

All Chutes Trimmed

Rich LaBella
The fleet rounds the windward mark & crew spring into action to get the chutes up asap.

Busy Mark Rounding

Rich LaBella
Starboard tacker laying the windward mark has rights on port tackers.

Starboard!

Rich LaBella
#21 passes 17 as they race downwind

Popping Thru to Leeward

Rich LaBella
Foredeck bosses spring to action getting chutes up as the J/24s round the weather mark.

Ready to Hoist

Rich LaBella
Some consider watching yacht racing "watching grass grow" but if you are near a mark of the course

Lined up to Round

Rich LaBella
J/24s head downwind  overlapped jockeying for any edge to move ahead

Everyone has Free Air

Rich LaBella
J/24s march downwind under spinnaker and overlapped jockeying for any edge to move ahead

Neck & Neck

Rich LaBella
Foredeck starts to raise the Chute as the J/24 rounds the windward mark.

Hoisting the Chute

Rich LaBella
When J/24s are heading directly towards you under spinnaker, it is hard not to appreciate the beauty

Awesome View

Rich LaBella
Bald Eagle returns with a nice bunker for lunch.

Bunker for Lunch

Rich LaBella
A Great White Egret in full breeding plumage does his dance to hopefully attract a mate.

Lookin\\’ For Love

Rich LaBella
Black Skimmer protecting his turf. Skimmer rookeries are pretty crowded so you have to protect your

Aerial Skirmish

Rich LaBella
Juvi Black Skimmer learning the art of fishing by skimming the surface for low-hanging fruit.

Skimmer Skimming

Rich LaBella
Crossing Tacks, the quintessential yacht racing image.

Crossing Tacks

Rich LaBella
"Silver Bullet" blasting by Bug Light in the 2017 Whitebread Race.

Passing Bug Light

Rich LaBella
J/24s line up heading to the leeward mark

Downwind Parade

Rich LaBella
J/24s head downwind  overlapped jockeying for any edge to move ahead.

Three Abreast

Rich LaBella
J/24s race downwind  overlapped jockeying for any edge to move ahead.

Drag Race

Rich LaBella
"Crossed Swords."  J/24s crossing tacks close-aboard

Crossed Swords

Rich LaBella
J/24s stack up as they reach the layline for the windward mark.

On the Layline

Rich LaBella
Nesting season brings out aggressive behavior in Terns. And this Common Tern is no exception - if

Get Outta My Yard!

Rich LaBella
Common Terns duking it out over nesting rights. Tern rookeries are pretty crowded so you have to

Airborne Squabble

Rich LaBella
Surfing is well known on the North Shore of Oahu but bodysurfing is less common. The shorebreak at

Bodysurfing on the North Shore

Steve Scribner
Common Terns duking it out over nesting rights. Tern rookeries are pretty crowded so you have to

Nesting Dispute

Rich LaBella
Powering out as the barrel rolls all around you.

Makin’ It

Rich LaBella
At the LongBoard Classic in Long Beach, NY. This was the "shot of the day" for me. Look at the

OMG! This is Huge!

Rich LaBella
Hanggliding over Lac Annecy in south-eastern France is a very popular sport. Annecy is a town just

Teaching to Fly

Steve Scribner
Parasailing over Lac Annecy in south-eastern France is a very popular sport. Annecy is a town just

Parasailing over Lac Annecy

Steve Scribner
C&C25 fleet close-crossing tacks just after the start.

Starboard! Comin\\\\’ Thru

Rich LaBella
Melges 24, "Wasn't Me" blasts thru waves while planing at top speed to overall honors in the

Blasting Thru

Rich LaBella
Egret just manages to snag a meal - by the tail.

Grabbed by the Tail

Rich LaBella
Every few years, you can see an Ironman race around the central island of Bora Bora. One-man kayaks

Watching the Race

Steve Scribner
The Alpinist takes off on the exciting experience of his life, to navigate the horrific drops,

Alpinist

Steve Scribner
The shorebreak can be exciting, both for the inexperienced as well as the seasoned surfer. The

Riding the Shorebreak 2

Steve Scribner
The shorebreak can be exciting, both for the inexperienced as well as the seasoned surfer. The

Riding the Shorebreak 1

Steve Scribner
Soaring Bald Eagle passes by the rising moon.

Moon Flyby

Rich LaBella
Bald Eagle, Talons extended, concentrating on the target as he prepares to pounce. Love the

Got \’Cha

Rich LaBella
Bald Eagle soaring so high he is almost out of sight searching for prey below.

On the Hunt

Rich LaBella
Bald Eagle lowers his talons transitioning from search to acquisition mode in preparation for his

Prey Spotted

Rich LaBella
This eagle seems quite pleased to be bringing such a large eel back to the nest to feed his young.

Bringin\’ Home the Bacon

Rich LaBella
Osprey find a housing shortage when they return in the spring so disputes over who owns the existing

Not on My Nest

Rich LaBella
Fleet arrives at the mark together, so the foredeck crew has to spot for room to round.

Traffic Jam at the Mark

Rich LaBella
Red Tail Hawk

Hawk Eye

h-harris
The balloons are a gorgeous spectacle from sunrise to sunset.

Balloon Festival

Mary F Ruppert
Clouds Rest and Half Dome

Clouds Rest in Yosemite National Park

Mary F Ruppert
18 12 7882 3 NewYearsCard 3

2020, 2021, ….?

Mary F Ruppert
me Island beach 2

Once upon a time…

Mary F Ruppert
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A Happy Beginning

Mary F Ruppert
low res Leaf Lines Sarasota Myakka River State Park Nov 2017 4X5

Abstract/Artsy Art

Mary F Ruppert

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