Sharon Cuartero: Blog http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog en-us (C) Sharon Cuartero (Sharon Cuartero) Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:10:00 GMT Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:10:00 GMT http://www.sharoncuartero.com/img/s/v-5/u897118022-o980171106-50.jpg Sharon Cuartero: Blog http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog 120 90 Near-Miss http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/12/near-miss A mere 3 seconds of shooting captured a male Northern Cardinal landing, exiting, and just missing the oncoming Red-bellied Woodpecker.

For more images from my photo series "Visitors with Wings", click here.

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(Sharon Cuartero) animals bird photography birding cardinal nature northern cardinal outdoors red-bellied woodpecker wings woodpecker http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/12/near-miss Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:09:15 GMT
Northern Cardinal Pair http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/12/northern-cardinal-pair I have never seen this Northern Cardinal pair close enough to photograph them together in the same frame.  When one is on the feeder, the other is on the look-out elsewhere.  Today, however, I was able to capture the male approaching the feeder twice just as his partner makes her exit to a nearby fence post.  

For more images from my photo series "Visitors with Wings", click here.

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(Sharon Cuartero) animals birds connecticut nature northern cardinal outdoors project feederwatch http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/12/northern-cardinal-pair Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:02:58 GMT
Solar Eclipse http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/8/solar-eclipse There was 65-70 percent coverage of the solar eclipse here in Connecticut.  My impromptu attempt at a photo involved overlapping two neutral density filters, holding it up to the sky and (very) quickly taking a picture.

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(Sharon Cuartero) connecticut moon nature neutral density filter outdoors sky solar eclipse solar eclipse 2017 sun http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/8/solar-eclipse Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:27:38 GMT
Western Lowland Gorilla http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/8/western-lowland-gorilla The Congo Gorilla Forest is one of my favorite exhibits at the Bronx Zoo in New York.  It can be a “hit or miss” viewing experience but this past weekend, the crowds were small and three of the gorillas happened to be congregating near the front of the exhibit.   The gorilla pictured here looked like he was deep ignoring the playful movements of his friends that were climbing and throwing around branches and leaves.  

I chose to remove all color distractions and create a black and white image that would hopefully capture this gorilla’s reflective mood and draw attention to his face, specifically his eyes.  

 

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(Sharon Cuartero) animals black and white photo bronx bronx zoo closeup congo gorilla forest gorilla lowland western gorilla mammals nature new york zoo http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/8/western-lowland-gorilla Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:03:05 GMT
Yaquina Head http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/8/yaquina-head One of my favorite places in the world is Yaquina Head Natural Outstanding Area in Newport, Oregon. The lighthouse is Oregon’s tallest and was first lit on August 20, 1863. Wildlife viewing is abundant from the spouting grey whales to the harbor seals frolicking and laying on near-shore rocks. Up to 65,000 common murres arrive at Yaquina in the spring.

Sometimes video can capture moments in a way that photos cannot. Below is a short scenic compilation that I put together of my recent visit to Yaquina Head.

Yaquina Head • Newport, Oregon

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Harbor Seals http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/7/harbor-seals Harbor seals lay on near-shore rocks at Yaquina Head Natural Outstanding Area in Newport, Oregon.

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(Sharon Cuartero) animals lighthouse nature ocean oregon oregon coast outdoors pacific coast seals yaquina head yaquina head natural outstanding area http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/7/harbor-seals Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:40:56 GMT
Barn Swallow Chick http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/7/barn-swallow-chick A barn swallow chick waits to be fed in a mud nest built against some wooden barn beams.

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(Sharon Cuartero) Barn Swallow animals barn bird birds closeup farm nature nest outdoors http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/7/barn-swallow-chick Sat, 08 Jul 2017 21:25:48 GMT
Watchful http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/6/watchful The earlier I hit the hiking trails, the more wildlife I see.  It is definitely worth the effort!  

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(Sharon Cuartero) Connecticut closeup deer hiking nature outdoors wildlife http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/6/watchful Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:12:12 GMT
Film Trailer: Green Chimneys Dog Interaction Program http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/6/green-chimneys-dog-interaction-program A student at Green Chimneys has been wanting to make a documentary about their Dog Interaction Program for quite some time and the organization's Farm Manager was determined to make that happen for this young man. As the volunteer video editor, I feel privileged to be able to work with both of them on this very special project.

Here is the trailer:

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(Sharon Cuartero) Animal Therapy Children Dog Interaction Program Dogs Green Chimneys documentary trailer http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/6/green-chimneys-dog-interaction-program Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:35:50 GMT
Eastern Chipmunk http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/6/eastern-chipmunk I was observing some bullfrogs in a nearby pond when I turned around and saw this adorable eastern chipmunk perched on a stump enjoying a snack.  Eastern chipmunks are the only chipmunks found in the state of Connecticut, according to the DEEP.

 

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(Sharon Cuartero) Eastern Chipmunk animals chipmunk connecticut hiking nature outdoors http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/6/eastern-chipmunk Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:13:34 GMT
Early Morning Visitor http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/6/early-morning-visitor An early morning visitor enjoyed a stroll around the yard before heading back into the woods.  

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(Sharon Cuartero) animals deer nature outdoors wildlife http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/6/early-morning-visitor Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:12:19 GMT
Crowned Eagle http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/6/crowned-eagle This African crowned eagle was one of many birds on display at the annual Birds of Prey Day event at Green Chimneys in Brewster, New York.  

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Half-Moon http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/6/half-moon Perfect evening for a family night out on in the yard taking photos of the moon.
(5D Mark IV, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM w/ Extender EF 1.4X III)

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(Sharon Cuartero) Canon 5D Mark IV black and white moon nature night photography outdoors sky http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/6/half-moon Sat, 03 Jun 2017 13:36:33 GMT
Visit to the Bronx Zoo http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/5/visit-to-the-bronx-zoo I recently made a trip to the Bronx Zoo in New York.  It was a quick visit that was spent mostly in the World of Birds and the Northern Ponds (admiring the baby ducklings) but I did manage to take some photographs of the bears, lions, and African Wild Dogs.  To view the photos, go to: http://www.sharoncuartero.com/p880872846

 

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(Sharon Cuartero) Bronx Bronx Zoo New York animals bears zoo http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/5/visit-to-the-bronx-zoo Tue, 23 May 2017 21:33:32 GMT
Turkey Vulture http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/4/turkey-vulture This turkey vulture resides at the Green Chimneys Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center in Brewster, New York.  I frequently see these birds flying around in the area where I live but they are often too far away to see their unique features.  
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(Sharon Cuartero) Green Chimneys bird birds of prey nature rescue turkey vulture wildlife http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/4/turkey-vulture Sat, 15 Apr 2017 21:35:14 GMT
Pileated Woodpecker http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/3/pileated-woodpecker This morning I heard a soft hammering sound coming from one of our large front yard trees.  I looked up and saw what I believe was a female Pileated Woodpecker drilling away at a branch.  She stayed there for awhile giving me enough time grab my camera and take some photos and video.  

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Raven http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/2/raven This raven is one of the non-releasable birds of prey at the Audubon Sharon Center in Sharon, Connecticut.  

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Shooting in Harsh, Bright Light http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/2/shooting-in-harsh-bright-light A recent trip to the farm unfortunately coincided with the harshest part of the day lighting-wise.  It’s challenging to take photos when the sun is at its brightest but it can be done.  One trick that I like to use is placing the sun either directly above or to the side of my subject.  

 

 

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The Benefits of a Great Adoption Photo http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/2/the-benefits-of-a-great-adoption-photo Below is a link to a good article discussing the benefits of a great adoption photo at your animal shelter.  

"What can reduce a pet’s length of stay in your shelter or rescue from 43 days to 14 days? A great adoption photo."
http://chewonthis.maddiesfund.org/2017/02/reduce-los/

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(Sharon Cuartero) Connecticut forest nature outdoors winter woods http://www.sharoncuartero.com/blog/2017/1/snowless-winter-forest Sun, 29 Jan 2017 20:49:47 GMT