Jan 242014

sitting pretty (Snowy Owl)_final

Sitting Pretty (Snowy Owl)

Went for a walk on Salisbury Beach State Reservation and Plum Island, Massachusetts over the MLK Holiday weekend looking for Snowy Owls and . . .  I saw four different ones (!), plus a Merlin Falcon (photo here).  A beautiful, brisk, blustery winter day on the salt marshes and near the beach.  The above photo of a Snowy Owl sitting on a salt marsh was the last photo of the day, shot as the sun was getting lower in the late afternoon, winter sky.  I love it when one of your favorites photos from an outing is your last shot . . . and one you didn’t expect. The full set may be seen here, on Flickr.

I was also happy with several other photos of the salt marsh and dune landscape on Plum Island and Salisbury Beach (including the two framing folks also out nature hiking or birding):

step into a worldStep Into a World

top of the duneTop of the Dune

Winter DuneWindswept, Snow Dusted Dune

A few more Snowy Owl shots (click for larger image).  Reports have it that one owl has been reliably perching atop the Pink House on Plum Island most days this winter. Good news for the Bob Lobster Shack, open year round just a few blocks away. I’ve also included a couple of shots of a Snowy Owl on a salt marsh in Salisbury: One in-flight, one just before taking off, and one nearly camouflaged.

Snowy Owl perched atop the Pink House on Plum Islandgetting ready to fly awayPerched (Snowy Owl)gonna fly nownestled (Snowy Owl)

And finally, a couple of bleak, but beautiful, black and white landscapes from Plum Island, featuring some storage sheds, blowing snow and the sun dramatically poking through the clouds.


bleak trio (with blowing snow)

Jan 162014

saturday night snow

Five years ago, I took this photo late one Saturday night as a snowfall got underway. Although it didn’t get much attention at first, it slowly emerged from sleeper status to become my most viewed shot on Flickr (over 15,500 views and more than 100 “favorites”), in addition to views from my photo website. It has also made me some cash, with print sales from my website, from a local framing shop, and from licensing through Getty Images. A small, indie record label from Scotland even wanted to use it for the cover of a benefit CD sampler. That didn’t work out because they would have had to license it from Getty and they were looking for me to donate its use (which I couldn’t do because of Getty’s licensing rights), but it was still nice to be asked.

I haven’t been out with my cameras nearly as much as I’d like, so revisiting this photo after five years is a good excuse to post. Cheers and happy winter.


UPDATE:  About the time I posted this, I sold another print of this photo at the local framing shop:    snowy long exposure print sale check      Coincidence?   Yes.   But a nice one.  : )