He and She Mallards

He and She Mallards

Quotation MarksThis happy Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) couple clambered from the pond, and happily settled in to nap in the refulgent foreday sunshine. The partnership may superannuate in a matter of months, but while it lasts it is ambrosial!

—A. deLeeuw

Arizona, U.S. | 10/5000 | F13 | ISO 250 | 90mm

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Written on October 29th, 2014 , 5th Day Photography, Birds, Study in Mallard
WESTERN SCREECH OWL: The Preeminent Exterminator

Closeup of a Western Screech Owl

Quotation MarksThis is my first encounter with this amazing little species of owl (Megascops kennicotti), sometimes nicknamed the Little Horned Owl for obvious reasons. Though averaging less than 10″ tall, he was quite fearless of this mammoth beast hiding its face behind a big black box covered with glass and shiny bits.

This sedulous little owl is far more valuable than the most efficient and expensive exterminator, effectively protecting any property from rodents, reptiles, fish, amphibians, invertebrates and gastropods. All gratis! However, most impressive to me, is that this intrepid little exterminator, weighing in at less than 11 ounces, can and does, hunt mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) that can weigh as much as 3 1/2 pounds, and cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus) that can weigh in at 4 1/2 pounds. Surely this is a gift from God to any homeowner who has waged war against intruders. If it prevents even one desert pack rat (Neotoma lepida) from destroying the wiring in a car or house, it has earned its welcome on my property!

Apparently, big things truly CAN come in tiny packages!

—A. deLeeuw

Arizona, U.S. | 1/250 | F8 | ISO 500 | 280mm

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Written on October 26th, 2014 , 5th Day Photography, Birds, Owls
GOD'S PANOPLY: Strata

Strata Sublime

Quotation MarksI love the polychromatic hues with which God painted the strata of His landscape! He never ceases to amaze with His resplendent Creation, and the subtle layers He builds into it. This sublime strata manifests the azure of His heavenly authority, the gold of His shining glory, the crimson of Christ’s precious blood shed on our behalf, the sienna of the cross upon which He sacrificed Himself, the olive green of renewal that His redemption brings to the saved, the violet of His royal sovereignty, the chartreuse of new growth in our previously fallow ground, and the vermillion of the cleansing fire of His Holy Spirit in our souls. Blessed beauty indeed!

—A. deLeeuw

You can see how God loves and values color in these verses! “Fashion a breastpiece for making decisions—the work of skilled hands. Make it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen. It is to be square—a span long and a span wide—and folded double. Then mount four rows of precious stones on it. The first row shall be carnelian, chrysolite and beryl; the second row shall be turquoise, lapis lazuli and emerald; the third row shall be jacinth, agate and amethyst; the fourth row shall be topaz, onyx and jasper. Mount them in gold filigree settings. There are to be twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes.” Exodus 28:15-21

New Mexico, U.S. | 1/800 | F8 | ISO 250 | 300mm

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Written on October 14th, 2014 , 5th Day Photography, God's Panoply, Landscape
Mallard Hen as Abstract Art

Mallard Hen as Abstract Art

Quotation MarksThis is more mallard as abstract art, rather than a detailed illustration of the species mallard (Anas platyrhynchos). She could almost be a pebble or even a snail upon a glacé mere. She flawlessly selected a divine mise en scène to evince her subtle beauty to best advantage. How could I neglect such God-given serendipity? I am blessed indeed!

—A. deLeeuw

Arizona, U.S. | 1/500 | F7.1 | ISO 320 | 420mm

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Written on October 13th, 2014 , 5th Day Photography, Birds, Study in Mallard
Capturing the Sun

Capturing the Sun

Quotation MarksThis was my early attempt at capturing the sun…as near as I shall ever come to doing so anyway. I “captured” the rays as they diffused through a crystalline mountain stream, and reflected off the rock below. It displays an igneous copper quality that contrasts daringly with the sapphire rays gleaming through the stream, just as God’s majesty shines throughout His firmament.

—A. deLeeuw

“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” Psalm 113:3

Arizona, U.S. | 1/160 | F5.6 | ISO 320 | 300mm

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Written on October 11th, 2014 , 5th Day Photography, Birds, God's Panoply
Cold Corpulent Harris Hawk

Cold Corpulent Harris Hawk

Quotation MarksCold corpulent, you ask? Why yes, that is my new term for the avian response to algid conditions causing them to appear, shall we say, avoirdupois. This normally sleek Harris Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) is nearly three times her normal amplitude because of the plethora of air trapped amidst the fibrils of her down feathers, and insulated by her contour feathers. If only our own “abridgement” were as effortless as a bit of deflation.

—A. deLeeuw

Arizona, U.S. | 1/500 | F9 | ISO 250 | 220mm

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Written on October 9th, 2014 , 5th Day Photography, Birds, Latest Tweets

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