Green Island — “outdoor”

Richard Remington at Green Island
Green Island, IowaGreen IslandIowaA male hooded merganser shaking its wings on a cold Winter day. This might be one of my favorite birds but they can be tough to get close to for...Green Island, IowaGreen IslandIowaA hooded merganser swimming right at me on a cold winter day. I have been stalking these birds for years and only have a handful of decent images...Green Island, IowaGreen IslandIowaA male cinnamon teal in breeding plumage.Green Island, IowaGreen IslandIowaThe definition of serendipity. While hiking through the woods I came upon a female turkey giving birth to poults. I have walked up on nesting...Green Island, IowaGreen IslandIowaA large juvenile bald eagle quickly fillets a carp it caught in a small opening in the ice. When small pockets open the carp are often seen sucking...Green Island, IowaGreen IslandIowaA pair of wood ducks swimming through a gauntlet of painted turtles. I wish the sunlight had been better so the colors popped but I had to take...Green Island, IowaGreen IslandIowaFar in a corner of this magnificent wetland I watched turtles and different birds interacting. In this image a green heron is standing on the back...Green Island, IowaGreen IslandIowaA group of baby wood ducks going for a little swim with Mom. Wood ducks are so much fun to watch but I always feel like the babies are so...Green Island, IowaGreen IslandIowaThank you to @Richard Remington for posting such inspiring photos of these spectacular wetlands! This weekend I made the trip and it was all that...Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, Jo Daviess County, IllinoisHanover Bluff Nature PreserveJo Daviess County, IllinoisThis shot was taken at one of the rare hill prairies at the top of a bluff. This is Ohio Spiderwort with a caterpillar of some sort. This natural...Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, Jo Daviess County, IllinoisHanover Bluff Nature PreserveJo Daviess County, IllinoisA shot of one of the hill prairies at Hanover Bluff. These hill prairies are extremely difficult to access and if you go be prepared to hack your...Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, Jo Daviess County, IllinoisHanover Bluff Nature PreserveJo Daviess County, IllinoisI found this large black rat snake sunning on a rock in the hill prairie so I placed it on a tree stump for a few photos. These are very gentle...Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, Jo Daviess County, IllinoisHanover Bluff Nature PreserveJo Daviess County, IllinoisThis place is crazy right now. Between the dickisells, butterflies and wildflowers it is breathtaking. These were 2 of the most perfect butterflies...Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, Jo Daviess County, IllinoisHanover Bluff Nature PreserveJo Daviess County, IllinoisA large unidentified dragonfly.Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, Jo Daviess County, IllinoisHanover Bluff Nature PreserveJo Daviess County, IllinoisI cranked up the ISOs so I could get an in flight shot of this monarch that was pollinating the fringed pucoon wildflowers in a beautiful hill...Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, Jo Daviess County, IllinoisHanover Bluff Nature PreserveJo Daviess County, IllinoisAnother shot of a caterpillar crawling in the wildflowers of a hill prairie.Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, Jo Daviess County, IllinoisHanover Bluff Nature PreserveJo Daviess County, IllinoisOne of the original Illinois bluff prairies in mid season form. These are some of the last few bluff prairies in Illinois that are untouched by the...Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, Jo Daviess County, IllinoisHanover Bluff Nature PreserveJo Daviess County, IllinoisA shot of a beautiful yellow swallowtail perched on a wildflower at Hanley Savannah. That was one handsome butterfly. These swallowtails never stop...Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, Jo Daviess County, IllinoisHanover Bluff Nature PreserveJo Daviess County, IllinoisA beautiful praying mantis walking on a wildflower. I saw more praying mantis than I have ever seen in my life on this day. This is my favorite...Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, Jo Daviess County, IllinoisHanover Bluff Nature PreserveJo Daviess County, IllinoisI chased this perfect yellow swallowtail butterfly all over Hanley Savannah for at least an hour trying to get some decent flight shots. I had to...
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