Hope to See You in KC Tomorrow

January 16, 2017

An American goldfinch perches on a dead tree branch during a brief respite from freezing rain.

It has been icy across most of Missouri for the last several days so I’ve been staying close to the farm. I’m always torn between my desire to capture images in extreme weather and my reluctance to become a highway statistic. My decision was easy in this case as conditions were quite treacherous. The American goldfinch in the featured image provided a splash of muted color on the monochromatic landscape of our icy front yard. I made this image from our bedroom window with a 500 mm lens and a bean bag.

Yesterday, during a walk in the freezing rain, I discovered a mink den at our pond. I didn’t come close to snagging an image of the little critter as it disappeared into its hide but I intend to monitor the site from my own hide during the next several weeks. If I get some decent images I’ll share them here, as always. You might remember a mink that I photographed at our pond a few years ago. If not, you can see it by typing “mink” into the search box at the bottom of the page. I only saw that mink once so I’m cautiously optimistic about this one.

Tomorrow I’m off to Kansas City to speak to the Burroughs Audubon Society Chapter at their evening meeting at MDC’s Anita Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Non-members are welcome to attend so maybe I’ll see a few of you there. I’ll have a ton of stories to go with some beautiful photographs. If you are interested, you can learn the details here:  http://burroughs.org/

Thanks for looking,

Danny Brown

Email:  Natureframes@Rocketmail.Com

Gallery of Images/Print Information: www.dannybrownphotography.com

5 comments on “Hope to See You in KC Tomorrow”

  1. Your shots are just amazing and beautiful!

  2. Lovely…didn’t know yellow could look cold, but it does! Glad you got at least one image without braving the weather.

  3. Danny,

    If you don’t mind, would you have any suggestion for choosing a camera for a casual photographer?

    Purpose to take sports pictures of grandchildren (high school basketball, tennis, soccer, baseball, ice hockey), birds, etc. with reasonable but not professional close up results.

    Expected range of prices $500-$1000.

    As a side issue, I think I remember the birding friend from India taking a picture of a hummingbird in its nest high in a tree at Tower Grove Park with a small camera. Is that possible? I’m assuming she expected an image good enough to be worth the effort.

    Any suggestions will be appreciated! Your photography AND your writing are both super special.

    Mary Parks


    • Hi Mary — I am pretty ignorant about consumer cameras, but I recently purchased a Canon T-5 Rebel with two kit lenses for my motorcycle trips. It even came with a case for everything. The kit was under $500 and it has been perfect for documenting my motorcycle excursions. Nothing fancy but it has been working for me.

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