We decided to check out the river today because we haven’t had a good rain in ages, and the northern rivers seem to be damming theirs to save water.

The water here is usually sand-free so seeing this much is absolutely crazy.  We even used Google Maps to see where exactly we were when we went to the edge.  Right smack dab in the middle!  Hoping for some rain in the near future, or our poor river will turn into a creek.

There were even some kids using the river bed to party and drive their fourwheelers.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L


A few weeks ago, I spent some time in Kansas City and KCIR for the Muscle Car Reunion.  Basically it’s a drag race for cars when they were awesome.  Here’s a few shots I took there.

All of these images were taken with the Canon 5D Mark II and the 24-105L or 70-200L/4 lens.

It’s now late Spring and Brood XIX are at their peak, it seems.  I missed the brood somehow in the early stages, but have gotten many old skins on the trees.  I remember when I was young I would pull them off trees to see how many I could stick to my shirt. I’d have been in Heaven!

Aside from not posting on this blog much (sorry, I’m trying to fix that) I’ve had a hell of a time decided on which piece of gear I’d like to purchase next.  It’s basically a tie between the MP-E 65mm and the MT 24EX.  Anyone here have suggestions?  I’m leaning more toward the lens.

Here is a lame photo I took yesterday to celebrate Fall.

Have a great Halloween, feelow readers!  I may even post some costume shots.  Maybe.

But still had time for my regular shooting.













I really, really need to micro-adjust my 50mm/1.8 and 70-200/4L on my 5D II.  Neither one of them seems to focus where I want/need it to.


Praying Mantis


Mantis religiosa.



A shot from a storm that made its way through Missouri a few weeks ago.

Normally, I’m terrified of storms but since I got my 5D I’m able to stand outside and shoot.



My first odonata!  I’ve been dying for a decent dragon or damsefly shot.

argia apicalis

Landscape Tips?


I’ve recently discovered that I know absolutely nothing about landscape photography.  Anyone have tips?  I literally traveled an hour and a half last weekend for the sole purpose of shooing landscapes and got this:

Yeah, not very landscapey…

Some Bug Shots


Here’s just a few shots I took last night while scavaging my yard.

The lead photo was actually dead… which made me sad.  The rest of them were alive and well.

Since it’s August, I’d really like to get some shots of a mantis of any type!  Even with the 100+ heat index, I find myself outside every other night searching for those guys.  Maybe soon!  *crosses fingers*

And now for something completely different:  I need to dust my room.


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