Mud Lake

Mud Lake is a town, a wildlife management area, and a lake in eastern Idaho. The lake is fairly large, shallow, muddy, and full of bugs and birds. It is a place I visit frequently to look at birds and to make photographs. Here are a few recent photographs from a couple of excursions.

 

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Mud Lake(from West Dike), ID 2015

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Midge Swarm at Mud Lake, ID 2015

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Western Grebe Pair, Mud Lake, ID 2015

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Magpie Nest, Mud Lake, ID 2015

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Camas Creek at Mud Lake, ID 2015

 

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Grand Isle, Louisiana

Grand Isle, Louisiana is a small island in SE Louisiana. It is primarily a fishing destination. It is also a place where locals own or rent vacation homes. It is one of the few accessible beaches in Louisiana. It is also an excellent birding destination. Grand Isle combines open ocean, sandy beaches, marsh, and coastal woodlots. This mix of habitats attracts a large number of birds to Grand Isle, particularly during spring and fall migration. Below are a few photographs made of the beach and woods on the island.

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Rain Puddle (during a rainstorm) Sureway Woods, Grand Isle, LA 2015

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Live Oaks and Rain Puddle, Grand Isle, LA 2015

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Live Oak (detail), Grand Isle, LA 2015

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Gulf of Mexico from Grand Isle, LA 2015

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Beach and Woods – Various Habitats near Cameron, LA

Cameron, Louisiana is a small town that was decimated by Hurricane Rita in 2005. It was and continues to be a destination for birding. There is a mix of marsh, coastal woods, beaches, mud flats, and prairie that combine to provide an interesting mix of habitats. It is also a destination for hunting, fishing, and oil drilling/refining. This post showcases a variety of photographs made in and around the town of Cameron, LA.

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Welcome to Cameron, Cameron, LA 2015

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Cameron Motel Parking Lot (with Boat-tailed Grackle), Cameron, LA 2015


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Holly Beach, Cameron Parish, LA 2015

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Cameron Jetty, Cameron, LA 2015

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Sunrise through Fog, Nunez Woods, Grand Chenier, LA 2015

 

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Sunrise through Fog, Nunez Woods, Grand Chenier, LA 2015 (no. 2)

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Sunrise through Fog, Nunez Woods, Grand Chenier, LA 2015 (no. 3)

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Peveto Woods Sanctuary

Peveto Woods is a small bird sanctuary located in SW Louisiana in Cameron Parish. It is a chenier (slightly elevated oak woods on the gulf coast) forest. When conditions are favorable (north winds, rain etc.) migrant songbirds crossing the Gulf of Mexico will land in the first trees they see. This small group of trees can be teeming with migrants during an event birders call a fallout, or (like on the day we visited) they can be essentially vacant of birds. Either way, these coastal woodlots are an important habitat and there are few accessible chenier woods left that birders can enjoy. Many have been developed, are in the hands of private landowners, or are inaccessible due to their location (surrounded by impenetrable marsh). Places like Peveto Woods, High Island (Texas), and Dauphin Island (Alabama) are critical to the survival of migratory songbirds and are national treasures.

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Sunrise at Little Florida Beach, Cameron Parish, LA 2015

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Mostly Dead Live Oaks, Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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Backlit Oaks at Sunrise, Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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Live Oak (vertical), Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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Live Oak (horizontal), Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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Big Branch Marsh NWR

Another Location I visited while in Southern Louisiana is Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. It is on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. It is primarily set aside as a stronghold for the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker, but it is also good habitat for Bachman’s Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow, and Sedge Wren among other species. It is common practice to mark the trees that Red-cockaded Woodpeckers nest in with a wide band of white paint. Anyway, I made a few photographs in and around Big Branch Marsh NWR.

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Red-cockaded Woodpecker Trees, Big Branch Marsh NWR, LA 2015

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Lilly Pads, Big Branch Marsh NWR, LA 2015

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Dauphin Island, Alabama/Mississippi Coast

I took the opportunity to attend the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) national conference, which was held in New Orleans, last week. It was a great conference and it provided me an opportunity to travel back to Louisiana, where Susan and I lived for four years. I spent a couple of days before and after the conference making landscape photographs at birding locations (perhaps a new long term project) along the gulf coast. This first set of images was from Dauphin Island, Alabama and various locations along the Mississippi Coast.

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Water Tower, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

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Sunrise through Fog, Dauphin Island Beach, AL 2015

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Palmetto Understory, Goat Trees Sanctuary, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

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Live Oak, Goat Trees Sanctuary, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

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Live Oak Branches in Fog (color), Shell Mounds Park, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

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Live Oak Branches in Fog (black-and-white), Shell Mounds Park, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

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Pond in Fog, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

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Birds (Skimmers, Sandpipers, Gulls, Etc.) at St. Louis Bay, MS 2015

 

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Trees near Ditches and Roads – Another Installment

A few more Trees near Ditches and Roads from the last few days. These were all made in the Upper Snake River Valley. A collection of these made over the last few years can be found at my website: http://www.darrenclarkphoto.com/trees-near-roads–ditches.html

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Tree near Road, Archer, ID 2014

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Tree near Road & Ditch, Market Lake, ID 2014

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Tree near Road, Ashton, ID 2014

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Trees near Ditches and Roads

I’m starting a new body of work and because I can’t think of a better title, I’m calling it Trees near Ditches and Roads. It sort of has to do with irrigation. It sort of has to do with accessibility. It sort of has to do with private property. It sort of has to do with a lot of things, but it mostly has to do with form and light and color. Here are a couple of efforts from this evening.

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Tree and Moon with Flooded Field, near Chester, ID 2014

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Mostly Dead Cottonwood (vertical), Chester, ID 2014

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Mostly Dead Cottonwood (horizontal), Chester, ID 2014

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A Couple of Scenes along the Teton River

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Willow at Dusk along the Teton River, Teton, ID 2014

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Cottonwoods with Moon, Teton, ID 2014

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Galapagos Islands

I was privileged to join the Biology Faculty from BYU-Idaho on an excursion to Ecuador to visit the Amazon basin, the cloud forest (temperate forests in the foothills of the Andes), and the Galapagos Islands. It really was the trip of a lifetime. I’ve been slowly editing and categorizing photographs. I will post a few galleries of images here. For more exhaustive bird galleries, you may want to visit my flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/50655108@N05/

The Galapagos Islands were great. We were able to visit four islands (San Cristobal, Floreana, Santa Cruz, and Isabela). The landscape was spectacular. The wildlife was spectacular and approachable (great for photography). Overall it was just a great and cool place. Below are some landscape photographs and a few wildlife images. For a more exhaustive bird and animal gallery you could visit my flickr album here: Galapagos Islands (wildlife)

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Charles Darwin Monument, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Wrecked Ship, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Kicker Rock off of Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Beach with Volcana, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Moss-covered Tree at Junco Lake, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Plants on the Volcano at Junco Lake, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands 2014

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BYU-Idaho Biology Faculty on the Volcano at Junco Lake, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Darwin Statue/Arch, Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Volcano on Isla Isabel, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Sunrise from the Beach at Isla Isabel, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Blue-footed Boobies, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Brown Pelicans, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Magnificent Frigatebird, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Greater Flamingo, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Brown Noddy, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Lava Gull, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Red-billed Tropicbird, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Finch Extremes: Large Ground Finch (top), Warbler Finch (bottom), Galapagos Islands 2014

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Marine Iguanas, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Sea Lions, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Sally Lightfoot Crab, Galapagos Islands 2014

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