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New family member   Leave a comment

This is Tally, who already is enjoying her new home:

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Posted November 24, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Black&White, DC

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Driving Miss Tally   Leave a comment

We spent the last few days driving across the plains from Denver to Virginia with our new dog, Tally. There wasn’t much to photograph while driving:

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Dogs of Delhi   Leave a comment

Captured at Fort Hauz Khas in Delhi:

Posted September 20, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Black&White, India

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Morning in Guanella Canyon   Leave a comment

Captured these while driving toward Guanella Pass in Colorado. I was most excited about the moose sighting. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Posted July 5, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Landscapes, Nature, US

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Loving leaves…   Leave a comment

… is easy when you’re not the one having to rake them…

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Posted November 21, 2018 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Break time   Leave a comment

Taking a break with Mario during a morning walk through the Vermont woods:

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Posted August 18, 2018 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Nature

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Cows and elephants in Bangalore   Leave a comment

While cows are easily spotted on Bangalore’s streets, the only elephants I saw were Ganesh figures on taxis’ dashboards.

Posted July 1, 2018 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Asia, Travel

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CA highway scene   Leave a comment

Saw the quintessential California highway stereotype last week in San Diego: a blonde in a convertible with her lapdog on her lap. Priceless.

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Wondering/Wandering Pug   Leave a comment

Caught this pug in a pensive mood as it meandered through the house.

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Posted February 18, 2018 by Lutz Braum in Animals, DC

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Leaves make the best resting spot   Leave a comment

Our dog Mario is enjoying the fall in VA:


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Posted November 12, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Animals, DC, Nature, Uncategorized

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Duck Moonbathing   2 comments

Caught this duck enjoying the moonlight over the salt marsh behind our house.


iPhone, slight edits in Snapseed

Gaggle at Dawn   Leave a comment

This gaggle of geese was enjoying the morning calm of sunrise over the Hammock River (until I came along). 


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Posted August 9, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut, Nature

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Our Neighbors   Leave a comment

We’re enjoying sharing our garden and neighborhood with these cute fellows:

Posted July 16, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut, Nature

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Gone Fishing   Leave a comment

These ospreys living in the marshes behind our house enjoy fishing as much as the local fishermen:

 


Posted July 14, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut, Nature

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Dog Happiness…   Leave a comment

… is running across Clinton Beach at low tide at sunset:dog frolicking on Clinton Beach

Squabs Leaving the Nest   Leave a comment

Here are later pictures of the two squabs that were raised this Spring in our backyard, on top of our outdoor speaker. Based on the hair on their heads, I called them Scruffy and Baldy.

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Two dove chicks

This is Scruffy after having left the nest, finding its bearings in our backyard:

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Baldy had already claimed the top of the fence as his perch:

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While mom was supervising their progress from the top of a nearby shed:

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Posted June 11, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut

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Dove and Squabs   Leave a comment

This dove decided that our outdoor speakers would make a great nesting place and she proceeded, over the course of 2 months, to raise 2 squabs  (the true name for baby doves, or chicks) there. Here is the first of two posts chronicling that journey. Click on any image to see them in slideshow format:

 

 

Canon 5D Mark II, 100mm EFL macro lens

Posted June 10, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut

Wishing I Was Outside   Leave a comment

That’s how our dog Mario must have felt when looking out of our kitchen window:

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Posted April 16, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut

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Hawk under the moon   Leave a comment

Saw this hawk looking for prey at sunrise behind our house. Here are two different takes on that scene, both shot with my iPhone, but one with the Hipstamatic app.

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Walk on snowy beach   2 comments

Here is our black lab Mario enjoying the empty (and icy) beach in the winter time:

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Water tower with birds   Leave a comment

Captured along I-95.


iPhone, adjusted with Snapseed

Posted March 11, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Architecture, Travel, US

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Frozen beach frolic   Leave a comment

Our dog Mario enjoyed the first snow of the year, especially on the beach at low tide:

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Hawk hunting at dawn   3 comments

Captured this Red-tailed Hawk as he was surveying the field behind our house for his breakfast during sunrise. The other images were shot after I followed him to a tree that allowed me to get closer.

Osprey sunrise

Osprey looking right

Osprey looking forward

And this is the one when he finally had enough:

Osprey getting away

Posted January 14, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut, Nature

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Mario and Stella   Leave a comment

Mario, our black lab, enjoying a fall afternoon with a new friend.

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Canon 5D Mark II, EF 85mm/1.8USM
ISO 100
f/1.8
1/320 sec

Posted December 3, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Black&White

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Sunrise in Vermont   7 comments

Caught these horses at dawn in Stowe, Vermont.

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Canon 5D Mark II, EF 24-70mm
ISO 125
f/13
1/80 sec

Posted October 29, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Landscapes, Panorama, US

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Take-off at sunset   1 comment

Captured this seagull as it took off from its perch on a pier,  while kayaking in Clinton Harbor and looking straight at the sunset:

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Canon 7D, 200mm lens
ISO 200
f/5.6
1/5000 sec

Posted October 8, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut, Nature

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Mario reigns on the beach   1 comment

Captured our dog Mario on the beach using the iPhone Hipstamatic app:

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Blue Heron, Walking   8 comments

Came across this poem by Julie Bruck in a recent edition of the New Yorker, which matched the photos I took just the day before:

 

Not one of Mr. Balanchine’s soloists had feet this articulate,
the long bones explicitly spread, then retracted,
even more finely detailed than Leonardo’s plans for his flying machines.
And all this for a stroll, a secondary function,
not the greatdramatic spread and shadow of those pterodactyl wings.
This walking seems determined less by bird volition or
calculations of the small yellow eye
than by an accident of breeze, pushing the bird on a diagonal,
the great feet executing their tendus and lifts in the slowest of increments,
hesitation made exquisitely dimensional,
as if the feet thought themselves through each minute contribution to propulsion,
these outsized apprehenders of grasses and stone, snatchers of mouse and vole,
these mindless magnificents that any time now
will trail their risen bird like useless bits of leather.
Don’t show me your soul, Balanchine used to say, I want to see your foot.

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Posted September 18, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut, Nature

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I spy a few herons   1 comment

Spotted a few herons that, uncharacteristically, sat in a tree (do you see them in the first picture?) rather than stalking their prey in the muddy marsh below.

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Fortunately they stayed there until I got close enough to take these shots:

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Canon 7D, 200mm w/2x converter
ISO 400
f/5.6
1/500 sec

Posted September 10, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Landscapes, Nature

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A clap made visible   1 comment

Before…


And after…

iPhone, minor edits in Snapseed

Posted September 7, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Black&White, Nature

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Summer Sunset at Low Tide   8 comments

Took our dog Mario out for a walk during low tide about an hour after sunset – and we had the entire beach to ourselves!

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Canon 5d Mark II, 40mm 2.8 lens
ISO 3200
f/2.8
1/20 sec

Posted July 8, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut, Landscapes, Nature

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Nature’s Camouflage    Leave a comment

Can you spot the toad in the forest?


iPhone Hipstamatic 

Captiva Moment   2 comments

This heron joined us for watching the sunset at Captiva Island.

Heron at sunset

Posted April 16, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Nature, US

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Church Mouse   3 comments

Actually I found this one in a barn in an abandoned mining town in Montana.

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Canon 7D, 15-85mm
ISO 2500
f/5.6
1/10 sec

Posted February 26, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Nature, US

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Goodbye Spruce   13 comments

Yesterday our dear little Sprucie, a 9-year-old German Shepherd and retired guide dog who was with us only 15 months, passed away rather suddenly. I will miss her tail thumping against furniture to express her happiness, the sound of her trotting to the door to see who’s there, the long walks we took together along the beach, and her dopey smile. Here are the last pictures of her. I love you, Spruce!

 

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Posted January 5, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Yellowstone Wildlife   2 comments

On a recent trip to Yellowstone, my son and I saw just about every major animal except moose: Bison, elk, coyote, bear (with bear cub), wolves. Here are a few shots I liked:

 

Canon 7D, 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO 640
f/10
1/100 sec

Posted November 7, 2015 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Landscapes, Nature, US

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Big Buck   1 comment

This 13-point elk buck was watching over a herd of elk in Yellowstone National Park. I was fortunate enough to sneak up for 2 close-ups without being noticed (well, the second picture he’s looking right at me, so who am I kidding?).

 

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Canon 7D, EF70-200mm f/2.8 with 2x converter
ISO 400
f/5.6
1/400 sec

Posted October 24, 2015 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Nature, US

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Close Encounter with a Bison   Leave a comment

On a recent trip to Yellowstone, I saw this bison and took these photos while I followed it for an hour as it crossed Lamar valley, chomping on grass while generally ignoring me. He must have known he had nothing to fear from me. Figures, since he’s the largest land animal in North America, weighing roughly a ton.

Canon 7D, 70-200mm EF 2.8

ISO 640
f/10
1/20 sec

Posted October 10, 2015 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Black&White, Nature, US

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Curious Lizard   Leave a comment

I loved how this lizard was perched upside down, looking around for danger (or is it food?). Captured in Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Posted September 24, 2015 by Lutz Braum in America, Animals

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Monarch Migration   1 comment

I encountered these Monarch butterflies during their migration southward. They had stopped at a tree that was covered with hundreds of them.

Posted July 11, 2015 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Nature, US

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Critters of Sanibel   4 comments

Captured these during a walk through the nature preserve on Sanibel island:

 

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Posted May 20, 2015 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Nature, Travel, US

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Still life with shell   1 comment

Found on Sanibel Island.

Shell with twigs

 

 

Canon PowerShot G12
ISO 320
f/4.5
1/80 sec
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Birds on a Wire   Leave a comment

 

 

Captured while looking out the window of the train to New York.
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Posted May 5, 2015 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Black&White, Nature, US

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Pelican Sunset   2 comments

Enjoyed watching this pelican cruise through the evening air in Sanibel, FL.

 
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Posted May 1, 2015 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Nature, Travel, US

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Montana Wildlife   1 comment

Captured these mountain goats along the Gallatin River on the way to Big Sky.

Antique Double Exposure   2 comments

Playing around with the double exposure setting of the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone, I composed this picture of our dog and the fall trees:

Dog Double Exposure

Posted December 24, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Black&White

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My Big Milestone: 1,000 Blog Followers!   3 comments

Marc Cooper just became my 1,000th follower on WordPress! Thank you, my fellow bloggers, for appreciating my images sufficiently to follow my photographic flights of fancy on a regular basis. Here is the photo that started it all,  the one that has turned out the be the most popular, and my personal favorite:

Sunrise over Palo Alto

 

Gotham City View

 

Puppy love

 

 

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Praying Mantis Visit   Leave a comment

I found this praying mantis on my doorstep last week, and promptly took it to my studio (aka table with black backdrop) for a quick photoshoot before releasing her (him? it?). Not a very stationary subject, but these two shots turned out OK.

 

Praying Mantis staring at camera

 

 

Praying Mantis profile

 

Canon 7D, 100mm f/2.8L Macro
ISO 1000
1/125 sec
f/3.2

Posted October 11, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Macro

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Flock at Sunrise   Leave a comment

Caught this flock of birds as it was making its way across the horizon early morning yesterday.

Flock of birds at sunrise

Posted September 27, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Nature, Panorama

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Go ahead, make my day   Leave a comment

That’s what this bulldog seemed to say, begging me to throw his toy so he could run after it.

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Posted August 7, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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