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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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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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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.


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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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Walk on snowy beach   2 comments

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

Dog walking on snowy beach

Iphone, B&W conversion in Lightroom

Frozen beach frolic   Leave a comment

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

iPhone, Hipstamatic app

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.

two dogs on the lawn

 

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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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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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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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.

mouse under roof beams

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:

 

Canon PowerShot G12

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

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Birds on a Wire   Leave a comment

 

 

Captured while looking out the window of the train to New York.
Birds on a wire

 

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Posted May 5, 2015 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Black&White, Nature, US

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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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Hare in Full Flight   7 comments

Every time I walk the dog, these little bunnies run for cover. This time, I captured one of them on the run (or in flight).

Rabbit running

 

Canon 7D, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS
ISO 100
f/2.8
1/250 sec

Posted June 5, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Taking the Dog for a Walk   1 comment

…and keeping the camera low to the ground yields great shots:

Canon 7D, EF40mm f/2.8
ISO 1600
f/3.5
1/1250 sec

Studies of Flight   1 comment

The seagulls were out on a sunny day, enjoying the spring air.

 

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Winter in Yellowstone   9 comments

Arrived in Montana and took a drive through parts of Yellowstone before arriving at Big Sky today. -15F (-26C)!

Family of Elk

This gang of elk didn’t mind the cold.

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Wonder Dog   1 comment

Well, amazing might be a better adjective, but that wouldn’t make for nearly as good a blog title. When it’s cold and monochrome out, the dog becomes a never-tiring subject to practice on:

German Shepherd Dog portrait

Canon 7D, 100mm f/2.8 macro lens
ISO 400
f/10
1/40 sec
Edited with Color Efex, soft focus filter, Fujichrome Velvia 100 film

 

Posted January 25, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Take-off   1 comment

These birds were heading to the sunset – wish I could have flown along:

Birds taking off on beach

Canon PowerShot G12
ISO 100
f/3.2
1/2000 sec
processed with Nik Color Efex

Posted November 16, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Panorama, US

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Hidden Robin   Leave a comment

This little Robin had built her nest in a bush on the side of her house, guarding two blue eggs. Then one day there was only one egg, and the Robin never returned.

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Robin in a nest

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

Posted August 31, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals, US

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The Cat Who Owns The Bar   Leave a comment

This cat certainly seemed to have the run of the house in the little Amsterdam bar I stopped in to inquire about the menu. Fortunately the weather was so nice that everyone sat outside, leaving her the interior.

Black Cat in a Bar

Canon 7D
ISO 320
F/2.8
1/100 sec

Posted June 18, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Europe, Travel

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Glamour Pug   2 comments

Look how Ozzy, my sister-in-law’s pug,  OWNS that chair:

Pug Glamor Shot

Canon Powershot G12
ISO 200
f/4.5
1/60 sec
Nik Color Efex

Posted June 7, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Success!   Leave a comment

Or: Dinner!

Shot at sunset near our local beach:

Fisherman with fish

Canon EOS 7D, 100mm macro
ISO 100
f/4.5
1/60 sec

Fossils Making Out on the Beach   3 comments

I was lucky enough to catch the one day when Horseshoe Crabs come to our town beach to mate. There were at least 15 pairs of these ‘living fossils’ (so-called by Charles Darwin because they look just like their fossilized ancestors) horsing around (pardon the pun) in the shallow water.

 

Horseshoe crabs at sunset

Horseshoe crabs getting it on

Horseshoe crabs mating

Camera: Canon EOS 7D, 100mm macro lens

Posted May 31, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Macro, US

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Adorable Cats and Wolves   2 comments

Some other shots I really liked from my visit to the National Zoo in Washington, DC (the first one was a collaboration with my son – he took the shot with my camera, I did the editing):

Sleeping Lioness

Tiger

Wolf

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Posted April 24, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Animal Portraits   1 comment

Some shots from a walk through the National Zoo in Washington, DC:

Seal

Silver-backed Gorilla

Prairie Dog

 

Incoming!   2 comments

Captured on Hammonasset Beach in Connecticut, as they fluttered around a gentleman passing out breadcrumbs.

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Canon Powershot G12
ISO 100
f/4.5
1/200 sec
Adjusted with Nik Color Efex

Welcome Skylark   2 comments

Ok, it didn’t take long before I took our new dog, Skylark, to the beach for a photo session. She’s a 10-year old retired Guide Dog for the Blind from California, who is now getting used to Connecticut weather and the notion that it’s OK to chase bunnies and squirrels. She already took control of the backyard, which she patrols diligently. Soon this sweet and well-mannered German Shepherd will think she owns the whole neighborhood..

Skylark, retired Guide Dog for the Blind

 

German Shepherd, smiling

Posted November 20, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Beloved Kearney   5 comments

This is Kearney, a retired Guide Dog for the Blind who had enjoyed her retirement with us for the last 4 1/2 years before passing away last month. This is how I’ll always remember her – slightly leaning from a stroke (which she recovered from almost fully), attentive, and super sweet. And next week, we’ll get a new addition to the family, yet another retired Guide Dog that needs a home, named Skylark (and also a German Shepherd). I’m VERY excited!

Kearney, retired Guide Dog

Posted November 10, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Fall Silhouettes   Leave a comment

Taken a few days before hurricane Sandy, when the weather was still nice enough to wander to the beach without a heavy jacket.

Sunset silhouette

 

Swan at sunset

Canon EOS 7D, EF 24-70mm
Top: ISO 100, 70mm, f/2.8, 1/2500 sec
Bottom:  ISO 100, 66mm, f/3.2, 1/320 sec

Posted November 8, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Landscapes, US

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Vermont Colors – Day 7: Up Close   2 comments

This time I enjoyed getting very very close to my subject. Fortunately, the mushrooms didn’t move much. The frog was a bit more challenging – took about 3 minutes to get close enough for this macro shot.

Fairy Tale Mushroom

Frog Eye - Macro

Forest Mushrooms

Mushroom

Canon EOS 7D, 100mm EF-L f2/8

Posted October 6, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Landscapes, Macro, Travel, US

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Man’s Best Friend   11 comments

Well, at least THIS man’s best friend.  Caught this man and his dog while walking through Brooklyn – both were completely content sitting on the doorstep of their house and pursing their favorite activity – reading and people watching.

Man and Dog sitting on Doorstep

Shot with Canon EOS 7D, 100mm f/2.8L Macro
ISO 800
100mm
f/3.2
1/80 sec

Posted September 21, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, New York, People

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Inspiration for the Wright brothers   Leave a comment

Watching these graceful herons at our beach sure awakened in me the desire to fly.  I’m glad that the Wright brothers did something about it.

Posted July 1, 2012 by Lutz Braum in America, Animals

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Herons on the prowl   Leave a comment

Several herons (or egrets) made the marsh near our town beach their hunting ground today. What graceful creatures – and perfect for photographers since they tend to stand very still as they wait for unsuspecting fish to appear at their feet.

this one took off as soon as I got closer than 100 feet.

Soaring towards another feeding spot:

All shots taken with Canon EOS 7D, EF70-200mm f/2.8L
ISO 250
f/9
1/2000 sec

Posted May 28, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Close Encounter of the Monkey Kind   1 comment

These monkeys had no fear – they prowled across the hotel property with impunity.

And this howler monkey didn’t care whether he was flashing us or not:

And this spider monkey thought he could fly:

 All photos taken in Costa Rica in April 2012, with Canon EOS 7D, 200mm lens.

Unexpected Guests   1 comment

Found these two wild turkeys strolling across our lawn today. Raced to my camera gear to get a good shot, and was lucky that they were still there when I got back.

The male was about 3 feet (1m) tall.

Canon EOS 7D, 70-200mm EF IS II
ISO 200
135mm
f/6.3
1/400

Posted April 28, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Animals, US

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Elusive birds of Costa Rica   1 comment

While there’s a constant racket of bird chirps, screeches, and whistles in the background, the birds in Costa Rica’s are actually very hard to find because they hide in dense foliage of the rainforest canopy. I was lucky to get these shots during  a week-long visit. Here is a Toucan, the national symbol of Costa Rica:

This was shot at 400mm, and then cropped by 2x. With the naked eye, the Toucan was just a dark blob in the foliage. Here’s another screecher (no idea what this one is called):

And here’s a hummingbird, the hardest one to catch on film because they dart so quickly from flower to flower:

All photos taken with Canon EOS 7D, 200mm or 400mm, ISO 1000 to ensure fast enough shutter speed.

Jurassic Park? No, Costa Rica!   1 comment

Saw quite a few lizards and iguanas in Antonio Manuel National Park yesterday morning.  This one is a Ctenosaur – it was about 2 feet long and resting on a tree overlooking the beach:

And this one is a Plumed Basilisk, also known as the Jesus Christ Lizard, for his ability to run across water for up to 20 meters:

And these little ones (20 cm)  ran so fast and their heads darted in all directions so frequently that they reminded me of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park:

All photos taken with Canon EOS 7D, 400mm, ISO 500, f/5.6, 1/160 sec

A barrel of monkeys in Costa Rica   Leave a comment

Yes, the name for a group of monkeys really is a ‘barrel.’ About 30 were thrashing through the canopy above us this morning at 6:30 in the Arenal Volcano National Park, but these two rested long enough to capture them.

Canon EOS 7D, EF70-200mm f/2.8 with 2x converter
ISO 1000
330mm
f/5.6
1/125 sec

Posted April 19, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Travel

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Leaf-cutter ant at work   4 comments

Shot on a hike to the top of Cerro Chato, an extinct volcano in Costa Rica.

 

Canon EOS 7D, EF24-70mm
ISO 100
70mm
f/5.6
1/100

Posted April 17, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Travel

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