Lee Rentz Photography Weblog


The biggest advantage of digital photography is that I can often abandon the tripod and be more free and spontaneous in the field.  For serious nature photography, film demanded the use of a tripod because of its slow speed (low ISO or ASA).  But with a good professional digital camera, I can raise the ISO to 400 or 800 and still get a sharp, richly saturated image. This allows me to go… Read More

While walking along the edge of the trail, Karen was startled by a dry rattle within a few feet of her boots. It was another rattlesnake, this one coiled and ready for battle with the towering intruders.

We heard through the birding grapevine that on 27 September skilled birders had spotted an unusual owl in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. The Northern Hawk Owl is normally found farther north, in the boreal forests of Canada, Alaska, and Russia.

With a variety of Germans and other mostly foreign tourists, I experienced the delight of floating in saturated saltwater with head, feet, and hands easily sticking up out of the water with absolutely no effort–it was as relaxing as a good nap.

These Red Foxes interested me because the adult and two of the kits were not red; they varied in shades of dark gray and black and reddish ochre that is known as the “Cross Fox.”

I encountered a second Snapping Turtle as big as the first along the same trail. It had just emerged from the river and was still glistening wet; it even still had a bloodsucker clinging to its shell.

Then all hell broke loose! I stuck my elbow into a Fire Ant nest, and within two seconds it felt like there was a strong electric current running through my elbow. I leaped up, frantically brushing ants from my arm and dancing on the roadside.