Category Archives: Backyard Wildlife Photography

Porcupines: Moving Slow and Steady 

Posted on by Kathie Fife

Yesterday I came across some tracks that had me a little baffled. The deep, light, and fluffy snow made it challenging trying to find a clear outline of a foot. My first guess was opossum. And that guess was based on years of observing wildlife moving about in the same tract of land for more […]

Cruising the Wild Informational Highways

Posted on by Kathie Fife

The woods are an informational highway. Tune in! There are fascinating stories to be shared. Mid January, and this is my first adventure out into the woods. The conditions have been very cold and with just a few inches of snow, and the top layer of thick ice making it crunchy and very cumbersome for […]

Searching for Herps

Posted on by Kathie Fife

Falling in Love again with Childhood Friends Fall typically isn’t the time we think about herps (a collective term for frogs and salamanders). This is the time of year when they (herps) borough down into the earth to protect themselves from death caused by freezing cold temperatures. Earlier this week the weather was unusually warm […]

A Spring Awakening

Posted on by Kathie Fife

Quack, Quack, Quack … Peep, Peep, Peep … No, that’s not the sound coming from a barn yard.  That sound is the chorus coming from frogs calling from wetlands and vernal pools and echoing out through the wooded landscapes. Awakening from a long winters nap from under leaf litter and decaying logs, the wood frogs […]

White Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Posted on by Kathie Fife

Caterpillars seem to be out in force this week.  A short walk in my yard led me to another interesting encounter with a peculiar looking caterpillar.  This one looks like a strange looking toothbrush (the three white tufts on the back). I had to look this one up.  I’ve seen it before, but not nearly […]

What caterpillar is that eating milkweed?

Posted on by Kathie Fife

Every year I allow a few milkweed plants to grow under my window in the kitchen. When it flowers it has a beautiful fragrance that comes through the house during early evening when there is a gentle breeze. I also like to attract butterflies, like monarchs, that rely on the milkweed family to lay their […]

Why I always have a camera with me

Posted on by Kathie Fife

I always have a camera with me.  In a previous post “Is the iPhone as good as a Pro Level DSLR” I talked about this difference between capturing the moment with professional gear versus an iPhone. In this case, I was glad I had my phone with me. I had just stepped out of my […]

Part II: Thanksgiving Day Migration Feast

Posted on by Kathie Fife

A Feast to Lift the Spirits What a Thanksgiving 2012 turned out to be! On Thanksgiving Eve I wrote a blog post about how blue birds (Thanksgiving Eve Migration Feast) had visited my back yard. Thanksgiving day brought even more wonderful wildlife encounters — rare sighting of Pine Grosbeaks. Actually, I almost missed seeing them. […]