Solar Eclipse – On the Limb

Solar Eclipse

On the Limb Here’s a black-and-white presentation of the total solar eclipse from 8-21-17. I made the recording near Mackay, Idaho. The capture depicts solar prominences emanating from the limb of the sun and extending into the star’s corona. On 4-8-24 another ‘apparent’ complete ‘covering’ of Old Sol will take place and might be viewed [depending on the weather] from specific earthbound locations in the Continental U.S.[Mexico and Canada, too]. Check out NASA’s website for the Great North American Eclipse and its path of totality. BE SURE to take proper SAFETY PRECAUTIONS if viewing/photographing. ~ Anecdote and solar eclipse capture, On the Limb © Jerry L. Ferrara

Bald Eagle – Sweep the Boreal Aurora Sky

Bald Eagle

Sweep the Boreal Aurora Sky While the background for this shot may be reminiscent of those eerie, shadowy curtains of charged particles from the sun [the aurora borealis], it is in reality not the dramatic light show at all. What follows is the story behind the making of the image: Across the wide and watery chasm of the expansive bay, white-headed entities idled tree-bound in the deafening, hushed stillness while greeting the somber light of dawn. That same light, cast from the forest and smeared subtly onto the liquid surface, created ephemeral impressions, mirrored reflections, and muted hues … Nature the artist, the lake its immense canvas. In time, a solitary Bald Eagle launched from its lofty lookout. Over the pigmented fluid it glided low, the backdrop redolent of a Northern Lights array. Suddenly the eagle performed an astounding aerial maneuver … and “Sweep the Boreal Aurora Sky” came into existence. ~ Anecdote and Bald Eagle capture, Sweep the Boreal Aurora Sky from the book, Wild North Idaho: Photos and Reflections © Jerry L. Ferrara

Rocky Mountain Elk – The Provocateur

Rocky Mountain Elk

The Provocateur There was a rumble in the brush that sent a tremble and a rushSo difficult to endure … Enter The Provocateur Agitation was brewing in the undergrowth. A mighty dare was fiercely fomenting within the constricting confines of the brushy bramble and the agitated author came in the irrepressible guise of an imposing bull Rocky Mountain Elk. The Provocateur was methodically working himself into a full-blown frenzy and the underwood was no match for his fury as he used his massive-beamed weaponry to rake and rip the fragile forest fabric.  Eventually the bellicose brute came to the edge of the thick woodland and belted out a chillingly eerie challenge. The pronouncement was a passionate summons, “Come, let’s fight!” ~ Poem, anecdote and Rocky Mountain Elk capture, The Provocateur © Jerry L. Ferrara 

Steller’s Jay – A Bad Hair Day

Steller's Jay

A Bad Hair Day It has been raining a bit lately. During this time the Steller’s Jays have still been coming around. I pulled a couple of images for show. The copy on the left is a portrait of an obviously ‘dry’ bird. The jay capture right [yes, that’s a bird!] presents one that’s been cavorting around in the showers. Looks as though it’s having a bad hair day. ~ Anecdote and Steller’s Jay captures, A Bad Hair Day © Jerry L. Ferrara

Western Flycatcher – The Return

Western Flycatcher

The Return The sprightly little Western Flycatcher is a spirited species that returns to our property to breed each spring. There is another aspect to this flycatcher ‘returning’, though. It has been placed back [returned] to its original single-species status [Western Flycatcher] after being split into two species [in 1989]: the Cordilleran and the Pacific-slope Flycatchers. Science at work. ~ Anecdote and Western Flycatcher capture, The Return © Jerry L. Ferrara

Red Fox – A Big Stretch

Red Fox

A Big Stretch Curled up on the snow in a fuzzy carroty ball, the Red Fox lay resting … sleeping the sleep of a Red Fox, dreaming vulpine dreams … all about mousie cuisines. At some point the urge to wake took hold and the mind chimeras washed away. The canine arose but before trotting into the ice-clad ‘scape, it executed a signature posture … a comfort move … a big stretch. ~ Anecdote and Red Fox capture, A Big Stretch © Jerry L. Ferrara

Polar Bear – A Better View

Polar Bear

A Better View Water flowing off its forelimbs and massive paws, a Polar Bear rears up for a better view in the chilly waters of ANWR. ~ Anecdote and Polar Bear capture, A Better View © Jerry L. Ferrara

Steller’s Jay – Electric Appearance

Steller's Jay

Electric Appearance This Steller’s Jay strikes a stunning profile with its flared crown and raucous attitude. We do not see them very often, but when they do show up, their appearance is electric. ~ Anecdote and Steller’s Jay capture, Electric Appearance © Jerry L. Ferrara

Puma – A Fixed Gaze


A Fixed Gaze In the wilds of Chile, a Puma levels a fixed gaze while pausing over its prey … a hapless Guanaco. ~ Anecdote and Puma capture, A Fixed Gaze © Jerry L. Ferrara