” I was dangerously too close so I snapped one shot and retreated……”

Sunshine, a rainbow of flowers  and the first glimpses of natures newly born animal life, yes it’s Spring.  To celebrate this and launch my blog back into action I am excited and delighted to share the amazing wildlife photography of Ed Mason .

I was initially drawn to Ed’s dramatic coloured Canadian sky, and landscapes. However, I soon became fascinated by his skilful  captures of a wide variety of mammals and birds. He expertly manages to capture their human-like expressions and behaviour as well as focusing upon the beauty of his subjects. Ed emphasises colours textures and patiently waits to capture that perfect moment.

So let’s go………

Bison Eye Selfie.-Ed Mason

“The selfie in the eye of a wild bull bison happened when I accidentally came almost face to face with the beast while walking a trail in Elk Island National Park in Alberta. I was dangerously too close so I snapped one shot and retreated.”

About the Photographer in his own words

“I’ve had cameras for decades but never did much more than snapshots until three years ago after a catastrophic and sudden hearing loss led to my retirement from a career in radio broadcasting. I most enjoy wildlife, sunrises, the odd moon shot and some macro work. My primary equipment is a Canon 7D mkii, a Canon 70D, a Tamron 150-600, a Tamron 90mm VC Macro and a Canon 18-135 kit lens. I use Photoshop Elements 13 along with Topaz Adjust and Clarity plug-ins. ”

Go Away -Ed Mason

“Go Away is from an encounter with a very vocal Swainsons Hawk.  They nest about a kilometre from my home and provide an endless source of entertainment. This mother was letting me know one of her youngsters was nearby. They have been known to dive at perceived threats so I gave her some space.”

Gyrfalcon and Pigeon-Ed Mason

“The gyrfalcon is one of the largest falcons. We are blessed with a number of falcons using a large grain terminal as a pigeon supermarket every December through early March. This one has just delivered the death bite to the neck of the unfortunate pigeon.”

Blues in the Ice

“Blues in the ice was taken on a very cold morning. Ice crystals formed on the single pane window of a backyard shed.”

Gang Of Goslings

“The Gang of Canada Goose Goslings was snapped when the infants came off a grassy hill while waddling from one pond to another.  I was flat on the grass waiting for them.”

Mallard Male – Ed Mason

“The mallard male in flight was just a lucky shot on the fly. I was approaching a pond in the local wetlands when he burst from the reeds almost in front of me.”

Radio Ga Ga – Ed Mason

“Radio Ga Ga was taken with a telephoto lens on one of those fiery dawns we are blessed with in Alberta.  I included radio in the title because of the transmission tower in the image.”

Morning has Broken-Ed Mason

“Morning has broken is one of my sunrise images. I used to start work every day at 4am and never drove to the job in daylight. I’m still an early riser and I think of sunrises as the best free show on earth.  PS:  That is ice on the road surface.”

I hope you enjoyed this beautiful inside vision of Canada with  a glimpse of it vast wildlife as much as I did.

A big thank you to Ed for sharing his inspiring and feel good photography and if you would like to explore more of Canada with Ed please see https://www.flickr.com/photos/129992538@N02/

All these images are copyright to Ed Mason

“I can’t imagine going a day without photographing something….” Eileen Worman

I am so excited to showcase the amazing work of Eileen Worman from beautiful Wisconsin, USA. Her photography brilliantly captures the stunning colours and features of the natural landscape which are so inviting, and are an escape after a busy day at work. Eileen has a keen eye for the wildlife which surrounds her, ranging from a rich collection of birds, to coyotes. She also skillfully captures these subjects against dramatic, technicolored and brooding  skies giving atmosphere and a wonderful insight into another world. Eileen wonderfully sees the patterns and beauty in the less obvious parts of nature such as frozen ice on the window. All of these attributes drew me to her work on flickr.


Sunset:  Eileen Worman


Eileen in her own words….

I think of myself as an opportunist regarding photography. I tend to shoot what I happen upon as the day goes along, or as I’m out and about looking for something to catch my eye. I try to be available to shoot early in the morning and around sunset time because the light and atmosphere lends itself to create interesting looking images.


Crane: Eileen Worman

Five years ago, when we lived on nearby Lake Sinissippi, I documented a season of the nesting Bald Eagles there. I published a book about them and some of the other birds on the lake, titled Birds of Lake Sinissippi. I intended it for my family who had asked for something more formal from me, but ended up printing around 125 copies that were sold in a little shop in the town where the lake is, Hustisford, WI. People who lived on the lake were happy to buy it as a keepsake about the birds there. It’s not my best work, but it was a little adventure. (Check here  http://www.blurb.com/books/1622738-birds-of-lake-sinissippi if you want to have a look Dawn)


Sunset: Eileen Worman

My husband Matt, our son Matthew and I live in a rural farming community in Lebanon, Wisconsin. We have a small house on a hill, overlooking 40 acres, most of which is wetland, including a meadow and lots of trees and shrubs, as well. The natural landscape and ponds attract all kinds of wildlife, including a huge variety of bird species. In the five years we’ve lived here, we’ve seen 147 bird species. Of course we have lots of White-tailed Deer and many other mammals, like mink, muskrats, raccoons, groundhogs, red foxes and coyotes enjoying the habitat. A Union Pacific train track runs along our northern border, giving me opportunities to photograph trains fairly regularly. I am a bit of a weather geek, too, and love shooting interesting cloud formations, sundogs, sun pillars, eclipses, sunsets and sunrises, lightning and thunderstorms


Backyard: Eileen Worman

I’m fascinated by the frosty formations that occur on our windows and like to photograph them up close. My husband is a great cook and I love to bake, so I’ve been photographing our tasty results on occasion. I’m surrounded by farms and love to capture their beauty, too. I do a majority of my shooting right at home…and many times when I set out to do photography, I stumble upon something I never expected to see, which is always fun.


Frost: Eileen Worman


Breakfast: Eileen Worman

I did have some formal training in fine art photography, earning an Associate’s Degree from the Milwaukee Center for Photography back in 1985. There I used a 4×5 view camera and most of the work was done in black & white. I especially loved shooting candids on the streets in downtown Milwaukee and I also enjoyed photographing architecture. I can’t imagine going a day without photographing something, it’s just in my nature to do so.
Farmhouse: Eileen Worman
A big thanks to Eileen for sharing her inviting images and giving us an insight into the stunning world she lives in.If you would like to view more of her work you can check here https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/with/26219277355/
All photographs in this post copyright Eileen Worman 2016