“Photoshopping”


A reader recently asked WC what WC thought of “Photoshopping”. By the question, WC assumes the reader means using Adobe Photoshop to create fake or misleading photos, to digitally alter them in dishonest ways. Photoshop is a tool. It’s a powerful suite of software algorithms to enhance digital images. It’s likely accurate to say that…

Harbor Seals, Tidewater Glaciers and Climate Change


This post is dedicated to the late Dr. Vera Alexander, marine scientist, equestrian, musician, philanthropist and much more. It was WC’s privilege to serve as a marine technician on the R/V Acona in 1967 on a cruise where Dr. Alexander, a newly minted PhD, did some of the original research on the relationship between Harbor…

A Summer Lake Sampler


WC has written about the amazing geology of Summer Lake, and promised photos of the birds that migrate through and breed in the area. Here’s that bird photo sampler. Please don’t call them “seagulls.” This handsome fellow was more than 200 miles from the nearest seawater. All the rails, including Virginia Rail, are famously difficult…

Despite DeSantis


As WC has recently written, this spring included a trip to the Dry Tortugas, the westerly end of the coral ridge that includes the better known Key West. Of course, to get to the Dry Tortugas you have to go to Florida, currently governed – for a loose definition of “governed” – by the reprehensible…

Dry Tortugas and Migrating Birds


Dry Tortugas, the site of Fort Jefferson and a national park, is famous among birders because it supports breeding colonies of Brown Noddies and Sooty Terns, and is also an important stop for songbirds migrating across the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf crossing is an exhausting business for small birds and Dry Tortugas is a…

Who Is “Wilson” and Why Are There So Many Birds Named After Him?


Back in 2018, WC noted that there were many, many species of bird named for “Swainson” and asked why. This post visits another ornithologist with the same question. Wilson’s Warbler. Wilson’s Snipe. Wilson’s Phalarope. Wilson’s Plover. Wilson’s Storm Petrel. There are at least seven bird species named after “Wilson,” and another half dozen whose scientific…

Blowin’ in the Wind


WC has written about the Bruneau Sand Dunes before. This year it was the destination for WC’s and Mrs. WC’s shakedown trip. Because it’s better to discover problems with your RV reasonablyclose to home. So we spent a couple of mid-April nights at the very nice Idaho state park there. Now any geomorphologist looking at…

The Sad Death of DP Review


If you are a serious photographer, you’ve spent some time at DP Review. Love it or hate it, trust it or distrust it, DPReview has for more than 20 years been the best on-line source for reviews and recommendations of all things photographic. Camera and lens reviews, side-by-side comparisons, recommendations by intended use, price and…

A Few Winter Birds


In addition to the Rosy-finches and Barn Owl WC has posted earlier, WC and Mrs. WC saw a very nice selection of other Idaho winter birds in south-central Idaho. Because you can never have too many bird photos, here’s a handful of the species we saw that WC was able to photograph. While there are…