Steve Lenz Photography: Blog en-us Steve Lenz Photography (Steve Lenz Photography) Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:44:00 GMT Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:44:00 GMT Steve Lenz Photography: Blog 80 120 Elk Flats, Umatilla National Forest, Bee Survey Doing a bumblebee survey for

Driving on NF-6413 going to Elk Flats trailhead. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)

The survey habitat near Elk Flats. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)

What appears to be a B. bifarius male.

A bee fly (Bombylius ?) feeding on nettleleaf horsemint (Agastache urticifolia)

An unidentified male, possibly B. fervidous, on nettleleaf horsemint

A cobalt blue butterfly

A swallowtail butterfly

A bee fly

Where I set up in the shade. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)

A wind and temperature meter HoldPeak HP-866B. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)


A bumblebee in a glass vile to chill it on ice so that it's easier to work with. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)

Netting bees for a closer look. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)  

A pair of blister beetles mating

Looking down on the Grande Ronde river valley 

Looking towards the Wallowa mountains from an amazing viewpoint.

Crossing a narrow bridge over  the Grande Ronde river. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)  

Crossing the Grande Ronde river. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)

A sedated bee to make photographing and identifying them easier.
Possibly B. flavifrons? I am a newbie at this and not good at IDing yet! 


Camera Equipment list:

Canon 5D MK III

Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II

Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro (Original Version)

Canon EF25 II Extension Tube

Canon 1.4x iii Telephoto Extender

Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS

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Miscellaneous Macros


Equipment list:

Canon 5D MK III

Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro (Original Version)

Canon EF25 II Extension Tube

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Umatilla National Forest scenes

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Driving Kendall Skyline Road Out looking for bumble bees for the

Equipment list:

Canon 5D MK III

Sigma 150-600 Sport

Canon 24-70 2.8L II

Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II

Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro (Original Version)

Canon EF25 II Extension Tube

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Misc. Macros From my backyard

Equipment list:

Canon 5D MK III

Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro (Original Version)

Canon EF25 II Extension Tube

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Growiser to Zumwalt Prairie with Tony

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Memorial Day Weekend

(Steve Lenz Photography) crater lake mccloud memorial day weekend Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:52:09 GMT
Spring Vacation to Southern California

Equipment list:

Canon 5D MK III

Sigma 150-600 Sport

Canon 24-70 2.8L II

Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II

Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro (Original Version)

Google Pixel XL 1

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Great Horned Owlets at Bennington Lake

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White Bluffs hike with Tony

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Sunset Over the Blue Mountains

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Snowshoeing Salt Creek Oregon

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Carnegie Picture Lab I periodically donate photos to the Carnegie Picture Lab for the children to use as painting references. As a child I used to LOVE to look at and draw pictures from wildlife photos. It was a dream of mine to be a wildlife biologist and photographer. So it makes me happy to be able to watch a new generation be inspired by wildlife and hopefully one day be part of conserving nature. Here are a couple photos of the young artists working with my photos (courtesy of Tracy Thompson, Program Director, Carnegie Picture Lab). For more information on Carnegie Picture Lab please see their website:

Carnegie Picture Lab

(Steve Lenz Photography) carnegie picture lab painting wildlife photos Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:55:20 GMT
McNary Wildlife Refuge area

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Vacation to Borrego Springs and Joshua Tree Tracy and I went camping in the Anza-Borrego Desert at Borrego Springs and then in the Mojave Desert at Joshua Tree A selfie-selfie of Tracy and me at Borrego Springs
A tarantula on the trail at night in Borrego Springs 
The mountains lit by moonlight at Borrego Springs 
A shrike
A bighorn sheep at Borrego Springs 
A wren that hopped around our camp within inches of us looking for scraps

A cholla cactus
On the trail to the Palm Canyon Oasis, Borrego Springs 

A black-throated sparrow
A California Tree Frog at the oasis

A group of tree frogs at the oasis

Palm fronds 
A phoebe

California palms at the oasis
Inside the oasis 
A Joshua Tree
Our campsite at Belle Campground, Joshua Tree

Tracy investigating desert burrows up close

The Mojave Desert

Pencil Cholla Cactus
A rock wall within Indian Cove

Desert Trumpet
Desert night view from our campsite with the Andromeda Galaxy showing top center of the sky

The Milky Way over Joshua Tree 
Our campfire 
Our campsite lit by the rising moon 
Antelope Squirrel  
Joshua Trees 

A shrike in a Joshua Tree
A Desert Spiny Lizard 
Cholla cactus 
The ruins at Joshua Tree Mill Trail
A Long-nosed Leopard Lizard found by Tracy 
A Jack Rabbit
Joshua Tree forest 
The Colorado Desert at the southern entrance to Joshua Tree National Park 
The Colorado Desert 
Landing in Seattle

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Summer Dance Lab 2017 Highlights  

See all the Summer Dance Lab photos here:

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Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge The Eagle Creek Fire as seen from Stevenson, Washington, looking over the Cascade Locks, Oregon. September 8, 2017

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Heceta Lightstation B&B Marketing Shoot

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2017 Vacation - San Diego to Point Reyes Photos taken on my trip with Tracy from San Diego to Point Reyes. A sailboat off of Point Loma A killdeer at Chula Vista Nature Center A tern hunting at Chula Vista A sea turtle at Chula Vista

A swarm of honey bees

Sunset over warships near Coronado Island A jetBlue plane on approach seen above the San Diego Union-Tribune building

The San Diego skyline

Children exploring the beach on Coronado Island An agave plant

The desert mountains seen from the Pacific Crest Trail on Mount Laguna  Tracy on the Pacific Crest Trail at Mount Laguna One of the many memorials at Kwaaymii Point Flowers in Tracy's yard Part of a cactus 

Part of a cactus 

One of dozens of hummingbirds that visit Tracy's yard 

Flowers growing on the Sunset Trail on Mount Laguna 

Acorn Woodpecker holes with their cache of acorns stored inside 

Sunset view from Mount Laguna

Driving on I-8 near Los Terrinitos


A song sparrow at Point Reyes

A pocket gopher at Point Reyes

The beach near Tomales Point

An endangered Tule elk cow 

A raven near the Tomales Point trail

A wasp that has paralyzed a spider to lay her eggs on is dragging it to a hole in the ground 

A carrion beetle with mites

Two wasps either fighting or loving. Or both. 

A side view of their behavior 

A Tule elk calf 

A Tule elk bull sniffing the air 

A Tule elk bull stretching after lying on the ground a while 

Part of the herd of Tule elk at Tomales Point in Point Reyes National Monument 

A goup of bulls

A coyote over a ridge with the ocean in the background 

Beautiful erosion designs in the cliff

A vulture 

A vulture

A female coyote 

Two elephant seal bulls fighting. Each one will eventually reach a length of 16 feet and 6,000 pounds 

Elephant seals

Schooner bay

Cobweb thistle

A barn swallow

A California quail 

A white crowned sparrow

Abbotts Lagoon 

Abbotts Lagoon 

A great blue heron

Grasses at Abbotts Lagoon 

Abbotts Lagoon 

The ocean beach at Abbotts Lagoon 

Ants farming aphids for sugar on a cobweb thistle 

A cobweb thistle flower 

Waves at Limantour Spit

A sand dune  

Tracy photographing endangered snowy plovers at Limantour Spit in very strong winds

An osprey

A sea otter at Morro Bay

An endangered snowy plover at Sandspit beach

A long-billed curlew

(Steve Lenz Photography) birds long billed curlew point reyes snowy plover tern tule elk wildlife Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:04:14 GMT
Macro Test Shots Testing a flash bracket for macro lighting.

From my backyard:

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