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All Natural Chicken   6 comments

All Natural Chicken


At the home of a family friend, one of her hens patrols the yard. In addition to providing natural insect control, she also produces wonderful omelettes.

Not only is this lovely bird grown naturally and organically, but I was amazed at how little post-processing went into this image, which is a departure from my usual workflow. Just a little vignette, a touch of contrast, and she’s done.

Next up… “Jailbreak!”

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When You Smile for the Camera, I Know They’re Gonna Love It   6 comments

When You Smile for the Camera, I Know They're Gonna Love It


A smiling dragonfly takes time for a photo opportunity on a corn tassel. I’m not sure if she’s resting, or just loves hamming it up for the camera.

It’s a happy coincidence that the color in the dragonfly almost perfectly matched the coloration in the corn silk. She seems to have an uncanny ability to accessorize.

(The title is a lyric from Peg by Steely Dan.)


I’ll soon be posting a short video on YouTube showing how this image was created. You can access my channel by clicking HERE.


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My Leaf – My Rules   16 comments


In our garden, every visiting bee is a precious resource. It’s an interesting turnabout, since many of us were raised to fear their sting. Now, we encourage them in, give them a wide berth, and let them go about the business of pollinating the plants. No bees == No fruit.

This little guy was taking a break on some black bean plants, allowing me the chance to shoot from all angles. As I swung around for a front-on view, he kicked his leg forward to grab the leaf. I imagined that he was getting a bit possessive about it, so I deferred the closer shot and backed up a bit.

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Mom Told Me to Freeze   11 comments

Mom Told Me to Freeze


Each spring, we become aware of at least one momma rabbit who sets up her den somewhere in the yard. It’s predictable that at some point, we’ll see one if not several young bunnies exploring the new, glorious, nutrient-rich environment that we call “garden.”

This year has been better than previous years. We know of only one young’n – this one – and he seems perfectly content to munch on what’s left of our field of crimson clover. So far, he has bypassed all the good, human stuff.

Like the Carolina anoles, under the right circumstances a bunny can present a great photo op, as they freeze perfectly still when confronted with danger. In this case the danger was in the form of some big, two-legged galoot with a 300mm lens. While shooting, I told him that we have to learn to coexist for our mutual benefit.

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Maternal Instinct   3 comments

Maternal Instinct


One morning recently, Susan told me that there was something interesting in the garden, that I might want to get the camera. Outside, on a section of floating row cover, she had found this little momma zealously protecting her egg case. Despite the fact that the spider looks big and mean, she’s less than half an inch — more like a 1/4 inch — from left to right.

I went in for the macro. She started waving me off. Finally, she raised her front legs as though to say, “Yeah, just try it, Bucko.”

We anticipate the birth of a few hundred offspring. Ah, the sound of little footsteps.

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Luke, I’m Your Fava   8 comments

Luke, I'm Your Fava


A Carolina Anole climbs a bamboo support pole, only to discover the truth.

The fava beans that we planted are really taking off and we should be able to harvest some of them before too long. Favas are extensively cultivated throughout the world, and yet here in the U.S., we rarely ever see them in stores or on the table. They are also excellent nitrogen fixers, taking up inert atmospheric nitrogen and converting it to a form suitable for both plants and microorganisms.

Surely I’m not the only one who hears “fava beans” and can’t help but think of a creepy scene from Silence of the Lambs.

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“Nuffing”   8 comments


There’s a guy at our local Farmer’s Market who makes birdhouses out of materials reclaimed from old barns and tobacco sheds. His larger pieces are works of art, and each has a history to it. Jeff can tell you exactly where each component came from, and the story behind the building.

For our new backyard arrangement, we’ve posted a few new bird abodes, and it wasn’t long before the renters came by to measure for curtains. We now have a family of Black Cap Chicadee in one box, and this family, which I believe is Tufted Titmouse. (Please correct me if I’m wrong.)

It was hard to get this shot — they move so fast! But, by setting up the tripod and doing a fast remote trigger, I managed to grab one or two images before they’d duck inside with more building materials.

I was delighted when I saw that I caught this guy. “What are you doing?”, I asked. “Nuffing.”

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I Double Dog Dare You!   12 comments

I Double Dog Dare You!


So, I was watching a very young Carolina Anole climbing one of our tomato cages. He seemed a bit unsure of his new perch, holding on tight and slowly inching along. Unlike the anole featured in Garden Guardian, this one was much smaller, obviously younger, and clearly quite impressionable.

In a scene reminiscent of the one in “A Christmas Story”:

“Are you kidding? Stick my tongue to that stupid pole? That’s dumb!”

“That’s ’cause you know it’ll stick!”

“You’re full of it!”

“Oh yeah?”


“Well I double-DOG-dare ya!”


Note: The anole is fine –- the pole wasn’t very cold. But still, he had to follow through on the dare lest he lose the respect of his garden playmates.

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Posted March 12, 2012 by Rob Hanson Photography in animals

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Too Loaded to Fly   10 comments

Too Loaded to Fly


On another nice, spring day (not like we’ve had winter here), I found the local bees working on our new lemon tree. This little guy was so loaded down with pollen that he could barely lift off. He’d fly up, lumber around seemingly in slow motion, and then set back down on the flower.

What to do if your flight is delayed? Go back and get more, of course.

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Garden Guardian   13 comments

Garden Guardian


As I was clearing some brush and small limbs to make way for a hugelkultur, I noticed one of our guardians sunning himself in the morning sun.

This is a Carolina Anole, and despite appearances, he’s only about 5″ long. We love having the anoles around, as I’ve seen them scampering around with bad bugs — big bugs — in their mouths. Now, if we could just expand the diet to include slugs, we might get some Napa cabbage this year.

Knowing that true rest is hard to find, I couldn’t disturb him, so these branches never made it to the section I was digging that day. Nature is best left undisturbed.

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