Some images from March, 2012

I haven’t been able to get out and about as much as I would like to lately. However, here is a (rather eclectic) assortment of images taken during March, 2012.

Texas Bluebonnets heralding Spring.
Canon 7D with Canon EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens. f18 at 1/25 second - hand-held. ISO 400.


Ranch-road bridge after the storm, near Chappell Hill, Texas.
Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f11 at 1/25 second. ISO 400.


Two Curves - near Chappell Hill, Texas.
Canon 7D with Canon EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens. f11 at 1/40 second. ISO 250.


Bradford Pear trees and barn. Great Smoky Mountains foothills - Tennessee.
Canon 7D with Canon EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens. f11 at 1/320 second. ISO 200.


More Bradford Pear trees. Great Smoky Mountains foothills - Tennessee.
Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f11 at 1/100 second. ISO 640.


Barn signage. Great Smoky Mountains foothills - Tennessee.
Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f11 at 1/160 second. ISO 640.


Barn. Great Smoky Mountains foothills - Tennessee.
Canon 7D with Canon EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens. f11 at 1/200 second. ISO 200.


Back in Texas - between Anahuac and High Island.
Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f14 at 1/500 second - hand-held. ISO 250.


Red-winged Blackbird on papyrus plant in our yard (I am a bird lover after all).
Canon 7D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f5.6 at 1/250 second. ISO 400.


Red-winged Blackbird on golden dewdrop plant in our yard.
Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f5.6 at 1/80 second. ISO 500.


Let’s finish with a series of “baby” images:

What's not to like about babies and their little feet and toes?
Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f6.3 at 1/4000 second - don't ask me why ( I had just gone from indoors to outdoors and hadn't adjusted camera settings yet). ISO 800, hand-held. This image has had the background cloned to black for effect - extremely rare that I would alter an image other than standard image processing.


Daddy's big toe = baby's foot.
Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f8 at 1/320 second - handheld, ISO 1000 .


Mother's hand and baby's foot.
Canon 7D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f5 at 1/320 second - handheld. ISO 1600.

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Recent shots from surrounding area.

Per a previous “encouragement” by my photography mentor – Wyman Meinzer – to see the beauty where I am, I have been trying to shoot several times each week, regardless of the weather, wind, and anthropomorphic elements cluttering the scene. I figure I better just run with what there is to capture. Here is an assortment which I hope you enjoy.

I reckon you weren't expecting this though! Perhaps Deere & Company would like this one for their advertising? Wishful thinking.


More tractors heading out from the Port of Galveston.


Wetlands proximal to our neighborhood (same area in previous blog: "blessed-rain...").


Same area as above but this time I was going for the "African Serengeti" feel (ignore the modern looking "huts").


Serengeti 'ish. (Smith Point, Galveston Bay).


The view from our back deck/porch - it seems it hasn't been calm for months. The glow on the clouds is a result of Texas City petrochemical plants - thankfully we are located upwind of this.


These lovely White Pelicans are only in the area while they overwinter.


White Pelican preening.


Nearby Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge (BNWR). This area was, until very recently, dry enough to run a tractor and plow through. However, the Houston area has received in excess of 11 inches of rain for the first 8 weeks or so of 2012.


BNWR again.


Endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle in rehabilitation at Texas A&M University at Galveston's Sea Life Facility.


Kemp's Ridley sea turtle (same individual as above).


Cold and foggy morning at Texas A&M University at Galveston campus.


Definitely NOT the Serengeti. This is the same shrimp boat featured in a previous blog ("Texas City Dusk..."). I was limited on time and the clouds were starting to look wonderful so chose to re-shoot the trawler.


Simple but interesting to me.


Sunrise and an offshore rig in Galveston Ship Channel.


Atmospheric clouds - as opposed to the cloud of swarming mosquitos as the missus' and I tried to enjoy a cold beverage watching these clouds and the dusk.


I took this picture on Valentine's Day of two red-eared slider's "smooching" (please indulge my foray into anthropomorphism) - must be a real "toe-curler" of a kiss (check out the right-rear foot of the big one on the right).




Two poems remembering… encouraged by photographs.

I was backing up my images recently and came across images of a Bald Eagle and the American Flag. These images inspired me to share two poems I wrote several years ago in response to the horrific, hate-driven attacks on Americans by radical islamic assholes on 9-11.

I find sharing my written words much more… exposing… than sharing my photographic images. These two poems come from different “persons” – the first one is a hypothetical first-person take, supposedly in real-time as the drama occurred. The second poem is partly autobiographical and as such is partly self-judgemental (I was a sailmaker at that time). It is mostly a personal “spew” whereby I vent…

Bald Eagle 2AM-15572

 Big Smoke in the Big Apple

Riding the controls
forcing the plane
to bank left
toward my office
window framing the unknown.

I see it coming and am unsure –
surely not. It can’t be. What the hell.
Stupid pilot. Can’t he see he’s too low?
He’s going to crash
into this building, killing
the passengers, killing himself, killing me.
This can’t be a mistake.
It must be terror.

What to do.
How can I think
during the unthinkable.
Do I log off? Do I warn everyone?
Did I tell her I love her?

No time now.
There was
Time wasted.

 Big smoke in the Big Apple,
Eden’s fruit now bitten.
Fire and smoke
extremism misinformed – smoke and mirrors
the view as I make the jump.

33 floors
sufficiently long

Bald Eagle 2AM-15645


Big smoke in the Big Apple.
Vengeance has spewed itself
and you return to your sewing
ignorant of the stench while others are praying
and saying “let’s roll”.

Ignorance has struck again.
Fire and smoke
extremism misinformed –
smoke and mirrors.
Radical Islam full of hate,
Imam’s non-reflective mirrors leading the blind
pups into peril.

To call them pups is too kind.
They are dogs. They are parasites
blemishing the human complexion.
Merciless in their ignorance,
the promise of future virgins
too much to handle.

Strange really,
they hate women.




“Creative Context” images.

This post contains the 27 Creative Context images we have created. Creative Context images are a form of photographic expression that combines nature photography and artistic renderings of background objects to provide creative context. These unique prints are a combination of the photographic works of Andrew McInnes, and the creative drawings of Ken Skinner.

All images Copyright Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography.

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We hope you see the beauty of the natural world that surrounds us in this new form of photographic and artistic expression.


Rainbow Lorikeet 2AM-18278


Great Egret 2AM-6394


Northern Jacana 2AM-9481


Carolina Chickadee 2AM-7966


White Ibis 2AM-5771


Australian King Parrot 2AM-18978


Mourning Dove 2AM-7053


Keel-billed Toucan 2AM-9787


Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2AM-7821


Great Egret 2AM-6751


Eastern Spinebill 2AM-19024


Scarlet Tanager 2AM-6930



Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2AM-104192



Tricolored Heron 2AM-6839



White-bellied Emerald 2AM-9400



Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2AM-7818



Black-crowned Night-Heron 2AM-3870



Bridled Honeyeater 2AM-19465



Brown Pelican 2AM-6821



Common Moorhen 2AM-4234



Crested Caracara 2AM-7115



Eastern Rosella 2AM-9396



Green Heron 2AM-7848



Northern Cardinal 2AM-10073



Northern Mockingbird 2AM-5645



Pied-billed Grebe 2AM-13179



Red-tailed Hawk 2AM-7746



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An avian assortment.

Ah, a little free time for me having just completed the draft of my Master of Marine Resources Management Thesis! Typically I like to spend my “discretionary” time outside, often as a birdwatcher; however, it is mid-summer and we are deep in drought so not a lot going on other than “resident” species. Therefore, I have selected an assortment of the bird species I have photographed to share with you. The images were shot either in Australia, Belize, or the USA.


American White Pelican, USA.


American White Pelican, USA.


Australian Pelican, Australia.


Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, USA.


Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, USA.


Black-necked Stilt, USA.


Black-necked Stilt, USA.


Brown Pelican, USA.


Brown Pelican, USA.


Brown Pelican, USA.


Brown Pelican, USA.


Cedar Waxwing, USA.


Crested Caracara, USA.


Eared Grebe, USA.


Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, USA.


Fork-tailed Flycatcher, USA.


Fork-tailed Flycatcher, USA.


Graceful Honeyeater, Australia.


Greater Yellowlegs, USA.


Green Heron, USA.


Keel-billed Toucan, Belize.


Laughing Gull, USA.


Laughing Gull, USA.


Long-billed Curlew, USA.


Marbled Godwit, USA.


Merlin, USA.


Northern Jacana, Belize.


Northern Jacana, Belize.


Osprey, USA.


Pied-billed Grebe, USA.


Pied-billed Grebe, USA.


Purple Gallinule, USA.


Rainbow Lorikeet, Australia.


Rainbow Lorikeet, Australia.


Redhead, USA.


Red-winged Blackbird, USA.


Ring-necked Duck, USA.


Ring-necked Duck, USA.


Roseate Spoonbill, USA.


Rose-breasted Grosbeak, USA.


Royal Tern, USA.


Sanderling, USA.


Sarus Crane, Australia.


Sarus Crane, Australia.


Scarlet Tanager, USA.


Silver Gull, Australia.


Silver Gull, Australia.


Silvereye, Australia.


Snail Kite, Belize.


Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Australia.


Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Australia.


Tricolored Heron, USA.


Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australia.


Willet, USA.


Wood Duck, USA.


Wood Duck, USA.


Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, USA.