Ducks by Cyrene Krey

More DAPL Photos

Blue Heart on Tree by Cyrene Krey
A blue heart painted onto a tree near the Illinois River, one of the major waterways the Dakota Access Pipeline crosses. The risk of a spill along one of these major sources of fresh water has been a motivating factor in the opposition to the pipeline.
Old Tree by Cyrene Krey
A tall, old tree stood along the roadside at a scenic turnout located near the Illinois-Iowa crossing. Based on the survey flags that were there, it stood directly in the path of the pipeline at the time of my visit. This probably means this beautiful tree has since been removed to make way for an oil pipeline.
Gray Trees by Cyrene Krey
Bare autumn trees are reflected in the waters at the Mahaska County Conservation Center in Iowa, near where the pipeline route is located. Locals complained to us about the pipeline, stating they felt it put their waters at risk and compromised unmarked Native burial grounds located in the area.
Ducks by Cyrene Krey
Several different species of aquatic birds were observed at the Maskunky Marsh, a small marsh maintained by Mahaska County Conservation. The pipeline is immediately adjacent to the marsh that waterfowl make home during breeding seasons and use to refuel during migratory periods. Loss of habitats like this have led to numerous disease outbreaks, compromising both bird and human health.
Wind Farm by Cyrene Krey
A wind farm in Iowa was the last stop of the second day of the trip. While wind turbines are controversial because of the harm they can inflict on birds, it was an interesting dichotomy to see an oil pipeline being constructed through a source of renewable energy.

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Birds Noisily Flocking in the Wetlands by Cyrene Krey

Nygren Wetland Preserve

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While it’s almost always better to visit a location for an extended period of time, sometimes I’m not able to stop and stay at a particular place for very long. It can feel disappointing to worry about missing out on incredible sights because I have to leave early, but it’s great motivation for going back! One such recent brief trip was to Nygren Wetland Preserve. I was only able to spend about fifteen minutes there on the observation deck overlooking some of the wetlands and go for a very short walk along one of the mowed trails. But I didn’t walk away empty-handed!

Birds Noisily Flocking in the Wetlands by Cyrene Krey
Photographers often discuss the supposed “golden hours,” which are the best times of the day to do outdoors photography. These times are right around sunset and sunrise. While not always feasible, it is always worth it, especially in wildlife photography. I went right around sunset, just as the birds were gathering in the wetlands for last minute snacks before heading off to roost for the night.
Bird Bad Hair Day by Cyrene Krey
I encountered this frazzled parent as I was being rushed back to my car. Clearly raising children isn’t an easy task…just look at the bad hair day this overworked parent is having! Robins are beautiful birds and can be seen all over the place. Glance out a window and you’re likely to find them in your own backyard.
Wiry Branches in Calm Water by Cyrene Krey
An important part of being a photographer is seeking out and accepting critiques of your work. In an online forum I participate in, another photographer suggested I turn one of my photos into a high contrast black and white, something I don’t frequently do. With this particular image, it was a fantastic suggestion. The stark contrast of the tree branches and water added a nice texture to the image it was lacking before, adding a lovely artistic element. Bonus points if you can spot the turtle and frog hiding on the branches!

I’m excited about the new direction my photography is taking. The reason I’ve been taking more frequent short trips is out is because I’m practicing with some new gear and it’s going great! There’s nothing quite like that new camera smell 😉

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Also, be sure to support your own local restored habitats. If you live in northern Illinois, check out all that the Natural Land Institute is doing for our resident wildlife!

Oldies but Goodies

Since I was busy applying (and being accepted!) to grad school, I didn’t get a lot of time for putting together an awesome blog post for March. Instead, I decided to find a couple neat photos that I don’t think I’ve posted yet to share. Enjoy!

Sunset Beach (c) Cyrene Krey
I’ve been in a very summery mood lately and dying to go to the beach! I took this photo on the beach in Ft. Myers, Florida last year at sunset. (c) Cyrene Krey
Flying Bird at Susnet (c) Cyrene Krey
More beach themes!
Beach Foliage (c) Cyrene Krey
Yet another beach scene 🙂 Given all the cold we’ve been having (and it should be getting warm!), is it really surprising I’m longing for friendlier weather? (c) Cyrene Krey
Bokeh Sunset (c) Cyrene Krey
Okay, something a little more reflective of the current weather. This was taken at Starved Rock State Park last year in winter around sunset. Not quite as “warm” as the other photos, but still a lovely scene!

Oldies but Goodies

I didn’t get out to do much photography this month because of how busy I’ve been with school, so I’m just going to share some photos that are a couple years old (or older!). Enjoy! 🙂

Indiana Sunset by Cyrene Krey
Indiana Sunset by Cyrene Krey
Abstract Patterns in Stone by Cyrene Krey
Abstract Patterns in Stone by Cyrene Krey
Reflections by Cyrene Krey
Reflections by Cyrene Krey
Ruins by Cyrene Krey
Ruins by Cyrene Krey
The Office by Cyrene Krey
The Office by Cyrene Krey
Finch by Cyrene Krey
Finch by Cyrene Krey