A Tree Swallow defending its nest for the Memory of a Great Friend

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A Tree Swallow defending its nestA Tree Swallow defending its nest – Nikon D810, f8, 1/3200, ISO 640, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I’m posting this Tree Swallow image that was taken at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in memory of a great friend, Rohn McKee. Rohn was a passionate bird photographer and he loved Red Rock Lakes NWR as much as Ron and I did which is why I picked this image. He always had a smile, always. He lived in Idaho and during the winter he would photograph at Farmington Bay WMA and Antelope Island and we’d run into him all the time.

Rohn McKeeRohn McKee

Rohn passed away three years ago today while he was photographing in Idaho so he died doing what he loved. He is not forgotten.

Some times people leave too soon.

Life is good.



  1. Stu July 11, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    His Spirit Lives on…Wonderful Gesture Mia..

  2. Elephant's Child July 7, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    What a wonderful way to remember a friend. One he would appreciate. Thank you.

  3. Larry Muench July 7, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Beautiful photo, Mia. Love the iredescence and the symbolism of taking flight. May he rest in peace and beauty.

  4. Mary McAvoy July 7, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Keeping alive the memory of a person is so important. (And the use of your smile is a sure way to be remembered!)
    What a wonderful tribute. Thanks, Mia, for introducing me to your friend! His spirit will live on.

  5. Emma July 7, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    There are few things as beautiful as a bird in motion. It is so difficult to capture that motion in a photo but you have done a marvelous job of it.

  6. Stu July 7, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Touching Tribute and great photo Mia..

  7. Liz Cormack July 7, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Lovely photo & tribute to a friend gone too soon.

  8. Ilze Long July 7, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Even though we have good memories of friends who have died, still their smiles, laughter, and words are missed.
    Nice tribute, Mia.

  9. Patty Chadwick July 7, 2015 at 7:09 am

    What a great face! Handsome, intelligent, kind…and what a nice tribute…those tree swallows have such a beautiful iridescence…and I love their swoopy flight….It looks so joyous! How wonderful that your good friend died doing what he loved, not in a hospital….thanks for sharing his story with us…….

  10. Chris July 7, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Touching and sad. So young!

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