Moss on a Tree

2017 Flora Roundup!

I love getting outside to poke around and see what’s there, what piques my interest. I’m always hoping for interesting mushrooms, seed pods, spiders or insects. I didn’t shoot outdoors quite as much last year as in previous years; I’ll try to do better this year. Hopefully it will be a mild summer!

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Out and About 2016 – Flora

December 31, 2016 Botanical, Gardening, Nature 0 Comments

Here is the second part to go along with my previous post! These are some of the plants that I photographed last year that I never got around to posting. I have posted the photos in chronological order from March through October.

Less than three hours until 2017 – Happy New Year!

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Out and About 2016 – Fauna

December 31, 2016 Botanical, Gardening, Nature 1 Comment

Wow – it’s just over 4 hours until the end of 2016! And it’s been three months since I last posted anything! I don’t really do New Year’s Resolutions, but perhaps I should work on my post frequency in the new year =)

I didn’t spend nearly as much time taking photos outdoors this year as I have in past years. It was such a hot summer; I had had enough of the heat by mid-June! I was also busier this year than I have been in past years, which I can’t complain about. I photographed properties/buildings in five different states, including 20 properties in Texas in mid-November. I’ll be posting some of that work soon.

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In the Garden Spring 2016

I go out into the garden with my camera whenever I can, usually on cloudy days or during the warm light of late afternoon and early evening, looking for anything and everything.  Leaves, flowers, blades of grass, bugs, spider webs, frogs…anything that captures my attention. Cloudy days are great because the light is soft and there aren’t any harsh shadows and the light from the low sun late in the afternoon/early evening makes everything glow. I love being outside at that time of day…you can feel night coming on and the world winding down.

Below are larger versions of the images in the collage above:

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Cucumbers & a Heat Wave…

It’s been pretty hot here in the Atlanta area for the past two weeks.  The day time highs have been getting up into the mid 90s and over night lows have been in the mid and upper 70s. Way too hot for me! I haven’t been doing outdoorsy stuff as much as usual – just walking to the mailbox can make you break into a sweat!

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Out & About in the Garden

Before I share the photographs from my most recent house shoot I wanted to post some of what I’ve been photographing in the garden. Starting about an hour to an hour and a half before sunset the low angle of the sun filtering through the various types and colors of leaves is hard to resist. I’ve been doing most of this work hand-held because it’s so much easier to move from plant to plant and not have to constantly re-adjust my tripod.

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Another Spring Photo Collage

I’ve been getting more practice with my 105mm macro lens and the more I use it the more I love it.  We’ve had a lot of gray, overcast days here in the Atlanta area recently.  That’s not so great for people who want to get outside and enjoy the spring temperatures, but it’s great for macro photography! 

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Spring 2015 in Full Bloom!

Spring is finally here and I’ve been out in the garden quite a bit trying to document its arrival. The hyacinths have been and gone and the daffodils have already peaked, too. But the tulips just emerged in the past week and the dogwoods and azaleas will be opening up soon. The carpenter bees are zooming all over the place, too. I love that when the plants start to emerge in the spring I don’t have to go very to find photography subjects! In the above collage you’ll see a daffodil, daffodil stems, Nandina leaves, an iris, pink hyacinth petals and a holly fern getting ready to uncurl.

Botanical Photography :: Elephant Ears

I discovered my love of gardening and plants a few years ago when I moved into a house for the first time. Plants are fascinating. And if you look hard enough even a garden that isn’t well-tended can provide never-ending photography opportunities (especially if you have a macro lens and can work really close to your subjects). Luckily my mom’s garden is very well taken care of and her recent acquisition of two elephant ears has provided me with some interesting new photography victims!

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The Not-So-Wild Wildlife from My Recent Travels

December 16, 2013 Animals, Nature, Travel 0 Comments

Deep down inside me there is a frustrated wildlife photographer.  Every time I travel I end up annoying the pigeons, seagulls, cows, horses, sheep… At other times I have pursued unsuspecting turtles, fish, caterpillars, spiders, lizards, rabbits, deer, elk, grasshoppers, spiders…and reindeer! Sometimes I could swear I see them rolling their eyes at me. Someday I’ll make it out west with a good zoom lens so I can capture moose, bears, maybe wolves, whales, marmots, prairie dogs…

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Rannoch Moor :: Glencoe, Scotland

While in Scotland in September I visited Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands. I had been there once before but it was during my earlier photography days and all I had was my old Canon Snappy point-and-shoot film camera. I had my new, beloved Nikon with me this time, and a tripod, and a polarizing filter…and a bit more skill and experience =) It was nice to get out for a day and just think about photography.

We stopped first in Rannoch Moor, the entrance to Glencoe. Rannoch Moor is beautiful and wild and will give you a serious case of wanderlust. You can walk for miles and miles and miles out into the open and over the hills. Parts of the landscape can be seen in the movies “Rob Roy” and “Trainspotting.”

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Stormy June

June 29, 2013 Nature, Sky, Weather 0 Comments

We’ve had a stormy June here in the Atlanta area. There have been a lot of great clouds and stormy skies. This shot is from a couple of evenings ago when storms passed to the east and to the west but never quite made it to where I am. I love the summer time pattern of late afternoon and early evening thunderstorms. I love the way the sky darkens and everything seems to calm down before the rain moves in. To me it is so peaceful. It’s not so peaceful when the storms come with hail and high winds and knock down a bunch of trees on your street (like we had a couple of weeks ago…power was out for just over a day). But still…it’s my favorite part of summer.