Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December 2016 photo and Exhibit news

First, the exciting stuff!  I can now confirm for those of you who have been asking that my work will indeed be appearing as part of a Michigan artists exhibit here:

http://artforsaginaw.com/
Beginning December 16 and going through May, twelve of my images will be hanging in The Gallery as part of their inaugural opening exhibit in downtown Saginaw, MI.
They are located in the newly restored (and gorgeous!) historical Bancroft Building, at 104 East Gennessee.
I expect their website to be updated with info very shortly regarding this exhibit.  I do know that there will be an opening artists reception on the evening of December 16, from 6-9pm, so if you want to get a leg up on things and maybe get first dibs on one of my photos, that would be the time to show up!

The Gallery focuses on Michigan artists, and serves as a fund-raising source for art education programs through the Saginaw Art Museum.  All proceeds from the sale of artworks on exhibit go to directly benefit the youth of Saginaw through these art programs.  I think that is pretty cool, and I am proud to be able to be a part of it.


Now on to the regular monthly business....


Yes, it is December.  And since the weather is turning cold and the skies have all gone grey, I thought to post this photo of a very snowy-looking cactus with a tiny colorful bloom as a visual representation of how far away spring looks from here.  I think if I were ever to move to a warmer climate I would plant these snowy cacti all around my house so that it could look like winter without actually feeling like winter.  Because that would be ideal.  Bears have the right idea, I think...stay in and nap until spring shows up. Ha!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A late Halloween Photo





I mentioned this plant a couple months back, and thought this would be a good time to post it, as yesterday was Halloween.  This is the aptly-named Ghost Flower plant.  It is a plant, not a fungus, however it does not photosynthesize as it does not contain chlorophyll.  It is a parasitic plant which grows on certain fungi.  Those fungi grow on the shallow roots of certain trees (usually beech).  So the trees provide nutrients to the fungi, which then pass nutrients on to the Ghost Flower.  That is indeed an actual pollen-producing flower on the end of the stalk, and when it is pollenated the entire plant turns pink.  Another case of real life being much stranger than anything you could possibly make up!


Monday, October 3, 2016

Autumn in Michigan



If you are a nature photographer, and you had to pick one place at one time of year to spend the rest of your life taking photographs, it would be very hard to find anywhere better than Michigan in the fall.  The variety of opportunities is simply unparalleled.  Seeing a foggy sunrise like this, typical of early October in the lower peninsula, is a sure way to start your day off on the right foot.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Orange Bolete

What an amazing fall season for mushrooms this has been!  Lots of rain, lots of 90 degree days. A few steps into thickly covered woods and you can find 50 different varieties of fungi within as many yards of yourself.
I spotted this orange bolete while out looking for Indian Pipes (aka Ghost Flowers).  The color was so striking that it was impossible to ignore.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Reclamation






Spotted the woods reclaiming a tree while out shooting this week.  I am not real big on the whole HDR process, but this shot really called for it.  It is a great lesson in both patience and the unstoppable progress of the natural world.  A year from now this will look totally different.  Two years from now it will be unrecognizeable.  And five years from now it will be almost entirely gone, depending on the weather between now and then.  Just because something isn't moving fast doesn't mean it isn't moving.  This is, in fact, an action shot!

Friday, July 1, 2016

July

I do like living in the woods.  Things like this make the long drives worth it.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Photo Challenge Entry #30 Epilogue: Still Life With Death

So this is the final shot in the June 2016 Photo Challenge series.  I hope you have enjoyed it, or at least found it interesting.  I have to admit, it was every bit as challenging as I had thought it would be.  I can see why these "one-a-day" challenges are so popular.  If you are a photographer, or thinking about becoming one, I would encourage you to try it, even if it is just for yourself. 

For those of you who missed it, my closing remarks on the series were made in yesterday's post.

Starting tomorrow I will be returning to my regular "once a month" posting schedule, sans theme.