Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September 2019: Amazon Tree Boa

Haven't posted a snake in a long while. I have always liked snakes for some reason, and don't generally have the natural and common revulsion for them that most people do. I am careful near them of course, but enjoy contact with them and have even had them as pets. They make great photographic subjects, and are some of my favorite animals to shoot.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

August 2019: The House Where Nobody Lives

I was driving through Michigan's Upper Peninsula the other day and saw this old house. There are numerous such structures in the U.P., not all of them unoccupied. This one in particular reminded me of a Tom Waits song so much that I had to turn around and go back to capture it.

The song is called "House Where Nobody Lives", and the end of it reads as follows:

"What makes a house grand ain't the roof or the doors.
If there's love in a house it's a palace for sure.
Without love, it ain't nothing but a house...a house where nobody lives."

Having just finished spending four days in a one-room rustic cabin full of some amazing and abundant love, it was pretty powerful. So although not technically a very good photo, it may end up being my favorite shot of the summer.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

July 2019: Fish Out of Water

Although I have done virtually every type of photography there is, with a few exceptions, my main interest has always been nature photography. Landscapes, wildlife, that sort of thing. But when the opportunity arose for me to photograph the "abandoned" sections of the old insane asylum in Traverse City, MI, I figured a stretch outside my normal comfort zone was definitely in order.
It was an amazing experience, one which I hope to repeat at some point as every time I turned my head there was another shot waiting to be taken. This is one, a view looking down one of the steam tunnels which run between all the buildings, was particularly compelling.

I will undoubtedly be tossing more of these into the monthly blog entries as the year passes, so keep coming back or just sign up to be alerted whenever it updates by entering your email address at the bottom of the page. (I don't do email marketing, so you won't get any email except to let you know that a new photo has been posted.)

In the meantime, do something this summer that takes you out of your own comfort zone. You might be glad that you did!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

June 2019: Hommage a Monet

OK, so I bumped the saturation up a little on this one. Sue me. I think the end result was worth it.
I've never been a huge fan of French Impressionism, but when you happen across a scene like this when the conditions are perfect you simply have to go with it.  Sadly, there was no little red foot bridge.

Later this month one of my long-time accomplices and I will be photographing the old insane asylum in Traverse City, MI.  It will be an interesting diversion from my usual nature work, and I am quite looking forward to it.  Hopefully they will let us out when we are finished. :)

Sunday, May 5, 2019

May 2019: Tree Moss

I have no idea what kind of moss this is, but it is completely covering the bark of this maple tree. The patterns and shapes, the combination of dripping leaves and powdery texture, and the pale green color make it look like something from another planet.
Interestingly, the tree itself appears to be otherwise quite normal and healthy.

Monday, April 1, 2019

April 2019: One from the Archives

Been dealing with some painful back issues which have kept me from getting out and about as much as I'd like. So we are going back into the archives from April/May of 2011 for this shot of a woodcock chick.  Also known as "timberdoodles", these are some pretty unique birds, both in appearance and behavior.

Friday, March 1, 2019

March 2019: Compact Only

A bit of a two-fer with this shot. It caught my eye because of the lighting and ready-made composition, but it also made me laugh because with that pillar there even a motorcycle would have a hard time fitting into that space, let alone a compact car. The unusual lighting was caused by nearby white pines, whose long needles filter and diffuse sunlight beautifully.

I've never done a lot of urban or street photography, as I prefer being in rural and wilderness areas, so this is kind of a rare diversion for me.