Thursday, November 30, 2017

December 2017: From Behind


I've always been a fan of the "from behind" shot of animals.  You don't usually see them from this perspective in books or on television. I think though that many times we get distracted by looking at an animal's face, and so either give short shrift to (or miss entirely) the beauty of the rest of the creature. Typical photos of lions focus on their manes, eyes, or more commonly their teeth, which tend to emphasize their violent carnivorous behavior and more dramatic physical features.  Abstracting those elements from a photograph forces you to notice the other aspects of a lion, the texture of the fur, the variations in coloration, the thickness of the body, the relaxed posture, etc. I am willing to bet that very few of you knew that African lions had black stripes across the back of their ears until now!



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 2017: Fish Town

The old Fish Town district in Leland, MI a couple weeks ago. Some places just demand sepia.



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October 2017: Smile, Crocodile!

OK, this is not a crocodile.  Sue me.  :)
It seems that I am on a reptile kick though...last month a rattlesnake, this month a caiman.  I like reptiles though, I can't help it. :)
Caimans are essentially small versions of alligators.  Their personalities and tempers are the same size, however.
Until next month, see you later alliga---oh never mind........:D :D

Friday, September 1, 2017

September 2017: Autumnal "Danger Noodle"

This is a Massasauga Rattlesnake, the only poisonous snake found in Michigan.  They are fairly small (just over 2 feet long) and the color of dry dead leaves, making it next to impossible to see on the forest floor, especially in autumn.  Fortunately they are quite reclusive and not overly common, so it is pretty rare to come into contact with one.

Monday, July 31, 2017

August 2017: Metamorphosis parts 2 and 3


Last month I posted a monarch caterpillar, which shortly thereafter attached itself to the underside of a yucca frond and entered its pupal stage.  Here is the chrysalis.
A couple weeks later, and out came this gorgeous monarch!


It is amazing to me how allowing just a few milkweed plants to grow will draw several monarchs, and result in them being frequently seen throughout the summer.  I highly recommend it!

Friday, June 30, 2017

July 2017: Metamorphosis

This is a monarch butterfly caterpillar, diligently munching away on a milkweed leaf.  Caterpillars are symbolic of change, and that is what is in store for Jonderson Photography.  Over the course of the next month or two I will be attempting to redesign the main website in preparation for moving the site to a new host.  Here at the blog everything will be going on as usual though.  The hope is that the new website/host will be a butterfly taking the place of the current caterpillar.  I understand it rarely goes that smoothly, however I remain hopeful as always. :)


Friday, June 2, 2017

Sleeping Buddha


Sleeping Buddha...sounds like a new age Disney movie, doesn't it?  :)

I have always appreciated the thought and planning that goes into Asian art.  Especially with regard to scale and perspective.  This Buddha head could be 10 inches tall or 10 feet tall.  You can't tell just by looking at it in one single context.

I will be taking it easy for the next month or two, recovering from a surgical procedure (torn abdominal muscle). So maybe you will be getting bonus summer blog entries. Or maybe I will just sit on the deck drinking vodka for six weeks. Ha!

In the meantime, pick a day and seek out art near you to experience in person.  Find things to view from different perspectives, even though some of those perspectives might not be as pleasant or useful as others.  Discovering perspectives which don't work is every bit as useful as discovering ones which do.  That is true not just of art, but of life in general.