Thursday, April 4, 2024

April 2024: Another flower


Yes, another flower photo. :)

It is spring here in MI, and while that means the weather is warmer it also means a lot of gray skies. It gets tedious and depressing, so I like to keep colorful imagery up to look at in order to provide some cheer and warmth.  Flowers are a good way of doing that.

Having a nice bunch of flowers in your house is a lot like having a cake in the house.  There isn't a rule that says it has to be a special occasion.  You can just do it whenever you want! 

Friday, March 1, 2024

March 2024: Peach Orchid


Since spring is apparently coming early here in Michigan, I thought I would post a flower photo to encourage things to continue along in that direction, and to help you all get in the mood for warmer, sunnier weather. Orchids of course are not spring blooms, however they are very pretty and in most cases quite colorful. 

I have been asked by a number of people about the images I post. Specifically, why do I not post larger images and why I only post jpeg format. These are legitimate questions, as larger photos are easier to see, and jpeg format lowers the image quality. One would think that a photographer would want their images to look as good as possible and to be seen as they were intended, right? Well, yes and no.

Part of the nature of the internet is that there is no way for me to prevent these images from being taken from this site and used wherever people have a mind to use them, without paying for them. If you were a car salesman, you wouldn't want people just showing up at your lot and taking off with the cars, would you? These photos are put here as *examples* of my work, not the actual works themselves, so I don't mind that they get taken and used across the internet. (And believe me, they do!) Because they are lower quality images they really aren't useful for anything but personal use anyway, so I don't have to worry about others making money off them.  And this way it works as advertising for me, without compromising the integrity of my work.  I also make sure to strip all the EXIF data from the images I post so that any question of ownership could be resolved quickly, as the original images I have contain all the data necessary to prove where each image originated and what its original form was. I am very protective of my work, and this is a good way to accomplish that protection while still being able to share examples of the images openly.  Additionally, it also protects the people who do pay me for my images, as those images are always going to be of much higher quality than ones which have not been paid for.  

So there is that. :)

Hope you have a great March!

Thursday, February 1, 2024

February 2024: Pogona peanut


This is a Pogona lizard, most commonly known as a bearded dragon. It is only a month or so old, so quite young. But what a striking looking thing he is! His name is Peanut, and he lives nearby. Eventually he will be a foot long or so, and the spikes and sag under his chin will be much more pronounced. I am sure this is not the last you will see of him on the blog here. :)

His owner and caregiver is a delightful young lady, and as this next photo will demonstrate, someone with a lot of spirit and trust. Both admirable qualities. :)

Monday, January 1, 2024

January 2024: King Quail


Also known as a Chinese Painted Quail, the King Quail is the largest of the quail varieties. Speaking of variety, these cute little birds come in many colors even within the same sub-species. The only constant is that the males are the only ones which sport the slate-blue color you see here.

They are small, only about the size of an orange, very timid, and reclusive.  Not surprising as they live and nest on the forest floor, so have to be wary of many predators.  I was very surprised to be able to get a shot this close, as I have never been nearer to then than 8 feet or so before they run away.

As we begin a new year, I hope that it brings you all many enjoyable surprises as this quail did for me. 


Sunday, December 3, 2023

December 2023: Tiny Mushrooms

These are Marasmius mushrooms, some of the tiniest mushrooms there are in North America.  The bigger caps are only about an eighth of an inch across. That green bit is a spruce needle, and it is laying across a dead needle off a red pine. The brown papery "floor" that the mushrooms are growing on is in fact an oak leaf! 

I was not expecting to find these cool little things and did not even have a macro lens with me at the time, which is why this photo isn't nearly as good as it could be. Still, a lesson learned and a cool find that can be searched for again in this location another time.

We are still dealing with some medical issues here at the home front, and so I have not been out shooting at all. It may be awhile yet, but everything looks like it is heading in the right direction so it will just be a matter of patience and time.  Please bear with me in looking at stuff from the archives for awhile. 

Thursday, November 2, 2023

November 2023: On Hiatus


Medical issues need dealing with, so I am taking this month off. Here is a pic of a very well-fed deer from a scouting trailcam as compensation.


Sunday, October 1, 2023

October 2023: Fall Flora


While most people in this part of the world are dedicated to admiring the changing colors of autumn leaves, fall is also a great time to photograph mushrooms in the woods, as many varieties bloom at this time of year. Some of the prettiest are these bicolor boletes, which are pink and yellow. These beauties occur almost worldwide, so you should be able to find some out in the woods just about anywhere at this time of year.

I love photographing mushrooms simply because of the incredible variety they exhibit. Not all of them are what is typically seen as beautiful, but every last species holds at least some level of visual interest and that makes them wonderful photographic subjects.