Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
As the title suggests, this is a rosy maple moth. They are quite common here, and very pretty. You wouldn't think that something this brightly colored would be known for its camouflage, but it is. This type of moth loves to congregate in certain maple trees whose seed pods (those "helicopter" seeds which spiral down as a wing-like blade) carry the exact same rose and yellow coloring when they emerge. If you look at this moth you can see that it is the exact size and shape of one of those maple seed pods, and in a tree covered with hundreds of thousands of them you can imagine how hard it would be to spot this thing.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Because it is so hot outside here currently, I am posting a previously unseen shot of a snow leopard getting a drink on what for her must have been an incredibly hot day (it was 80F that day). She must have wanted that drink very badly, because she knew I was there the whole time and came down anyway. She never took her eyes off me, and as soon as she was finished she made two 15-foot leaps straight up the rocks and vanished.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Not bad for manual focus. I like to practice manual focus handheld shots with tight focal planes (this one was just about 1cm) as it keeps me physically in the habit of maintaining solid basic shooting practices. It is easy to abandon things like proper form when technology makes it easy to get by without it. Technology fails though, and when it does you only have yourself to rely on. And my self is getting old enough to where holding stone still is not as easy as it once was, especially in awkward positions that shots like this often necessitate.
This butterfly is called a Longwing, btw.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Hard to believe this shot was taken in the middle of February in Michigan. Not a flake of snow to be seen.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Smitten with the Mitten exhibition, especially those of you who braved the awful roads on the night of the reception!
For you local folks, as of tomorrow I will have eight images on display at the Howard Christensen Nature Center. They are located in the middle of the Rogue River State Game Area, NE of Kent City, about half an hour north of Grand Rapids. They are wonderful people, with just tons of nature-centered programs for both kids and adults.
I should mention that there will be an "Inspire Your Heart With Art" Art show there on Sunday, March 18, from 11-5. I heard this evening that there will be over 100 works of art displayed for this one-day-only show!
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
There will be an artists reception on the evening of February 10, beginning at 6:30pm. All are welcome to attend, as this is likely to be one of the only times that most or all of the artists will be at the exhibit at one time.
I am also planning on being there on the 3rd, beginning at roughly the same time, but perhaps not until 7pm or so.
I am going to try being there each Saturday evening as well, for about an hour between 7-8pm or thereabouts. The exception is the 18th, when I will be out of town.
Reminder: Please do not contact the Louis Benton Steakhouse to inquire about the exhibit. They are the hosting venue, and can answer questions about their hours of operation, parking, directions, etc., but are unable to answer any questions about the Smitten with the Mitten exhibit whatsoever. Please direct those questions to the exhibit curator, at artasalifestyle [AT] gmail [DOT] com.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Friday, January 20, 2012
I am pleased to announce that three of my photos have been chosen to be included in the "Smitten with the Mitten: Everything Michigan" Art Exhibition.
It runs February 3-29, in the Leopard Lounge at the Louis Benton Steakhouse in downtown Grand Rapids. Click on the link (for hours and directions only, they are unable to answer inquiries about the exhibit), and plan on making a visit to see some really beautiful work featuring our great state!
If you let me know in advance, I would be happy to make arrangements to meet you and your party there if my schedule allows, but as of right now there are no set dates/times when I will be in attendance beyond the opening.
I would also like to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to Mary Lou Anderson, who has generously offered to underwrite the majority of my costs associated with this event. Her support is greatly appreciated!