Water, Water, Everywhere!

This year has been one of seriously heavy rain here in New England.  Luckily where I live we escaped serious flooding, but still our rivers, brooks and streams are very high.  Good for one thing - waterfalls!!  Recently I took a good friend of mine to see some near me and got some decent shots.... Continue Reading →

Indian Pipe Wildflower Study 2011

This year I set myself a goal.  A mini-project if you will.  Borne out of the fact that I hadn't been able to take a decent picture of indian pipes.  Seriously.  I tried.  I'd see some next to the trail and set up.  Everything sucked.  I even shot some in winter and those are passable,... Continue Reading →

The Power of Scouting

Up until recently, I've been a catch-as-catch-can type of photographer.  If I was going somewhere, I took my camera and tried for photos as I went.  Rarely did I return to a location to do better or capture a different aspect of the place.  Now though, I understand what scouting a location can do.  Remember... Continue Reading →

Into the Great Wide Open

Phew.  Our most recent heatwave is over and I can probably get back outside.  I say probably because it's horse and deer fly season and those just make me miserable.  They're relentless and will bite you to death if given half a chance. Lately I've been playing a bit more deliberately with bokeh and its... Continue Reading →

Cedar Swamp and Rhododendron Preserve

Late last year I visited a nearby Nature Conservancy property called The Cedar Swamp Preserve.  Yeah, real romantic sounding place, right?  Well it's got two great things going for it - Atlantic White Cedars and Great Laurel or Giant Rhododendron as it's sometimes called.  This is a small preserve jammed between huge condo developments, some... Continue Reading →

Blood-sucking freaks

So after the relatively bug-free California environment I get back up here and am basically in a cloud of mosquitoes every time I set foot out of the house.  This time of year being a woodland photographer really sucks.  Literally.  Between the mosquitoes and the ticks I'm down a pint. No.  Not really.  But they... Continue Reading →

More Microscapes

Been working on my microscapes this year.  Experimenting with light mostly.  Including dappled sunlight, trying for some drama and separation.  That's what the sunlight does in the woods, it highlights certain things and shadows others.  It's some of what makes the woods magical, at least to me. Here's one of a medium-sized painted turtle I... Continue Reading →

Spring Beauties

Back to your regularly scheduled program.  More nature stuff. I am a bit bummed at the moment because I came upon a very active great blue heron rookery the other day and my old 300mm lens isn't up to the task.  Most of my old legacy glass is still very good when paired with a... Continue Reading →

Out of My Head

Just a quick post of some more unusual shots I've taken lately.  No, I haven't abandoned my hyper-literal, documentary style, but I had some fun and thought I'd share. It's sometimes VERY hard for me to see in abstract.  My brain's not wired that way, but I sometimes go out of my head.

A Photographic Cliche – Wildflowers

I can't help myself.  I'm a nature and outdoors photographer.  That means I shoot a lot of wildflowers.  Yeah, it's a cliche, but sometimes they are just so lovely I can't pass them by.  This year I'm trying to capture the quality of light as well as the flowers themselves and so far it's been... Continue Reading →

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