Category Archives: Nature

The Most Colorful Time of the Year

A Late Autumn Afternoon On My Street Autumn is my favorite season. The weather fronts that had been blowing north from the south or southwest bringing heat and humidity have been replaced with air flowing in from the northwest and … Continue reading

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Orchid and Flame and the Anthropocene

Last year was drought and this Spring has been wet, overcast, and cool: for now the drought is a distant memory. Anthropocene I’ve been thinking about the new epoch we are living in, the Anthropocene. It is the first historical … Continue reading

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The Last Morning Glory

Autumn has settled in comfortably. Its signature colors of red, yellow, and brown blanket the land. One day the sky is a dazzling blue and the next a dull pewter grey. A few flowers hang on, weathering the chilly nights … Continue reading

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Photography, Dragonflies, and Healing

  Dragonfly, Wood Lake Nature Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2012 Update: First image had unacceptable color shift and lack of sharpness. This turned out to be the result of the conversion software used to upload file. I tried a different approach. … Continue reading

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Staghorn Cholla – HDR Experiment

     Staghorn Cholla with Palo Verde Thomas Edison said about his experiments leading to the light bulb, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Keeping Edison in mind, I find that every experiment is a … Continue reading

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Prickly Pear

It is incredible how a few of hours can be so productive. Because the lighting conditions were changing rapidly, for every photo that I took several more were missed while I set up my equipment. At first I worked hurriedly … Continue reading

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Saguaro

    Saguaro Sentinel The Saguaro cactus is an amazing plant. The largest cactus in the U.S., it is found only in the Sonora Desert that spreads from northern Mexico into Arizona. A fully mature Saguaro can grow to about 80 … Continue reading

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Oblivion

     Oblivion I tried rendering this image as both color and black and white. I think that black and white does the best of capturing the atmosphere of the moment. Perhaps it is a subconscious salute to all those science … Continue reading

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Barrel Cactus: Order from Chaos

     Barrel Cactus    12/03/2011 Often, Nature provides a wealth of subjects to photograph. The problem is that they are arranged according to Nature’s rules and may not readily fit into a human composition. This photo is an example of such … Continue reading

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Sunset After a Desert Storm

For two days cold winds and rain swept across the desert. Overnight, the desert turned green. It was a relief to see the sun, even if only as it set. After sunset the sky cleared and it got cold. Heavy … Continue reading

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