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One photo a day challenge: Day 209. I went outside today planning to photograph some of the flowers in our garden. After I did that for a minute I decided to check out our milkweed plants. I started photographing the seed pods that are developing. Then I noticed out first Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar of the year. As I kept looking for more Monarch caterpillars I noticed a beetle. Then I noticed a… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 203. Recently I have been thinking that it seems like I haven’t seen many pollinators around our flowers at our house. It feels like normally this time of year they are everywhere. We plant quite a few flowers. Both perennials and annuals. We also have a large section of our yard that is left wild and is full of wildflowers. Normally there is a constant buzz… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 175. Today I ended up going out to photograph flowers at night. I knew that daisies had started blooming recently. I thought it might be interesting to photograph a nice bright white daisy against a dark background. Using a small light outside I illuminated the flowers. I went out into the yard to have a look. I did find daisies to photograph. And I think I… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 173. I enjoy walking through the wood with no real intent for my photography. Walking slowly among the trees. Slowly looking and seeing. I tread lightly. Stroll slow and easy. Eyes open. Trying to see. Trying to attune my senses to the forest. I want to become aware of the smallest things. The tiny details. Opening myself up to observe as much as I can. Trying… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 169. Today was a mostly rainy day. We stayed hunkered down at our campsite. When the rain finally relented it was time for a fire. I positioned myself so the woods would be in the background of the photo. I took a few photos to get the composition I wanted. Then I sat and waited for the fire to spit out some sparks. This is the… Read More

One benefit of relaxing and staying in one place on this trip is having multiple opportunities to photograph the same location. Sometimes the same location can look very different at different times of day. Even at the same time of day on different days the location can have a different look depending on different environmental factors. Today I photographed the lake at Higley Flow State Park during sunset for the third time… Read More

Today we spent the afternoon down at the lake at Higley Flow State Park. The lake here is apparently connected to a large system of waterways. This large system of waterways appears to have its own tidal system. The water levels were different this afternoon than they were this morning. This exposed rocks, and tree limbs, and sand that previously was under water. It is nice to have scenery that will vary… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 162. The beginning of sunset. The beginning of vacation. The beginning of an adventure. The beginning of rest and relaxation. The beginning of spending time in tents and hammocks. Spending time in forests and on trails. Spending time by the lake. Spending time photographing new places. We will be off camping for a week. I am not sure what the internet situation will be like. I… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 161. I set out to try something a little different today. Using artificial light in my photography has opened up some new avenues. The lights I have have worked out in photographing close up and medium distance photos. Tonight I tried to use the artificial lighting on a more wide angle scenic photograph. The lights worked to illuminate the foreground. Lighting up the tree trunk and… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 160. Spent a little time photographing the trees here in New York. This tree was growing just outside the edge of the forest. In one shot I could compose an image that included the tree trunk, the edge of the forest, and the bright opening of a clearing in the background. I like how the tree trunk is half in shadow on one side. The dark… Read More

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