Seeing in a Different Way

Twice today I’ve seen a Belted Kingfisher at my dock. Twice today I’ve grabbed my Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II with 300mm f/4 Pro lens to try to sneak up on him and get his picture. Twice today, said Kingfisher saw me coming from a long way away and flew off. So I get to…

A Cedar Waxwing

This week I’ve had the special privilege of having a flock of Cedar Waxwings spend time in my garden. One afternoon I sat inside my photo blind in hopes of the flock landing on one of my water fountains. I could hear them in the tree above me zee-zee-zeeing, but when a few would drop…

Come and Sit a Spell

Come and sit a spell with me. Under the trees and along the canal. The leaves are a-changing and the air is brisk. And while we sit, perhaps the world will pass us by. Distracted and absent are they. It is us that see the beauty of the morn. Hearing the distant thunder of the…

Art or Pictures

Recently I came across an old article that talked about the difference between simply taking a picture versus creating art. As a budding digital photographer it is so easy for us to take hundreds of images without thinking twice about it. In fact, for many years I would do exactly that. Go on walkabout and…

Graffiti in Paris

It just dawned on me that I never did finish sharing my wonderful experiences that I had in Paris earlier in the year. And so, we will leave the great outdoors and head back to the City of Love. Graffiti is a growing artistic trend in urban settings, and there are now world renowned graffiti…

Sugarloaf Mountain

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.” (Helen Hunt Jackson) In the days of waning heat and the promise of balmy autumn days the mountains call to me. This is one of my favorite times of the year although I find magic in…

Masterpieces at the Musee d’Orsay

Paris, home of countless museums that hold masterpieces of the ages. The Musee d’Orsay is one of the more notable ones due to the incredible collection of Impressionist art from the masters. Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh just to name a few. The Paris tourism bureau offers an excellent pre-purchase ticket pass that you can get…

Barns in Carroll County

Today was a field trip to northern Carroll County, not 20 miles south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania through the sweeping Maryland farmland. While photography was not the purpose of my trip, sometimes you have to enjoy the journey on the way to your destination. I just couldn’t help myself to do a screeching halt by two…

Honored to Be Accepted

As a budding digital artist, there is a level of uncertainty as to whether or not other people think your work is worthy enough for exhibit. Entering into photo and art contests is not something I regularly do. There are many photographers that do and are quite successful with it. For the past two years,…

A Birdy Landscape

There are times when out looking for birds to photograph they can be elusive. Far away and part of the landscape, the ability to capture a beautiful bird image just isn’t possible. It is a time to switch the thinking process and consider the scene as a landscape image with the birds as an element…