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One to Ship, One Online

“Winter Wonderland” is an online show, and I am delighted to be in it. Often descriptions for winter-themed shows make it sound like work that features southern scenes will not have much of a chance of being invited. You know, no snow! Having Wing Stop invited to “Winter Wonderland” thus felt a bit like a breakthrough. Moreover, I am fascinated by anhingas, which makes it all the more special. This particular anhinga is a female and a resident of Black Bayou Lake NWR. I have photographed her on that very stump more than once. “Winter Wonderland” is an online show….

A first!

You know what they say, “If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. New York, New York!” HMVC Gallery New York is an online gallery started in 2022 by a husband-wife team. She’s the artist, Heini Mika (HM); he’s the “business savvy art lover,” Vincent Chang (VC). My image, ‘Til Death Do Us Part, is in their current show themed “Hello Tomorrow.” Here’s a link to the show. The jurors were Mika and Chang, and this is the first time a New York gallery has invited me into a show. I have some experience with marriage and…

#AdventWord #Birth

So much life going on in such a small space! Don’t let photography fool you. What you see is maybe 4 to 6 inches of plant materiel floating on the water of Black Bayou Lake. And if you know how to count them, you see 4 damselflies, each in a different moment of the process of becoming a damselfly. Allow me to enumerate. Beginning at the top right, a newly emerged damselfly, called a “teneral,” is still very wet. It can’t fly. It will sit there for hours–up to a day–for its wings to dry enough to fly. It is…

#AdventWord #Restore

In the late 1800s, Louisiana had over 9 million acres of longleaf pine forest. Twenty-five years later, most of it was gone. In it’s place, 5 and a half million acres of stumps. Nationwide, 90 million acres of longleaf forest was virtually wiped out during the same period. Today, just 2 million acres remain and of that, less than a half percent are “old growth,” that is, trees that were never cut and replanted. Along with the trees, almost 600 species of plants and animals dependent on the unique longleaf ecosystem were thrown into chaos. Today about half of those…