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#YearInReview: January, 2021

Where has the time gone? I usually do my #YearInReview in December, making the 12th post on December 31, that is after all of my shooting done for the year. But… late is better than never, so here goes… In January of 2021, I visited a couple of areas in the Kisatchie National Forest down in Vernon Parish, but spent more time at Black Bayou Lake NWR, that treasure of great value practically in my back yard. I was there the 17th, exactly one year and two days ago. It was late afternoon and I was there only a short…

Local Love

It is especially fun and gratifying to offer local friends local opportunities to see my work on a gallery wall! Two such opportunities are coming up real soon. January 25, 5-7 p.m. – The 6th Louisiana Biennial: National Juried Exhibition will open with a reception and juror’s talk in Room 103 of the F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center, Louisiana Tech University. The TVAC is at 1 Mayfield Ave.* Peace in the Time of Pandemic has been in several national juried shows and was selected “Best Photo” in the habitat category by participants in Louisiana Master Naturalist Association’s 2021 Rendezvous….

New @ Ruston Artisans

So today I learned a new word: “ambedo.” It means a kind of “trance” induced by focusing on “vivid sensory details,” said to be “soaking in the experience of being alive” and “done purely for its own sake.” Thanks to my friend Amy Ouchley for posting that on Facebook! I actually do it quite a lot, and although I take photographs of many of those details in which I become absorbed, the photography is kind of secondary to the experience of being captivated by those sensory details. Does anyone else see what I see? Can I photograph this in such…

Wings 2X

It is always gratifying and exciting to be accepted into a national juried art show. But then there are those shows one truly pines for. You submit your images, pay the fee, and wait with bated breath. And when that email comes with “invited” at the top… “Yippee!” whether anyone else is around to hear it or not. So imagine me when not merely one but TWO of my images were accepted into the 5th Biennial Wings & Water national juried exhibit conducted by River Arts, Inc. in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin! One of the reasons that show means so…