There’s something about the light on Dauphin Island. It’s luminous. I laugh when I say that because, of course, all light is “luminous.” That’s kind of the very definition of light. But, still, the light on Dauphin Island is a special kind of luminous. And that light, interacting with the palmettos… The one above is a Cabbage Palmetto, but there are several kinds on Dauphin Island and they all seem to interact gloriously with that wonderful light. This photographer feels like a kid in a candy store when I am there! Palm Psalm has already been in a couple of…

Textures+

Everything has it. Artists love it. Throw in “patterns, forms or shapes” and you have a recipe for a diverse, colorful show. Las Laguna Gallery of Laguna Beach, CA, has put one together. You can see it here: Textures, Patterns, Forms or Shapes. My piece in the show, Lotus Fractal, features texture and pattern. Here’s how it came about: I was walking the boardwalk portion of the Pintail Wildlife Drive in Cameron Parish, La. one October day. The wetland the boardwalk traverses features large fields of American lotus (Nelumbo lutea), and I have spent many a summer day photographing the…

Makes me smile!

The office of West Monroe Mayor Staci Albritton Mitchell has pulled together another great show! This year’s theme: “People, places & settings that make you smile.” This corner of the universe gives me lots to smile about, so picking images to submit to this show was a challenge. Too many to choose from! Bayou Desiard is one of my favorite places to put in the kayak, and Sauté is the product of one such adventure. A paddle up the bayou usually produces at least a couple of fun bird encounters. This great egret was perching on a snag as I…

Surf & Sand

Two things came together for me over the past few months: my love of music and my love of photography. The outcome is a new series of photographs, two of which are currently online in a national juried art show called “On a High Note.” Here’s how it happened. Back in December 2020, I was walking the beaches of Dauphin Island, off the coast of Alabama, when I began to pay attemtion–really pay attention–to the patterns created by the interaction of surf and sand. So I snapped some frames, being entirely unsure they would amount to anything. Back home on…

Dead Flowers Society

If there was such a thing, I would be a member. Because dead flowers are beautiful, really! Here’s one: I really don’t know what this flower looked like when it was fresh. Very pretty, I’m sure! But.. what character it has now, its silver gray curls streaked with charcoal and touches of peach peaking through! The red stem is a different dying plant, and another thing I have noticed: Colors tend to intensify when a plant is going to rest for the winter. This piece is in the July Group Show at Jones Gallery in Kansas City, MO. They invited…