Brand New vs. Well-Traveled

First the brand new: a series of photographs tagged #SandAbstracts. I’ve been working on these since I got back from my trip to Dauphin Island in December 2020. I spent the entire last day I was on Dauphin Island hiking as far as I could go along the 10-mile beach that constitutes the west end of the island and was captivated by the interaction between waves and sand. Of the six or so images in the series so far, this is the first to be accepted into a juried show. The show is called “Sky’s the Limit.” It’s an online…

April: BBLNWR

It didn’t take us long to figure out that outside and alone was a good way to avoid Covid-19. I do not in any way mean to make light of the plight of those folks who crave company and for whom an “outdoor experience” is a cigarette on the balcony. But I must say that outside and alone works well for me, very well. BBLNWR stands for Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. It is 4,200 acres of biodiversity and beauty, and I am beyond grateful that I live just a 20-minute drive away. Facilities like the Environmental Education Center…

Year in Review, Part 1

In 2014, I began doing a “Year in Review.” The idea came from my photographer friends on the now-defunct social media platform Google+, and the point of it was to examine and reflect on your photographic journey and accomplishments in the year ending. Different photographers do “Year in Review” differently; my practice has always been to choose one image for each month of the year and write the story of the image. That is, why or how does this image stand out? How does it help tell the story of my year? And I will do that again this year,…

October: Birds + 1

September 26, 2019. The Louisiana Ornithological Society meets in Cameron Parish the last weekend of October every year. I finally have that firmly planted in my brain, because I finally got to go in 2019! I joined my Master Naturalist friend Arthur Liles in Hackberry late Friday morning the 25th. We climbed into his pick-up and off we went for an afternoon of plying the Gulf Coast looking for birds. And birds we saw! Wow. Arthur knows his birds and he knows good locations to see them. All I had to do was sit and point the camera out the…

Day 6: Gimme Shelter

We stepped off the stern of the boat into crotch-deep water and waded to the black sand beach. There we were greeted by Sweetie, a lively spider monkey and ambassador-in-chief for the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. Sweetie was 4 days old when a poacher shot her mother, intending to snatch Sweetie for the illegal pet trade. But Sweetie hit a branch as she fell, clinging to her dead mother, and began to scream. The poachers fled, leaving her to die. Today, Sweetie is part of a troop of black-handed spider monkeys that roam the Sanctuary. Every animal at the Sanctuary has…