#YearInReview: May, 2021

I try to make it to Lake Martin at least once a year. In 2021, I made it twice, but the May trip was extra special because I had time to take my kayak and spend a couple of late afternoon hours on the water–just me and my kayak. I could do an entire blog post about this experience entitled “why I kayak.” I got close-ups of a broad-headed skink scurrying up and down a tree trunk. I watched an osprey eat a fish perched on the tiptop of a nearby snag. I was pretty up close and personal with…

#YearInReview: March, 2021

There are no “ordinary” birds. That’s the conclusion I have come to just a couple years into my birding-with-a-camera career. For when I manage to get a decent photo that enables me to see and dwell on details of color, pattern, feather texture, beak shape, eye treatment… all of it, I am astonished every time This photo is from a March 2021 birding-by-camera-and-kayak excursion on Black Bayou Lake. It’s a lot of fun and you can kind of sneak up on birds in a kayak better than on foot. I saw coots and a double-crested cormorant on the water. Unusual…

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…