#AdventWord #Soul

In my canticle of creation, the bayou is my brother and the cypress trees are my soul sisters. Their spring song is all tender, feathery green. The summer verse features solos by birds too varied and plentiful to number, embellished by inaudible (you must listen carefully!) trills of dragonfly and damselfly niads climbing the trunks to break forth as winged jewels, leaving impossibly small exoskeletons now split down the back but clinging to the bark long after the life they sheltered has departed. In autumn, the throats of my sisters deepen to coppery red and gold, transforming the dark surface…

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,…