February: Trillium Walk

I just went to my calendar and scheduled this year’s trillium walk. It has become a “must do” for me every February. Trillium is an ephemeral wildflower. If you don’t go at the right time, you will not get to see them. Many Louisiana wildflowers bloom on and on, some for months. Not so trillium. It’s here today, gone next week. It’s name comes from its trinitarian structure: three leaves, three sepals offset from the leaves so that they cover the edges where the leaves meet, and three flame-like petals. We have three species in Louisiana, all having red flowers….

January: Kansas City

Kansas City seems to like my photographs! I’m in at least one exhibit in Kansas City most of the time. Right now, I have pieces in two galleries, the Jones Gallery in the heart of the KC cultural district, and the Kansas City Stockyards Gallery in the Livestock Exchange Building that brings together a mix of business and art. After being invited into the Jones Gallery several times in 2019, I decided to attend their monthly “First Fridays” opening reception for the January Group Show. My piece in that show was “Take Flight,” which has been featured here more than…

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,…

December: Chicago 2

I don’t usually go to Chicago two months in a row, but that’s how it happened in 2019. Just two weeks after the last trip, I was back in town. And I wasn’t surprised when a lot of my friends couldn’t hang out with me that soon again. So in December it was just me and diehard Michelle Dakuras who spent a day out with our cameras. And, oh, did we cover some ground! From my hotel in The Loop, we went to Lincoln Park Zoo. The flamingoes were out and after a bit of fun with them, we headed…

November: Chicago 1

November 23, 2019. It’s official name is “Cloud Gate.” Everyone calls it “The Bean.” It has become the iconic Chicago experience. I go to Chicago several times a year. It began with opera, but now I go as much to hang out with my Chicago photographer friends, all of whom I met through the now defunct social media platform Google+ and its several spin off organizations. Unless the weather is truly nasty, my trips to Chicago produce lots of photographic raw material to work with. Without doing the count, I would guess that of the photographs I submit to juried…