April 22, 2011

My Back Hurts

Just returned from a great trip to Belize where I was scouting some possible locations for future photo tours. I have to admit that when I am travelling I have the mindset that, if I leave something at home at some point I will certainly need that piece of equipment in order to get the greatest shot ever.…
April 2, 2011

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Here in Michigan it still remains unusually chilly for this time of year, but spring is definitely on the way. The days are getting longer, bird song fills the morning air, and the trees are beginning to show their buds. One of my favorite signs of spring is the return of the red-winged blackbirds. The males usually arrive in…
March 10, 2011

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

I am very fortunate to be able to live out in the woods. Since all of the windows in my home reflect the surrounding woods, it is not unusual for me to have the occasional bird/window crash at my house. I think what happens is that as the birds fly they see the trees reflected in the windows…
February 23, 2011

WINTER OPPORTUNITIES PART 3

Towards the end of winter often times the snow will melt off the lakes leaving the ice exposed. when this happens I like to head out onto the ice and look for leaves that have been frozen in the ice. This is usually a nice change of pace from the birds and mammals that I have…
January 26, 2011

WINTER OPPORTUNITIES PART 2

Another great thing to photograph in the winter is the landscape. The winter landscape has a dreamy surreal quality about it that I really like to try and capture. When everything is covered in a fresh blanket of new snow the landscape is transformed. Snow has a way of smoothing out the landscape, not only softening…
January 11, 2011

WINTER OPPORTUNITIES

As I write this, it is a chilly 3 degrees here in Michigan. If you live north of the Mason Dixon line chances are it’s pretty cold outside at your house right now as well. I love to photograph at this time of year, all of the animals are in their best coats, and all that…
November 29, 2010

SPIDERS MAKE GOOD MOTHERS… WHO KNEW?

Here is a fairly unique image of a female wolf spider with her young. After mating the female wolf spider creates an egg sack made of silken threads into which she deposits her eggs. For the next three weeks she carries this sack everywhere she goes waiting for the eggs to mature and hatch. Once…
November 10, 2010

QUALITY TIME

A few years back I had the privilege of spending some real quality time with a sandhill crane family. I have photographed cranes on the nest on several different occasions but this situation was about as good as I could imagine. The nest was located in Kensington Metro Park (a park very close to my…
October 25, 2010

SERENDIPITY

Webster defines serendipity as: “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for”. Serendipity plays a very large part in my photography. As a photographer (and a person) I need to be open to changes in “my” plan, I need to be ready willing to take advantage of different opportunities that might present themselves.…
September 23, 2010

SLOT CANYONS

Hello, I’m sorry that I have been unable to do a post for the last couple of weeks. I have been leading a photo workshop up in Canada’s North Channel. We had a great group of participants and had a wonderful time exploring this amazing location aboard Captain Bill’s sailboat the “Little Wing”. I will be talking more…