August 12, 2020

A Young Naturalist Renews My Sense of Curiosity.                                                               

To master discovery, the secret is to always be a beginner. And who better to remind us of that than a young person.

If only I had someone who would help me see things wit...

June 2, 2020

Take a garden stroll for the senses and the soul.                                                                                 

Gardens are places of solace as we step into the world again. The reawakening of a garden is a reflection...

May 17, 2020

"Art demands of us that we do not stand still."

  - Ludwig van Beethoven                                                                                      

Beethoven said this 200 years ago and it's still true fo...

April 12, 2020

Sometimes a small annoyance is a big distraction.                                                                            

Ever get a splinter in your finger tip? You may not see it at first, but you know it's there every time you bump the darn...

November 28, 2019

Braving bad weather can offer us good opportunities.                                             

Yesterday at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge was a typically-mild late- autumn day in New Mexico. The temperature rose from the low 40s at dawn to the mid 50s by lunch. The weather was calm and so were the sandhill cra...

October 30, 2019

Good scouting and trip notes make the most of your time in the wild.                                     

My wife, Mary and I explored Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the first time. It's only four hours from home, but it's never been near the top of my wish list of locations. After an extra-long weekend there with fall color and mixed weather...

October 24, 2019

Get lost in the small world of an autumn leaf.                                                                            

The details of an autumn leaf are a world of their own. The closer you look, the more you see. Soon you're lost in a patchwo...

March 13, 2019

A mobile phone's camera is a ready sketch book when you're exploring locations.                          

Any artist knows the value of a sketch book when inspiration strikes. A quick drawing of a scene or subject can be the kernel of a more-refined artistic work later. Capturing the moment on a sketch pad is like making a snapshot, so the idea won't fade befo...

January 23, 2019

Keep one eye on what you're doing and the other on the Man In The Moon.

                                 

I'm over the moon thinking about the eclipse.* The Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse happens Sunday night and I'm hoping the weather gods grant us clear skies. Forecasters here hint at the chance, but they warn of sub-zero temps and strong, gusty winds, to...

December 10, 2018

What a difference a monitor makes. I retired a ViewSonic monitor from its place as my primary screen to the right-hand position on my desk where it's home to the Library and Development menus when I'm working in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Now I'm seeing my work by way of the NEC MultiSync PA243W monitor. Like many photographers, I chose it for its highly-regarded picture quality and its ease of rotation from horizontal to vertical. I p...

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