Thursday Doors May 31: Rocky Mountain High

Two weekends ago, I traveled out to Denver Colorado to see an amazing concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. For those of you who don’t know of the theater, it’s about 10 miles outside of Denver, in an open air natural HUGE rock structure. While I have a couple photos in the mix, google it as…

Life’s Energy

Wildlife, especially birds, brings forth an energy that I think goes beyond their own wild lives.  I suppose I have sensed this more since the death of my son, for when I see a bird, I find a sense of joy that clearly mirrors times with my son. A life, joy, and energy that is…

For Zach

For Zach I came across your tiny fleece mittens today tucked back in a sock drawer somehow, having gone unnoticed for this long simple and fingerless flat oval teal pods I remember them well such small hands wriggling around, skin and fleece together deciding who was softest I thought of how old these mittens were…

Flying home…

May is migration for many bird species, and I’m always thrilled to see my summer birds back for the season. Too, it can mean nests and babies and cute fledglings coming with Mom or Dad to my feeders. These from my local favorite gardens, Longwood. A hotbed of migration activity, mixed with our year-rounders, and…

Thursday Doors April 19: Four from the Beach

We celebrated my son’s birthday at the beach this past weekend, a place that I will need to revisit (and, I will, soon) to capture much more than I did. Alas, this was more a quiet reflective day, though still very much celebrating his life and memory… and on a last minute thought I realized,…

Saturdays

Saturdays. It is always the same, the story. Love, sadness, regret. Saturday. Birthday lunch with my sister. Tea and lazy afternoon. Going to pick up Zach at work. Seeing him walk across the parking lot towards my car. He is high. My stomach sinks, my heart races. It is the worst feeling. An addict son….

Thursday Doors 2017

While I didn’t quite squeak out a full year of doors, I was still lucky enough to be introduced to Norm’s Thursday Doors challenge by my magnificent friend (and Italy compadre) Manja. Many of the doors, not surprisingly, were ones I strolled by, entered, or just plain adored whilst in my Italy travels this past summer….

The Perfect Sanctuary

While Point Reyes National Seashore is not a (wildlife) sanctuary, in many ways it presented itself that way, on my first ever visit there. Point Reyes has it all: bays, lagoon, ocean, lighthouse, cape, and LOTS of wildlife. Amazing, beautiful wildlife. I included too a sprinkling from another brief but wonderful spot called Shorebird marsh…

Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay California. Go there. Seriously. And stop and get crab chowder at one of the small outdoor cafes (well, in California they all are outdoor!), where the chowder cooks in big old foil covered stock pots out on the front porch. Best ever!    

Warblers and Phoebes and Kites, oh my!

I was quite fortunate to be able to spend time with two local biologists/bird/wildlife guides when I was in the San Francisco Bay area. It was, as you’d expect, an incredible experience. Not only were there 50+ new species of birds (and several new mammals) that crossed my path (and, my camera lens!), but also…

Shooting with what you have: Expressions of the 35mm lens

Art to me is expression, and that specific artistic expression – as well as interpretation – has allowed me to be creative on both the front (camera) and back ends (photoshop, etc) of every picture I take. I don’t take any of this too seriously, of course – simply because I can’t imagine enjoying it…