Winter sunrises are always beautiful, but a bit challenging to record. This photo was made on December 7, 2013 - the morning after one of the first snowfalls of the season. Along the shoreline of this pond, the ice was starting to skim over the surface. There were geese and ducks on the water, a lone heron wading along the shore, and the occasional chickadee scolding us from among the shrubs.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Last weekend, Steve and I took a very quick trip out to Seattle, Washington, and Eugene, Oregon to visit our parents. They're all octogenarians, and we've not had a chance to visit for a couple of years.
We flew in and out of Seattle, but took Amtrak to Portland. From there we rented a car to drive to Eugene. We'll never drive the I-5 between Seattle and Portland, ever again. This was our second train trip on that route, and it is comfortable, convenient, and very scenic.
I really wish there were more Amtrak routes in this country - especially in the midwest. Why can't there be a route from Cleveland to Cincinnati, or from Pittsburgh to Indianapolis? We could learn a lot from the Europeans and Asians with regards to train travel for public transport.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
I was in Paris last May to take a photography workshop (Streets of Paris) with Peter Turnley. I can highly recommend this workshop to anyone who would like to become more familiar, and comfortable, with street photography. That genre has never been my forté, but I learned a lot that will help me in doing other types of photography - especially event photography.
There was a group of school kids having a grand time playing in the plaza. This is one of a series of photos from that few minutes of interaction.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
One of the attractions of this ancient town is a boat trip to see the sights along the river. I suspect the boats are made from Cunninghamia (Cuppressaceae) - one of the abundant timber trees in China. The majority of structures in the old town are made from this timber, which is why our group from the International Wood Culture Society was visiting the site. We had just completed a symposium focused on the genera in Cuppressaceae (formerly from the family Taxodiaceae).
Click on the photo to see a larger version....
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The old part of Phoenix City has many museums consisting of residences of famous people. There are some lovely courtyard gardens on display. The heavy rains of the day (October 29, 2013) gave such a dramatic mood to these sites.
Monday, December 16, 2013
I visited Phoenix City, China after the International Wood Culture Society symposium on Taxodiaceae. This is an ancient city, which was built from wood. Today, it is the "old town" section of a large city, and it is a huge tourist attraction in Hunan Province. It rained the day I was there.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Easton Town Center, a photo by andiwolfe on Flickr.Last night, Steve and I joined a dozen photographers to participate in a nighttime photo walk at Easton. This was sponsored by Midwest Photo Exchange.
It was cold (VERY COLD!) last night, but I stayed pretty warm in all the various layers I was wearing (think Himalayan trek gear). Despite the cold temps, I made several photos I liked after a couple of hours of walking around in the snow.
Here's a selection of photos from the night:
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Snow + teasel = a lovely study for winter. We continue with our very cold snap with snow and ice making walking a bit of a hazard. The roads, at least the main ones, are clear, but sidewalks are neglected.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Winter is showing itself today with snow and ice. I do enjoy winter, but I much prefer spring, I have to admit.
I made this photo last summer while I was in Idaho. I'm not sure what species of geranium it is, but it's a lovely little thing, I think.
Monday, December 09, 2013
Teasel makes an interesting winter study, given the way it accumulates snow around the spines of the fruiting head.
We went to Pickerington Ponds on Saturday, to photograph the sunrise scenery. It had snowed Friday night, and we wanted to do some landscape photography with pristine snow.
The sunrise wasn't spectacular, but the way the sun lit some of the features was interesting.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Flickr members are very angry about the changes..., a photo by andiwolfe on Flickr.
Bar-throated apalis. I do believe that "Angry Birds" was designed from this little guy.
Given the "black sunday" protests for today, there are obviously a lot of Flickr members who do not want to see the beta version implemented. Some of the concerns are that features we like to use are not yet available. From what I've read, it's just a matter of time for some, or all, of those to be added back into the mix. The bigger concern is the change in layout. There was quite a negative response when the current version was rolled out. I actually like the current version better than the old one, but I'm not crazy about what I've seen for the beta version that is being developed. I hope all my Flickr friends who are posting the black images are also contacting Flickr to let them know what features the want to make sure are rolled out with the new version, and to be specific in their feedback about what is not desirable...
Saturday, December 07, 2013
DeHoop Nature Reserve, South Africa.
I'm wondering if the Angry Birds characters were modeled after this diminutive bird. The eyes and beak configuration sure reminds me of the angry birds logo....
I enjoyed photographing this bird - it was so active and fun to watch.