Best Time to Hike

There is something wonderful about hiking in the rain. I took a nice stroll through a local preserve yesterday and found that my senses came alive underneath the canopy of deciduous trees during the constant shower of rain.  When I stopped it seemed as though I could hear each individual raindrop hit each leaf.  The mayapples quaked with joy as they soaked up the much needed nourishment.  The forest and connecting prairie/savanna even had a very ethereal, out of this world look to it.  The clouds hung low, the sky was darkened, and yet the forest was lit by a very soft, even glow of white light.  Here is an image I took of a newly sprouted lupine leaf studded in raindrops!



NBPS Flickr Contest (Photo by Kento Mizuno)

So I am aware that we have featured Kento Misuno’s work on the blog in the recent past but I felt the need to make a posting regarding this image by Kento.  As soon as the I saw the image “Monkey Hand” in the collection of newly updated NBPS Flickr Contest photos, it immediately spoke to me in a profound way.  It got me to question some very difficult thoughts.  The mood being set with the image’s deep contrast is very dark and disheartening. I wondered what the status of this creature is now.  Was it being held in poor conditions?  These thoughts came to me only because the deep contrast, black and white, and minimal depth of field created the mood.  So much of the mood in an image can be manipulated just by how the image is composed.  What kinds of moods have you created in your own work and how did those images reflect that mood?  I challenge any reader to post some of your own images to the NBPS Flicker Contest site!

Have a great weekend!


NBPS Flickr Contest (Photo By “Werwin15”)

Taking a break from this hectic semester, my mood was lightened as I looked through this week’s NBPS Flickr Contest images.  I commend everyone for their great work!  This image especially caught my eye.  I absolutely love the tension between the two subjects here.  The little lizard stands no chance as a threat to the person on the other end of the “monstrous” finger.  This feeling is accomplished through using a wide aperture (f2.8, f4.0, etc.) on a manual setting of a camera.  The depth of field is so minimal that all distractions behind the subjects are blurred making the finger appearing to be larger than life.  On a side note, I have to mention that I am sucker for interesting textures captured in images and this one takes the cake: look at that slimy looking tongue. Great work “Werwin15!” I look forward to more photos from you!


At Last

Finally after getting over my personal technical difficulties (aren’t problems with technology supposed to start after you are 30) I am back!  Took me long enough to figure out how to make the transition to WordPress. Anyways,  I meant to post this preview last week but here it is now…  A few weeks ago I photographed a prescribed burn at the local preserve.  How amazing I must say!  Even as far as 500 hundred feet back I could still feel the heat of the fire as it roared through the native grasses on my face!  Prairies and other ecosystems are burned to control the native population of plants and animals and help them thrive.  Fire destroys invasive species while native species have developed special adaptations to continue to survive after the fires.  These photos are a preview of the article I am writing for the Natures Best Photography: Students Magazine.  Enjoy! Happy Springtime! 

Volunteer Conservationist


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