Repost: Daffodils in my garden

14 04 2015

Originally posted 4.11.2013

This is one of my favorite daffodil shots. I shoot the majority of my plant portraits in either overcast light or by diffusing the light with my tri-grip diffuser. On this day, the soft sunlight spoke to me and I let it illuminate my subject without any diffusion.

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Undulating…

10 08 2014

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Published! Talking Pictures column in Shutterbug Magazine

30 05 2014

Check out page 20 of the July 2014 issue of Shutterbug Magazine (which will be out in the early part of June)! Barry Tanenbaum, who also profiled me for the NikonUsa.com website a few years ago (click here for that how-to article in their Learn & Explore series), wrote about the story behind my USPS Fern stamp series coming to fruition in his monthly column, Talking Pictures. The creative director did a beautiful job on the layout, too. I’ve read Shutterbug Magazine since (covered wagon) college days, so it’s an honor to be profiled in a magazine that has been a great resource for me. Thanks, Barry and Shutterbug Magazine!

The stamps are only available online. You can purchase them in 2 strips of 10 for $9.80 or a strip of 25 for $12.25. Click here to order.

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Re-post: Fall in Virginia

25 10 2013

We’ll be heading out to Boyce, Virginia to the Blandy Experimental Farm to check out the Ginkgo grove this coming Saturday, so maybe I’ll have new fall photos to post!

Originally posted in October, 2010

Since I haven’t been able to get my bounty of fall photos this year, I’ve made a collage of my favorite images from the past three years. These were all shot in various parts of Virginia, including my own neighborhood. Enjoy!

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Re-post: Yin-yang

24 10 2013

Japanese Anemone (hybrid unknown), photographed at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, Virginia

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Guest Post! Capturing the Beauty of Your Garden

24 09 2013

Thanks to my friend and fellow photographer/blogger, Scott Thomas, for inviting me to guest post on his blog. He did a great job laying out all the components for the feature, which was first published in the Summer 2013 issue of Celebrate Home Magazine. You can download all four issues of the magazine FREE on our website at http://www.celebratehomemagazine.com. Print copies (at cost + shipping) are also available and our site will link you to magcloud.com to purchase.

Want a print copy of this article? This feature is available in a 16-page, full-color printed excerpt for just $4.00 plus shipping through http://www.magcloud.com in the link here: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/602141

Head on over to Scott’s blog, Views Infinitum, to see the post!

http://viewsinfinitum.com/2013/09/20/garden-photography-capturing-the-beauty-of-your-garden/





Re-post: Blue Dasher dragonfly

18 08 2013

Originally posted August 17, 2012

As much as I prefer shooting in diffused or overcast light, I’m kind of liking these dragonfly shots with the strong shadows—there’s something stark and graphic about them! Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis), photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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Cardinal Flower

14 07 2013

Lobelia cardinalis is a perennial herbaceous plant is often found in wet places such as stream banks and swamps. This Virginia native wildflower blooms in August and is pollinated by hummingbirds. Photographed at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia

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Re-post: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on ‘Zowie’ Zinnia

14 07 2013

Originally posted July 27, 2010

Overcast and very pleasant day, perfect for a quick (and fruitful) lunchtime shoot at Green Spring Gardens. This is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on a ‘Zowie’ Zinnia.

Note: I was actually trying to get a shot (with the tripod in place) of just the two Zinnias when the Swallowtail landed on one of the flowers. I held my breath and got just two shots before it flew off. I live for moments (and wild color) like this!

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Same time, last year re-post: Mating Monarchs

14 07 2013

Photographed at Brookside Gardens’ Wings of Fancy exhibit; the blue/purple blobs in the background are Plumbago flowers

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Origami paper cranes

4 03 2013

Colorful 2,500 Origami paper cranes hang like a chandelier in the Cottage Wing of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Conservatory

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Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)

3 03 2013

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Before the bloom: Paphiopedilum Hsinying Lady Duck Lady Isabel ‘788’ x adductum v. anitum ‘#13

3 03 2013

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Oncidium Wilsonara Gay Spice ‘Electric Orange’

3 03 2013

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Dendrobium Burana Jade Fo orchid

3 03 2013

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Colorfuze Blue Diamond Phalaenopsis White Dream ‘V3’

3 03 2013

Plainview Growers in New Jersey produces Colorfuze orchids, which are plants that have been infused with dye. Upon reblooming, the flowers of this orchid will be white. They also produce them in purple and lavender. While I love naturally blue flowers, the verdict is still out for me with this one. It is lovely to photograph, but… what do you think?

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Brassidium Black Star ‘Pacific Red Star’ orchid

3 03 2013

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Jackfowlieara Appleblossom ‘Kapoho’ orchid

3 03 2013

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Wilsonara Tiger Brew ‘Pacific Holiday’ Oncidium orchid

2 03 2013

 

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Vuylstekeara Aloha Passion ‘HOF #1’ orchid

2 03 2013

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Phalaenopsis (moth orchid), unknown variety

28 02 2013

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Phalaenopsis Orchid (Moth Orchid), unknown variety

28 02 2013

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Cymbidium Red Beauty ‘Evening Star’ Orchid

28 02 2013

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Cymbidium Pebbles ‘Santa Barbara’ orchid

28 02 2013

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Cymbidium Ken Siew ‘Santa Barbara’ orchid

28 02 2013

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Twilight

28 02 2013

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Phalaenopsis orchid (Moth orchid)

24 02 2013

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Cymbidium Happy Days ‘Green Dragon’ orchid

21 02 2013

How pretty is this green orchid?

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Ginkgo tree “web”

26 10 2012

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Ginkgo trees

26 10 2012

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Ginkgo grove

26 10 2012

Ginkgo grove at the University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm and State Arboretum in Boyce, VA. Double click on the image to see a larger view!

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Some of my favorite fall photos…

23 10 2012

These were taken at Lake Land’Or back in 2008. The shot of the dock with the cloud reflections is one of my all-time favorites of this place!

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Reflections of fall

23 10 2012

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The serenity of fall

23 10 2012

Fall comes to Lake Land’Or in Ladysmith, Virginia.

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Revisited: Shine on, shine on, harvest moon…

30 09 2012

Originally posted September 23, 2008

En route to visit Barb and Dean in Spokane on Saturday, September 13, we drove past miles and miles of wheat fields and as the land became more golden in the late afternoon light, we noticed the makings of a harvest moon.

Whenever I hear the words, “harvest moon,” I always remember a very old Ruth Etting album (heaven only knows where I found it) that I eventually gave to a friend’s husband to add to his large music collection. I just did a search and I actually found the recording! The only words I could remember were “shine on, shine on harvest moon…for me and my guy.” (I sing it true to her old-fashioned vibrato, of course).

Etting revived the song in Ziegfield Follies in 1931. Click here to find it on youtube.com. And if you’re a Liza Minnelli fan, click here for her rendition of the song.

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ADDENDUM: Thanks to fellow blogger, Deborah Rose Reeves, for her recent posting of this poem by Ted Hughes.

The flame-red moon, the harvest moon,
Rolls along the hills, gently bouncing,
A vast balloon,
Till it takes off, and sinks upward
To lie on the bottom of the sky, like a gold doubloon.
The harvest moon has come,
Booming softly through heaven, like a bassoon.
And the earth replies all night, like a deep drum.

So people can’t sleep,
So they go out where elms and oak trees keep
A kneeling vigil, in a religious hush.
The harvest moon has come!

And all the moonlit cows and all the sheep
Stare up at her petrified, while she swells
Filling heaven, as if red hot, and sailing
Closer and closer like the end of the world.

Till the gold fields of stiff wheat
Cry `We are ripe, reap us!’ and the rivers
Sweat from the melting hills.

by Ted Hughes.





Coastal Plain Coreopsis

25 09 2012

Coastal Plain Coreopsis (Coreopsis gladiata) in the late afternoon light; native to N.C. and other southeastern states); photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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Common Whitetail and Blue Dasher dragonflies

25 09 2012

This is my first-ever photograph of two different kinds of dragonflies on the same perch! The bottom one is a Common Whitetail dragonfly (Plathemis lydia) and the top one is a Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis). Photographed at Huntley Meadows Park; the marsh water was low and very muddy in color

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Kaleidoscope

25 09 2012

I think these might be ‘Black Magic’ Black Leaf Elephant Ears (Colocasia esculenta ’Black Magic’). I had never seen them lighted from behind, so I never knew they actually had more color to them than you can see on the surface! The photos below were of two different leaves from the same plant—the reddish-orange one had more indirect sunlight, while the top greener one had direct sunlight from behind. I find it fascinating that something that appears to be just a solid blackish-purple shade could be hiding a kaleidoscope of colors! Photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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A most perfect Sunday

24 09 2012

Yesterday Michael and I left at 5:00 a.m. (yes, you read that correctly—I got up on a Sunday at 4:00 a.m., which is unheard of for me) to drive to Newtown Square, PA to photograph a Walk4Hearing event at Ridley Creek State Park for the Hearing Loss Association of America. The weather was perfect and we shot a ton of photos. En route home mid-afternoon, we came upon this bright yellow-green field of (unknown crop) against a cornflower blue sky. The field is adjacent to the train tracks in Pocopson Township in Chester County, PA, near the crossroads of Pocopson Road and Street Road. The Pocopson Station is now home to the Pocopson Veterinary Station

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Feng Shui 101 for Arachnids

23 09 2012

Michael Powell and I watched this little spider building a web at Huntley Meadows Park recently and were curious about what it was doing with this bit of fluffy seed (which I think is eastern cottonwood seed). We watched for several minutes as the little spider tugged on it long enough to be able to free it from the web, then it continued with the task at hand—building a perfect web sans the clutter! Imagine that—a spider with a knack for feng shui.

I think the spider might be a Barn spider like the one in book Charlotte’s Web, but I’m not certain.

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I will name him George, and I will hug him, and pet him, and squeeze him.

22 09 2012

Remember that line? In “The Abominable Snow Rabbit” (1961), the abominable snowman grabs Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck saying, “I will name him George, and I will hug him, and pet him, and squeeze him” with Mel Blanc doing an unmistakable imitation of Lon Chaney, Jr.‘s Lennie. This material was re-used in “Spaced Out Bunny” (1980), the last Warner Bros. cartoon in which Bugs Bunny was voiced by Mel Blanc.

This rather handsome critter is actually called a Handsome Meadow Katydid (Orchelimum pulchellum). I put down my camera bag at Huntley Meadows Park and he hopped onto the side and I got this shot! My photo partner, Michael Powell, has some really great shots that he made at Huntley Meadows Park last month here and here.

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Skippers on Celosia

21 08 2012

Skipper butterflies on Celosia (Cockscomb) flowers at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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Blue Dasher dragonfly, extreme closeup!

20 08 2012

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Blue Dasher dragonfly on Lotus seed pod

18 08 2012

Okay, the lure of photographing dragonflies again was just too much to resist today. I’m on a roll (couldn’t you tell?). I called my “grasshopper” photography student, Michael Q. Powell, and although he had already been out shooting by himself this morning, it didn’t take much cajoling to convince him to come out again with me. Since it was very late in the afternoon (after 4:00 p.m.), it was more overcast, which made for great lighting for photography. The background is a large lotus lily pad leaf—see the lighter center of the leaf peeping through the upper wings? Yes, this is a warning that there will be just a few more dragonfly posts (I shot nearly 400 images just in today’s session). So, dear readers, I ask that you bear with me until I’ve overcome my (most likely temporary) obsession with dragonflies.

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Yes, I know, another dragonfly…

17 08 2012

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Incoming!

17 08 2012

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Dragonfly on lotus bud

17 08 2012

I haven’t been able to identify the exact kind of dragonfly this one is (yet). Any guesses (other than the obvious “black dragonfly”)? Photographed at Green Spring Gardens

UPDATE: Special thanks to a visitor to my blog, Robley Hood, for identifying this beauty—it’s a Slaty skimmer (Libellula incesta).

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Runway traffic

17 08 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We’re next in line for takeoff.

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Blue Dasher dragonfly

17 08 2012

As much as I prefer shooting in diffused or overcast light, I’m kind of liking these dragonfly shots with the strong shadows—there’s something stark and graphic about them! Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis), photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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Ready for my closeup!

17 08 2012

I read that Eastern Amberwings are some of the wariest of all dragonflies and rarely land, preferring to hover over the water instead. I was lucky that this particular one kept coming back to the same spot and kept still long enough for me to focus for this closeup portrait.

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