The Natural Observer Continues

I want to welcome any new readers that might be with us today and also say thanks to each of you who have been supporting this forum on a regular basis.   I have insinuated on a few occasions that I would only be writing Earth Images for a limited amount of time.  It has been a couple of years now and I imagine there are a few of you saying “good grief, are you ever going to quit”.   The answer is yes but not before I am sure it is time.  For you new visitors please note that you can subscribe to receive the Earth Images Blog via email.

Those of you who have not checked out some of the best of Earth Images on FlickRiver photos for a while, there are some new images mixed in for your viewing pleasure.  There is some great work being done today.  This is not about my own photography and I made sure to remove (from the Earth Images Group) any of my pictures that appeared in the top five hundred on FlickRiver.

Jim Brandenburg, of National Geographic and White Wolf fame, is one of those legendary names of nature photography that I hear and see too little of today.  Stop in at his gallery website and view the work of a legend.  I often sing the praises of Art Wolfe, a legend who remains at the top of his game.  Art never fails to help us remember photographer/artists like Brandenburg.  It was Art’s remembrance of Phillip Hyde that led to a brief conversation (comments section) with Hyde’s son David and myself on this blog.

This blog keeps a count of how many individual clicks are made on the links that I include within my posts.  The clicks are few, but there is an explorer inside of a few of you as there are always some clicks.  Whomever you are I appreciate your taking the time to visit those sites.

There is a lot of amazing photography today, both in the market place and in locations like Flickr and Facebook.  As an old (very old?) veteran you cannot fool me as to how much of this is because of the amazing camera equipment and software available today.  Having said that I still discover new photographers every day that have that clear and powerful vision.  It brings me joy to view their work.

I think that everybody has a favorite habitat to be in.  It might be the glitz of Las Vegas or the old section of Quebec City, Quebec.  If you love nature it may be the forest or the prairie.  Put me 10,000 feet up in the mountains and I am home.   The picture below was made early in the morning in Rocky Mt. N.P. at just above 12,000 feet.  I love trees but it is where the timberline ends that I feel the most alive.

In my last post I wrote about noticing (and photographing) details.  I illustrated one point by showing you a fallen autumn leaf resting on a bed of moss.  It got me thinking as to just how much I have always enjoyed looking down and composing some great details.  Below you will find two Geranium petals that had fallen on some forest plant life.  The second shot is a gull feather found on a beach one morning.  The feather still held the water droplets left behind by the evening surf.  I am not above doing some minor rearranging to make a good picture, but that was not necessary with these shots.  The art of composition on these sort of “found treasures” is everything.  This type of photography knows no season, and these special details can be found on the Earth’s floor virtually anywhere on the planet.

I appreciate your company and have a great day.

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