Alive & Well

It’s good to know that since my departure from photography, it has
remained alive and well. It in fact may have gotten better, but hopefully that
has nothing to do with my photographic endings.

When I search for great photography to share on these pages, I need
look no farther than my Flickr group, Earth Images. Most of the
contributors are so-called amateurs, but they possess the heart, the
art, and the skill of many pros.

Wildlife pictures do not have to be “all revealing” and crisp in their contrast.  This image from Tori Andrews of a wild White Stork in a snow storm is both ethereal
art, and story telling in its nature. I love it.

1ToriAndrewstoeksnow

Wildlife photography includes insects and other little critters.
Patrick Kavanagh is one of my go to guys when it comes to super
close-ups of them. This beetle image is perfectly composed, contains
zero distractions from the subject and its perch, and is dripping in
detail.  I am not sure how it can get any better than this.

2BeetlePatrickKavanagh

I love the art of black & white image making. I know not where this
dramatic mountain scene was photographed but its transfer to black &
white adds power and majesty to the scene. Sometimes reducing a
landscape to the basic elements of contrasting shapes and values,
turns a great image into art. Thanks to epjmm (?) for submitting this
picture to Earth Images.

3mountainepjmm18

When is a landscape photo an abstract, and when is an abstract
landscape photo also a wildlife image?  When Aurelien Guerin is at the
camera.

I love these gnarly, twisted tree limbs covered in moss. Take note,
that in the upper third of the right hand side of this picture is a
buzzard. There’s a prize in this package.

4buzzardmossAurelien

Then again, there is flat out wildlife photography. Thank you Ron
Frederick for this great image of a Bobcat with a squirrel dinner.
That is a part of nature, and photographers who pursue wildlife
photography and capture its essence, will always be admired for the
long hours and hard work they put into images which are story telling,
detail rich, and are their own form of art.

5bobcatronfrederick

Pictures of Bobcats in the wild were once extremely rare.  They are still fairly few and far between.

Long live the art of image making,

Wayne

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