In recent times, most of my posts here have simply been me sharing images of mine and of others, and either commenting directly and independently about those individual photos, or finding a “common thread” that runs through what are often very different images.
While I have done that previously, I also published posts that dealt with the technology of how I made images. Beyond photography, my posts were either political/social in nature, or about religion. I certainly remain interested in politics, and my faith is the very core of who I am. A mix of laziness concerning the Xs & Os of photography, and a feeling that most would prefer me to curtail my commenting on the other two subjects is what led me to this change in the way of doing things.
If anybody has a preference of the Xs & Os, or political/social and religious writings, you can either comment below, comment via Word Press (for members), or in some cases, email me.
When I used to go on photography trips to America’s great “sand dune parks”, I loved discovering all of the natural art they provided. Rolling dunes, shadows, texture, colors changing with the light, and on and on.
With that said, dunes are also geographic features which contain life in addition to sand. I tried to capture something of everything when I was there, especially plant life on the dunes themselves. There are natural history stories to share along with the art.
White Sands, New Mexico does have small communities of plants growing straight up through the sand. The sand may not be as deep in those locations, or some plants that live there may be tougher and more able to reach up through the sand to meet the sunlight and sky for nourishment.
At White Sands, Agave plants dominate the plant communities, along with some hearty grasses.
When I was telling a nature based story, I never felt that I should abandon the “art of the place’ when doing it. I just did the best I could to artfully compose images with plants.
Of course, in between creating the images below, I made many, many images of those rolling dunes, usually, becoming more and more abstract along the way. Today, let’s celebrate what grows on those dunes.
Small, gentle rolling waves have a lot in common with sand dunes. At least photographically they do. Below, we find an unusually placid morning on the Great Lake called Michigan. The red light of sunrise presented the waves as an ever increasing series of gentile hills (dunes?) as the shadowed side contrasted with the sunny side, which then provided dimension.
Wildlife photography, often like people photography, is much about the pose of the subject, along with whatever else is visible in the frame that is the picture. The Brown Thrasher below struck a wonderful pose and did so at a perfect point among some tree branches, with a perfectly clean sky for a background. I should have paid her/him for that but instead I just gave thanks and moved on.
Wildlife images that are as much of a macro as is this one of a Bullfrog, allow us to view details that might be missing in most portraits. Its eyes are jewels and its skin is not perfectly smooth, but has texture.
Yes you are right, I gave thanks and moved on leaving my subject just where it was when I found it.
Highlights in the eyes of wildlife subjects, can lift an image up from the ordinary.
This young Pied-billed Grebe, was swimming about and giving me some nice images with mirror like qualities. Still, it is the highlights on the eye that draws our attention.
Animals, be they large, medium, or tiny in size, were always wildlife subjects to me. From bears to insects. Bees, were among my favorites.
Much like my abstract of those sunrise lit waves, the rising sun can turn water and land into fascinating abstracts, and does just that below.
This is part of a series of spillovers from the Mississippi River. The image was created far above the river in Pike’ Peak State Park. It is in Iowa (not Colorado), and was a frequent destination for me when I wandered the Mississippi with a camera.
Photography, can be about form and color and nothing more.
Have a special day and God Bless,