Posted in Bugs

Dragonfly Photo Safari

There are lots of reasons to like dragonflies. A great reason to like them is that they are voracious eaters of mosquitoes. Another is that they are one of the most skillful fliers in the animal kingdom: with their two pairs of parallel wings, they can hover or fly in any direction, even backwards or side-to-side. Dragonflies are also one of the fastest flying insects; they reach speeds up to 34 mph (a famous entomologist, Robert John Tillyard, claims to have observed one dragonfly flying at 60 mph). Read more ➜
Posted in Plants and trees

My photo installed at arboretum

This is follow-up to my earlier post, I sold a photo!. I knew that one of my photos was going to be used as a background image on an interpretive sign. But I just learned from my contact person with Bluestone + Associates  that the sign was installed this month at Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Since the arboretum is in Illinois, it wasn't likely that I'd ever see it myself. What a happy surprise it was to receive photos of the sign once it had been installed. It was Read more ➜
Posted in History

Pseudo-vintage photos of Clear Creek Metro Park

Quite a few of the parks where I hike have structures or other vestiges of days gone by. During our hike to Clear Creek Metro Park, there was a log cabin and a barn made of hand-hewn timber. For a while I had been thinking, "Wouldn't it be fun to take my photos of these structures, and give them a vintage look?" So here is my first effort at doing just that. I followed the instructions I found in this YouTube video to do the above photo-editing. The instructor in the video Read more ➜
Posted in Uncategorized

I sold a photo!

If I were a professional photographer, I guess this would be a very ordinary event. However since I'm not a professional photographer, this is kind of exciting! A while back I was contacted by someone from a graphic design firm, Bluestone + Associates. The firm had been contracted to do a project for Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden, and as part of this project, they wanted to use one of my photos. Their plan was to use my photo as the background image for an interpretive sign. It Read more ➜