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Miscellaneous Photographic Rot From June

As is typical, I’ve been rather remiss in my posting. Sure, I can take hundreds of photos and spray them around the Interwebs but I’m apparently not nearly manly enough to bother to comment on them with anything approaching timeliness. Ah well.

After returning from St. Louis, I felt myself bitten again by the macro bug (no pun intended). I chased this little green critter around the yard for a while before he conveniently alighted on a day lily. I’m endlessly amused by the fact that these guys have hair if you look close enough.

From 6-15-2013 Misc

Over the years, it seems that the once-common caterpillar is increasingly hard to find. Luckily, this one sat still for quite a while.

From 6-15-2013 Misc

A week later on the 20th, Zionsville was graced with an exceptionally beautiful and fiery sunset. Some things cannot be ignored.

From 6-23-2013 Misc

On the 24th, I was asked to photograph a local youth baseball game. Despite the fact that I will happily photograph anything for anyone for free and try to promote this offer fairly widely, I only get about two requests a year So when they come, I give them my utmost attention.

It’s my hope that when the kids see their photos that they feel like they’ve really gotten the ‘big league’ treatment.

From 6-24-2013 Westfield Youth Baseball

And I’m always amused when the ball appears to hover in mid-air.

From 6-24-2013 Westfield Youth Baseball
From 6-24-2013 Westfield Youth Baseball
From 6-24-2013 Westfield Youth Baseball
From 6-24-2013 Westfield Youth Baseball

And the emotions on display are priceless.

From 6-24-2013 Westfield Youth Baseball

And sometimes you capture that instant of decision. Ball in glove, foot on base, that would be… out at first.

From 6-24-2013 Westfield Youth Baseball

And for some, you don’t really need the ground, you can just hover above it.

From 6-24-2013 Westfield Youth Baseball

The next day, in search of … well, anything to photograph, I made off for a local outdoor concert. As always, there is an ocean of things to point a camera at.

Joy abounds among young and old…

From Fisher’s Concerts 6-25-2013

when not-quite-Jimmy-Buffett is singing.

From Fisher’s Concerts 6-25-2013

uh oh. I think he’s seen me.

From Fisher’s Concerts 6-25-2013

An apt image for July 4th, I’d say.

From Fisher’s Concerts 6-25-2013

And nobody ever pays nearly enough attention to the drummer.

From Fisher’s Concerts 6-25-2013

Finally, on the 30th, it was time to visit the IMA. Relatively speaking the stop was brief, but not uninteresting. It never ceases to amaze me, however, how little the exhibits change in the main galleries from one year to the next. I was there for the Ai Weiwei exhibit, but as always, the insects in the garden steal the show.

From IMA 6-30-2013

And that pretty well sums up the last two weeks in photography.

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Carmel Parks Nature – May, 2013

As the afternoon rolled around it seemed a good day to go and see what the natural world was up to. Carmel Indiana offers many parks but I tend to end up at West Park and Coxhall Gardens most frequently and today was no exception. Also, last post I speculated about the joys of the “Golden Hour” and I’m increasingly convinced that the concept is limited to portraiture and landscapes so today when I wandered out while the near-noonday sun was pounding down, I did so with the 500mm zoom and 60mm macro in tow.

I know exactly one bird song and it’s for these colorful critters.

From 5-27-2013 Carmel

I’ve spoken before about my fascination for aquatic plants. These delicate plants live on the boundaries of land and water and were probably the first to poke their heads from the primordial ooze a few hundred million years ago.

From 5-27-2013 Carmel

The reptiles were out in force today as the tiny new-hatched turtles sunned themselves on the vegetation. This one sports a skirt of moss.

From 5-27-2013 Carmel

Usually when I’m out I don’t talk to a soul. Today I was approached twice by people who evidently thought I knew what I was doing as I glared like a big-game hunter into the muck. Happily I was able to direct someone to a cluster of white lotus in the area but another’s search for muskrats was beyond my powers to aid. They were sadly stuck with turtles, which is about as far from muskrats as one can get.

From 5-27-2013 Carmel
From 5-27-2013 Carmel

One thing that’s under-appreciated about carrying a veritable 500mm cannon around, beyond the sheer weight of the thing, is that it’s just idiotically hard to keep anything in frame at that zoom let alone keep it focused. Many of my shots were sadly poor in focus but a few came out as crisply as I could ever have hoped for. Will make a mental note to be more patient next time, at least as far as it’s possible to be patient with birds flitting about from branch to branch like nuts.

From 5-27-2013 Carmel

Heading to Coxhall gardens for the second part of the day, I switched to macro.

From 5-27-2013 Carmel

Bees are a perennial favorite, especially against contrasting color backgrounds.

From 5-27-2013 Carmel

And I love buds of all sorts, even of the rather lackluster day lily. There’s so much pent-up potential here. Soon this will grow, burst, bloom and die. Sad, sure, but it’ll enjoy the trip. An allegory for life if ever I saw one.

From 5-27-2013 Carmel

The benefactors who created (or at least funded) the gardens stand as silent guardians. The kids always call them rather creepy but this is a caring face if ever I saw one, metal though it may be.

From 5-27-2013 Carmel

I often underestimate the power of the macro lens and also forget to appreciate the intricacies of the common dandelion. Such worlds contained herein.

From 5-27-2013 Carmel

OK, that’s the day that was. As always, click the link to download copies. You have my permission to print, share, do whatever with my photos, as long as you don’t profit financially. The world is open and free to be shared; I’m just borrowing it with my camera.

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Monument City, Indiana

As some of you might have noticed, it’s been rather dry here in the Midwest.  As a consequence, our bodies of water are at record lows for the summer months.  Specifically, the Salamonie Lake in Indiana is so low that one of the cities that was flooded to build the Lake has come to the surface.  Because of this, crowds have flocked to the site of a city that hasn’t seen the surface (during the summer) for 50 years.

The lake is up and down during the year so the road between the parking and the water is non-trivial.

From 7-21-2012 Monument City, Indiana

Clearly a warning that’s more important when we’re NOT in record drought.

From 7-21-2012 Monument City, Indiana

So as a personal footnote, I couldn’t help but be THRILLED beyond reasonable measure that the kids were THIS excited. Sadly I think they were eventually disappointed but they were amused for long enough to charge ahead of us to see the mysterious sunken city.

From 7-21-2012 Monument City, Indiana

Lots of flatness.

From 7-21-2012 Monument City, Indiana

The lake is highly variable in depth it appears. I wonder how close these cliffs get to being under water.

From 7-21-2012 Monument City, Indiana

Much to the kids’ disappointment, only the foundations of the old buildings were visible. I think they expected a whole city to come to the surface.v

From 7-21-2012 Monument City, Indiana

Ever the opportunist, the velvet leaf managed to invade the landscape.

From 7-21-2012 Monument City, Indiana

Bud-Wei-Ser. *sigh* Everywhere you go there’s litter.

From 7-21-2012 Monument City, Indiana

History abounds in red brick.

From 7-21-2012 Monument City, Indiana

Foundations of the old school reside at the new water’s edge.

From 7-21-2012 Monument City, Indiana

signs of civilization…

From 7-21-2012 Monument City, Indiana

Yeah, expectations didn’t equal results so at least one of our party succumbed to boredom.

From 7-21-2012 Monument City, Indiana

But, so we close. As it turns out the day after we visited the DNR closed the site to visitors. Apparently too many people were stealing the rusty tin cans and other refuse to be found.

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Oregon Trip – Day 2 – Crater Lake

It was my intent when we started the Oregon trip to take time every single day to blog. I reasoned that there was no better chance to catch the details than right at that exact moment. As the date on this post amply testifies that totally different happen. So I guess I’ll have to plumb the depths of my recollection and try to reconstruct it. Perhaps it will find itself sanitized by the effort.

On day two we pried ourselves out of the sumptuous accommodations of the downtown Portland Motel 6 and headed south. This is the part of the trip where one is still acclimatizing oneself to the fact that the place you’re in is ludicrously scenic. Sometimes you stop along any cut-out in the road and spend 2 hours being in awe only to realize over the next several days that the whole damn state is equally as scenic or better. We did this in Arizona too hiking towards some massively interesting rocks for hours only to finally move on and realize that they were tiny compared to the rest.

In Oregon it was the Umpqua river that first caught our attention on this day.

From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake

Trees + Rocks + Water… I’m not sure it gets any better. The math works out magically.

From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake

Eric was fairly impressed.

From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake

One thing that Eric and Laura spotted that I breezed past were these Horsetails. In Indiana we see these just as denuded stems but in Oregon they grow in a wonderfully Jurassic pattern.

From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake

Yeah…. just yawningly cool.

From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake

And there are people who can come and see this every flipping day. Good lord.

From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake

Oh to be a bird… even a turkey buzzard… with a camera, of course.

From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake

One could really get lost in these winding tributaries.

From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake

At places like this one feels lucky to be able to see into the cross-section of the forest. It’s like slicing open a kiwi.

From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake

The road is certainly a long and surprisingly straight one in many places.

From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake

I remember this point in the trip. It was the point in which I suddenly realized that I was stupid for not packing warmer clothes. We stopped briefly at Diamond Lake which apparently resides in a totally different season of the year from the rest of the country.

From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake
From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake

So… Crater Lake… yeah, try as I might, photos just won’t cover it.

From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake

There’s just so *MUCH* of it. Perhaps it’s the sheer size and the realization that a few steps forward and you could plummet to an icy death.

From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake

Plenty of life in this chilly spot though.

From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake
From 6-30-2012 Oregon Day 2 – Crater Lake

And so ends, more or less, Day 2. The next day we make our way to the sea.

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Oregon Trip – Day 1 – Columbia River Gorge

At 3:30 in the morning the alarm went off. At 3:35 in the morning the second alarm went off. At 3:40 in the morning the third alarm went off and at 4:05 we were out the door and on the way to the airport. Such are the rigors of air travel with a paranoid traveler who images the chaos of missing a flight.

Despite all the paranoia was still managed to board the first flight late since we missed a last-minute gate-change made by the airlines. Eight hours of children with annoying toys, children travelling alone who had no end of stories, cramped seats and 2/3 of a book (something about air travel always makes me a voracious reader) we settled our rather tired selves into the Portland airport.

Easily accessible from Portland we made our way to the Columbia River Gorge for a rather brief tour. It should be noted by any observers that our travels seem to be much more about breadth than depth. One could very easily spend a month exploring the falls of the Columbia River.

the first thing that leaps to the forefront of attention is just how GREEN the world is up here. The dustbowl of the midwest is as brown as any L. Frank Baum tale this year so the Columbia river is like a Munchkin’s dream by comparison.

From 6-29-2012 Oregon Day 1 – Columbia River Gorge
From 6-29-2012 Oregon Day 1 – Columbia River Gorge

And the critters that live in the dark recesses here are a thousand times more entertaining than those musty mites we must endure back home.

From 6-29-2012 Oregon Day 1 – Columbia River Gorge
From 6-29-2012 Oregon Day 1 – Columbia River Gorge

Walking along the trail to Angel Falls, I couldn’t help but be reminded of my strong sense of vertigo when it enters my awareness that one missed step and I’ll be plummeting down a cliff like Homer Simpson trying to jump the Springfield gorge.

From 6-29-2012 Oregon Day 1 – Columbia River Gorge

But oh the eager reaching of nature here.

From 6-29-2012 Oregon Day 1 – Columbia River Gorge

and her humbly bowed head…

From 6-29-2012 Oregon Day 1 – Columbia River Gorge

These are among the shorter trees of the region. In the next couple days we’ll head south towards the Redwoods, the real old men of the forest.

From 6-29-2012 Oregon Day 1 – Columbia River Gorge

Through a quirk of misnavigation (but then, when you don’t really have any plan for where to go, how do you tell when you misnavigate?) we ended up walking half a mile to Multnomah falls while the rest of creation parked 10 feet away. (Oddly, according to the signage it was .25 miles to walk TO the falls but .5 miles to walk back) It’s about all my 8mm fish-eye can do to actually take it all in at once

From 6-29-2012 Oregon Day 1 – Columbia River Gorge
From 6-29-2012 Oregon Day 1 – Columbia River Gorge

Worth mentioning that it’s not exactly an intimate location though.

From 6-29-2012 Oregon Day 1 – Columbia River Gorge

One can’t help but be struck by the forces at work here. Tiny erosive forces from a thousand tributaries meet up with an epic one in the form of the Columbia River. Of course the river wins leaving the tiny tributaries chip, chip, chipping away at their own foundations one flake of rock at a time. These will go on long after we’ve ceased to be.

From 6-29-2012 Oregon Day 1 – Columbia River Gorge

In a search for hotel options, we found it 50% more cost effective to take ourselves back to Portland rather than try to find an overpriced spot near the scenery. One local purveyor of such things boasted, “it’s got a big TV, if you’re into that sort of thing.” It’s easy to see why in such an area one might not exactly partake of the Farnsworthian muse with much regularity.

That was yesterday and so today we’re up bright and early (as the locals would judge it anyway) and since Oregon seems to be under rather a cloud today we’re betaking ourselves unto the south. Crater Lake and the Redwoods beckon. The weather promises to be less oppressive later in the week.

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From the Yard – 6-17-2012

One of my recurring themes is the idea that you don’t have to go very far for good photography. This last batch was all shot within walking distance of the house.

It was Laura who spotted these tiny birds outside our window first. Emotionally, they seem to encapsulate the idea of helpless yearning to a “T”.

From 6-16-2012 From the Yard
From 6-16-2012 From the Yard

Later I wandered into the yard where I found a tiny green spider just waiting to have his photo taken.

From 6-16-2012 From the Yard
From 6-16-2012 From the Yard

Later in the day, I found these wildflowers just a few minutes from my own house in the Zionsville park.

From 6-17-2012 From the Park

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Perch’ed Upon a Flower

Photo first, chatter later.  This is another shot from the Celery Bog in Lafayette.  It’s another of those that proves to me that good shots don’t require an exotic locale but rather just call upon us to be patient and look with persistence upon the world around us. This little guy was a mere 10 feet from the car.

From 6-5-2012 Celery Bog, West Lafayette, IN

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