New Gallery: November

I’ve posted November pictures in blog posts before, but never got them into a gallery on the site. Today I correct that oversight with a selection of images from November in recent years.

Many people start complaining about winter weather in November, so I like to show off the beauty of the month. This will probably be the first of several November-themed galleries, because I have a lot more November images where these came from!

You can see it here.

New Gallery: Stump Sprouts

I finally got around to adding a gallery that is just a small collection of the many images I have shot at the Stump Sprouts Lodge in Hawley, Mass. This is just one example of the early morning view from the lodge and just one of the many photo opportunities out there.

Here is an example of the view that rewards early risers.

Nature Walk at the Keep Museum

Join me at the Keep Homestead Museum in Monson for a nature walk. We are in danger of actually having spring weather for this one!

While it is renowned for its button collection, Myra Keep, along with her father, also had a strong interest in natural history and there is a room in the museum with their collection of rocks and shells. The property has a trail system of under 2 miles that passes through both field and forest habitat. I will lead a walk on these trails, looking for signs of the season, identifying some of the local plants, as well as looking for examples of how the land tells us stories of both recent and long ago history. In the event of rain I will give a presentation of nature photography from the greater Monson area.
The Keep Museum is located at 35 Ely Road in Monson. http://keephomesteadmuseum.org/index.html

Photo Exhibit Open at Arcadia

I just hung an exhibit of photographs at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. The exhibit is open until February 27. They are also in the “On Display” gallery here on the website. The two shown here are new to the site. They are also representative of the exhibit, which is titled “Natural Moments, Laughing Brook and Beyond.” The top image is from Laughing Brook, the bottom image is from Shenandoah National Park.

snow-covered oak branches

Winter Oak Design

view from Pinnacles with clouds and yellow foliage

Autumn Morning Light at Pinnacles

New Macro Images

I just found these assorted macro shots uploaded to the site but I never posted them. I added them to a few galleries, and also put them in a new gallery called recent additions. This way anyone who is already familiar with the galleries can see just the newest additions. I’ll add a couple of samples below, and you can see the rest of them in the recent additions gallery.

Young katydid backlit in the grass

I was really looking for nice images of the backlit grass. When you get down and up close you find gems like this one.

Closeup image of a gladiolus

A Cloudy Day at Laughing Brook

Earlier this year I wrote an artist’s statement to go with some prints on display in Greenfield. I posted it on my Gallery page today. Here it is:

Nature is more than “stunning” colors and improbably close encounters with wildlife. We go to nature for quiet moments and experiences that take us away from the busy concerns of the day. Our nature photographs should do the same for us, speaking softly with light and color that is gentle and true, giving us a moment in the working of an ecosystem as the elemental forces of geology and light interplay with the annual cycles of life, capturing the confluence of form, pattern, and color, or hinting at the interconnection of life. Nature photographs are the reminder of the feeling of a natural experience: the play of light on the patina of an old tree trunk, a bird in its habitat greeting the new day in song, the first taste of spring in the lingering light of a gently cool March evening.

Here are a couple of experiences from Laughing Brook yesterday:

Chestnut-sided warbler singing

This chestnut-sided warbler was singing in this tree for at least a couple of hours.

Chestnut-sided Warbler Staring Back

A few times he stopped singing to look down my way.

A red squirrel pausing on its way up a tree

This red squirrel seemed curious about what I was doing with the weird black box on 3 legs.

More Learning Opportunities

I have a couple of more workshops coming up soon. The first is a two-part class at Laughing Brook. We’ll cover the basics of exposure and best practices for great captures of nature and other images. The first class is on Sunday June 4 at 1 pm.

That is followed by a one-class workshop on macro photography held at the Hitchcock Free Academy in Brimfield. That will be Tuesday, June 6 from 6 to 8:30 pm.

For details on this and the workshop in Amherst on the 3rd, see my event page.

Nature Photography at Applewood Orchard Arboretum

On June 3, 9 am I am pleased to help the Kestrel Trust promote their work by leading a nature photography workshop at their Applewood Orchard Arboretum in Amherst. People with any kind of camera can join as we explore the site and capture the unique experiences it has to offer.  Register with the Kestrel Trust at http://www.kestreltrust.org/calendar/nature-photography-workshop-2017/

Kestrel Land Trust Workshop Poster

Kestrel Land Trust Workshop Poster