Camera as Paintbrush

The last butterfly picture from my previous post was a lucky accident. I happened to take the picture just as the butterfly was flying away. I posted the image because I liked how it captured the flightiness of butterflies. When using our cameras we often use verbs like take, capture, or shoot to describe our actions because they accurately describe the approach we use…

More Butterflys

Here are some more pictures from the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Flutterbys

The Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls, Ontario is home to nearly 3000 butterflies representing 45 species. The lush tropical climate is navigated with a nearly quarter-mile walkway through various levels. A small waterfall and stream add a gentle sound as well as beauty. My spouse and I stopped there Tuesday on the way back from a visit to my mom. She lives in upstate…

Bugs

Insects are often seen as pests, but there is beauty here too. Of the 90 million species roaming the earth, sky, and sea I am sharing five images today: a fly on a chair, a butterfly, a grasshopper, a dragonfly, and a spider web (with some captured insect prey). If you feel like something is crawling up your arm, it is very possible as…

Blades of Grass

In Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman wrote, “I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” For photographers, Whitman’s words are a call to be mindful of the beauty in simple things. In seeking the “grand image” we may overlook a gentle glory in the simple. Hope you can see the beauty in my brief homage to Whitman’s…

No Worries

The wild areas between farm and road seem filled with wildflowers this summer. I have loved wildflowers since grade school days. I find the natural, uncultivated beauty of these flowers captivating. The sowing of seed by wind and birds creates a randomness that can surprise. On a photo excursion last Friday, we came across a huge field of day lilies; overwhelming in both quantity…

2 Queens and 2 Vultures

I couldn’t resist putting these together with the above title. These were all taken on the same day as yesterday’s post. The detail from a building picture is from Wednesday’s post about the rundown – but still majestic – Victorian house; the style named, of course, for Queen Victoria. Notice the mold and moss and deterioration of the detail. The other queen is a…

A Victorian Lady

I love Victorian houses. While the Victorian period is typically listed as mid 19th century to 1900, most Victorian houses still standing in the United States were built toward the latter half of that period. While driving down a country road near me, I came across a sadly rundown Victorian house that still presented herself with hints of her former beauty. The house has…

Rust

Rust. What does the word “rust” bring to your mind? Do you think of corrosion, or decay, or tetanus shots? I think patina (strange, I know). The beautiful gradations and rich colors in rust draw me to all kinds of rusted things. As I wandered today taking pictures of rusted things, I was reminded of the Tolkien line “Not all who wander are lost.”…

A Visit to the Farm: The Rest of the Story

As we were taking pictures of the milk house, a car pulled up and a 70-something man rather gruffly asked what we thought we were doing. Once the farmer learned we were a couple of harmless old ladies interested in taking pictures of stones his demeanor changed and he smiled and said, “If you want to see some real stones, come to the house…