Carry that camera all the time...

It's the biking season for me and I never leave home without my camera tucked in the bag on the back of my bike.  I look down this path every single time I ride my favorite route through the woods.  I always hope for a deer and sometimes I am rewarded!  The second thing I hope for is that I am successful stopping my bike quietly and getting my camera out before the deer runs away.  Quite challenging to say the least.

 


Some time for extra creativity!

I captured some photos of a white tiger while in Las Vegas a couple of years ago and have been wanting to make something really cool from one of the photos where the tiger was looking directly at me.  I had an idea in my head and I finally was able to make the idea come alive!

 


And so my photography season begins...

Tis the season to bring my camera wherever I go...

 

 

 


Serene Swans

I have had this photo on my hard drive for quite a few months.  Sometimes the more in love I am with a photo the more I hold it to myself until I decide the exact photo tint I want it to have.  I tried this photo in color, in a warm tone and in this cool tone.  This cool tone was my final choice because it feels like the actual day.  It was a very cold day so the slightly bluish tone works for me.  Taking photos of swans in winter never gets old for me.  It's one of the few things that will get me out of bed early on a weekend.

 


Empty Nester

I feel this photo has some symbolism.  Even though the duck that is flying away in the background is not from the nest in the photo, the two work together well for me.  It's still a symbol of the bird that flew the coop, the nest that is empty because the bird is now out on its own, new beginnings, growing up, a family that has changed, freedom.  This photo can mean many different things to the viewer.

 


Bye Bye....

I got up early one morning to go run an errand and it was so foggy and I love fog!  I rushed through the errand so I could head to the park and a lake.  It was one of those days where the fog sticks around for a while so I had a great time taking photos with no one around (it was very cold out, only the very hardy were out and about at that early hour).  

 


Cedar Waxwing

This is the first photo I have ever taken of a Cedar Waxwing.  I was standing on a lump of mud taking photos of a swan when I noticed some birds flying around to the left of where I was standing.  I just think these birds are beautiful.  

 


As the Crow Flies...

This photo was an unexpected surprise.  I was camping up north next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and spotted this crow sitting on a rock near my campsite.  I slowly crept up the path to try to get a photo of him sitting on a rock.  Suddenly he flew off and I took this photo.  The crow in flight is much more interesting than him sitting on a rock.  I turned this photo into black and white as I have been falling in love with black and white photography all over again this past year.  

 


Two more canvas wraps going up on my wall

When in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness this past summer my friend and I came across a plant called, "Indian Pipes" or "Ghost Plant".  Super interesting to learn about them.  I made two of my favorite images of the plant into a brownish tone with a cool edge and ordered up a couple 16x24 canvas wraps for my home.  I can't wait to hang them up!

 


The Process

There is something completely gratifying for me to be out in nature and take a beautiful photo, perfect it on my computer, print it up and frame it, and hang it on a wall to share with others.  I am completely and utterly in love with the entire process.

 


Creative Days

 Today I set aside for only photography (and Prince music).  I laid in bed for hours reading photography magazines that inspire me.  Then I got started on a project that I have been thinking about for a long time.  The creative ideas for wildlife collages are pouring out of me a mile a minute.  This project should keep me busy this winter!

 


Meeting my photographic idol

I got a chance to meet my photographic inspiration and idol last week.  Jim Brandenburg is a world renowned nature and wildlife photographer.  I study his work and visit his gallery in Ely, MN whenever I am there.  Last week he had collaboration with the musician Michael Monroe and I spent an evening listening to Michael's wonderful music paired with Jim Brandenburg's photographs.  Jim also spent a good deal of time talking about his photos and philosophies.  I was in heaven all night.  Afterwards we had the chance to meet and speak with Jim.  I will cherish this photo forever!

 

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