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Persistence Pays Off

 

I know how difficult it can be to photograph roadrunners – I’ve tried for years – but I’m always not ready when they cross the road in front of my car! Seriously – when I have my camera/long lens in the passenger seat, ready, I never see one. But put the camera away, and I cross paths with about 2-3 a day when driving around the desert. Thankfully, this year, I was on foot with my Tamron 150-600mm lens, ‘stalking’ cactus wren building a nest, when I heard the call – no not that call – but the call of the male roadrunner. It was behind me, and I slowly and carefully backtracked to the dirt road to try and spot it. And there is was, running away from me, again – but it would stop and look back, and I played the game – walking when it walked, stopping when it stopped, and each time gaining a little on the space between us. Slowly, it felt I was no longer a threat, and it started to come back towards me, ironically, and then hopped up on this rock. It bowed it’s head in a courtship gesture, cooing to it’s partner hiding somewhere in the bushes. The plan was to offer her the gift of this lizard. But in the few moments it perched on the rock, I managed a series of images and I was so grateful! The whole process took about 40 minutes, but patience paid off, as it usually can, in capturing this moment.

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Desert Sunshine

After teaching in Saguaro National Park and Tanque Verde in Tuscon, last week, I headed back down to Organ Pipe Nat’l Monument, as I figured the brittlebush would be in full bloom, and I was not disappointed! Clouds of yellow dotted the hillsides amidst the cactus. Poppies and other flowers were very small and not carpeting the hillsides, and yellow was the dominant color and I went with it. I love this park for the topography of the mountains, which provide great landscapes

We had one day of clouds (finally) that allowed me to have some visual interest in the sky and I worked fast to make various compositions while the morning light lasted. 

Headed up to Phoenix area to visit a friend and do some business, and I’m now heading into California to photograph flowers. I’ve missed some, they ‘went off’ earlier than I could be there, but the word is the southern half is still going wild…

 

 

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Modern Art

I’ve been teaching a workshop in Tucson this past week for Madeline Island School of Arts (MISA) and having a great time. I love how the students inspire me when I’m working to inspire them! Our last day today, we went for a walk-about in the Barrio Viejo, the old part of Tucson, which is buried by the surrounding sprawl of modernity. But here, the old west survives in the artful care of home owners, who paint their doors and trim different colors, put wonderful flowers outside that contrast with the wall colors, and in general add art to the neighborhood.

Yet despite the updated homes, there are a lot of places that are vacant, or in need of restoration, and our meeting spot had a wall of corrugated metal pieces that were in various stages of rusting mixed with new pieces. The patchwork was very interesting. After I got the group going and their creative juices began to flow, they wandered on their own, and I spotted this piece of metal that was dimpled and pitted. I like the way it caught the blue of sky in areas; that added a neat color design to it. From a simple piece of metal, comes art, and I love it when that happens!

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One From the Cutting Room Floor

Curtains of virga and clouds over Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

The final edits for my new book, “Expressive Nature Photography” are finished, and this ‘baby’ didn’t make it! Hard to accept, as we all love our children, right?! But you just can’t fit all your ‘babies’ into one book, ever. This was from a short section on black and white nature photography, and it’s worthy, there were just too many to select from. I guess that’s a good thing, to have more good pics than not enough, eh?!

In the movies, in film days, the reels were cut/spliced to remove unwanted bits and segments. The phrase ‘cutting room floor’ referred to all the little bits of film that were left there after the production people got finished! Actors and actresses alike had to accept that some of what they thought were their best moments might get cut. Essentially the same thing happened – some of my faves just didn’t work into the final flow of ideas/pictures. Sigh, but then maybe they’ll be right for the next book!!

Now I can get on to other projects; I’ll be hitting the road to Arizona this weekend, for some Spring photography, and teaching for MISA at Tanque Verde.

Note: This new book is being published by Monacelli Press and will be released in August 2017, and available through your favorite bookstore(s). 

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