Butterfly Facts

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Butterflies

You may enjoy seeing butterflies fly around your garden or land on your deck, but how much do you really know about these fascinating creatures? Butterflies are beautiful, but they are also an integral part of the environment, contributing to agriculture and even serving as an early warning system for climate change.

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People Watching From The Lens

People watching involves observing people to get a feel for the beauty and rhythm of the community around us. And I think it makes for great photography practice. Patiently waiting and constantly looking in all directions for even the smallest of expressions or emotion that could be captured in a single shot to tell a story. And all the while trying to do so discreetly so people don’t “react” with a false “I’m in front of a camera” behavior.  It certainly makes me get lost in the moment even in the busiest of places or situations. Personally speaking at least. I find it to be a great skill building exercise.

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Klondike Moody Autumn

October Landscapes and Waterscapes

October was quite the busy month for me and I didn’t get out for near as many shots as I would have liked to, nor did I get time to post many of the photos that I was able to sneak out and capture. But, I have caught a break for a couple of days and am working to update the galleries and get a few posts up. So, today’s post is a bit of a hodgepodge of landscape shots from Missouri and Minnesota that I was able to snap last month – Enjoy!

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Abstract Art

Ingredients May Include Photoshop

It concerns some in the industry a bit when new photographers delve into Photoshop around the same time they delve into photography. These are what we call ‘photoshopographers‘, if you jump into Photoshop (or any other editing software for that matter) too soon, you run the risk of not mastering your technique as a photographer. However with that opinion known, some of us photographers come from an editing background, and delved into photography after the fact. As one of those who comes from a backwards approach, we have a design idea already in mind, and choose to take photos to work into our end game vision.

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Yellow Floral Burst

Macro Petals and Floral Visions

With fall setting in with full force the opportunities for floral shots are dwindling for the year. With that in mind, I have been buys trying to capture as many of them that I can find before they disappear for good come winter. Enjoy!

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Cemetery Spook

Headstones and Deer – More From Jefferson Barracks

Today’s post is a follow-up from the other day with more photographs from Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. We ended up with a lot more shots than I thought we would as the weather through the day was pretty dynamic and ever changing, there were deer everywhere and we pretty much spent the entire day there running around with camera gear. I got a chance to go through the last memory card and ended up with enough keeper shots for another post. I hope you enjoy.

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Watching Over Departed Souls

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

We went to take photographs at Jefferson Barracks, one of the National Cemetery Administrations oldest interment sites, has served as a burial place soldiers from all wars. We were pleasantly surprised to find several deer walking in the cemetery making for some great shot opportunities while we were there! The original military post was built south of St. Louis, Mo., on the banks of the Mississippi River to replace Fort Bellefontaine. Selected for its strategic geographic location, the post was opened in 1826. Jefferson Barracks became the army’s first permanent base west of the Mississippi River. By the 1840s, it was the largest military establishment in the United States.

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Black and White Kitty

It’s a Black and White Photo Kinda Day

The black and white vs color debate is a rather personal choice. For every person who loves to shoot monotone there are others who prefer the vibrancy of color photography. I tend to fall in the latter bucket and love tweaking colors and pushing them for visual stimulation. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t play with some B & W. For me it tend to be mod based. Some days and some photos just have a calling for mono – today is one of those days for me.

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