Around the neighborhood

Just a few shots from today, wandering around the marsh.  Birds are noticeably absent, even Canada geese.  Not sure if they are out dining in farther fields or if they know something we should be paying attention to about the weather and seasonal change.

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Project Images

I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to my website these days.  Finally I realized it’s a good place to work on personal projects, to put up some images and play around with the theme to see how bringing a subject out might work.

For a few months I’ll be putting up a series of images on my website that are part of a single subject.  There won’t be an attempt to tell a story or develop a portfolio.  It’ll just be a way for me to select images from my collection connected to a subject.  I’m hoping the exercise of selection will help me improve my skill at defining a portfolio or a story.

Please visit and comment, either on the website or here on this blog.  I would appreciate your insights and suggestions.

Here’s the first set of images:        http://www.melmannphoto.com/f499320946  

Click on the image to see all the images.  You can click on any image to see a larger version.

Thanks!

 

Sunny day experiments

Saturday was wonderful infrared weather.  Plenty of sunshine, little wind, clear sky.  Made some images with natural and man made contrasts.  Like the way texture varies and shades of grey build structure in the image.

The fuzzy tower on the right is a wind turbine. It was turning enough to blur in the long exposure.

Birds eye view

Just a day out and around.  Stopped by the International Crane Foundation to renew membership and check on the residents there.  It’s amazing what the efforts of a few people dedicated to a cause can produce over time.  Thanks to the work of the people in Baraboo and other locations we still have the opportunity to see whooping cranes in the wild (and in captivity for those wanting a non-threatening closer look).  The Foundation is starting a building program that will enlarge the areas for several of their crane species, giving visitors a more expansive view of these large birds.  If you’re ever in the area it’s a definite visit to learn how the recovery efforts are paying off and to enjoy some time wandering around the grounds.

Trumpets of spring

Trilliums have been the harbinger of spring for me since my first spring in Michigan.  Just as the leaves in the trees started to green up the woods there would be these white stars appearing on the forest floor.  Some areas would be dotted with white and some would display a carpet of brightness against the dark green and brown.  Only in the woods would you see them, creatures of the deep forest floor, too shy to venture into the sunlight.

Delightfully I see these in Wisconsin as well, peeking out of the ground before the other plants put out their leaves and start competing for the limited sunshine let in through the branches above that are rapidly extending their leaves to create shade underneath.  A brief glance is just about all you get before the white is gone, followed soon by the part of the plant above ground, gone for another year to rest before springing up again to remind us of the seasonal cycle.