The Groovy Autumn Photo Tour

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Fall, Landscapes, Seasons, Vermont, Workshops & Tours | 0 comments

The Groovy Autumn Photo Tour

Fall foliage this year was among the best in recent memory. Not only were the colors notably vivid, especially the early reds of the red maples, but the autumnal showcase of dazzling hillsides, kaleidoscopic reflections, and covered bridges and waterfalls framed in crimson and gold filigree lasted from around September 26, when it peaked up here in the Northeast Kingdom, to its last gasps in central and southern Vermont as late as the middle of October! Even as I write this, out of my den window I can still see a few yellow poplars flickering among the dour earth tones of late autumn.

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Belizean Blues

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Belizean Blues

Belize is among the most biologically diverse places on Earth.  Its tropical forests are home to howler and white-faced capuchin monkeys, toucans, macaws, jaguars, and more unidentified insects than those we’ve catalogued and named.   By itself, this would be more than sufficient to earn Belize a place on my bucket list.

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New Gallery Additions & Holiday Print Sale

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Fine Art Prints | 2 comments

New Gallery Additions & Holiday Print Sale

Patrons visiting my gallery (see previous blog “A Wonderful Life”) often ask whether they can purchase my prints on line, or they ask if I have a brochure, or a business card. I tell them that my prints are only available from me personally, at the markets from May through October, and that I do not have a brochure, not even a business card. It’s time to confess to those of you who took a moment to sign my guestbook, that I lied. ;)

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A Wonderful Life

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Business of Nature Photography, Fine Art Prints, Shows & Exhibits | 9 comments

A Wonderful Life

Exhibiting, together with teaching and conducting private photo tours and workshops, writing, and stock photography, comprise the “financial pie” that is the commercial enterprise side of Sojourns In Nature.  Believe me, I’d be just as happy, indeed, happier, if Sojourns In Nature didn’t have a commercial, i.e., capitalistic component but then this work isn’t my hobby, it’s my vocation.  It’s what I’ve been “getting away with” for three decades.

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Hitchhiking to the Center of the Milky Way

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Astrophotography, Hot Shots, Technique | 11 comments

Hitchhiking to the Center of the Milky Way

Orbiting one of the, as Carl Sagan famously put it, “billions and billions” of stars in the outer reaches of one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy, the Earth faces the center of the galaxy at night from mid-winter to mid-summer.  From my viewpoint here in northern Vermont, the central disc of the galaxy where the density of stars is the greatest, known as the core, appears as a glowing bulge first above the eastern horizon in February and then gradually moves south during the spring eventually setting below the southwest horizon around the end of July.  Unless you’re at a very high elevation, say, above 8000′ and far removed from any light pollution, the core isn’t visible to the naked eye.  That’s because our eyes see light in real time.  A camera’s sensor, however, accumulates photons allowing a photographer to build up an image that truly captures the beauty of the cosmos.

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