How to Beat the Shade: 5 Tips to Take Sharp Photos in Forests

You’re on a trip of a lifetime to your favorite forested national park. The family came with you, and you are all enjoying the sights, fresh air, and exercise. But then you get back to the computer for the first time since that trip. All your photos from deep in the forest are blurry. Your … Continue reading How to Beat the Shade: 5 Tips to Take Sharp Photos in Forests

Lind Hollow Trail by Winter

Ordinarily, winter in northwest Arkansas is a time of sleet, ice, and bitter wind. We get lots of bitter wind and wet air that sinks deeper into your skin than the dry, snowy cold in the West where I grew up. This year, we have had only a few nights below freezing and plenty more … Continue reading Lind Hollow Trail by Winter

Views of Lake Fort Smith (Part II: Scientist)

There's a phenomenon science students experience. Perhaps there's an inspirational, rare term assigned to it though I do not know what that would be. The landscape is no longer a cohesive environment of greenery and blotchy earth colors punctured by charismatic creatures and dramatic waterfalls. It...becomes millions of things that non-sciency friends rare their eyebrows … Continue reading Views of Lake Fort Smith (Part II: Scientist)

Views of Lake Fort Smith (Part I: Civilian)

Lake Fort Smith is one of the more popular hiking and boating destinations in my area. There the Ozark Highlands Trail, a 218 mile chain of interconnected trails and collectively the second longest in the state (the Ouachita Trail being the longest at 223 miles). They must be growing, because before I checked I could … Continue reading Views of Lake Fort Smith (Part I: Civilian)

Wilson Park: Dogs, Flowers and Fungi (Oh! The Fungi!)

Deep oak and hickory wood laced with purring creeks and rocky rubble beckons me, but most days they must wait, as getting out of town to the nearest decent public hiking area requires twenty minutes--more than one can afford on a working day. Instead, I often opt for a five-minute drive (to avoid crossing a … Continue reading Wilson Park: Dogs, Flowers and Fungi (Oh! The Fungi!)

#Project365: December Dullness

We had lovely weather this past December. Clouds hung over us most days, and often drooled profusely. Thus I was trapped to taking photos inside the house. As much as I appreciate still life, I feel at odds posting them online, as I'm sure few other than sketch artists like them. Oh well. However, I … Continue reading #Project365: December Dullness

#Project365: November

November = NaNoWriMo for me, so Project365 became something to simply keep up with, or use the cloudy, rainy weather as an excuse to get some still lifes of the curiosities around the house. However, I did get outside some. In Arkansas, after all, the post-chigger season starts in mid-November. This means one can hike … Continue reading #Project365: November

Litter is Gold by Leah Markum

#Project365: October Autumn

As unfortunate as it is, I'm doing a Project365 in a year that happened to have rained a lot early in the year but not later, and I suspect that has led to the drabby autumn scenery. Last year autumn was a blast of rich color. Last year would have been a great year for … Continue reading #Project365: October Autumn

Upper Waterton Lake

#Project365: September Road Trip

In September my mom and I took to the road and drove from the southeast end of the Great Plains to Okanagan Valley, the land between the Coastal and Rocky Mountains in the Pacific Northwest. That is a lot of driving and we couldn't spend more than 11 days total when visiting my grandmother, but at … Continue reading #Project365: September Road Trip

hummingbird clearwing

#Project365: August

Still keeping up with taking photos everyday of the year and uploading every week or so.  What?  Project365 requests to upload everyday?  Whoops.  Oh well.  I catch up.  I have a road trip to British Columbia coming up, so not only will I not be uploading everyday but when I do upload I'll have exotic … Continue reading #Project365: August