Category Photography

Osprey Fishing: Bentfeather

If you have ever witnessed the beauty of an osprey fishing, then you will know it is an amazing moment when the osprey emerges from the water with a fish. The osprey circle above water looking into the depths for a fish. Once they see a fish, they dive into the water to grasp it with […]

Sunning

Walking La Chua Trail

Walking the La Chua Trail always is a nature treat. The 1.5-mile walk to an observation platform takes you on a path through Paynes Prairie State Park. My most recent visit to La Chua Trail provided a variety of wildlife. Alligators slowly cruised through the waterways or were sunning on the banks — or sometimes were […]

Snowy Egret

Beautiful birds at low tide

Low tide provided a real gathering of birds. First a Reddish Egret captured a shrimp for supper. Second an Ibis flew by. They have curved orange beaks for routing in the bottom of the lake for their supper. Third, a Spoonbill (my favorite) awoke and started thinking about supper. Spoonbills have beautiful pink feathers. Their […]

Sunset on Cliff Tops

Smokies hiking provides connection with Nature

Hiking in the Smokies is a great way to connect with Nature. And it’s important to connect with Nature every so often. Nature calms and heals the stressed soul.  A good 4 mile hike will remind you it’s important to stay in shape. A stunning view can take your breath away and remind you how important […]

Spoonbill landing

Photographing Birds

Watching and photographing wading birds, songbirds, or mostly any birds is a real treat. I have been enjoying following Tootlepedal’s blog because he always takes a “flying bird of the day” photo.  And that is the treat, isn’t it?  To catch an in-focus flying bird — not always an easy photo. While at Sanibel Island, I […]

The Island, beach, birds

Getting up with the sun to meet Spoonbills and other birds for a photo shoot is a treat.                 This year the beach was covered in white spine needles from many, many sea urchins. A bird has eaten the inside of this urchin recently. It’s spines are still red but would bleach in the sun […]

Monsoon at Wupatki

Wupatki National Monument: Monsoon Experience

We’d known that a big storm was on its way. Black clouds were at a distance across the Painted Desert. The summer is Monsoon Season in the West, so the timing was right for an afternoon storm. We were exploring the Wupatki National Monument, a pueblo ruins on the edge of the Painted Desert that […]

Judy and her flutes at Spring Garden Festival 2015

Bell Wood Turners at Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival

Woodturning, colorful flowers and plants, and warm weather. What a great combination for the Spring Garden Festival at the Kanapaha Botanical Garden in Gainesville, Fla. More than 6,000 are expected to attend the two-day event. The last day of the event is tomorrow, Sunday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. I really enjoyed […]

Mary Colter inspires my wearable wood art

Working on my latest wood pendants and brooches, I found myself inspired by the art and architecture of Mary Colter. I’ve come to admire and appreciate Mary Colter’s work from my visits to the Grand Canyon. She listened to the Native American culture with her eyes and then used that inspiration in her work – […]

Small Wood Doors Honor SIPA Board Members’ Service

I was glad my wood doors could be part of the celebration at the 90th Southern Interscholastic Press Association convention. Executive Director Karen Flowers was celebrating her final convention before retiring. The door was open for me to be there in spirit! That’s a play on the word “door” !   I was commissioned by […]

Pyrography, woodturned cedar pendant

Turning Wood Pendants

I have been working on tuning and turning flutes lately and was looking for a reason to change the pace.  So, when my new camera arrived in the mail this morning, I decided to turn something where I could record the whole process and make a photo essay. But ultimately it was more fun to make the video […]

Earthskills gathering provides insight into basic skills from earlier times

Hand-cutting logs to become beams of a building. Weaving baskets out of palm fronds. Using blacksmithing skills to create a knife. The Florida Earthskills gathering in Hawthorne was a step back in time to remember the many skills that people used to have to create their own homes, food and clothing – without construction companies, […]