Category Archives: Nature

My 2015 Search for Spring (and Skunk Cabbage)

Every March, I go to the woods in the hope that I will find evidence that spring has begun. For me, that’s when skunk cabbage emerges from the mud or, as is the case this year, through the snow. Skunk … Continue reading

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The Monsters in Our Midst

Along this tranquil autumn stream, monsters lurk in plain sight. Location: Black Partridge Woods, Lemont, Illinois Forest Preserve District of Cook County At Black Partridge Woods, invisible raindrops plummet from the gray onto a canopy of yellow sugar maples, dislodging … Continue reading

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Stop and Look Up: A Winter Daydream

Stop and Look Up Sun and snow on the trail, slip-sliding with ease, Stop and look up, see the lace in the trees. Take your mind off the cold, as your fingers they freeze, Stop and look up, see the … Continue reading

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Searching for Spring (and Skunk Cabbage)

Today, March 10, 2013, spring officially began in the Chicago area. For me, the beginning of spring does not arrive in a fanfare of color. Rather, it begins subtly, when sometime in March, speckled maroon and yellow spathes of skunk cabbage … Continue reading

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Digital Landscape Photography: New Possibilities in Storytelling

Not until recently, did I begin to photograph the landscape with a digital camera, leaving behind the beauty of transparency film and the process of leaning over a light table, one eye to the loupe, to immerse myself in the colorful world living within. … Continue reading

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Transcendental Light & The Art of Landscape Photography

On this typical May morning, along a bluff at Black Partridge Woods, transcendental rays of new-day light fleck the verdant floor and streak across serpentine waves of woodland phlox, casting the divine onto this springtime panorama. Thirty minutes earlier, though, only flat blue shade … Continue reading

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On the Coldest Days, Winter Plays

There were some very cold days last week and most people stayed inside, but I know better. Because, it is on the coldest days when winter plays and her plans change to mischief and whimsy. After years of winter photography, I still never know … Continue reading

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