Once upon a time I decided to learn how to take photographs of snowflakes. I researched equipment and purchased a new ultra-macro lens (Laowa 25mm), read books by people that were really good at this type of photography (Don Komarechka), and waited for it to snow. I became obsessed with looking at the forecast so I could plan to be home when it snowed. I learned a lot this first winter and am so in love with this type of photography. Winter is over and I am already looking forward to next winter. You can find my favorite snow crystals on the Snow Crystal Studio page of this website. The End.
Once upon a time I found a dead swan in the woods and that very day a journey started learning about lead poisoning and wildlife. Lead ‘fishing sinkers’ and ‘lead shot’ poison many innocent animals in our wild every year. 20 swans in the last 2 years have died in the Winter from lead poisoning at a local creek near my home. Here are two photos I took this Winter of what lead poisoning looks like. What it looks like is sadness. The End. Literally.
Once upon a time a virus hit the world and I found extra time on my hands to learn new things. Enter: the world of Macro Photography. I spent the summer photographing Hummingbirds - which are small but I wanted to go smaller. Much smaller. So I have been learning all about taking photos of tiny things such as droplets and snowflakes. It is fascinating and interesting and I plan to keep learning more about it for years to come. The above two photos are in a category called Water Droplet Refraction photography. If you are interested in photographing small things, I recommend the book by Don Komarechka: The Universe At Our Feet. The creative possibilities are truly endless.
Once upon a time I ventured up to the North Shore of Lake Superior during a Polar Vortex. It was very cold: -25 degrees below zero with a -45 degree windchill. It was the most cold I have ever experienced and also the most beautiful I have ever seen Lake Superior. Over the course of two days I took many photographs. The real life experience of being outside in this type of cold was exhilarating and so much fun! It made me feel very alive. The End.
Once upon a time I woke up on the first day of the New Year. Happy New Year I told myself, what would you like to do today to celebrate the new year? Go find and photograph eagles was my answer. So I bundled up and grabbed my camera and went on an all day search for our majestic American Eagle. One of my favorite spots along the Mississippi River brought me joy as I found two beautiful eagles enjoying the area. This ended up being a-very-good-day. The End.
Once upon a time after 31 years as a teacher of young children I needed a change and moved to a company that specializes in amazing displays. My sister has worked there for 25 years and has collected some of my photos to hang on the walls of the company in various places. I find it humorous that some of my photos arrived at the company about 10 years before I did.
I suppose it was some form of foreshadowing. It was only a matter of time before I followed my photos. So jump ahead to 2020 and my company loved one of my images so much that they purchased one from me to display front and center on the walls of our conference room. This was extra special to me because this is the room clients visit when we are discussing new business. I am humbled and honored.
Once upon a time about ten years ago I decided to start photographing local Trumpeter Swans. It is so fun and it gets me outside on the coldest of days. For some reason I like taking photos of wildlife in the winter even more than the summertime. I think it’s because there are fewer people out and about in the winter. I like it when it’s just me and the wildlife. There is nothing like being with the swans when 50 or more of them are playing and “trumpeting” - it’s so noisy but in a peaceful way! I have been known to stay outside in sub-zero temps for hours photographing them (usually until my camera batteries go caput). Here is one of my favorite swan photos. I have this as a 30” x 30” canvas wrap on my wall at home. It always succeeds in making me smile. :). The End.
Once upon a time I was up north at a resort on Lake Superior. A beautiful sunset was arriving so my sister and I went outside to enjoy the view. Right at the most beautiful moment of colorful sky, a woman walked out to the rocky point in front of us. Soon thereafter a man who was a bit unsteady on the rocks joined her. It was the sweetest moment when the woman reached her hand out to help the man reach the rock she was standing on. The couple in this image make the photo perfect to me. The End.
Once upon a time I had a few very favorite quotes. My first favorite quote is, “Hang around people smarter and stronger than you are and they will drag you right up with them.” My second favorite quote is, “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” My third favorite quote is the one in the pic above. The End.
Once upon a time I decided to bring my cat River kayaking for an afternoon. My cat is wondering what is wrong with me. I don’t have an answer to that question River, but this is what you get for being adopted by me. Here is to more Cat-Human adventures!