A Peek Inside the Bell




When photographing nature, I always look to find “different” ways of photographing something. In this case, I found a Virginia Bluebell wildflower with a clump of flower buds and a single bell open. I was wondering what it would look like, grabbing a capture looking down the bell of the flower. I captured 20 images, […]

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More Signs of Spring




After the recent snowfall, I also found some early, woodland wildflowers growing around my rural property. The Virginia Bluebells had some small buds, still being covered by the leaves, trying to poke out: I then set up my camera on a tripod to capture some images for Focus-stacking: This focus-stacked image was made by capturing […]

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Purple Rain, Part 2




Yesterday, I got a chance to combine together some images I captured of the Bird’s-foot Violet for focus-stacking. Using Helicon Focus software, I combined 10 images into a single image, to get a single image with increased depth of field on the subject, but without influencing the background focus. It ended up pretty nice, but […]

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Common Violet Wildflower




Yesterday, I held my first of several, scheduled in-the-field workshops for wildflower photography. One of the many wildflowers we found blooming was the Common Violet (Viola sororia). Here are a few images I captured, alongside a student: And this next image was created by “focus-stacking” 10 images into one image: The Common Violet grows to […]

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A “Lifer” Wildflower: Bloodroot




While hiking and photographing woodland wildflowers yesterday, I found a “lifer” wildflower … one I have often hoped to run across, but until this trip, had never seen. I’m talking about Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis). Here are a few of  my favorite images of the Bloodroot wildflowers: Here are some “young” plants, emerging from the leaf […]

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First Spring Beauties of 2015




Yesterday morning, I first checked out the woodland where I will be conducting some in-the-field wildflower photography workshops (starting next week), then decided to check out a woodland area that is behind another friend’s house, right across the road from my home. I wasn’t too optimistic about finding much there, but boy was I wrong! […]

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Unfurled and Showing Off




A few days ago, I shared some images of False Rue Anemone (Isopyrum biternatum) wildflowers that are growing on a nearby, rural Cass County woodland. At that time, the flowers were still “rolled-up” and just waiting to “pop” (here is link to those images: “First MO Wildflower of 2015”). Yesterday morning, I checked out the […]

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Testing the Limits




While editing some older images, I found a couple of images captured from the kayak, of a small frog “hiding” in a lily pad. Reviewing the image data, I realized these images were made by hand-holding the camera/macro lens combo. I used a very small aperture to throw the background out-of-focus. This also caused a […]

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Stacked Spider




Note:  I will be displaying/selling much of my artwork (framed and unframed prints, nature note cards, nature magnets, post cards) at the Lee’s Summit Art Festival on Friday, October 10 thru Sunday, October 12 (see details HERE and scroll down the page). With a hectic schedule, and working around potential heavy thunderstorms to set up […]

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Indian Pipe




During my recent visit to the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center (Blue Springs, Missouri), I was able to see and photograph the Indian Pipe wildflower (Monotropa uniflora). This was a “lifer” for me. I had heard about this beautiful plant, and even one of my country neighbors had found one on his property a few […]

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