Out for a Walk

  Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods, and I have been stealing time to go for a walk on the way home from work every day. Well, every day I can justify it – some days, it’s hurry home to take care of something time-sensitive. I can usually manage 30 minutes, which… Read More Out for a Walk

Odd Prompts, science fiction, writing


  Jim knew he was somewhere beyond tired, ranging into exhaustion and the peculiar drunken twilight of sleep psychosis, but he was certain he would have remembered the camera. He stared down at it, right there in the center of his desk, for a long moment before turning carefully away, looking at the coffeepot instead.… Read More Snapshot


Happy Accidents

  I had a Bob Ross moment this week. I’d taken a photo with the new camera lens… Let me back up a bit and put this in perspective.  The lens I use with my DSLR the most is my 18-55mm which allows me to get wide-angle but also close-up shots. It’s the workhorse of… Read More Happy Accidents

exploration, Photos, poetry

Fallen Ruin

I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive,… Read More Fallen Ruin

Art, exploration, writing

Photo Safari

My friend, fellow author, and fellow photographer Mark Alger invited me to join him on a photo safari through Cincinnati, and the First Reader and I were with him yesterday. I had a marvelous time shooting everything in sight (over 1000 images!) and listening to Mark talk about the history of each area. I’ve only… Read More Photo Safari

Art, passion

Pursuing Passions

I write. That’s the point of the blog. I also create art, take photos, and learn. I’m passionate about all of those, but they have ups and downs. It’s my birthday, and I’ve been thinking about the future and what lies there, just out of sight. I was listening to a podcast by professional photographer… Read More Pursuing Passions

gardening, Photos

Gone Buggy

I went bughunting today! All of these photos were taken in my front garden in early evening. I really do need to get out and do this more often. Enjoy!

Naturalist, Photos


I’m busy trying to get everything done for the Holidays, but I took a few minutes to play feather paparazzi and stalk the birds I can see through my office window. All of these photos were shot through glass, so they aren’t as crisp as they could be. But I really haven’t time (or body… Read More Birdstalking

Naturalist, Photos, science

Hunting Bugs

I take a lot of bug pictures, and one of the things I try to do with them is correctly identify what I’ve captured on film pixels. I’ve got some resources in the form of real people who can steer me in the right direction or pinpoint the genus and species, but I hate to… Read More Hunting Bugs


State of the Art

I was thinking about art this morning. I have so many options. I’ve got my 7″ android tablet, which has nifty drawing apps, and a capacitive paintbrush I bought, although I still prefer my own fingertips on that. I have a pentablet, not an expensive one, but it still amazes me what I can do… Read More State of the Art


Artfully: Day 14

I’ve been challenged to stretch my camera skills by shooting with only one lens setting in a day, using RAW format, and testing what different lighting does. But because today was a very odd day, that went… sideways.  I did manage to do some shooting. But I didn’t manage much if any post-processing, with one… Read More Artfully: Day 14