American Landscape series no. 4 ~


I love glass bricks because I find color and form intoxicating and exuberant. This is one of my earliest and most successful glass-brick photographs; it was juried into the LaGrange Biennial (Georgia), a national art exhibit, in 1998—probably the most competitive show I was ever in. I can only hope to do as well again someday. This photograph was taken at a fast-food chain restaurant in Carbondale; many people may be able to read or recognize the sign. Pentax K-1000.

Fallen camellias ~

Camellias and Coins

This was taken at the small pool in the Linnean House at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Linnean House used to be an almost magical place. There’s a slightly winding, brick-lined walkway down the middle, and both sides used to be lined with tall camellia trees. When these were all in bloom, the effect was stunning. In “renovating” the Linnean House, MoBOT removed all of the camellia trees from the south side of the greenhouse, replacing them with potted cactuses and fruit trees. The camellia trees on the other side have been lopped off and many, it seems, removed. No longer is the Linnean House enchanting.

Green ~

Vanilla and leaf

My favorite photo from the orchid show itself (see previous post). I think the trailers may be vanilla, but I wouldn’t swear to it. I can’t decide if the depth of field is too shallow here for the best effect or not. Like much of my past work, even though this photo is representational, it leans toward the abstract. Pentax K-50, 50 mm lens.

So long for now ~

This blog is suspended while its author is undergoing repair. Best wishes to all of my followers and to any other readers of these posts. A special thank-you to Dan, who has encouraged my efforts tirelessly, and to the person who nominated this blog for the Sunshine Award. You have no idea how ironic that was, but it brought a smile to my face.