Arctic Thunder / Glacier Calving

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Hubbard Glacier Calving, Alaska 2004

From fire (in my last post) to ice, here. The sudden release and breaking away of a mass of ice from a glacier is known as calving. Witnessing this phenomenon is a once in a lifetime experience.

The sound that occurs when the ice breaks off is like a resounding crack or boom you might hear in a severe lightning storm. All in all, one of the great natural acts one can witness that stays with you forever.

…On a separate note, sometimes a photograph can exhibit an image inside an image. If you look to the bottom right of the frame, you can see what looks likes a human face in the crashing icy water.  I have isolated it below to exhibit its eerie likeness. Just a little something extra in an already phenomenal experience.

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         Ice Face, Alaska, 2004

Bringing the Heat

Wildfire, Florida Everglades

Wildfire, Florida Everglades 2007

Summer brings lightning strikes to the Florida Everglades. Combined with dry Sawgrass, the resulting wildfires can be seen for miles.  The electric power line towers at the bottom of the image show the scale of the towering inferno.

This is also a metaphor for our Miami Basketball team going for their third straight Championship, and how I’ve been feeling lately…not in a good way.

 

Dedication

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Never Forget, 911 Memorial, 2013

The 911 Museum was officially dedicated this week. Let us never forget.

Categories: Black & White, Cityscapes

Looking Up to Mom / Happy Mother’s Day

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Lioness and Cub, 2014

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Parental Guidance, 2010

For my Fine Art work, I don’t like to photograph anything that can talk back to me and I usually only use human subjects to show scale in an image.

So, to celebrate Mother’s Day I have posted the above images of animal subjects that exhibit the importance of looking up to your Mother…I know I always did.

Fire from the Sky / Lightning, Outer Banks, North Carolina

Lightning, Outer Banks

Lightning, OBX 2006

With the arrival of summer weather, lightning season is fast approaching. I look forward to safely capturing striking (pun intended) images of this amazing and powerful natural phenomenon.

This image, which I posted when I first started this blog, still memorializes the most extraordinary lightning strike I have ever witnessed.

While lightning images require a tripod to keep the shutter open awaiting the strike, on this occasion I had left mine at a different location. Using a hotel railing as support, I timed the shutter release to capture this monumental strike.  The force of the lightning shook the building, yet I was still able to keep the lifeguard stand in focus and record the soft blur of the blowing sea grass.

As my Artist Statement reflects… I capture moments in time, never to be repeated.

 

Categories: Landscapes, Nature, Seascapes

Earth Day 2014

 Mother Earth

In 2011, I decided to create a 3 minute montage of some of my images to commemorate Earth Day (April 22nd each year). My goal was to celebrate the planet’s natural beauty and put forth the message of conservation and preservation.

Initially, I planned on making a new video each year, but life got in the way. So, until such time as I can create a new one, I re-post the original around Earth Day each year.

I added natural sound to the finished piece and the haunting musical soundtrack is Willow and the Light by Kevin MacLeod. (A good pair of stereo headphones can enhance the experience).

If you haven’t seen it before, I hope you enjoy it and when it comes to Mother Earth…choose wisely.

 

The Lost Coast / Where Heaven Meets Earth

Lost Coast

Where Heaven Meets Earth, Lost  Coast, CA 2009

To get to this pristine paradise in Humboldt County, California, one needs to hike in from either the north or south. There are no roads for a 25 mile stretch, hence the name “Lost Coast.”

On this particular day, the low clouds drifted in and practically touched the Sea…the closest I have come to a place where Heaven meets Earth.

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