Month: January 2013

Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting “Plant Life” on Planet Earth

Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting “Plant Life” on Planet Earth

Purple Iris Miwok TrailWhile it’s still officially winter where I live just north of San Francisco, this January rain has fallen sporadically while skies have been remarkably sunny and bright. The fine weather belies that fact that our spring season is still officially nearly two months away.

When spring finally arrives, Irises will bloom both in home gardens and along the trails and through the meadows where I hike each week.

Here are four ways that I’ve photographed this purple-flowering plant.

The classic Iris shot is like the one above, taken from directly above, with the flower’s petals spread wide. I found this specimen along the Miwok Trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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“Birders: The Central Park Effect” Aims to Make Birdwatching “Cool”

“Birders: The Central Park Effect” Aims to Make Birdwatching “Cool”

(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.)



‘Birders: The Central Park Effect’ aims to make birdwatching cool (via The Christian Science Monitor)

One of the subjects director Jeffrey Kimball speaks with his author Jonathan Franzen, a devoted bird watcher.(Courtesy of Music Box Films) Birders have always had a bum rap as binocular-wearing geeks. Jeffrey Kimball’s documentary, “Birders: The Central Park Effect,” aims to change all that.…

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Meeting Norman Rockwell

Meeting Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell PortraitI first encountered noted American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, back in the last century when I was living in Seattle.

Sometimes he’d show up with the postman. Sometimes I’d find him at the local public library. Sometimes he’d be in a friend or relative’s home.

But whenever and wherever we crossed paths, he’d brighten my day.

Now, after an absence of forty overs or more, I ran into him again last week at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento where he’ll be “hanging out” through Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, 2013.

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