Kanopolis Spillway After Weeks of Rain

Kanopolis Spillway after heavy rains

After weeks of rain, Kanopolis Lake is getting close to capacity. The only time it has had more water was in 1993 and 1951! As a result virtually all roads into the park are closed, making it difficult to capture pictures of the flooding. I got one shot of someone rowing across one of the … Read more

Muertos Mourning Gold

Muertos Mourning Gold - Fractalized Ace of Spades

Playing cards created by Steve Minty feature wonderful unique graphic designs coupled with high quality card stock. They are offered in limited quantities and usually sell out shortly after release. I’ve been fortunate enough to pick up a few decks, and today’s photo essay features the Muertos Mourning Gold deck, one of a series of … Read more

Daffodils Dark and Light

Daffodil Under Light

In a sure sign of spring, Sheryl found some daffodils near the back door. I had a go at taking some pictures of them and ended up with two that I like. One is lit pretty darkly, with only a rim light providing illumination. I call it Daffodil at Night. The second one is fully … Read more

Lunatica Solstice Playing Cards

Lunatica Solstice: Queen of Spades (fractalized)

My interest in paper collectibles, previously focused on stamp collecting, has expanded into a new area: playing cards. Turns out there is a whole industry out there, a few years old, focused on designing and creating a wide variety of playing cards featuring updated, modern designs, many paying homage to classic cards from the past. … Read more

Colorful Succulent Closeup

41 shot stacked cactus

I created a closeup photo of this colorful succulent* and wanted to share the details of how I was able to get the entire top in focus. The answer was to combine a set of multiple, stacked, photographs, where each image was focused on a different part of the cactus. The source images are created … Read more

Arches National Park in Winter

North Window

I had the opportunity to spend a sunny afternoon at the Arches National Park recently while traveling to visit family out west. I focused on the Windows Arches, near the south end of the park and opted to take a photo of the Delicate Arch from the viewpoint instead of taking the time to hike … Read more

D750 Holiday (test) Shots

Christmas Star, Fractalized

I haven’t had a chance to get out in the field with my new camera, but have taken a few indoor shots. The two middle pictures were taken with a portable light box attached to my flash. It did soften the light, but is pretty flimsy and I’m not sure I care for it much. … Read more

Nikon D750 First Light

Smoky

And so it came to pass; after 39 years of using only Canon (D)SLR cameras I’ve gone over to the black and gold. Yes, I got my first Nikon DSLR this week. A Christmas/birthday present, received early so I can learn to use it properly before an upcoming trip. tl;dr: switched from Canon to Nikon … Read more

Geode Puzzle by Nervous Systems

Geode Puzzle - Finished!

I recently completed the most unusual jigsaw puzzle I’ve ever assembled. It’s called the Geode Puzzle and is made by Nervous Systems. The puzzle is made of laser cut birch plywood, cut in a dense, maze-like cut pattern. The pieces are very high quality and included a number of unusual shapes, including some nested pieces! … Read more