Tag Archives: animals and nature

portrait of a harbor seal

Most people who like dogs also like seals and sea lions, the fish eating dogs of the sea. (Corgis: We like fish!)  I took this portrait of a harbor seal at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, during a demonstration … Continue reading

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who controls the conservatory?

While I was carrying my camera through the Lincoln Park Zoo last week, I found this scene in the Conservatory.I don’t know what delicate controls are behind that once-green- painted wheel, but the palm tree seems pretty determined to get … Continue reading

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dogwood: all in a row

Sorry, but it’s a riotous world of intense color out there and you just can’t keep me inside.  The way dogwood leaves and the buds of next year’s flowers arrange themselves is endlessly fascinating.  There are way too many images … Continue reading

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red, green and bronze

Red, green, and bronze: Virginia creeper in the rain.  I was exercising the weather resistance of the K-30 and the DA* 55mm f/1.4 lens we call the Mouse (Or maybe “Maus”.  I’m not sure yet.)  in the backyard this morning, … Continue reading

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heart of willow

We had a closer call here than we knew at the time.  Yesterday afternoon we had one of those brief and terrible storms, the kind that send your phone vibrating off the edge of the desk with three urgent weather … Continue reading

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buckeye week

The one buckeye tree in the neighborhood, this one week in September, when the buckeyes are ripe: this is the true end of summer and the official beginning of fall. If you’ve never pulled a ripe buckeye out of its … Continue reading

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coelacanths on the menu

Had a bit of a surprise at lunchtime, when I got around to reading today’s Chicago Tribune.  On the front page was a fascinating article about the new Spinosaurus discoveries announced today. It’s a topic of local interest since lead … Continue reading

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the five secular saints of antelopia

Today was a day for photographing giraffe heads and eating tater tots, and for a first encounter with the Five Secular Saints of Antelopia. Stuffed antelopes are among my favorite photographic subjects, and these five seemed to be arranged purely … Continue reading

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the shadow of the toadfrog

This little guy was hanging around on the back wall of our house last night, being extremely hard to photograph.   The harsh light from the floods and the tiny sensor of the New Phone Camera are not well matched, … Continue reading

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an elephant by design

In keeping with the policy of this blog to celebrate good design wherever we find it, today’s exhibit comes from the local Ace Hardware. Perhaps making a small plastic watering can in the form of an elephant, with the water … Continue reading

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