Tag Archives: animals and nature

hydrangeas in december

I’m obsessed with hydrangeas, photographically, at least.  Luckily I live in an established neighborhood with lots of old gardens full of an amazing variety of hydrangeas, and since I am on good terms with most of my neighbors I can … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: a question of identity.

What is this “dog”  you speak of?  I’m an otter! Aren’t I? (Totally amazing image via tumblr.  Photoshopped? Probably.   But who cares?)

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endpaper martens

The goldenrod endpapers of Wild Animals at Home by Ernest Thompson Seton. 1913.  Via tumblr Seton was an extremely popular and successful wildlife artist and woodcraft writer in his day, and one of the founders of the Boy Scout movement.  … Continue reading

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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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