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Not Welcome in Our House

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The aviary at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson, Arizona, allows you to walk in the habitat of the birds that live there.

I entered the double-door facility with an eye toward photographing some of the residents.

The birds are probably used to being seen and having people walk through.

I’m sure it is my imagination, but the bird in the top photo, which was on the ground, seems to be casting a disapproving eye on me as I snap the picture.

The bird in the tree above in the second photo appears to be striking a predator-like pose.

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Written by csanders429

May 21, 2018 at 7:04 am

Flatland Memory

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I grew up in east central Illinois and flat farmland is something I knew as second nature.

A lot of people think it is boring, which it is, but when you’ve grown up with it and it’s home you naturally have an affinity for it.

Where I live now hardly features much in the way of dramatic terrain, such as mountains and gorges, but it does have it moments.

When I think about the Illinois prairie this is what I have in mind.

I picture a rural road going off into infinity. I see endless fields of corn and soybeans, but not wheat. For some reason there were not a lot of wheat fields in central Illinois when I was growing up.

There is a big sky, but it never seems are large as the sky does in the Western United States.

This image was made near Danforth, Illinois. The railroad tracks in the foreground belong to Canadian National, which owns the former Illinois Central line between Chicago and New Orleans.

Written by csanders429

May 17, 2018 at 8:11 am

Bee and Butterfly

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Look carefully toward the center of this image. It may not be obvious at first, but there are two things that fly collecting something from those flowers.

There is a butterfly and a bee juxtaposed against each other. It even took me a couple minutes to pick out the bee because it is not so obvious.

There is also a bee toward the bottom of the frame that is more visible.

The image was made at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson, Arizona.

Written by csanders429

May 14, 2018 at 7:04 am

Quiet Reflections

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Reflection is one of many words in the English language capable of different meanings, thus you need to consider the context in which it is used to know what the speaker or writer probably means.

Reflection can mean a reproduction of sometime in a mirror or shadow or it can mean to think about something tangible or intangible.

The two meanings usually have different contexts, but not always.

Shown is a reflection of clouds and trees in the placid water of Indigo Lake in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio.

This is a good place to visit if you want to reflect on something. Hence, you can reflect while gazing at reflections.

New Day Begins in the Desert

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I made it a point to get up early to photograph the sun rising over the Santa Catalina Mountains that tower over Tucson, Arizona.

The evening before I had captured one of the most dramatic sunsets I’ve seen in the desert. I was hoping to get an equally colorful sunrise.

It didn’t work out that way. The conditions that had made for such a dramatic sunset were not present in the early morning hours. There was barely any color at all.

Still there is something about watching the dawning of a new day that is inspirational.

There were birds chirping and singing as the desert came to life. I didn’t need a colorful sky to feel good.

Preview of What is to Come

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It is a tradition at Penn State University for graduating students to have their portrait taken next to the limestone Nittany Lion carving that resides near the Nittany Lion Inn.

When I last visited the PSU campus, where I taught journalism and mass communication in the early 1990s, it was a hot late July day and no commencement ceremonies were being held.

So I took an interest in this scene of what I presume is a mother photographing her daughter next to the Nittany Lion wearing a graduation cap.

Perhaps this young lady will graduate in another week or two and they wanted to beat the crowd to getting a photograph with the lion.

I also thought that she might be an entering freshman and Mom wanted to demonstrate what her goal is in college. But she looks more like a senior than a freshman.

Whatever the purpose of this image, I thought it summed up well what many Penn Staters want to do one for one moment on one day of their life.

Blowing Their Horns

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We were at a bar having a drink on a balcony overlooking the French Quarter of New Orleans, when I heard a racket and saw police cars coming with their lights on.

They were leading a parade on the street below, which took us by surprise because the festival season and Mardi Gras were long over.

But in New Orleans it doesn’t take much to have an excuse to party and, it seems, hold a parade.

I’m not sure what the purpose was of the parade, but it provided an opportunity to make photographs.

Written by csanders429

May 3, 2018 at 7:07 am