Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Floating among the trees

Each time I go out in my kayak I am amazed with the the cypress trees and how they live surrounded by water.  It is easy to glide in and around then without making any noise.  The osprey are nesting now and use these trees for their large nest.  They are well protected from most nest invader coming from the ground by being in these trees surround by water.  The summer heat has started and with it will come violent thunderstorms each afternoon.  I look forward to the dramatic skies that come with these storms and hope to explore some new regions in the coming months. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Cypress Tree Series

As I process some images of my cypress trees I will post them here to show these majestic trees in their environment.  There is a surreal quality about these old giant trees standing alone out in the water.  Their trunks are split open and their top broken by lightning, but yet they stand there for hundreds of years.  Being in around them evokes a sense of peace and quiet in me. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


I finally got out today to do some kayaking on Blue Cypress Lake here in Florida.  It has been windy for several weeks and that makes for a hard time to be out on the water in a kayak.  I enjoy the big skies here in Florida.  Hardly a day goes by without a magnificent sky full of clouds.  The land may be flat but the skies make up for it.  The summer heat is starting and with it comes strong thunderstorms each day.  They usually strike in the mid afternoon after the days heat builds up.  They are a freighting to experience and to be caught out in one could be deadly.  Whenever I am out photographing in the summer I keep a sharp eye out for the changing weather conditions to be certain I can get to safety when the lighting starts.  The cypress tress intrigue me and I find I like them best without there leaves.  They are one of the few trees in Florida that loose their leaves for the winter months. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Street photography in Mexico

While in Mexico I visited a moderate size city of San Juan Del Rio a number of times to do some street photography.  It is a city in central Mexico that is busy with street vendors and a lot of activity going on all the time.  It was a great place to just walk around around feel the rush of people going about their daily business.  The city has several beautiful catheralds in the old historic district with wonderful architecture.  I came across this lady while walking along a side street.  She saw I was photographing and came up and started talking to me in fairly good English.  She was a colorful lady full of energy with animated talk and gestures.  She was entertaining to watch as she spoke with great passion about herself.  I made a couple of images and thanked her for her time and continued my journey through the city.


Sunday, April 5, 2015


There are many subject areas that I am drawn to with my photography.  One of them is to record the human condition that I come across in my travels.  It is rare that I go out photographing solely for that purpose.   It usually happens with an unplanned situation or event that happens while I am in an area  photographing.  Over the years I have produced a large portfolio of people images that I have come across in my travels.  For me they are very rewarding images, with most of them being made with the slow setup of a large format camera.  In my formative years with photography I came across the works of Dorothea Lang and the many other great and inspiring photographers of the Farm Security Administration.  These photographers captured the difficult lives of people caught in the depression and the time of the devastating dust bowl era.  Looking at their work I could see and feel the desperate lives of these people existence.  Although my time is very limited with the person that I am photographing, the successful images, have a timeless quality that is common with recording the human condition.