Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly and Flowers – Two Snapshots

These two photos were taken three days ago in my front yard. I had to look up the name of the butterfly, and I still don’t know what kind of flowers these are. After 37 years of teaching college, I still don’t know very much about lots of things. Click on the photos once for larger size, twice for full resolution.   Continue reading Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly and Flowers – Two Snapshots

View of archaeological ruins at Monte Albán near the city of Oaxaca

On Tourism Photography – Oaxaca, Mexico

In an earlier post I noted that for me the photos I take while traveling tend to fall into one of three categories. These are: Subjects seen in the tourist destination, but not seen at home; Subjects seen at home, but not expected to be seen in the tourist destination; and, Subjects that are expected to be seen both at home and in the tourist … Continue reading On Tourism Photography – Oaxaca, Mexico

View of St. Louis from the Arch

A View of St. Louis from the Arch

American culture loves the spectacular. One of the best examples is the Gateway Arch at St. Louis, Missouri. Spectacular in both concept and execution, the arch is a marvelous piece of public art as well as a spectacular object on the landscape. Last weekend I was there with my friend Georgia. The photo above is a snapshot from the top. Continue reading A View of St. Louis from the Arch

Faces of Protest

Yesterday, Saturday, February 26, 2011, between 70,000 and 100,000 people (according to official estimates) gathered at the Wisconsin state capitol to protest Governor Walker’s Budget “Repair” Bill that will strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. It has been suggested by some that the demonstrators were rowdy hooligans, ne’er-do-wells, and anarchist hippie hold-overs from the 1960’s.  I can’t vouch for the absence of ne’er-do-wells, … Continue reading Faces of Protest

On Tourism Photography

The photographs we take often say more about us than about our subjects. Recently, I decided to take a look at the photos I have taken as a tourist and see if I could discern any patterns in the photographic choices I made. I found that many of my photos fall into one of three general categories. These are: Pictures of subjects I see there, … Continue reading On Tourism Photography

The Commuter

I take photographs and people often tell me they like the photographs I take. This is gratifying and I’m always grateful for any positive comments. I almost always like the photos that receive positive comments, but I notice that some of my favorites don’t usually evoke a response from others. Reactions to photographs, whether positive or negative, are highly individualized. All the so-called rules of … Continue reading The Commuter

In Search of Elusive Fall Colors

Fall colors weren’t very good in this part of Wisconsin this year. I don’t really know anything about the science of leaf color, but it seems that each fall is a little different from the last. This year the colors were quite uneven. Some trees turned color early, while others remained completely green. By the time some trees turned, others were completely leafless. There were … Continue reading In Search of Elusive Fall Colors

New Photos of Guelaguetza 2010 Parade Posted

I just posted new snapshots of the 2010 Guelaguetza parade (July 24th) at the following site. Guelaguetza is a yearly celebration of ethnic diversity in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. It is now a major event in the city of Oaxaca with delegations from across the state attending the festival during the last two weeks of July. Guelaguetza 2010 Continue reading New Photos of Guelaguetza 2010 Parade Posted

Shameless Self-Promotion

In September I was invited to exhibit six photographs at the Roberta Fiskum Art Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I was one participant, along with four others, in a show for Latino Heritage Month. The photos, show below, are from Guelaguetza, an annual celebration of ethnic diversity in Oaxaca, Mexico. Special thanks go to Mike Flanagan, Director of the Crossman Gallery at UW-Whitewater for … Continue reading Shameless Self-Promotion