In November 2014, we visited the ancient city of Varanasi in the northern India state of Uttar Pradesh. We went out in a rowboat on the Ganges River early one morning to experience the sunrise, as Hindu pilgrims have done for centuries. We gazed east, while just to our west, the never-ending funeral pyres burned on the shore. The photo contrasts the texture of the worn paint on the boat with the smooth rippled surface of the water. The solid darkness of the water is broken by striations of sunlight reflected on the ripples created by the oar.
The Ganges at Sunrise
This photo was taken on November 19, 2014. Specs are:
When we visited Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia, yesterday, we worked hard to capture images of bees, butterflies, and other flying insects as they flitted among the many beautiful flowers. Here is one yellow bee that stayed put on one yellow flower long enough for a quick photo.
Yellow Bee on Yellow Flower
This photo was taken on August 15, 2019. Specs are:
A pomegranate, pears, and golden berries fill a silver bowl in this still life created for a studio lighting class assignment. Carefully selected for their colors and shapes, they were eaten shortly afterward.
Still Life with Pears and Pomegranate
This photo was taken on September 21, 2018. Specs are:
We see skateboarders everywhere we go in the world. In fact, skateboarding as a sport is expected to debut as an Olympic sport at the Tokyo 2020 Games. The best tricksters will get to the Olympics only through a lot of practice. We visited a nearby skateboard park to try to capture the jumps, flips, and spins happening on the freestyle and competition courses. Matching our stop-action timing to their stunt timing was a challenge. We suspect that the young man in the photo has mistimed something (because he is bailing), but he didn’t stop practicing.
This photo was taken on October 15, 2016. Specs are:
Yesterday we found something unexpected in our back yard: a feather that, until yesterday, had soared through “our” woods on the wings or tail of a barred owl. We were not surprised that there are barred owls near us, because we have seen a pair in the early mornings staring back at us (swiveling heads with piercing eyes) and we have heard them whoo-whooing in the dusky evenings (“Who cooks for you?”). We were surprised at the size and condition of the feather. This morning the feather was gone.
We visited the Palais de Tokyo in Paris this past April. After three hours of wandering through the fantastic exhibits, we were heading back to the entrance when we came across a group of curiously colorful and lumpy objects lying on a stairway and the lobby floor. The objects were encased in fabrics that were simultaneously sophisticated (shimmering, elegant, textured) and grotesque (tightly-stretched, color-clashing, awkwardly-constructed). As we stopped to look, we observed the objects writhe and twist occasionally, in an uncoordinated way. Expecting to learn that some random movement process was being controlled by complex machinery, we were somewhat (but not very) surprised to see an errant foot appear from one bundle and a head from another, as the bundle occupants struggled to remain hidden while they twisted blindly in place.
Twisted at Palais de Tokyo
This photo was taken on April 10, 2019. Specs are:
We recently visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, D.C. As we wandered among the many wonderful pieces of art on display, we glanced out a window to observe an urban icon gently distorted by the glass and screening of the window.