The rising sun illuminating a snowy egret on the beach. Storm clouds over a harbor. A moonset on a rocky beach. Each is different-and yet the beauty of each scene draws me as surely as a bit of iron is drawn to a magnet. Sometimes I am overcome by the beauty of the scene before me, but my determination drives me to capture the very essence of the scene so that others can enjoy it.
Water. 71% of the earth is covered with water. Too much or not enough can kill us. One minute it can be calmly reflecting the beauty of the scene around it. The next it can be tempestuous-turbulent and frothy. The power of the water itself becoming the beauty of the scene. And while I am lucky enough to live on the edge of the largest body of water on our planet- every pond, every stream, every waterfall is mysterious and in that mystery, holds its own beauty.
From the graceful flight of a great egret, to the loving interaction between a mother giraffe and her offspring, animals are fascinating to watch. They are like humans without the hang-ups, boiled down to their basic needs. And as they go about their life, they provide us with one beautiful vignette after another, reminding us that we are not masters of our world, but caretakers here to watch over all who call our world home.
Clouds are such simple things. Droplets of water bond to dust particles in the air. If enough of them come together (approximately 100 million droplets per cubic meter) they form a cloud. Sometimes we can lay on our backs and watch them form frogs, or unicorns, or trains. Other times those tiny droplets form clouds that are as turbulent as a stormy sea-threatening to inundate us with all of the water that is suspended inside. No matter what their appearance, clouds are nature's own power point presentation dancing magically across the sky.
No matter where you live on earth, your day starts and ends with the sun and the moon. It's all sunlight-one direct the other reflected. And yet it's so much more than that. A beautiful sunrise or sunset can take one's breath away with its beauty. And the light of the full moon can make any of us reach out for another's hand as if to say "We are so lucky to share such a beautiful moment."
The female nude has long been the focus of the artist's eye. As a photographer, I have to walk a very thin line between what can be construed as vulgar and pornographic, and what is too subtle. I feel that balance is reached when the model herself is pleased with the way she is portrayed.
Piers are merely pilings and creosote covered timbers that form a wall which both separates us from the water, and brings us closer to it. Originally built for ships to load and unload their goods, they now serve as magnets for the more curious of us. We can see people unloading fish or shrimp that they caught that morning. Or we can look down into the water and perhaps glimpse a sea lion or a dolphin and be convinced that the animal noticed us too. And we will leave having gotten another view (albeit a somewhat romantic one) of a lifestyle most of us are not familiar with.
There are so many things that fascinate me that could not be placed into any particular category, thus I was forced to form a separate heading for these photos. The rusting hulk of an old car. A bit of wood floating down the river. Old lanterns on the wall of an abandoned fire station from long ago. These little vignettes don't make our lives, but they do make our lives more interesting.