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    Most of my photography is meant to document Nature as I see and experience it. So much of the land and wilderness has already been lost, and even more is endangered by those who wish to feed their addiction to greed, power, and control.

    My hope is to inspire people to protect what is left, and to go out and experience it for themselves.

    Other creative activities include abstract expressionist painter, writer, musician, kayaking, hiking, cooking.
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  1. Another superb series, Alan. Seems like you are having a blast with that lens and camera!
  2. Another hike in Deer Creek Canyon today. Very little water, with only a few pools, but the tall trees, rock formations, and stillness made for deep connections. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
  3. I would call them dramatic rather than scary. But at least we have a bit of warning so we can get to shelter before the storms hit.
  4. Pluton is correct. They are bobcats, and definitely feral. LIke coyotes, they have adapted to the semi-rural area where we live. We see juveniles and adults at fairly regular intervals, but a visit from a mom and her kittens is always very special indeed! They are currently spending their second night on our land. Here is another of the mom, taken during their second afternoon. All these photographs were taken through double-glazed windows looking out onto our deck, so they are not quite as sharp as they might be. I certainly did not want to be opening doors and frightening the cats!
  5. Here's another.
  6. A very special day in the Nature Preserve, as it was my first hike with two bionic eyes (I had surgery Friday morning). Although the trail is quite familiar, most of the rock formations, trees, and landscapes looked fresh and new, viewed with renewed appreciation. At times, stormy skies added to the drama. The connections with Nature, Earth, and Spirit, and the stillness were deeply moving, expansive, and inspiring. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.
  7. Nice capture of the blues!
  8. Wonderful set, and very educational!
  9. Vision is much improved -- 20/20 at the medical checkup this morning, and lots clearer. Colours now look the same with both eyes, and distance vision is equal as well.
  10. Whatever the shortcomings of the lens, your skills have created a very dramatic photograph!
  11. Lovely capture!
  12. Perhaps I overdid the contrast a bit, in terms of wanting to create drama. I do not see the sharp edges on my monitor, but that may well be due to my eyesight! Here are the colour jpegs: Thanks for commenting!
  13. Hopefully butterflies in the making!