Japanese Macaque Mother with Young, Kyoto, Japan

Japanese Macaque Mother with Young, Kyoto, Japan

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Juvenile Macaque Nursing, Kyoto, Japan

Juvenile Macaque Nursing, Kyoto, Japan

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Japanese Macaque, Kyoto, Japan 

Japanese Macaque, Kyoto, Japan 

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J.K. Putnam

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Lemondrops, Australia

Lemondrops, Australia

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Tree Frog in Water, Great Swamp NWR, New Jersey

Tree Frog in Water, Great Swamp NWR, New Jersey

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Juvenile Night Heron, Brooklyn, New York

Juvenile Night Heron, Brooklyn, New York

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Mountain Goat, Glacier National Park, Montana

Mountain Goat, Glacier National Park, Montana

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My Point of View, February 4, 2014

My Point of View, February 4, 2014

Lady Slipper, Wharton State Forest, New Jersey

Lady Slipper, Wharton State Forest, New Jersey

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Milk Snake, Shawangunk Mountains, New York

Milk Snake, Shawangunk Mountains, New York

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Gertrude’s Nose, Shawangunk Mountains, New York

Gertrude’s Nose, Shawangunk Mountains, New York

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Cattail, Mendon Ponds Park, Rochester

Cattail, Mendon Ponds Park, Rochester

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Images of California
     Over a year ago I promised to post a gallery of images of California, but first I wanted to explore more of the state.  At the time I had spent a week in the desert and had made a couple of trips to the coast.  I’ve since been back to the desert twice, visited the coast a couple more times, and spent time in the Sierra Nevada mountains and redwood forests.  Turns out I have a pretty good span of pictures for someone who lives clear on the other side of the continent.  There is no doubt I will be back for more.  It’s a big state with plenty to explore, and as far as natural beauty it stands out amongst others in the lower forty-eight.  I think this gallery does a fairly decent job of exemplifying the contrasting landscapes, flora, and fauna of the state.  There is plenty I have left out and it will take many more trips across the the country to capture it all. By no means am I done visiting the state.  There are places there that feel like home, places that my heart yearns for.  A strong sentiment, I know, but there is no other way to describe the feeling.  I’ll never live there, this much is clear to me, but I will always go back to say hello.
     To explore the gallery of images of California follow this link: California Gallery, or visit the Image Galleries page via the top menu. Have you visited any of these special places?  Wouldn’t it be nice to hang a memory on your wall?  All of the pictures contained in the gallery are for sale as prints. Visit my About page for prices and contact me directly with any questions.

Images of California

     Over a year ago I promised to post a gallery of images of California, but first I wanted to explore more of the state.  At the time I had spent a week in the desert and had made a couple of trips to the coast.  I’ve since been back to the desert twice, visited the coast a couple more times, and spent time in the Sierra Nevada mountains and redwood forests.  Turns out I have a pretty good span of pictures for someone who lives clear on the other side of the continent.  There is no doubt I will be back for more.  It’s a big state with plenty to explore, and as far as natural beauty it stands out amongst others in the lower forty-eight.  I think this gallery does a fairly decent job of exemplifying the contrasting landscapes, flora, and fauna of the state.  There is plenty I have left out and it will take many more trips across the the country to capture it all. By no means am I done visiting the state.  There are places there that feel like home, places that my heart yearns for.  A strong sentiment, I know, but there is no other way to describe the feeling.  I’ll never live there, this much is clear to me, but I will always go back to say hello.

     To explore the gallery of images of California follow this link: California Gallery, or visit the Image Galleries page via the top menu. Have you visited any of these special places?  Wouldn’t it be nice to hang a memory on your wall?  All of the pictures contained in the gallery are for sale as prints. Visit my About page for prices and contact me directly with any questions.

Home Sweet Home

     Home sweet home.  Rochester, NY is mine.  It’s where I grew up, it’s where I go to visit family, and it was there that I gained an interest in photography. Maybe it began in high school, sporadically shooting with my dad’s old Nikkormat, taking months to fill a roll and spending my allowance on processing and purchasing film.  Film school may have advanced this interest, but it wasn’t until after college when I moved back home and began exploring the surrounding landscape that my interest really took off.  This time turned out to be the beginning of something amazing for me.  I gained a passion for nature and with that a desire to share it with other people.

     You could say that Mendon Ponds is the place where this passion was born.  It’s a county park south of Rochester filled with unique glacial features and plenty of wildlife.  It’s known for its chickadees, so tame they will land in your hand if tempted with seed.  Even the more timid birds such as cardinals and nuthatches will get close if you stand perfectly still.  Songbirds like these are what you will typically run across in winter.  In the warmer months the ponds are alive with snakes, snapping turtles, beavers, and muskrats.  Deer traverse the meadows year round and migratory birds pass through every year.  It stands out as a truly beautiful and diverse natural landscape.  There are plenty of spots like it surrounding the Rochester area, many of which I have never visited. With a week to spend in the area over the holidays I had time to travel around and visit other small parks. Sterling Nature Center, a beautiful spot perched on the shore of Lake Ontario, is known for its great blue heron rookery.  The herons are nowhere to be found this time of year but the lake shore is dramatic in winter and was worth the drive out (I considered the trip as reconnaissance and after checking out the empty rookery promised myself that I’d return later in the year after the herons return).  I also spent a good amount of time looking for snowy owls, though it wasn’t until my last day in town that I finally found one. Thankfully the owl was cooperative and it didn’t take much effort to get a few shots.

     Maybe it’s me, but I feel as if people take for granted what they have right in front of them. For as much as I appreciated Rochester when I lived there I never took full advantage of what I had access to.  It makes me wonder if I’m missing anything where I live now.  It’s hard to comprehend the fact that I will never see it all, no matter where I live and no matter where I travel something will be missed.  I think it’s a nice idea to pick a place, somewhere you will always return, somewhere to explore and to memorize.  Maybe mine will be a small park outside of Rochester, or perhaps it will be a huge one in a place like Alaska.  Time will tell.