I want a place to have conversations (theoretically) with folks who are interested in nature photography, landscapes, sense of place, writing, and aesthetics AND are trying to put their arts, crafts and other goods in the hands of responsive and appreciative customers. So that’s what this string of posts will be about. I may have it such that these posts find their way onto Facebook and other visible places, since my blog is moving farther and farther out of the main flow of conversation. …

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As often happens, I’ve gone another direction than I thought I might this morning on the Daily Blotter. And since I have put up more posts over these past snow-bound days than the average blog visitor can digest already, maybe images will suffice for a Monday. This calendar from a few years back was a joint project between the printer (Wordsprint) and the photographer (yours truly.) It turned out nice, don’t you think? Calendar 2009-2010 by Fred First

Note to Self–Why I am thinking of changing horses…er, cameras: I wrestle with the notion of allowing myself to even consider spending a large sum of money to get something I’ve already got: the Nikon D200 I’ve used for almost three years is a fine camera and I’ve not had any complaints from folks who have paid (not many and not much) for images from it of their families, for their walls or their web sites. But I feel like I’m missing brushes from …

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I was getting a bad case of folding-metalchair-butt yesterday in two back to back meetings in town, while outdoors, the sky was putting on a grand display of morphing clouds and light. Fortunately, near dusk, there was enough light to grab some images to stitch together for a pastoral panorama. The small image here is sad–you just can’t do justice to landscapes at 480 pixels wide. So click the image to see a larger version.

Mitella diphylla, a Saxifrage known as Miterwort

Looks like a good day to add a few spring-flowering shots to the archive, sadly lacking such shots since losing my entire photo-collection in a hard drive crash back in 2001. So I have a life-purpose for the next few weeks, and it will all happen way too fast. What you see here is rarely seen at this level of detail. In fact, walking past Miterwort (or Bishop’s Cap) you’d likely not stop to be amazed at the beauty of its snowflake-petaled cap-like flowers. …

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