Archive for September, 2008

Dahlia: 3 ways

Posted in Botanical, Electrified, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2008 by sambissell
Extraordinary Dahlia

Extraordinary Dahlia

My friend, Ross, the curator I’m shooting pictures for at DBG, identified this as a dahlia. Frankly, I never would have thought it. Side to side, it is about 8″ wide!

Whirlwind

Whirlwind

Well, he THINKS it’s a dahlia. If someone knows different, please tell me. In any case, it is absolutely astounding to see, with stalks like a giant sunflower, 6-8′ tall!

In the Snail's Command

In the Snail's Command

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Musical Interlude II

Posted in Botanical, Everlasting Love, HDR, Music, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2008 by sambissell
Locust Tree Near Dawn

Locust Tree Near Dawn

Coming and Going 2 (Anemone biarmiensis)

Coming and Going 2 (Anemone biarmiensis)

Respite 2

Respite 2

Another trip to DBG…my weekly sojourn to chronicle certain installations. The top and second photo were shot in Plant Asia, the third in Wildflower Treasures. I’m not actually chronicling these 2 gardens, I just like them because they are curated by my mentor, Mark Fusco.

Here’s the musical interlude for you: a choice of Bruce Cockburn’s Last Night of the World or his End of All Rivers. The first is a studio cut, the second is a live one….don’t watch the second one for the video, listen to it for the music because the video is not very good. End of All Rivers, an instrumental, is probably my favorite Bruce song for its overlay upon overlay…..it really is easy to imagine a massive river flowing down and, perhaps, over a waterfall, then down into a soft flowing stream at the end of its course, then into the ocean. If you choose this one, simply open it in a separate window and listen to it…it really is an amazing piece of music. Last Night of the World is a vocal that I asked my friend, Paul, to learn for what turned out to be an inauspicious occasion that I won’t go into here (or ever). Another gorgeous piece, though this one features Bruce’s buttery voice. (OK, I weaseled another piece in here….love those links!…another studio cut… the beuatiful Pacing The Cage.)
So, listen and view some photos from my recent visit to the Gardens.
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Autumn, around the corner

Posted in Botanical, Haiku, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , on September 20, 2008 by sambissell
Fallen Leaf and Japanese Maple

Fallen Leaf and Japanese Maple

When my new friend, Ann, who I mentioned in a previous blog about Timnath, saw this photo, she sent me one of her favorite haiku, by Basho, considered one of the fathers of haiku:

It is deep autumn
My neighbor
How does he live, I wonder.

The fallen leaf is from a massive Honey Locust in Denver Botanic Gardens.

Thanks, Ann, for sharing.

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Ann’s sunflowers, mostly

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Electrified, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2008 by sambissell

A Glimmer of Hope A Glimmer of Hope
Waiting

Waiting


Waiting Too

Waiting Too


All I've Got - Just For You

All I've Got - Just For You


Faded Commander

Faded Commander


Rays in the Afternoon Sun

Rays in the Afternoon Sun


Red Rays

Red Rays


In the Veins of the Old Hotel

In the Veins of the Old Hotel

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You know, sometimes I can just be……………………….out there

Posted in Botanical, Electrified, HDR, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2008 by sambissell
StriationsStriations
In the last blog (Plugging a hole…), I pointed out that I had forgotten Anna in the previous blog to that (Recent Electrifications…).
One would think that after I had spent so much time writing the previous one (I tend to edit A LOT), that I would have remembered that i actually did remember to include in her the list of wordpressers I’m impressed with because of their photography (and prose).
Well, writing the second one just plugged her a bit more, I guess.

Darkness Falls - Timnath

Darkness Falls - Timnath

Anyway, I spent the weekend with some folks I hadn’t seen in a couple of years. Paul and I went to college together back in……well, back there somewhere…..and he, his wife, Barb, and son, Rob, came out for the weekend from the Bay Area. We drove up through Longmont and saw another old college friend, continued on to Timnath, where they knew a terrific lady from back in the day, then back to Ft. Collins, where we spent the evening with another pair of college friends. Old home weekend.

In Timnath, which is a tiny spit of a town (Pop. 238 in the 2003 census, I believe), it was Founders Day with tents set up on Main Street, selling all sorts of homemade nick-nacks. Main Street in Timnath is all of about 2 blocks long, which would be expected for a population as massive as theirs is. Consequently, the choice of handmade goods was pretty slim…interesting but slim. The town itself is not short on character, though, with buildings that have stood the test of time and are still going strong…well, most of them anyway. Continue reading

Plugging a hole that slipped by in the last blog….

Posted in Nature, Photographers, Photographic Commentary, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2008 by sambissell

Just a quick one here, folks……….. in the last post, I meant to give mention to another blogger, whose site I find incredibly enthralling, if not for the photographs she has taken, then for her prose. Anna’s Bee World is the work of buzzybeegirl, who is a graduate student at the University of Arizona. I’ve mentioned Anna’s blog before but her most recent one is about moths…excuse me, it’s about caterpillars and what they become. I highly recommend that you check out her work– incredible closeups — of these beautiful creatures. The beauty she exhibits in her closeups, I find, is just astounding. Take a moment or two and go see for yourself!

Visitor at Dawn (Cabbage Butterfly, Pieris rapae)

Visitor at Dawn (Cabbage Butterfly, Pieris rapae)

I sent her an email a couple of days ago, asking about a couple of run-ins I had had recently. Originally, I just thought they were butterflies…but, after I had seen her recent post, it seemed natural to assume they were moths. She concluded, of course, that they ARE butterflies.
The “run-ins” I had with these 2 butterflies came at a time for me, this summer, which meant a great deal to me. On somewhat of a make-shift “walk-about” in July, I discovered some very deep and intrinsic details about my inner core. I’ll leave it at that and let you read an explanation of the butterfly’s power, below.

Guide and Friend (Skipper Butterfly, Hesperiidae family)

Guide and Friend (Skipper Butterfly, Hesperiidae family)

Simply put, butterfly symbolism is about transformation or, better still, the never-ending cycle of self-transformation. By determining where you are in each or in all of the stages — egg, larva, cocoon, or birth — you understand where you are and each symbol can teach you where you are headed for the next stage in your transformation. The clearest message of the butterfly is that you are either about to undergo, or are already undergoing, some sort of change in your life, whatever it may be. For a clear description of the symbolism of butterflies (or any of the other beings in Native American medicine), refer to the work of Jamie Sams.

Have an excellent weekend! I know I will!

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Recent Electrifications, including a few degrees of separation, and some HDR

Posted in Electrified, HDR, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2008 by sambissell
Penstemons

Penstemons*

Been a bit idle here for a few days….well, since I put the piece up for Angel. She was sick for a few days and didn’t see it right away….that’s OK. The blog cheered her up quite a lot and put a bit of sunshine back in the apartment where she lives.
Anyway, I’ve been doing some other stuff…mostly research on neuro-liguistic programming and neuro-acoustic sound therapy. I’ve been using the sound therapies of Dr. Jeffrey Thompson for about 6 or 7 months and found them to be VERY beneficial; I highly recommend anyone to use his works, which are available at your local library (or can be ordered through it).

I can only do so much research before my eyes just burn out, though, and I need to take a break. I get up, maybe put some eye drops in my dry scratchy eyes and go out to the garden and get some air. To relax, I play with a photo. The stuff I do with my photography is, of course, work…and laborious, too. It’s a labor of love and anyone who works on their photography like I do enjoys what they are doing so it isn’t “work,” or “labor.” It’s love, pure and simple.

Landing

Landing

Take the work I discovered recently of Matt George. Matt is a photojournalist who obviously loves his work. Look around his site and see the vast range of subjects he uses and the depth to which he goes to study his subject. Then, when he processes his work, the end result is absolutely staggering. I wrote him and compared his work to Louis Trociolla, since it appeared as if uses HDR, which I recently “discovered.” I fairly certain I’ve mentioned Louis here before; his work explains itself as soon as you see it. So, Matt’s work reminded me of Louis’ work; Matt comes back and tells me he doesn’t use HDR but others have said the same thing about his work. Coulda fooled me! O, yeah, he did.

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