How to take a photo of the filtered sun and get a starburst effect

Taking the shot It’s dangerous to aim your camera at the sun. You could harm it as well as your eye, especially if you loook right at it for a prolongued period of time, or point the camera likewise. I am an amateur like many of my readers, so I am not 100% sure this … More How to take a photo of the filtered sun and get a starburst effect

A Tale of Two Butterflies: One Native, One Exotic (Queen and Doris Longwing)

If you live in Arizona—or in many spots in the Old or the New World!— you can easily see Queen butterflies and Doris Longwing butterflies. But, if you are in Arizona (or any place other than Central America or the Amazon), you are only likely to see the latter, however, in a special place called … More A Tale of Two Butterflies: One Native, One Exotic (Queen and Doris Longwing)

More Parallelism in Nature: Geology

In early December I posted a series of photos illustrating “parallelism in nature”. The term refers to pattern or “patternment.” Parallelism is the key to poetry as a tradition around the world. Rhyme is parallelism. Meter or rhythm is parallelism. Patterns involving repetition exemplify parallelism. And it is seen in nature as well as poetry. … More More Parallelism in Nature: Geology

Pattern Repetition: Parallelism in Nature

Scroll down now if you want to skip the musings of this former academic and just see the photos! Most of my professional life was spent in linguistic anthropology— that subfield of anthropology dealing with the role of language in culture and society. Many of us linguistic anthropologists study poetics. Russian emigré and Harvard professor … More Pattern Repetition: Parallelism in Nature

Launching My Photography Business With This Post! Birds, Bees, And Their Habitat in Claremont, CA

For the very first time, I am making it simple for people to buy my photographs. Read more to see what photos are for sale, how to buy them, etc.! Claremont California occupies a special place in my heart, not only because loved ones live there but because many of my formative years were th … More Launching My Photography Business With This Post! Birds, Bees, And Their Habitat in Claremont, CA

Noise, one of the enemies of clarity in photos—and, a solution!

Once upon a time, in the days of film cameras, photographers struggled against “grainy” shots. “Noise” is the equivalent in the era of digital photography. If you blow up one of your photos you might be surprised to see irregular blotches throughout. Blurriness is a different problem. Blurriness is caused by camera jiggle or movement … More Noise, one of the enemies of clarity in photos—and, a solution!

Are We Part Of Nature?

Photos and meditation on our connections Are human beings a part of the natural world, separate from it living in our own human-made world, or somewhere in between? As a professor of anthropology (retired!) I have thought a lot about these questions. Consider this photographic example—a jet’s contrail passing (or so it seemed from my … More Are We Part Of Nature?