Photographer or Pitcha-taker?

Once, decades ago, the Chief Photographer at the newspaper where I worked  asked me a question that has remained in my thought-processor to emerge every once in awhile: “Do you want to be a Photographer?  Or just a Pitcha-taker.?” At the time I had only recently began providing photos to accompany my news stories.  I had a Yashika-Mat camera, which I had bought for the … Continue reading Photographer or Pitcha-taker?

Unexpected Dinner Guests at the Cat Shelter

Here are a couple of guests at dinner one night.  If I told anyone about these no one would believe me, so this time I got some photos to prove it.   The cats, who are the actual residents, were watching from a respectful distance.  The cats don’t object, but the animals do make a mess and knock things over, and slobber in the water dish.   … Continue reading Unexpected Dinner Guests at the Cat Shelter

Photographing the Invisible–Year of the Spider, Part Two

This is how the web looked during the end of the construction phase. Obviously she wants to ward off visitors until she is ready.                                                                            Almost ready to welcome visitors. [ All photos and other content in my blog, Sometimes are original to me, Gradmama2011 …and remain my property under copyright laws.] Continue reading Photographing the Invisible–Year of the Spider, Part Two

The Year of the Spider

[These photos are of spiders at work in my tree garden.   As far as I know, the spiders in the first and third photo are NOT the same.     For all my spider enthusiast Readers out there–I have more spiders and webs to show you in another post.      All photos and other content in my blog, Sometimes are original to me, Gradmama2011 …and remain my property … Continue reading The Year of the Spider

Getting the most from Photography practice

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Third From the Top.” “Make sure I use these parcels of enlightenment to gain as much knowledge to make my blog photographs….as good as they can be.” (This is the third sentence (slightly paraphrased) from Mark Bialczak’s blog, at http://markbialczak.com/2015/03/25/photo-101-keeping-my-edge-aligned/  which I highly recommend.) (Actually Mark is referring to his photography using his camera phone, but in keeping … Continue reading Getting the most from Photography practice

An unlikely visit from a Hummingbird.

My story about the Butterfly on my deck originally included a Hummingbird.  The tale is true, but I decided not to stretch my credibility by putting two improbable creatures in the same post, but they were in fact on my deck under a canopy at the same time. There are a pair of the little birds that work the red Bee Balm, and the huge … Continue reading An unlikely visit from a Hummingbird.

Butterflies and Cameras

 At first I thought it was artificial, a butterfly made of painted wood, with wire legs and antennae.  One of the kids had put it there to fool me, or as a surprise.   I stared at it closely, and one of its legs twitched almost imperceptibly.  Its black body was covered with white polka-dots, close together in horizontal rows.  It appeared almost surreal, its delicate wings black and a … Continue reading Butterflies and Cameras