Mother Earth Day

Respect our Mother!

The theme for the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Earth, asking us to share our vision of this magnificent planet, on which we reside.  On this Mother’s Day, I want to give a nod to the Earth’s raw power…

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Steam Releases

The releasing steam is an indication of the power that resides within this planet of ours, as untold heat is bottled up in the layers that make up the Earth.  Not only is there plenty of heat, but it also creates beauty, as seen in the following image.

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Geothermal Pool

This geothermal pool in the Myvatn area of Iceland, looks like a tropical lagoon in its serene beauty and color; do not be fooled, as there are spots in this pool that can be scalding hot (one of the signs warning to not bathe here is just off to the right).

Let’s appreciate our Mother Earth on this day and every one, and treat her with the respect she deserves, so we have a great place for a long time!

Technical Details

This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 17-40mm f/4 lens.

Hope you enjoy this post inspired by the Daily Post WPC – Earth

Cryptomorphosis – a Vine Abstract Study

Storied vines

As my regular readers are aware, I’m fond of using a bit of in-camera manipulation to create abstract images, when I spot a scene that might have something hidden in it.  This series of images, that I have created over the years, is collectively titled: Kryptomorphaics.

This title comes from the concept of uncovering hidden imagery through transformation.


This set of four images comes from a study of variegated vines that grow in the garden at my mother’s house in the Netherlands.  I uncovered different hidden images within these vines by applying minor changes to the technique that I used to capture them.

Hope you enjoy them!

Technical Details

These images were all captured using my Canon 5D Mk II with an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Additional detail on the process is described in series of posts starting with TTT – Abstract Photography – Ep. 1

Weekly Photo Challenge – Earth

Sitting on the dock of the bay

The theme for the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Earth, asking us to share our vision of this magnificent planet, on which we reside.  I think there may be one or two items that I can come up with.

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Bay of Fundy Tide Out

The first of the highly impressive features of our home planet is the variety of tidal movement that exists around the Earth.  Nowhere is this more noticeable than in the Bay of Fundy, as seen here from Digby.

The Bay of Fundy is known for having the highest tidal range in the world. Rivaled by Ungava Bay in northern Quebec, King Sound in Western Australia, Gulf of Khambhat in India, and the Severn Estuary in the UK, it has one of the highest vertical tidal ranges in the world. The Guinness Book of World Records (1975) declared that Burntcoat Head, Nova Scotia has the highest tides in the world:

“The Natural World, Greatest Tides: The greatest tides in the world occur in the Bay of Fundy…. Burntcoat Head in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia, has the greatest mean spring range with 14.5 metres (47.5 feet) and an extreme range of 16.3 metres (53.5 feet).”

Portions of the Bay of Fundy, Shepody Bay and Minas Basin, form one of six Canadian sites in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, and is classified as a Hemispheric site.  It is administered by the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Wildlife Service, and is managed in conjunction with Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Technical Details

This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4 lens.  Exposure settings were 1/30 second, f/16 at 400 ISO.  This image was not 100% to my liking originally, until I reprocessed it using Photomatix Pro to get the result you see here.

Hope you enjoy this post inspired by the Daily Post WPC – Earth

Daily Prompt – Shadow

Welcome some shade

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is Shadow.  For a photographer, shadow is indispensable, as we thrive on writing with the shadows…

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Shadowcaster: YogaTree

The YogaTree is a magnificent shadowcaster, as she stands proud against the light during Winter’s cold mornings.  She keeps her energy in reserve, as she’ll later use it to fill out her Summer’s dress and provide welcome shadows to protect from Sun’s harsh rays…

Hope you enjoy this image!

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.

Inspired  by Daily Prompt – Shadow.

Friday Travel Photos – vol 15

A taste of Scotland

You may have gathered that our 2013 vacation in Scotland was really enjoyed by both my wife and I, as an all-round great vacation for many reasons.  Along with today’s photo selection I’ll write a little bit about those reasons.

Of course, one cannot argue with the landscape, as it is truly stunning in many ways and continually surprises with every change of the light.  Even though in our 12 days we got to see great variety, there is so much more to explore, as we barely touched on the islands and didn’t go north beyond Loch Ness.

There are many wonderful little towns around Scotland, where we found the people always friendly and welcoming.  Staying at Bed-and-Breakfasts was a great choice, as we met more people that way than staying at hotels.  Every experience we had was nothing but positive, whether it was at the inn in Plockton, where we stopped for coffee and they provided us coffee and a snack even though they weren’t open yet, or the interaction with locals and tourists at a fantastic pub in Oban (best whisky!!).

And don’t let people fool you about the food, as we ate nothing but wonderful meals throughout our stay ranging from fresh salmon right out of Loch Linnhe in Fort William to a delicious Tikka Masala!

The historic sites are magnificent!  Anywhere you go in Scotland there are beautiful sites, that are either accessible for free or for a very reasonable rate, which usually includes a tour of the property.

Then there’s the wildlife!  This is a bit tongue in cheek, as there’s still a mystery bird that we haven’t seen: the puffin.  One of my wife’s requests was to see puffins, for which purpose we took a trip to the island of Staffa…only to find seagulls!  We were just unlucky, as shifting winds do cause them to go out to sea in mass.

There’s much more to write and share with you about this magnificent country and its people, but I don’t want to bore you 🙂

Friday Mystery Place – vol 12

Looks like a pretty good seat

Since I am in a pretty generous mood today, this week’s mystery place is pretty easy… Of course, you might be thinking ‘Famous last words’.

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Where was I?

Where is this seat located?  It will be even more impressive, if you can prove that you have sat in this seat…

Good luck and start your guesses!

Thursday’s Dog Star – vol 13

Beauty perfected

This week, I’m presenting another Cardigan Welsh Corgi portrait, this one from quite a while back.

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Demi

This photo of Demi was from a portrait session I did for a number of Cardigans during the Summer of 2005.  Demi was an incredibly sweet dog, and she was the mother of Ransom our 2nd Cardigan, who is 13 years old at this time.

Unfortunately, Demi crossed the Rainbow Bridge during a Cesarean Section for her second litter.  Demi’s owner and many of us were heartbroken by this tragic occurrence.

Those events still make this image bittersweet for me, as she was gone all too soon after this photo was taken.

Technical Details

This was a Canon EOS 1D Mk II using an EF 28-80mm f/4.5-6.3 lens and Speedlite 430 EX as a fill flash.  The flash was intended purely to produce a catchlight, as I used a gold tone reflector to create the very warm light on Demi.  The exposure settings were 1/1000 second at f/8 at 400 ISO.