Dreaming of Spring

Big red tulip

After some lovely early March weather, it’s been cold here in Minnesota. I am being patient as the weather is so much nicer than it was last year at this time. And it looks like warmer temperatures are headed our way again this coming week. “Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The …

Continue reading

Growing Pains


I’ve been feeling a frustration with my photography. It’s the kind of frustration where I feel like none of my new work is turning out as I envisioned it. The early results of a project that I started late last fall have been challenging and disappointing The late winter landscape is uninspiring. And as I review the photographs in my online Etsy shop I see the flaws in them and not their beauty. I feel …

Continue reading

March Snowstorm

Someone rode a bicycle through the snow

I love March snowstorms. When the snow falls on bare ground after an early spring warmup, and the temperatures linger at or above the freezing point, their beauty is both stunning and fleeting (or so I hope). This winter we have had a very pleasant warmup in March and melted the little bit of snow we had during the winter early in March when we had a week or more of 50-60 degree temperatures. “In …

Continue reading

Google Nik Collection Editing Tools

Philodendron Leaf

I recently purchased Google Nik Collection for photo editing. With their recent drastic price reduction, I took the opportunity to get a powerful collection of tools for a very reasonable price. The collection contains 6 different plug-ins that work with Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture. I use them from Lightroom and Photoshop. The plug-ins are: Analog Efex Pro – filters that let you explore the look of classic cameras, films, and lenses Color Efex Pro – …

Continue reading

Leaning Into The Creative Gap

Trees at Laupauhoihoi Beach

Over my few years as a photographer, I have made over 50,000 images. Most of them will never be shown or used in any way. But the making of these photographs is important. It is in doing the work of making and editing these photos that helps train my eye and my abilities. Time, practice, study, more practice, feedback, still more practice, and more time have brought my skills to where they are today. Yet …

Continue reading