old old old
to those under 30
by training an ecologist, career in broadcast engineering (I guess it has to do with my computer skills?)
I mostly have been photographing plants (my primary passion). I also find myself on my stomach a lot trying to do that photography since most plants in this area are constrained by the lack of rainfall. When it does rain, the plants often spring up to great heights.
In 2009, we were blessed with ample precipitation, and folks in the area were stunned by how green things are. "So much foliage! So many flowers!"
2010 here! and yet another banner year for rain on the Front Range in Colorado (USA)...the year I got at least 3 great slime molds in my yard. And the tomatoes sulked. And the peas bore fiercely, while the lettuce wussed out. Interesting weather leading to interesting results.
2011...and my eyesight has deteriorated due to cataracts and corneal dystrophy; the perils of old age. I stopped taking photos for the time being because the experience of having out of focus shots was so frustrating....but I will be getting surgery next spring, so onward and upward!
2013 Hopefully we will have rain and the drought will break! Already (March) there is a fire in the hills behind Ft Collins. This is sad because that area is so beautiful, with the Cache La Poudre river flowing down a long canyon full of luscious scenery. The drive up the canyon to Cameron Pass is one of my favorites.
Sadly my husband and fellow photographer died of gastric cancer in September 2013...fittingly in the middle of the floods here in Boulder. May he have many lovely captures.
2014! Another year. More photo ops!
More 2014: I have to catch up on my systematics and reclassify a bunch of flora photos. Argh. At least molecular biology guarantees employment to people in biology...Anyhow, I am working on the Scrophulariaceae (www.thewildclassroom.com/biodiversity/floweringplants/Pla...) however, it looks like there is still some confusion as to what really belongs there. I see Pedicularis spp in there as well as in Orobanchaceae. When will the dust settle down? Will I be doomed to do this forever?
Dec 2014: Comments about comments: thanks to all of you for your comments. I am overwhelmed by work at present, so probably won't post but on weekends, and may not catch up on my faves and comments until then.
January 2015: You knew that Flickr started out as a photo blog site, right? I am now working on looking at my photos and asking myself if I would want to see that in a magazine, book, field guide or on my wall. Hmmmm.
Sometime in 2016: Planning a few great vacations this year! Hopefully I will be able to restrain myself from profligate postings. It is such a temptation to share. I am starting to contemplate retirement and getting a snazzy modern mirrorless camera. My little Sony has done yeoman work, but I would like to explore finer photography, where I can see every cilium on an amoeba. Or at least do some real macros.
2017: more roaming about the Great Western Landscape! My new Sony a6000 is giving me some nice photos, but also a lot to learn. In fact, that seems to be what life is all about: a lot to learn. Love and peace to all.
My rule is: I photograph my world. I admire other people's photos, and love to see them. All my photos are in the Creative Commons because I believe in sharing my vision. My photos are used far and wide and that is absolutely wonderful, it makes me happy. Many Flickr users are pros, and I love their work and the skill and talent it takes to create their visions.
FYI, botanical references I use are:
among others. I don't love Weber, which uses couplets with traits you can only see under a dissecting scope which reduces its use as a field guide, but it helps winnow things down a bit.
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