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This is the same rattlesnake we saw yesterday - a little closer. Don't try this unless you are sure that your subject is non-aggressive. I know this species and have done this in the past. Down low, slowly moving forward, shutter clicking... and the snake just watched me. I made this shot at two feet, maybe slightly more (less than one metre). I didn't get a tongue-flick, or even a rattle, the entire time. If the snake had appeared agitated, I would not have tried it; nor would I have tried it with a different species - the water moccasin I saw in an Everglades campground comes to mind. I'm grateful to have seen only one of those in my life: I didn't like the way it looked or the way it moved, or the way my girlfriend's springer spaniel was straining at the leash to get at it.


This was a very different scene, quiet and peaceful. I didn't feel any fear; the snake was not threatening. It was just another fascinating animal that tolerated me for a few minutes at close range.


Photographed in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan (Canada). Don't use this image on websites, blogs, or other media without explicit permission ©2020 James R. Page - all rights reserved.

Limitierte Drucke meiner Collagen:

Limited prints of my collages:

HopE u LovE ThE VieW


The ShoT was taken in RaK ^_^

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Düsseldorf, 28.09.2006




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Una maravilla S. Michel. Francia.

Der Regen verletzt

den Horizont

die Linie von Himmel zu Meer

Eine Narbe getränkt in Jod

Der Wind heult

Stumme Klagen

zwischen den Zeilen










rain hurts the horizon

boundary from sky to sea

an iodine soaked scar

the wind howls

silent lamentations

between the lines



Belgian coast (2006)

my granddaughter Kayla was about 11 years old..

my niece Stephanie was about 17 years old..


gorgeous people...

very young people...

Lichens are amazing life forms: a fungus and an alga (and sometimes cyanobacteria) in a symbiotic relationship - that is, a composite organism. There are approximately 20,000 lichen species, and they cover 6% of the earth's land surface. Although they photosynthesize, they are not plants, but instead belong to the fungus kingdom (taxonomy has changed a lot since I was in school...) They grow almost everywhere, from sea level to high mountain elevations, in deserts, rain forests, tundra; on wood, stone, garage walls, gravestones, plastic; and some are among the earth's oldest living organisms.


From a purely aesthetic standpoint, they brighten up the prairie that surrounds the little village I now call home. And I have taken the theme "surrounded" and turned it into a photo project over the past decade and a half. Here's how it works. Any time I'm out hiking the prairie, regardless of any specific goal, I keep my eye open for patches of bare rock that have been completely surrounded by lichen growth. I am interested in the negative spaces thus created. They come in fantastic shapes. For a few years everything I shot seemed to be a aerial map of Australia, or even Africa, but I keep pushing for more exotic shapes, and now my collection includes an elongated cat, a whale, a rocking horse, various fish, an antelope on its knees, a shouting man, two satyrs dancing... all fanciful, of course, and most certainly someone else will not see what I see.


Here is the latest... quite possibly my favourite... but I won't try to influence anyone as to what it may be. Imagination is a personal thing. I've always been good at daydreaming; ask any of my former teachers. Once, in high school, I looked up from my desk and realized I was in the wrong class. The bell had gone, my classmates and teacher had shuffled out, new students and their teacher had shuffled in, while I sat there in another world. So... this is easy for me.


Technically, it's not difficult to make shots like this. Tripod, usually a macro lens, parallel plane focusing (align the plane of subject parallel with the camera's sensor), stop down the lens so that there's enough depth of field to keep everything in focus. Soft light is pleasing. Much easier than flowers or insects.


Photographed in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan (Canada). Don't use this image on websites, blogs, or other media without explicit permission ©2020 James R. Page - all rights reserved.


EXPLORE #134 on 2008-02-01



Even in the 13th century, people valued a window with a view...

Südtirol / Southern Tyrol / Alto Adige

Italien / Italy / Italia

السنين كل ما مرت على الحب

لك يزيدالشوق ويزيد الحنين

دنيتي تضحك وفي عيني تزين

دام أنا وياك وعيوني تراك


أمنياتيأنت كل الأمنيات

في حياتي أنت لي كل الجهات

منيتي تبقى على طول الحياة

῟῟ ῟῟واحتفل كل عام ياعمري معاك


That's a new word: the small canid equivalent to childplay. If your children play by pouncing and trying to bite each other's ears, that may be foxplay; check under their beds for rodents. Seriously, watching fox kits at play has to be right up there for any wildlife photographer. My last three fox den discoveries all fizzled out, so you can imagine how happy I was when this family of five (mama fox and four kits) accepted me.


Photographed in the Frenchman River Valley, near Val Marie, Saskatchewan (Canada). Don't use this image on websites, blogs, or other media without explicit permission ©2020 James R. Page - all rights reserved.

As I've been a bit quiet and unmotivated recently I thought I'd delve back to last year and the running of an empty ballast train during the mid-winter months heading back to Conara Junction after ballasting work in the Midlands of Tasmania. A pair of DQ Class locos can be seen passing through Ross and an unusual opportunity to photograph here due to the out of course running of the train.

Photo by Steve Bromley.

A sweat bee works a Common Gaillardia or Blanketflower on a prairie hillside. This is a widespread composite flower that seems to be highly variable, based on photos I see online. The insect may be an Agapostemon Sweat Bee, or some other species; if the former, it's a female, because males have yellow and black striped abdominal segments. Sweat bees are important pollinators; I often see them on yellow prickly-pear and magenta pincushion cactus blooms. They also seem to enjoy licking sweat off us humans, a habit some people find disconcerting. Some species are so small that the person doesn't even notice. Generally harmless, they may sting in self-defence, but they are not aggressive and I am always happy to discover them in the field or in my garden. Metallic green looks fabulous against almost any colour!


Photographed in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan (Canada). Don't use this image on websites, blogs, or other media without explicit permission ©2020 James R. Page - all rights reserved.

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EXPLORE #192 on 2007-08-27


Sunset over Heidelberg


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I've been sitting on these pics forever. I pretty much have quit writing at this point so it's time to let'em go.. again.

Another shot from Monument Valley, July 4th, 2006


Monument Valley from my first (and so far only) roll of Velvia with the X-Pan. The saturation is over the top, but this is really close to what the slide looks like on a light box.


Hasselblad X-Pan with 45mm

Fujifilm Velvia 50

This is one of my favorites, as you see it was very elaborate with many details, everything except the power lines are edible,

yes even the coal is made from sugar,

Those days I used to make one for each store and one for our Kitchen. btw I will make one next Christmas.

Taken with my old Point & Shoot Nikon E5700.

Brows photos of ARRRRT on FlickRiver


El Clot de la Mare de Déu (Borriana) Plana Baixa, País Valencià ////


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My last post for the upcoming weeks...Goodbye Haarlem Summer...

Union Pacific's 2002 Winter Olympic SD70Ms had the United Way SD40-2 along for the ride on a M-CBPR as it passed through Meredith on the former CNW.


For a while, the boys in Proviso had a good handle on keeping the roster oddballs in captive service. It was great while it lasted.

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