Gardening makes one pay attention to yearly cycles. Before I planted a yardful of flowers, rain was a random occurrence with pluses and minuses. It could be welcomed as a respite from the heat or dreaded as the bringer of humidity that makes it unbearable. It could be the reasonContinue Reading


Who knows why some posts are wildly popular while others are not? I certainly can’t predict. I’ve tried to look for commonalities, but nothing jumps out. For those just finding my blog, here are the posts that have drawn the most views from Gardening Journey, Photography Journey, Amidst the Flowers,Continue Reading

I would wager that anyone serious about 35mm photography wants to try medium format at some point.  A point-and-shoot plastic camera can do 35mm, but medium and large format—those are strictly big league.  Medium format is not cheap, nor is it easy to get into.  There are tons of booksContinue Reading

My journey in photography started a little more than three years ago. During that time, I have taken a darkroom class, read numerous blogs, sat for a family portrait, written a blog, participated in forums and discussion groups, read reviews, watched videos, and read multiple photography books. As someone whoContinue Reading

Pass by the garden in midsummer and you notice a five foot high wall of green topped by deep purple flowers— “black and blue salvia.”    I chose this plant because it is known to attract pollinators.   What an understatement! From early morning until dusk, a cloud of beesContinue Reading