03-15-14 Knee Deep

Twelve minutes after I took the photo you saw yesterday, the road dipped through a low spot where sunflowers that hadn’t gotten harvested last fall stood in frozen water. I had almost driven past when I stopped, backed up about 1/4 mile and studied these sunflowers. The dark blue color of the ice, the orange…

02-04-14 Dreaming of Fall Colors

This photo was taken a few years ago on a visit to the Yashiro Japanese Garden in Olympia, Washington. Our timing was perfect (and lucky) and the garden was, as any hunter might say, “a target rich environment.” Canon 5D 1/60s f/4.0 ISO400 105mm   [maxbutton id=”21″]   Dreaming of Fall Colors by Scott Shephard…

2014 01-20 Tradition

I’m guessing that a photo of freshly made Chex mix doesn’t carry much punch with the readers of this blog. But I’m posting it anyway because in the Shephard household, it is very much a traditional December/January snack. But this batch is a real treat because the Chex mix generally goes away along with the…

01-05-14 Frosty Triptych

In honor of a predicted afternoon temperature of -15 F today*, I have left the tropics to return to a subject I started a few days ago: window frost. This time, I’ve created another triptych.** And even though I was amazed the first time I studied these macro photos, I am just amazed today. If…

12-30-13 Jack Frost

When you look closely at the amazing details of a frosty window it’s not hard to understand why someone chose to personify the creator under the name of Jack Frost. Ever since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated by the seemingly random yet ordered patterns of the kind seen in this photo. Unfortunately, due…