11-20-12 Blurring the Lines

There are a few things that are unusual about this post. First, it comes from the same file as a previous post. I rarely do that. Second, it is cropped unconventionally. What possessed me to eschew the 2:3 or 4:5 ratio? No one knows. Finally, it is heavily filtered. And I teach my students that…

Not From Around Here

Here’s a thought: this bird is related to the common sparrows that are plentiful in South Dakota. The evolutionary difference between this colorful bird and a sparrow is the environment their ancestors developed in. In the case of the sparrow, there is plenty of brown. In the case of this Mexican bird, though, the tropics…

I’m Back From Therapy

The prescription was a week of sailing on Lake Oahe and I gladly complied. My ailment? Nothing really, given that I have a good life. But being on my boat for a week is my meager excuse for ignoring my “Photo A Day” blog. I should have called it “A Photo Once and A While.”…

Order and Chaos?

There is so much that seems random in nature. And then there are birds flying in formation. . . In this picture, grabbed on the fly, notice how the angles of the birds’ wings fit into each other. But then notice the clouds: are they the antithesis of these birds in flight?

The Bird Man And the Child

I was with a group of students in the Montmartre district in Paris and as we were walking down the steps of the Sacre Couer Basilica, I looked down and saw this man and this apparently mesmerized child. This isn’t the only photo of a child marveling over birds. What is it about birds that…