a portrait

Scouting for locations to take wedding pictures (not long now). We found a few good locations in Phoenix Park. This was one of them. It’s just a test shot; so I left it untouched and didn’t wait until the bridge was clear before getting the shot.

6-19-2011, 12:02 p.m.

exposure: 1/160 sec

f/stop: 8

focal length: 130 mm

ISO: 400

little bee

Smaller than a deer fly, this bug is commonly called a “sweat bee”. They don’t often bother humans and can be found near flowers this time of year.

6-19-2011, 12:26 p.m.

exposure: 1/125 sec

f/stop: 6.3

focal length: 115 mm

ISO: 800


A thunderhead moved through tonight a little before night fall. The office of the apartment (spare bedroom) is on the corner of the building, facing West and North. I live on the 3rd floor of a 4 story building in a town where a building above 4 stories simply has not been built yet, nor is it likely ever to be built. Unfortunately, a lot of good cloud to ground strikes were to the West, and there is a 3-1/2 story building across the street from me, which spoiled many potential lightning photo opportunities. The storm did eventually move to the North and pass over Main Street and the down town. At that same time the thunderhead was directly over the apartment, so every time the sky lit up there was no way to know where the strike occurred, whether it hit ground, or if I happened to capture it. With lightning it seems that one has to play “the odds”. I set up my camera in one direction and programmed it to take extended exposure shots one after another. Eventually a lighting strike would have to take place in front of my lens. And so it did.

6-18-2011, 12:24 a.m.

exposure: 20 sec

f/stop: 13

focal length: 25 mm

ISO: 100

Thursday Nights @ Phoenix Park

I was in attendance for one Justin Jay Arnold at 6 p.m. this last Thursday. A free outdoor concert and I finished work at 5:30 p.m. – seemed like a perfect fit. Adelyn Rose and then Michael Perry & the Long Beds followed.

As long as I’m mentioning an artist I like I suppose a few links are in order. For the events at Phoenix Park, check out VolumeOne. For the recordings of Justin Jay Arnold, checkout his Myspace page and give a listen. Right now it looks like he has received 2654 page views since 8/5/2009 and his top listened-to song, “Just Be” has 82 plays.

I think he’s got some solid talent and wish him the best of luck and look forward to some new tunes down the road.

6-9-2011, 6:13 p.m.

exposure: 1/200

f/stop: 9

focal length: 190 mm

ISO: 400

purple flowers

I’m not sure what these are. I found them among the future in-laws gardens and took a picture simply by reflex. After reviewing my shots for the day I discovered this picture, and thought I’d share it.

6-3-2011, 7:24 p.m.

exposure: 1/200

f/stop: 7.1

focal length: 150 mm

ISO: 800

little honey bee

This capture is from a walk through the Madison Arboretum.

I have an appreciation for honey bees. Since almost as long as I have grown pumpkins with the ol’ man, there has been a hive or two in the garden. And
even though the bumble bee and other native insects reign supreme when it comes to pollination, the honey bee is the only bug that can produce honey. Honey has been found to last for hundreds of years without spoiling, suppress bacterial growth and even encourage wound healing in some well-done scientific studies.

An excerpt from a brief review of honey from Medscape.com

Honey is 70% to 80% sugar, but it also contains water, proteins, hydrogen peroxide, and gluconic acid. Honey’s antimicrobial properties are believed to derive from its high sugar and low moisture content, the acidic properties of gluconic acid, and the antiseptic properties of hydrogen peroxide.

As a topical agent, honey has been reported to have benefit in treating chronic, surgical, and traumatic wounds. Recently, studies have examined the benefits of honey in the treatment of burns, skin grafts, Fournier’s gangrene, radiation-induced mucositis, and dermatologic conditions such as seborrhea and dermatitis. Ingested honey has been examined for its potential benefit in the treatment of DM, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and gastroenteritis.

A 2001 systematic review found topical honey to be superior to control for postoperative wound healing, maintenance of sterility, and eradication of infection. Small controlled studies have indicated that honey is beneficial wound care for cesarean section, nonhealing wounds that do not respond to other treatments, and chronic, surgical, and traumatic wounds. A Cochrane systematic review reports that the strongest evidence available supports the use of honey for venous leg ulcers. A recent randomized controlled trial confirmed the efficacy of honey in the treatment of sloughing venous ulcers. In 2007, Medihoney™ was approved by the FDA for use in wounds and burns.

9-11-2010, 4:13 p.m.

exposure: 1/1000

f/stop: 6.3

focal length: 55 mm

ISO: 800

little black ant

This macro was also taken the same day as the house fly. The ant was moving around pretty fast so I couldn’t get as close as I could with the house fly – but after seeing how well this picture turned out I’m not sure a closer close up would have improved the capture.

5-29-2011, 1:26 p.m.

exposure: 1/249

f/stop: 8

focal length: 130 mm (with 68mm of extension tubes)

ISO: 1600