Red Wing Black Bird

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Red Wing Black Bird – Orlando Wetlands Park – January 2015

“We are all connected; to each other biologically. To the earth chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.” Neil deGrasse Tyson

Interesting fact about these birds – the females are brown and white. Haven’t captured one yet – still looking – they are a year round resident at the park so lots of time to find. And did I mention this fellow was noisy,

Heading for the park today and tomorrow for a weekend bird photography seminar – woo hoo.

Quote found at https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/12855.Neil_deGrasse_Tyson

Edward Weston – Photo Pioneer

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Flycather – UCF Arboretum – February 20

My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, for the camera’s eye may entirely change my idea. – Edward Weston

Edward Weston, who along with Ansel Adams and Minor White were founders of the photography program at the California School of Fine Arts. Thanks to the pioneers of American Photography who gave us all inspiration to pursue our passions.

Please see more on Edward Weston at http://edward-weston.com/

Quote found at http://www.photoquotes.com/showquotes.aspx?id=51&name=Weston,Edward#ixzz3St1V47zK

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More Minor White

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St Andrew’s Cross – UCF Arboretum – February 2015

“Reaching a ‘creative’ state of mind through positive action is considered preferable to waiting for ‘inspiration'” – Minor White 1950

The above quote goes well with the adage that God helps those that help themselves.

Currently reading The Moment of Seeing – Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts by Stephanie Comer and Deborah Klochko with an essay by Jeff Gunderson. Excellent chronology of the school’s development with historical documentary photos of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Minor White among others as well as photographs from the students and teachers at the school dating from the late 40’s/early 50’s. If you love photography and history seek out this book.

Quote comes from the book.

Mathematics in Nature

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Golden Ratio – Naturally – UCF Arboretum – February 2015.

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Geometry – Merritt Island Wildlife Preserve – January 2015

“The most beautiful thing is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science.” Albert Einstein

“Where there is matter, there is geometry” Johannes Kepler

I’ve been waiting for a month for the proper post for this heron. Sunday’s pine tree gave that to me. The patterns within the feathers are amazing.

Quote found at http://www.goldennumber.net/phi-quotations/

Foggy Morning

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Unknown – UCF Arboretum – February 2015

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception” – Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley was an English writer who was probably best known for his novel “Brave New World”. Although the above quote probably comes from Doors of Perception a non-fiction book about psychedelic drugs. I still find it quite insightful.

Odd parallel – he died the same day as C.S. Lewis.

Quote found at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/unknown.html

Bee Time

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Bee – UCF Arboretum February 2015

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Bee Eating – UCF Arboretum – February 2015

The happiness of the bee or dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it. – Jacques Yves Cousteau
These flowers look like miniature orchids, not sure if they will continue to blossom or if each top gets only a few flowers. In the second pic I believe he is sucking on the anther.

With Minor White

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Hanging Out – Little Big Econ wilderness – November 2014

“I have often photographed when I am not in tune with nature but the photographs look as if I had been. So I conclude that something in nature says, ‘Come and take my photograph’. So I do regardless of how I feel.” – Minor White

Minor White was zen before there was zen. If that makes sense to anyone. He embodied the principles of zen in his photography, before they were popular in our society. That’s what I got while reading the essays in Eye Mind Spirit – The Enduring Legacy of Minor White edited by Nathan Lyons, a book that was published with an exhibit by the same name at the Howard Greenberg Gallery commemorating what would have been Minor Whites’ 100 birthday.

See some fabulous photos at http://www.howardgreenberg.com/#home – the Howard Greenberg Gallery

Quote found at http://www.photoquotes.com/showquotes.aspx?id=25&name=White,Minor

Photo is mine.