Evening Campsite

Photograph of a campfire with a tent in the background

The late spring air turns cool after sundown.  The campfire provides warmth and a place to gather and reconnect.

Peacock

Photograph of a Male Peacock

This resident of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana, freely mingles with visitors.  Earlier in the day I photographed the peacock with his tail spread wide but that image seemed too cliche.  Later during our visit he hopped up on a nearby wall.  Looking at the front of the peacock, rather than focusing on his well known tail feathers I was amazed by the deep blue plumage covering most of its body.

Solitary Cypress

Solitary Cypress

This cypress tree stands alone, out in the water.  I shot this picture at sunrise from about 300 yards away.  The fog drifted around the tree as the sun slowly swept it away.  As the light and fog were continually changing, I kept shooting and ended up with this image, where most of the fog is between the tree and the shoreline, highlighting it’s isolation.

Southern Beauty

Magnolia Bloom

To me the magnolia tree’s large, fragrant blooms are symbolic of the South.  Having grown up in Northern Virginia, I never noticed magnolias.  Perhaps they aren’t as popular there or maybe I just never paid attention as a kid?  Regardless, the magnolias are blooming again in Richmond.

Finishing Cyclops

Finishing Cyclops

An artist at Blaine Kern’s Mardis Gras World studio puts the finishing touches on a cyclops prop.  This one-eyed giant will likely ride one of the 2013 Mardis Gras floats in New Orleans, LA.

Running Water, Standing Water

Running Water, Standing Water

Something about this sink, at the end of a dock, surrounded by standing water, captured my imagination.  Perhaps its the raw utility of a sink propped up on 2x4s?  Or maybe the slow but inevitable encroachment of nature and the elements?