Dragonfly in Dry Grass

photograph of a green dragonfly in dry, brown grass

“Don’t walk through that tall grass,” my Uncle warned.  “It’s full of chiggers.”  I decided to go anyway; there were some lovely wildflowers I wanted to shoot and I’ve survived worse than a few chigger bites.  Two weeks later my ankles finally stopped itching.  The wildflower shots were okay but this dragonfly made the itching worth it.  If I didn’t know better I would sweat it’s actually smiling.

Climbing Orangutan

Climbing Orangutan

This young orangutan climbed and swung on ropes as it played a game of chase with its mother.  The photo was taken at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, LA.

Algiers Facade

Algiers Facade

The three-dimensional facade of this building in Algiers, Louisiana reminds me of something ancient and something modern.

 

Cypress Dawn

Photograph of Cypress Trees at Dawn, Spring Bayou, Louisiana

Cypress trees creep out into the water.  The early morning sun begins to warm their trunks and nourish their leaves as a new day begins.

 

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.