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Monthly Archives: May 2010

One of the high points of every summer for me is the blossoming of the rose bushes in front of my house.  The bushes were planted long before my wife and I purchased the house a few years ago, and they provide much pleasure to our entire family throughout the warmest months of the Minnesota summers.  I made the photograph below shortly after a rain shower; it is an example of the beauty that often results immediately before or after inclement weather.  It is during such transitions that nature and light can confound into ephemeral wonder.

The Cambridge in Colour Digital Photography Tutorials has a good review of the optical theory behind macro photography.  This is a type of nature photography with which I have very little experience.  It is hence nice to read such a comprehensive and useful review of the relevant mechanics.

When I look at this photograph, the lyrics of my favorite poem come to mind:

Give to me the life I love, let the lave go by me.
Give the jolly heaven above, and the byway nigh me.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

As a scientist, I seek to “know” the phenomena of my investigations in order to understand their workings.  There is an pleasure to discovering some bit of information, no matter how small, that was not previously known.  I experience a similar feeling when reading the literature related to my areas of academic interest.

As a nature photographer, I seek to “know” the subjects of my work on a more directly personal level.  My implicit goal is to recognize the subject of the lens on its own terms.  Doing so in the field fuels a sense of understanding much more affective than cognitive.

I can seek to know a flower, a mountain range, a prairie in different ways.  Each way brings with it a relevant delight.