Just after sunset I took a slow, contemplative walk around our block. No camera. The robins — seemingly the first birds up in the morning and the last to bed in the evening — were making their loud, final squawks.
There was no wind, so it was easy to hear all the frogs, frogs I never think about except on quiet evenings like this. And it’s somehow reassuring — hearing frogs at twilight — figuring as long as we can hear frogs, everything’s going to be all right.
And then, as I rounded a bend, I stopped to watch a hummingbird moth, looking eerily like a small hummer, working the bright blue lithodora flowers. Wings a total blur, a slightly spread “tail” like a hummingbird. How can an insect and a bird appear so similar? Be so similarly...
I'm a photographer, writer, educator based on the Oregon coast. Although I love "pure" photography, I specialize in photomontage work, combining photos I've taken of rust, walls, peeling paint, birds, postage stamps, trees, etc. into images that are completely new, different, and often weird. When I begin a piece, I start with a concept, which quickly morphs into something totally different than I originally envisioned, and that's where the fun is. I also create physical collages, then find myself photographing parts of them to include in my photomontages. Total madness, but it's good madness!
My career has encompassed writing guidebooks (primarily about where to photograph in California), newsletters (guides for photographers about...
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