Junkyard Wren

I photographed this Bewick’s Wren in 2011. It isn’t the sort of Buick you expect to see in a junkyard. The juxtaposition of Nature’s perfection with Man’s…..well, not so much,  made for an interesting portrait. I used the image in one of my Haiku is for the Birds calendars.    The haiku:

Collected junk heap

I’m sure I will need someday

Life is not waiting

Bewick's Wren

Bewick’s Wren

And that is the last of my entries for this year’s Audubon competition.

Thanks for checking them out.

Phainopepla and the Dragon – Returns

I forgot to submit this one last year.  I made it the header on my webpage to remind myself to do so this year.

I photographed these Phainopeplas busy catching insects from their perch atop an oak tree. When I tiled together the photo of another oak tree with the sun coming through it, it seemed like a perfect match. I added the dragonfly because I liked the title, “Phainopepla and the Dragon.”

2016 Audubon entry #8

Phainopepla and the Dragon

Phainopepla and the Dragon

Varied Thrush

I have always liked this reflection, or what I call, a “puddle shot.” It was among my first captures for the purpose back in December of 2006. But, I had not found a suitable subject to work into it until this Varied Thrush showed up on my patio near sunset just a couple of weeks ago.

2016 Audubon entry #7

Varied Thrush puddle-

Red-tail in Black and White

The Klamath Refuge in Northern California is a great place for birding. It was a pretty foggy day when I took this picture. I didn’t think it was a particularly interesting shot until I filtered up the tule weeds in the background, and changed it to black and white.

2016 Audubon entry #6

Red Tail BW 8117-

And The Winner Is…….not

Audubon announced the winners of their 2015 Photography Awards today. I did not win, but I now have a finer tuned appreciation of what they are looking for, so,….Next Year!

This is the photo of mine that was chosen as a semi-finalist in the “Fine Art” category–a new category for them this year:

Tapestry _ blog- Most of the the other images I submitted were new creations. This one I composed in 2011.

Here is a link to the Winners

You will have to scroll sideways (or down) to the fourth image to view the “Fine Art” winner. It is a Black & White of silhouetted gulls, cormorants, and terns. Very nice!

Here is a link to the Top 100 . All of them are awesomely spectacular bird photos. None of them come from the “Fine Art” category. It would be nice to see the other semi-finalists in the Fine Art category, but I can’t find a link to them.


My latest contest submission–Doritos Super Bowl Ad

I always thought the ads were the best part of the Super Bowl. In fact, I don’t think I have watched the actual game for at least 25 years. Maybe that explains how I missed the fact that Doritos has been running a contest for their Superbowl ads since 2006. Anyway, a Facebook friend clued me on the opportunity last week. The deadline for submission was last night. I had a lot of fun yesterday putting this together and I am looking forward to seeing Harry Lipz on the Jumbo-Tron. Just click the image below:

Harry Lips Does Doritos

Harry Lipz Does Doritos

The Mouth Knows Doritos



This is the second of two photo compositions I submitted for the Studio 360 Photo Remix Listener Challenge. You were supposed to incorporate one or more of the ten images they provided into a scene of your own. Here I used their pathway through the park, the crow, the marble head, the reaching hand, the derby hat from the man’s portrait, and some of their clouds (for the fog). I added some layers of my own cloud shots and my headless self running down the path.

……but I left without my……..Well, it wasn’t really mine to begin with.

Yes, now I remember

This is the first of two photo compositions I submitted for the Studio 360 Photo Remix Listener Challenge. You were supposed to incorporate one or more of the ten images they provided into a scene of your own. Here I used the man’s portrait, the lady in the white dress, and the guitar. With a little :-) editing and manipulation, I placed them into one of my “puddle” shots, along with myself sitting on a blanket holding a guitar method book that belonged to my grandmother. I replaced the woman’s left hand with Katie’s–holding the guitar, then placed a harmonica in her right. I used the oil paint filter in Photoshop to give the greenery an even more otherworldly dimension. Phun with Photoshop!

….I used to  know that one.