A Year of Photography

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Good Morning!

I've been using Instagram for a year.  One of my most satisfying decisions ... good suggestion Hon.

There are two things that work for me.

First is the calming pleasure I get each day looking at the photos of all the people I follow.  Initially there was a bias towards 'trees' and 'nature' but my tastes have evolved and Nova Scotian content is on the rise.

It takes about 45 minutes a day to go through all the new images.  It is time well spent.

Some of the photographers I follow are professional and create stunning images.  Others educate me.  Some make me laugh.  Very, very occasionally there are selfies.

Second has been taking pictures.  I try to post a new picture every day and my subject matter is somewhere on our 150 acres.

Three Yellow Birch carve out their spot in a largely evergreen canopy
A daily 'deadline' provides a focus for me to get out and explore with my camera.  The birches in the photo above are an example of trees I had never paid close attention.  They are in a fight for their place in the forest ... and they're doing very well, thank you.

Aw oh
The camera also helps me see things I probably wouldn't notice.  In the photo above, I was walking thru the forest and saw the toad amongst some leaves.  Not a familiar setting for toads, I took out my cellphone and snapped a quick pic.  I didn't see the fly until I looked at the photo back on my computer.  I suspect the fly was long gone!

Mystery Tree revealed - Witch Hazel 
Finally, I share the photos -- to my Instagram account, on my Facebook page and on iNaturalist (which is an amazing website for identifying unknown plants and animals)

My photography goal for 2018 is to capture all the birds we see on our property.  At the feeder should be straightforward but still thinking about how to photograph the forest birds that hangout in the tree tops.


And ... I'm off to university this morning.  A biodiversity course from the University of Zurich offered thru Coursera.  Technology is pretty amazing when it works!

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  1. Big congrats, Joseph. 365 is pretty impressive!

  2. Thanks Jen. I could not have done it without your support and encouragement :-)