Serenity | In the Awakening of the Earth

Spring took a long time to finally reach us this year. Its been a long, cold and dark winter. But I take great joy at the sunshine, longer days and warmth that we have ahead of us. My flowering trees are enjoying the sun as well.

And now please head over to the super talented Iris Nelson to see what her serenity is for this month.

New Studio | Central Maryland Wildlife Photographer

Its been a while since I wrote a blog post and I thought now would be a great time to do so. We just recently completed a big basement finishing project and in doing so I created a new space just for me and my studio. I’ve been getting quite a few questions about what I shoot with and how I set up the studio so I thought I would write a post about just that, my gear with links. But before I do that, I thought I would share some photos of the new space:

For cameras I have two bodies – Canon 5DMIII and Canon 7DMII:

For wildlife I use a Sigma 150-600 and a Canon 100-400L:

My main light for my studio is an Alien Bees AB800:

And the frame and fabric for the standup reflector I use:

For the rest of my gear, here is a link to my Amazon website to show you what else I shoot with:

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.




Serenity | In Sunflowers

This was my first time visiting a sunflower field. I had heard and seen some amazing things about a local field that was a haven to birds like Indigo Buntings and Goldfinches. I thought I would drive the hour to go see for myself. I was armed with both my cameras, one for distance and one for wide, so I could try my hand in sunflower shooting. And while it was super hot and sticky and buggy and very crowded I managed to get a few shots I liked, even though the Indigo Buntings were not all that interested in posing for me in the field. I saw them in the trees though. Here is how I spent my evening.


For more serenity, please head over to the super talented Nadeen Flynn, northern California natural light photographer for her photos this month.

Serenity | In Weeding and Gardens

I know you are probably thinking I am loosing my mind saying there is serenity in weeding but let me explain. First of all I am the furthest from a good gardener. I really know nothing about what it is like to have a green thumb. That said, 15 months ago I purchased a few small plants to designate a small part of my yard as a butterfly and hummingbird garden. My first mistake was not to mark what and where I planted these teeny plants. My second mistake was to not keep control of the weeds in this area. So last summer, I was pretty disappointed in the growth of this garden. However, this year the two butterfly bushes and Joe Pye weeds decided to grow like crazy as well as a couple of other miscellaneous plants that I *think* I planted. However, again this year I let the weeds overtake this area and I decided this weekend I needed to tackle it.

OK why is this serenity, well the hours I have spent out in my little garden allowed me to be up close and personal to some of the most beautiful tiny creatures that share my backyard with me. I grabbed my macro lens and in between weeding I captured the beauty of these creatures that lives in their own small little world.

Here is a sampling of the critters that posed for me. Most of these bugs I didn’t bother to identify but I did recognize a woolly caterpillar, some butterflies, a host of baby tree frogs (oh so cute) and of course some flowers.




And now please head over to the talented Eileen Critchley and see her fancy new blog and her photos that she has for us this week.

Serenity | Spring Warmth and Sun

This month I am excited to be joining in on The Serenity Project with some of my talented photographer friends. Once a month we all share what serenity means to us and take photos. This month, as we are just now leaving a cold spell, I find my serenity in the warmth of the spring days and the bright sunshine on our faces and leaves.

I also find serenity in tiny blossoms, aka weeds, that surround my house at the edge of the forrest.

Please keep the circle going by heading over to see what Nadeen has for us this month.

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