Photo Tuesday: A Purple Flower You’re Welcome

This was another fine example of direct sunlight messing with a perfectly gorgeous purple flower. It’s not that light is a bad thing, necessarily, it’s just that there’s too much of it. Shadows become too pronounced and colors can get washed out. There are solutions, of course. A lot of …

Photo Tuesday: With a Little Photoshop

Today’s flower is something I captured in Zion National Park. We were in a hurry, there wasn’t much time to set up and take lots of shots. Really, I just snapped the pic as quickly as I could and moved on. I knew I loved the colors of this. The …

Photo Friday: Desert Flower

My vacation into the desert wastelands of the American Southwest was successful in several ways. First, I survived. (woo!) Second, I now know that there is a limit to how much hot weather I am comfortable enduring. The peak was a scorching 117F and to be honest I was ready …

Photo Time: The Peony After a Rain

Photos are out early this week, since tomorrow is the BIG RELEASE of Peace in an Age of Metal and Men. There’s something magical about flowers after a rain. From a photographer’s perspective, this is the premium time to get some great macro shots. Since the peonies are in full bloom, …

Photo Time: Weigela

Only one week until Peace in an Age of Metal and Men comes out. It’s a book about struggle for peace in a violent world. Wanna know what’s not in the book? Flowers. Weigelas in particular. Not even a single one. The pink-flower explosion on these guys really makes for …

Photo Time: The Iris

It’s iris season. Just as the redbud fades these guys pop up and burst into huge explosions of color. I like them. In other news, I have message from the folks at CONvergence. I’ll be on three panels this year. You can see my schedule on my new Event Calendar.

Owning Houseplants: How Not to Kill Them

Water your plants with water most of the time. Coke, beer, and piss are fine every once in a while, but not every single weekend.