The Macks are releasing their new, all original EP today. This PDX-based trio of high school alternative rock musicians deserves a listen. The Nightcrawler single is amazing and the whole EP is GOOOOD. Go. Listen. Now.
Lucky for me I am “with the band.” As fan mom of two members (and, hey, even the third calls me “Mom” for fun), I love also playing the promo photographer for The Macks. The photo shoot with Ben Windheim, Joe Windheim and Sam Fulwiler went exactly as expected. The Macks have no problem hamming it up while looking very cool. I’m sure more images and outtakes from the shoot will pop up if you follow their Twitter account. Which you should. But, first, go listen to the Nightcrawler EP by The Macks.
As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs. – Photographer Sam Abell
It was such a thrill to photograph the art of Robin Scialabba. I love that I am a part of enabling her work to be shared and enjoyed by a wider audience. And, most importantly, as her original art is made available for purchase, Robin will always have a record of the pieces she created.
Robin’s art is very vibrant and I was able to reproduce the depth of the colors and details by surrounding the art with filtered natural light. For most of the work, I shot down from a tall ladder with the art laid flat on the ground. My lens of choice was a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
You can view more of Robin’s art and inquire about buying original or reproduction prints in her web gallery through Angie Windheim Photography.
Oh, I am thankful for S-P-R-I-N-G. After a long, colorless winter, the pops of pink and purple and yellow are exciting. I take my camera everywhere this time of year.
With the uncertainty of the honey bees in our world today, I am so thrilled when they arrive at my little farmette in Sherwood, Oregon. I have buzz-zilions of the little darlings going to work in my cherry trees. And then, my California lilacs. And then, my herbs. And then, my lawn. I always joke that if you want honey bees, leave some weeds. You’ll never find a patch of clover without a honey bee in it. My lawn has just a little bit of clover. Hey, it’s for the bees!
These photos were taken with my 70-200mm lens with the 2x extension. A mighty lens combo to wield at a little bee. But, I love the pink bokeh and the honey bees backlit fuzz.
My friends asked, “What was the best part of your trip to Mexico?”
They said “Mexico” because no one dares the attempt to pronounce “Zihuatanejo” (zee-watt-a-NEH-ho).
For many vacations, that question would be hard to answer. But not this one. It was easy.
Las tortugas marinas, the sea turtles, were the highlight of my stay in Zihuatanejo.
I’ve always been in love with sea turtles. In Hawaii I have accidentally bumped into one under a waterfall on the Big Island and followed them (at a distance) while snorkeling on Maui and Kaua’i. I’ve also body-surfed alongside them at Brennecke Beach on Kaua’i. Amazing creatures.
Playful. Ancient. Wise creatures.
I was beyond excited at the prospect that we might actually be able to watch sea turtles out of the water in Zihuatanejo. And even though I knew our hotel, the Viceroy on Playa de Ropa, was the place to be, part of me thought it was too good to be true. I was prepared for disappointment.
It turns out that our timing was excellent in early December. While it was technically “late” in the season for the turtle mamas to come ashore for egg laying, we saw just it a happen our very first night in Zihua. We were eating a late dinner on the beach at the Viceroy. We notice a man with a flashlight and a bucket and my husband says something like, “there’s your turtle.” I deserted him at the table while he signed the bill, and then we watched.
We watched as a mama turtle struggled and heaved her heavy body up to soft sand, dug a hole one flipper at a time, became incredibly still, laid 80+ golf-ball sized eggs, filled in that hole, packed in sand with a slap of her belly, scattered sand to erase the evidence she’d been there, and then slowly made her way back to the ocean.
It all looked sooo hard. And beautiful. And, yeah, I teared up a little (a lot). It truly was awesome.
Once on the brink of extinction, olive ridley sea turtles (golfinas), are loved and protected in Zihua. You actually need a license from the Mexican government to disturb a turtle nest. The license gives turtle conservationists the state’s blessing do so to save eggs by reburying them in safe spots. When the eggs hatch, turtle keepers feed and care for them about a week, so that the babies can grow and mature before facing the big ocean and all its dangerous inhabitants.
Early December was the tail end of the laying season, but also the beginning of the hatching season!
Not all of the turtle eggs are re-located. So at random times along the beach, a baby would pop up out of the sand. Some were gently coaxed to the sea but powered by their own determination. Some were carefully carried to the water.
Once we learned to recognize baby turtle footprints, we were able to track the little darlings. We also watched as an entire nest was discovered in the shade of a beached catamaran. We watched as the hotel “entertainment” director ran for a bucket, scooped up probably 100 little tortugas and put the bucket in shade. They were to be released at night to avoid the complications of heat and predators.
I loved my time in Zihuatanejo….for many, many reasons. But I absolutely have to get back there to show my kids the turtles. For now, the images will have to do. You can see larger views of the turtles and more of my trip to Zihuatanejo in my web gallery.
If you are interested in reading more about las tortugas of Zihuatanejo, here are some articles/sites I’ve enjoyed:
“Labor of Love” article on Viceory Hotel and the turtles (aka Tides)
Plant a tree, start composting, recycle EVERYTHING, grow a garden, help remove invasive plants…
If you are in Sherwood, a fun way to get started is to attend the annual Raindrops to Refuge Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction this Friday, April 20th at the Rebekah Lodge.
Raindrops to Refuge is a small non-profit organization dedicated to helping local citizens learn how to be responsible citizens of their watershed. They restore impaired wetlands and waterways; and they protect our watershed from the hazards of pollution from our everyday practices and from rapid development.
You can keep it simple and just join this fabulous group for a fun meal and to bid on some great auction items (including a canvas of my Red Currant image). Or, you can find out how to be a part of some of the great planting and clean up projects that are sure to be scheduled in the coming months.
I feel great after a morning planting. And I feel even better when I go back a year or two later to see the transformation. In fact, a Stella Olsen Park planting is what inspired my new “Native is Beautiful” photo series.
Wow, it felt so good to be warm.
And, to my delight, Spring had sprung in the desert. My youngest son and I had a blast taking pictures of all of the new places and plants and animals.
My favorite bloom of all was the Joshua Tree. This photo makes me feel warm, dry and happy…even though it’s nasty, wet and cold outside.
Wishy Washy Weather.
A friend of mine claimed the other day that she really didn’t care for wishy washy weather. And, I have to agree.
In Oregon we have hovered at just above the freezing point for most of the winter.
Snow mixed with rain.
Snow that doesn’t stick.
Snow that does not give us even one single day off from school.
And now that we’re just a day away from Spring Break…
I’m not sure the Spring flowers and buds appreciated it, but my kids loved that they finally could build a snow man. And I loved taking pictures of weary Daffodils and cherry blossoms.
It was just a 2-hour delay for school, but we sure made the most of it!
Well, actually, it’s not very cold here in Sherwood, Oregon.
The lack of snow, ice or even frost required that I up the creativity level for my latest Moms with Cameras Project52 assignment. Our inspiration for week 4 was “cold.”
I have to proudly say that I love these two photos. I used my 70-200mm lens on the “macro” setting. Such a sweet lens. I’ve achieved some stunning stills with it and, of course, it’s amazing for sports.
I showed these images to my oldest son, Ben. He complimented me on the popsicle photo and then, with concern in his voice, asked what I did with the frozen blueberries. I told him not to worry, they were tucked safely back in the freezer.
Ben’s a bit obsessed with frozen blueberries. Every year we harvest a huge quantity of blueberries from our plants and the u-pick down the road…basically just for Ben…or so he thinks. I won’t even tell him how many I ate during the photo shoot!
For 2012 I joined the Moms with Cameras Project 52. Each week we get a new theme word or idea. We have 7 days to interpret and create an image that fits. We share our work through a group on Flikr. Anyone (professional or amateur photographers) is welcome to join. The community is very supportive and encouraging.
For week 3 our assignment was “trust.” And, I knew this little hummingbird fit perfectly. He bravely faced the snow and icy winds, trusting that I filled up his feeder and would take care of him through the winter.
I’m thrilled that the Project 52 community enjoyed my image as well. It’s great to get such positive feedback and the leader even included it in her blog’s highlights for the week.
Mother Nature, you are such a tease, girlfriend!
My kids wore their jammies backwards, put spoons under their pillows and did a special snow dance before bed just for you. And, when I peeked outside last night before heading upstairs, the snow was coming down blizzard style and nearly 5 inches had piled up. Yes! Thank you.
But, no!! At 3:30am I awoke to the sound of torrential rain. When does it EVER get warmer over night? Mother Nature, you seriously pulled the rug out from under me this time. Ugh.
My disappointed boys all trudged off to school this morning. Sorry, guys.
I did manage to get some snow pictures yesterday though. Sadly, most of it came down AFTER the boys went to school and was in the process of becoming slush by the time they got home.