One of my favorite journal entries from the summer of 2006. I had the amazing opportunity to travel to the Taku River in northern British Columbia with Round River Conservation Studies. We fished for salmon with Tlingit fishermen and women, explored the sloughs, and visited ancient bear rub trees with Tlingit elder Jackie Williams. It was the experience that made me realize I wanted to study conservation biology and has lead to me the work I do today in northern Canada.
Throwback Thursday to me logrolling in the Porcupine Mountains on river that empties into Lake Superior in the upper peninsula of Michigan.
my-name-is-alice-villa asked: Do you perchance have a reference book on flora and such of the various places you live/stay/travel to when you photograph your beautiful floral subjects or do you know the flowers by name off the top of your head?
Thanks for your question! I do own a few great plant guidebooks (Plants of Northern British Columbia by MacKinnon, Pojar and Coupé being my favorite), but since I travel so much I tend to use the internet for species identification more often so I can cover more regions. However, I have a decent general knowledge of flowers (and plants and animals) so in most cases I can make a pretty good guess which then helps me search for the exact species. I also constantly ask my friends and family what species we are seeing - and in general people are very helpful!
I submitted this photo to be critiqued by John Greengo in a Creative Live course called Summer Photography Essentials. I was so excited to get John’s feedback as I really appreciate his eye for photography. I am also slowly working my way through his Fundamentals of Digital Photography course which I couldn’t recommend more. For this image he suggested I fix the lens distortion that was curving the horizon line (which I have done) and lighten the shadows in the dock a little more. He said he really liked the photo and even went so far as to say he wished he had this shot! Thanks for the opportunity to share my work and receive some helpful advice.
Songs of the season
not for any reason.
Keeping warm in my yellow hat
an eye cocked for the neighborhood cat.
Singing of the jubilee
sitting in this apple tree.
-Toni Lieppert Polfus
Nice pencil drawing and poem by my mom.
Purple Bee Balm is also known as Monarda. The leaves are very aromatic and can be used as a tea or to replace mint. The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds, making it a nice garden flower. The plant also has many medical properties and was used as an antiseptic by Native Americans.