Michael's Rediscovery of Nature

Ramblings and observations of a former biologist and a lifelong naturalist, who has recently returned to his roots in east Texas. After a many years of working from coast to coast in an industry far removed from biology, it has been a pleasant change of geography, activity, and attitude. No stressful job decked out in a three piece suit. No city living. Instead there is a rediscovery of the woods, of something scurrying through the leaves, of the clear notes of a bird call, and of reliving the joy that I had when nature was a playground and a classroom.

About the Photographs In This Blog

Unless credited otherwise, all photographic images on this website were taken by me.  (EDITOR'S NOTE: This was true until the summer of 2015 when others began joining me.  Photos are all from the galleries of featured photographers on this website unless otherwise noted.)

14-400 copyI began taking photos in a semi-serious fashion when I was in the army.  I bought my first 35mm camera at the PX in Frankfort Germany in 1967.  It was an Petri.  About a year later I purchased an Asahi (Pentax) Spotmatic.  I took LOTS of pictures.

Later, when I returned to school, I started taking a lot of photographs of nature, especially on field trips.  I took lots of photos and slides.  

After school, I changed over to Nikons.  I bought a Nikon F3, an FG, came up with an FE from somewhere.  About this time I also put together a black and white darkroom.  After close to 6 months with the black and white, I moved up to a color darkroom.  Was that ever fun!   

At that point, my photography got pretty serious.  I read every photography book I could get my hands on, especially anything on nature photography.  

There is no telling how many thousands of pictures that I took.  Most of that time period I was in west Texas and spent considerable time between there and southern Arizona.

 Then life happened and I got so busy that photography was pushed to the side.  I did manage to take LOTS of pictures of my kids through the years but I was rarely involved in any outdoor activities so there were next to no nature photography.  Somewhere along the way I changed over to Canon and had quite a few different Canons.  

That began to change a little when I lived in Florida, but only a little.  

It has changed tremendously since I have come home to east Texas.  My camera is with me almost all the time.  

Oh, I am back to a Nikon.  I have a D60 which is a decent camera.  I really need another camera body and a longer lens.  That will come with time.  Right now I have the D60, a 18 - 55mm Nikon zoom lens, a 70 - 200mm Nikon zoom lens, a Nikon Speedlite 230, a lightweight triod, a few common filters, a monopod, and that is about it.  I am sure with time I will be adding to the equipment.

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