Dragonfly Closeup – Rick Stephen
Redhawk Waterfall by Rick Stephen
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Glowing Gazania by Rick Stephen
Serene Sunrise – Photography by Rick Stephen
The sun breaks the horizon over a serene Lake Elsinore in southern California. I miss having the time to stop by the lake in the early mornings as when this photo was taken. It was a good way to start the day and a habit I need to resume. I hope you enjoyed the photo! Click on the photo to see this photo and others in my portfolio.
Sublime Swallowtail by Rick Stephen
Sometimes I just get lucky as in this case. I took my camera to a local park while on my lunch break yesterday. One end of the park attracts butterflies, primarily Swallowtails, Monarch, Mourning Cloak and lots of Skippers. This beautiful Swallowtail was flying to within arms length of me, turning and then coming back. Finally, it settled down on a bush mere feet away. With my zoom macro lens, I was able to capture a few frames of this sublime beauty. It was as if she wanted my attention and then posed for me. Would that all these beautiful creatures be so cooperative. I hope you enjoy the photo!
Clouds in Sepia Tone – Rick Stephen
View from the Lookout by Rick Stephen
The beautiful view that greeted me at the Lookout above Lake Elsinore today. This is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens. Click on the image to view a larger version in my FAA gallery.
My Photographs Now Available on Fine Art America!
If you haven’t noticed, the traditional photo albums that have been on my blog for some time have been removed and replaced by something new! I’ve integrated a new widget from Fine Art America into the blog. Now you can view the much larger catalog of photographs and digital art that I keep on the Fine Art America site.
Not only can you view them but should you see something you like, you can purchase it right here on my blog. The FAA widget will allow you to do just that! What’s more exciting, you can buy not only prints but posters, framed prints, matted prints, canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, greeting cards and more! If you see something you like, just click on the image for more information on purchasing. I’ve bought several items from artists I admire on FAA and without fail they were only of the highest quality!
To check it out, just click on the “Fine Art America Gallery” menu item. I think this is an exciting new development and a great way to integrate my love of photography into my blog. I hope you’ll enjoy my photographs and digital art. As always, your comments, suggestions and criticism are most welcome. Thanks for reading!
My photographs now available on Fine Art America!
I’m proud to announce that a number of my photographs are now available for purchase on Fine Art America! I placed selected photographs there and will be adding more over time. If you see an photo that you would like for your very own, Fine Art America makes it easy for you. You can order each photograph in a number of formats including simple prints, canvas prints, framed and matted prints, acrylic prints and metal prints in a variety of sizes. You can even get them in greeting card formats!
I hope you’ll stop by and take a look at my page there. Even if you don’t see anything you like I’d appreciate your visit and comments on my work. Thanks and enjoy!
A Hybrid Haiga/Senryu … of sorts!
I’ve written a hybrid haiga/senryu … of sorts. I say, “of sorts” because a senryu like a haiga follows a 5-7-5 syllable pattern. Purists don’t get upset! I realize that in an authentic haiku this pattern is in “on” and that “on” don’t necessarily equate to syllables in English. That aside, haiku are typically about nature, have a reference to the seasons and have a “cutting” word. Senryu are typically about human nature, our foibles in particular and are also typically cynical or darkly humorous. They have no reference to a season or a cutting word.
This little piece doesn’t really fit into either genre. Since I wanted the message to be about serenity and beauty in the human soul, a part of human nature, I call it a senryu. Whatever it’s called, my hope in writing it is that when you have the chance to enjoy a beautiful, serene moment (a sunrise, sunset or whatever), you allow it to not only bless your eyes but also allow it to fill your heart. Let the beauty and serenity of the moment still your soul and center you. You won’t regret it!