Exploratorius Redux

Atelier Aquarell & Fotografie

Different Levels Of Artists And Materials

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The view from La Grulla Gun Club
Ensenada, Mexico — June 1969
Water-based paint on paper — 12″ x 14″

My earliest memory of using “watercolor paints” (above, created when I was 7-years-old) is actually not what I would define today as watercolor paint at all — they were craft-grade Prang Water Colors for kids (fun fact: this product line was named after Louis Prang — “the father of the American Christmas card”). Continue Reading →

Best In Show

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Ford Model A
Central Maryland — September 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

We had a classic car rally to support a good cause, and this was best in show — a really fine specimen of a 1930s-era Ford Model A coupe.

What Color Is Your Parachute?

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Painting for a coworker
Washington, DC — August 1990
Watercolor on paper — 7″ x 10″

This is a painting I did for a coworker that was leaving the place where I was employed at the time.  In retrospect, I think she may have had a crush on me, as our boss kept trying to get me to socialize after-hours with my coworker many times during the period that we worked together.  However, I was too blind at that point in my life to see anything beyond simply being friendly and courteous with her, and nothing ever developed from my end of the relationship. Continue Reading →

Through The Window At Fort Lincoln

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View from the enlisted barracks
Point Lookout State Park, Maryland — August 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Point Lookout State Park, at the very tip of southern Maryland, has Fort Lincoln situated at a strategic location within the park.  Built just before the end of the American Civil War, the fort never fired its guns in anger; but today — over 150-years later — it is slowly losing the battle against rising seas and shore erosion.  Originally constructed as a four-sided earthen fort, now only three of the four walls remain — and the rest of the fort will eventually disappear in the coming decades as well.

Bluebells Arrive

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Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
Frederick, Maryland — April 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

I’m not sure which I love more — cherry blossoms or Virginia bluebells.  Either way, I always look forward to seeing the blossoms of both arrive in the spring.

Enjoying Life With My Dearly Beloved

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Cindy in the Wind River Range
Green River Lakes, Wyoming — October 2017
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

For nearly 30-years now, Cindy has always been a constant companion to me — through thick and thin, good times and bad — she is my muse and my rock.  She always thinks the best of people and has a positive outlook on life; we share the same sense of humor (everything from corny dad jokes to dark biting commentary); we have many of the same interests, but approach them from different directions — in short, she is the yin to my yang and vice versa.

We don’t go camping as much as we used to, and this past year in particular we were missing desperately needed nature fixes while I’ve been dealing with a lot of medical issues.  However, we did get to see the Green River Lakes region of the Wind River Range in Wyoming last fall, and we were able to enjoy a hike while an early snow was gently drifting down around us — a slice of heaven for our kindred souls.

Here’s to many more such outings in the great outdoors!

Watercolor Painting Update

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My first tubes of professional watercolors, circa 1988
Central Maryland — April 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

I figured I’d update readers on what is happening with my watercolor painting revival, especially since I haven’t been actually posting any new paintings yet.  Well, in recent days I’ve been doing the following: Continue Reading →

Because… Science!

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Submillimeter Array (SMA) radio telescopes
Summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii — April 2009
Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

Yes, this is the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Yes, this is considered to be in the tropics.  Yes, that white stuff is SNOW!  And YES, this is posted to show support for the March for Science in Washington, DC — today!!!

Were I not still recovering from my recent prostate cancer surgery (science), I would be an active participant in the march down on the National Mall later this morning.

I benefit from science each and every day — food that I do not raise or grow myself, electricity to illuminate the darkest parts of where I need to see, potable water to drink from the tap, fire from the gas cooking range, a warm home that is safe from the elements, the automated cleaning and drying of clothing and dishes, canned goods, computers, the Internet, refrigeration, air conditioning, automobiles, cameras, life-giving surgeries (multiple times), vaccines (YES!), the list is endless.

The attacks on science and technology must end, as without science and technology our lives would surely be snuffed out.