Links – December 9, 2011

DaVinci Poinsettia© 2010 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week – hope you enjoy them as well

Photography and Art Links

Central Station has Mysterious paper sculptures – Central Station Blog post

Art Biz Blog has Why Your Art is the Profile Picture for Your Facebook Page

Pixiq has Dear Transport for London, why do you hate dSLRs?

Dan Williams has Savannah Sunrise

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

National Parks Traveler has Hiker Wants Great Smokies Mountain National Park To Divulge Comments On Proposed Backcountry Fee, Grant Will Rehabilitate Boone Fork Trail Portion of Mountains-to-Sea Trail on Blue Ridge Parkway and Snakes Alive! There’s An App For That At Everglades National Park

 

Wildlife Links

National Parks Traveler has Orphaned Florida Panther Released into the Wild at Big Cypress National Preserve…

BBC Nature has Threatened species need farmland

The New York Times has In Southern Arizona, Rare Sightings of Ocelots and Jaguars Send Shivers

Refuge Watch has Lead Bullets Preventing Recovery of Condor

Environmental Issues Links

BBC News has Brazil Amazon deforestation ‘at lowest level in years’

NYTimes has E.P.A. Implicates Fracking in Pollution

If you’re in the DC area – I hope you’ll join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. Next one is scheduled for December 11 when we’re heading to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Hope to see you there!

Links – December 2, 2011

Monet Twilight Poinsettia © 2010 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week – hope you enjoy them as well

Photography and Art Links

Enlightened Images has A List of Legal, Copyright and Trademark and Intellectual Property Links

Art Print Issues by Barney Davey has 2012 Color Trends: Paint Hues Drawn From The American Landscape

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

National Parks Traveler has Why The Delay In Designating Official Wilderness In National Parks? San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Denies Request For Hearing On Restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, NPS Proposes Adding Five Bikeshare Stations on the National Mall and A Potpourri of Suggestions For Visiting The National Park System This Winter

The Washington Post has Chincoteague fears proposal to move beach would hurt tourism, economy

Examiner.com has National parks face budget cuts up to 9%

Wildlife Links

National Parks Traveler has Appellate Court Rules Yellowstone Area Grizzly Bears Should Remain On Endangered Species List

The Washington Post has Ore.’s wandering wolf has covered some hundreds of miles looking for love

The Province has Endangered whooping crane recovery suffers major setback

National Parks Service has Release of Florida Panther K304/FP194

The New York Times has Among Hundreds of Dead Dolphins, an Intriguing Survivor

Environmental Issues Lins

USA Today has Being near nature improves physical, mental health

The New York Times has Partnership Preserves Livelihoods and Fish Stocks

Mother Jones has 5 Things to Know About the Durban Climate Talks and Study: Common Herbicide Causes Menstrual Trouble

Grist has Can you say ‘sprawl’? Walmart’s biggest climate impact goes ignored

National Parks Traveler has House Natural Resources Committee To Hold Hearing On Endangered Species Act

China Daily has Conversing on conserving rivers

If you’re in the DC area – I hope you’ll join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. Next one is scheduled for December 11 when we’re heading to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Hope to see you there!

Links – November 18, 2011

Showy Primrose
Showy Primrose © 2011 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week – hope you enjoy them as well

Photography and Art Links

Cannon Blogger has Forget the Small-Timer: Adobe Versus the Little Guy

JMG Galleries has 9 Amazing Apps for Night Photography

Flowers, Trees and Plants Links

BBC News has Human-induced fires sow the seeds of the future

The Christian Science Monitor has You’ll learn a lot when you attend a rose show

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

The National Parks Traveler has Blue Ridge Parkway Management Alternatives Draw More Than A Little DebateBLM Considering Proposal To Expand Coal Mine Near Bryce Canyon National Park, and “Vital Signs” Report From Yellowstone National Park Points To Areas Of Concern In Park’s Health

Metro Pulse has 17,000 Species in the Great Smoky Mountains. And Counting.

Wildlife Links

BBC News has Viewpoints: Should we give up trying to save the panda?

The Star has Canada bringing bison back to life

The National Parks Traveler has “3″ Might Not Seem Like Much, But It’s A Record For Condor Chicks At Grand Canyon National Park

The Washington Post has Killing of orangutans in Indonesia seen as ‘serious threat’ to species; 750 killed in year

Jakarta Globe has Twelve New Species of Fish Found Near Bali

If you’re in the DC area – I hope you’ll join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. Next one is scheduled for November 20th, you can find me at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington DC. Hope to see you there!

Links – November 11, 2011

Pair of Lotus BlossomsLotus Blossom V © 2011 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week – hope you enjoy them as well

Photography and Art Links

ArtBizBlog has Educate Those Who Ask for Donations of Your Art

ArtInfo has Interview with Martin Kemp on How To Spot a Lost Leonardo

Guy Tal Photography Journal has I am The 0.000000014%

The New York Times has Artists File Lawsuits, Seeking Royalties

Plagiarism Today has How to Deal with Repeat Infringers

Flowers, Trees and Plants Links

National Parks Traveler has Four Men Given Jail Time For Digging Up Gingseng In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

WNYC.org has NY Botanical Garden Celebrates Restoration of Ancient Forest

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

Refuge Watch has Study Shows Wildlife Refuges Help Provide Jobs and Major Financial Boost to U.S Economy, and Take Action by Nov. 15 to Protect Arctic NWR

National Parks Traveler has Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Joins National Park System

The New York Times has Parks Chief Blocked Plan for Grand Canyon Bottle Ban

Wildlife Links

TreeHugger has Egypt’s Endangered Species in Media Spotlight

Summit County Citizens Voice has New surveys up estimates of coral reef biodiversity

National Parks Traveler has Winter Brings Increased Hazards for Wildlife and Humans on Park Roads

International Society for Endangered Cats has Cats In China

The Washington Post has Going, going, gone: 3 rhino subspecies extinct or close to extinction in the wild


Environmental Issues Links

The Washington Post has Susquehanna dam’s sediment has officials fearing for the Chesapeake Bay

The New York Times has Pine Trees Help Reconstruct a Long-Ago Drought

Mother Jones has Gulf Oil Spill? What Gulf Oil Spill?

If you’re in the DC area – I hope you’ll join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. Next one is scheduled for November 20th, you can find me at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington DC. Hope to see you there!

Links Post – November 4, 2011

Lotus Blossom IV © 2011 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week – hope you enjoy them as well

Photography and Art Links

Photo Blog has Tragic Beauty

Mail Online has It’s not exactly compact’: Six-foot long camera produces pictures that remain sharp at 30-feet long

Photography by Alan Majchrowicz has Winter Photography Tips and Tricks/ Part One

The Washington Post has Photographers’ association challenges D.C. regulations

Enlightened Images has When Pre-Visualization meets Reality

Flowers, Trees and Plants Links

Miami Herald has A Hollywood woman’s oceanfront garden  tolerates salt, wind and sun

USDA has The Science of Autumn Colors

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

Mother Jones has Let’s Not Mine Uranium in the Grand Canyon

Refuge Watch has Canaan Valley NWR Gets 325-acre Addition

AZCentral has Major development planned just outside Grand Canyon

National Parks Traveler has President Obama Uses Antiquities Act To Create Fort Monroe National Monument, More Groups Sue National Park Service Over Big Cypress National Preserve Management PlanBioBlitz Turns Up More Than 850 Previously Undetected Species in Saguaro National Park Chair Of House Subcommittee On National Parks Calls Parks, Other Federal Lands Unconstitutional and Stretches Of Blue Ridge Parkway To Be Closed For Months For Work on Historic Guardrails

Wildlife Links

National Parks Traveler has Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gets Approval For Elk Management Plan.

BBC News has Biomimicry: Beaks on trains and flipper-like turbines

Tree Hugger has Uncovered Film Footage Offers Rare Look at an Extinct Bird (Video)

Washington Post has Workers find 16-foot python that had just eaten an adult deer in the Florida Everglades and Deep reef ‘twilight zones’ slowly yield their secrets to explorers

Ice News has Outright puffin hunting ban suggested in face of population  crisis

Wildlife Extra has Worst ever year for rhino poaching in South Africa

Environment

Sustain A Blog has Map Shows Who Gets Screwed by Climate Change, Who Doesn’t

The New York Times has Catastrophic Drought in Texas Causes Global Economic Ripples

Cool Green Science has Seven Tips for a “Greener” Holiday

National Parks Traveler has Science Takes A Hit In President Obama’s 2012 Budget

The Christian Science Monitor has The new water wars? Study shows broad decline in Rockies snowpack

If you’re in the DC area – I hope you’ll join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. Next one is scheduled for November 20t h, you can find me at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington DC. Hope to see you there!

Wildflowers – A Not So Hidden Beauty

Yellow Trillium & Purple Phacelia © 2009 Patty Hankins

 

I love photographing wildflowers – especially in the spring.  For the past several years, I’ve spent part (if not most) of the month of April in Tennessee and North Carolina in what can only be described as the most beautiful place on Earth for wildflowers. Be it alongside the road or under a tree, it seems that whereever you look is another wildflower waiting to be discovered and photographed.

The combinations of colors, shapes and textures have to  be seen to be believed. I took this photo of the Yellow Trillium (trillium luteum) and Purple Phacelia (phacelia bipinnatifida) quite literally along the side of the road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park three years ago.  It has the wonderful combination of the triangles in the trillium and the rounded edges of the phacelia. The complementary shades of yellow and purple bring additional balance to the scene, while the pattern of the trillium draws you into the scene.

It’s not just the beauty that attracts me to the wildflowers – spending time among the flowers brings me an incredible sense of peace and connection with the greater natural world. Not only do I see the flowers – but also the settings where they are. I’m often photographing in the mountains, or alongside a stream. I can hear the birds singing in the trees, the insects buzzing, and the wind rustling through the leaves. I also know that the amazing colors and shapes serve the purpose of attracting just the right pollinator to the flowers to ensure the future of the species.

When I’m out photographing wildflowers people often stop and ask me what I’m photographing. They are so used to looking for the big wildlife or grand landscapes – that they don’t think to look down at their feet to see what’s growing. As I was photographing the trillium and phacelia, two people asked the inevitable question that people seem to ask when they see a photographer with a tripod the park – “Is there a bear?” Umm – no. Given how short of a lens I was using and how close I was to my subject – if I had been photographing a bear at that particular moment – I could easily have been his next meal!

So next spring – whether you are photographing locally at Turkey Run Park or in the Smokies – I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out the wildflowers. You might find some wonderful subjects to photograph.

 

This post first appeared as a guest post on the Nature Visions blog earlier this month. If you live in the DC area, I hope you’ll consider attending the 2011 Nature Visions Conference on November 11 – 13.

Links – October 21, 2011

Small Purple Fringed Orchid © 2011 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week – hope you enjoy them as well

Photography and Art Links

Dan Williams Bird Photography has Using Fall Color in Your Photographs, and Catching Hummingbirds……or not.

John Nack on Adobe has The Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

National Parks Traveler has National Park Service Taking Public Comment on Proposal For Cesar Chavez Unit Of the Park System, The Major Road Project That Restored a ParkCall To Action: Building A $1 Billion Endowment For The National ParksHow Many Elk Does it Take to Make a Jam?,   Groups Urging Obama Administration To Protect The “Greater Canyonlands” Region Near Canyonlands National Park, and Call To Action: Updating The Leopold Report For National Parks in the 21st Century

Wildlife Links

The New York Times has Climate Change Is Shrinking Species, Research Suggests and Salmon-Killing Virus Seen for First Time in the Wild on the Pacific Coast

BBC Nature News has In pictures: Keeping big cats at bay

National Geographic has Pictures: Baby Gorilla Rescued in Armed Sting Operation

The Washington Post has Asian bug that eats the dreaded, invasive kudzu vine also finds soybeans yummy

Times has The Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda

Environment

Slate has From Dung Power to Solar Power

The Washington Post has Tuvalu fresh water crisis may point to global problems for low-lying islands as oceans rise and US congressmen from RI, Mass. introduce legislation to make Blackstone Valley national park

Tree Hugger has Ask Pablo: Are Food Trucks Greener Than Restaurants?

Greg Laden’s Blog has Gobal Warming is Melting the Ice Caps

The New York Times has 36 Lawmakers Berate State Dept. on Pipeline

If you’re in the DC area – I hope you’ll join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. Next one is scheduled for October 22 at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA. Also, on November 20th, you can find me at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington DC. Hope to see you there!

September in the Smokies!

Sunrise at Clingman's DomeSunrise at Clingman’s Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park © 2011 Patty Hankins

I spent an amazing five days photographing in the mountains of Tennessee last month. While I have visited and photographed in the Smoky Mountains several times in the past few years, this was my first late summer visit. What I discovered was incredible sunrises after 7 AM, peaceful streams, different wildflowers than I’ve seen in the past, and no crowds. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the National Park System, so finding a time of year when it isn’t very crowded was wonderful!

Mistflower

Mistflower © 2011 Patty Hankins

 

Since the park was so quiet, I was able to sit by a stream for an hour – just reading a book and relaxing. Another day, I spent a couple of hours in just one corner of a field at Cades Cove – photographing wildflowers and watching the deer across the road.

Little Pigeon River - Great Smoky Mountains National ParkLittle Pigeon River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park © 2011 Patty Hankins

 

In addition to my time in the National Park, I spent a day exploring the Cherokee National Forest with a friend. We drove for hours on the forest roads, stopping to photograph when something caught our eye. It was one of the best days I’ve had photographing in a very long time.

Canada GoldenrodCanada Goldenrod © 2011 Patty Hankins

What I realized on this trip is how important it is to just slow down and enjoy where I found myself. Usually when I’m on a photo trip I’m in a hurry because I don’t want to miss anything – wondering what if an unknown wildflower is just around the bend. I had a wonderful time – I may have missed seeing a few things because of the slower pace of this trip. But that’s OK – because I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what was around me.

HemlockHemlock © 2011 Patty Hankins

Next time you head out into nature – whether it’s somewhere familiar – or somewhere new – how about trying what I discovered this trip. Slowing down and completely experiencing where you are and what you are seeing can be incredible.

Links – October 14, 2011

Blue Mystique Orchid – Center Detail © 2011 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week – hope you enjoy them as well

Photography and Art Links

Light Stalking has 7 Obnoxious Things People Believe About Photographers

Beyond Mega Pixels has 10 Tips To Prepare For A Once-In-A-Lifetime Photo Opportunity

Plagiarism Today has USCO Proposes Changes to DMCA Agent Database

Ask Harriete has Tis’ the Season for Fundraising Auction Requests

Plants, Flowers, and Gardening Links

Native Plant Wildlife Garden has Goldenrod, a weed or a treasure?

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

National Parks Traveler has Boundaries of Two of England’s National Parks Targeted To Grow By A Combined 193 Square Miles

The Washington Post has Yosemite officials warn hikers not to expect rescue if they climb slick Half Dome in the rain

National Parks Traveler has Colors Peaking In The National Parks Across The Country

National Parks Traveler has Obama Administration Draws Criticism For Fast-Tracking Transmission Line Project Through National Park Units

Refuge Watch has Pea Island NWR Open Again After Hurricane Irene

National Parks Traveler has Boundaries of Two of England’s National Parks Targeted To Grow By A Combined 193 Square Miles

Wildlife Links

Native Plant Wildlife Garden has Wildlife For All Seasons

BBC News has How to clean an oil-slicked penguin

Grist has Welcoming invasive species, while keeping terrorists out

National Parks Traveler has Wolf Looking For Human Handouts Euthanized By Yellowstone National Park Staff

Refuge Watch has Judge Says Too Much Phosphrous Entering Loxahatchee NWR

If you’re in the DC area – I hope you’ll join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. Next one is scheduled for October 22 at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA.   Also, on November 20th, you can find me at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington DC.  Hope to see you there!

Links – October 7, 2011

Blue Mystique Orchid © 2011 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week – hope you enjoy them as well

Photography and Art Links

The New York Times has In East Africa, Fine Art Meets Conservation

Groozi has Score This: Photog 1, Cheapskate 0

Dan Heller has  “Commercial Uses” and Model Releases

PhotoAttorney has Q&A – When Your Photos Are Evidence  and Copyright Registration with the eCO System

SilberStudios has Did Bob Dylan Rip-Off Henri Cartier-Bresson?

Plants, Flowers, and Gardening Links

Beautiful Wildlife Garden has Plant More Native Asteraceae

Native Plant Wildlife Garden has One Native Plant = Three Habitat Benefits

Organic Gardening has What is Organic Gardening?

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

National Parks Traveler has Fall Color Without the Crowds at the Great Smoky Mountains or the…

Wildlife Links

WVEC.com has New eagle pair seen at Norfolk Botanical Garden

The National Parks Traveler has Birding in the National Parks: Spotting Egrets, Herons, and More In Big Cypress National Preserve

BBC.com has Reversal of fortunes for Europe’s ‘gentle’ giant

Keysnet has Endangered list may get more Keys species

Environmental Issues Links

National Parks Conservation Association has Out of Sync

EcoGeek has Climate Change Could Cause Chocolate Shortage

New York Times has A Map of Organized Climate Change Denial and With Deaths of Forests, a Loss of Key Climate Protectors

Mother Nature Network has 30 things you should never compost or recycle

Mother Jones has Tuvalu Runs Dry

Washington Post has The leaves, they are a-changing _ even as scientists try to log climate’s impact on colors

If you’re in the DC area – I hope you’ll join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. Next one is scheduled for October 22 at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA.   Also, on November 20th, you can find me at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington DC.  Hope to see you there!

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