I have been wanting to photograph a furled fiddlehead for a while now—I just did not know what they were called. I knew it was a curled fern leaf, but after doing a little research, I found they were called fiddleheads.
More interesting is the fiddlehead got its name from the ferns resemblance to the curled end of a stringed musical instrument like a violin or fiddle. The fiddleheads are also cooked then eaten. I read they high in vitamin A and C, are very nutritious, and also have powerful anti-inflammatory and hormone-regulating abilities.
There are also negative aspect to eating certain types of fiddleheads —cancer being one, and they have also "been linked to a number of food-borne illnesses in both the US and Canada." You can read the article if you would like. For me, it won't be bon appétit! Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
I was really excited to photograph a lot of hooded mergansers two weekends ago on St. Simons Island, Georgia. I saw several two days after Christmas, but I did not get any real good shots. This time, I saw around 19. There were four adult males, about eight immature males, and about seven females.
At first I thought there were mainly females, but I was wrong. The immature males look a lot like the females. The immature males have the same brown coloring as the females, but the immature males have a thin black beak and yellow eyes and the females have dark eyes and a slender yellow bill.
I will be posting my favorite male hooded merganser photo on guideposts.org in a few weeks. I have a photography blog on their website called He Created It All. I post my photography and write the background story behind the photo. If you haven't visited my Guideposts blog, please check it out:)
Note the splash on water in
the right corner. They love to dive for crayfish, fish, and other types of
I am excited to be able to sell my orchid prints in the
State Botanical Garden of Georgia's gift shop for the Orchid Madness event that
will be held on Saturday. My photograph of an orchid was recently used by the
Garden on their posters, postcards, and online media. Other photographs I have
taken in the Garden will be available shortly.....especially the hummingbird
The last three days have been
difficult for me. My Mac computer decided it did not want to start Sunday
night. I took it to the Apple store Monday morning, and I am just now getting
it back. It did lose some data, but I do not know what.
I have a lot of work to do. I don't think I lost any photographs because I have been backing them up on an external drive.
I prayed the Lord would proved a miracle for my computer and feel some of what Apple was able to restore was from prayer. It saved just the things I really needed!
Prayers would be greatly appreciated while I am getting it back up to par. Lesson learned......back up my computer more frequently!!
I had to get up early this past week to get my son out the door for school before sunrise. I was already meeting a friend to photograph frost flowers at 7:45 a.m. so I decided to find a place to photograph the sunrise.
Since I was going to the Botanical Garden of Georgia, I decided to turn down a street near the garden to see what I could find. I drove past a grove of trees that were in silhouette. The lighting was beautiful, so I decided to turn back around.
I had been praying for the Lord to help me because I did not have a lot of time go over my camera settings for a sunrise shot. I started taking a few shots and noticed something on the horizon. "No, that's not a deer." It was not only one deer but two. They were slowing grazing on the grass.
At first they did not notice me. When I crossed the road the buck was not excited about my presence and started stomping his foot. Eventually, they both ran off in the distance.
I am continually amazed at the Lord's blessings with my photography! He blows me away:)