Saturday, November 30, 2013

Life after death, and the return of Rutger

I recently discovered a few doe groups that feed daily at the Riverside Cemetery, and particularly love the fact that they're nourished by the grass growing over the dead. 

I personally don't believe in an afterlife or heaven or hell, but firmly believe in the beauty and miracle of the food chain, and find solace knowing our bodies can enrich the soil and life surrounding our grave. 

The unfortunate truth is our modern burial custom sequesters the body in a concrete box, separating it from the rest of the food chain; a form of spiritual blasphemy in its own right. Or, considering the junk that goes into some of our bodies, perhaps that's a good thing. 

I don't think the deer really care.

I haven't seen a whole lot of buck action this year, and haven't been able to devote as much time to the pursuit as I normally do, but I sat a blind I have situated in a friend's backyard in Portage and was thrilled to see the return of an old buck I simply love, Rutger. 

I met Rutger two years ago and was astonished by the size of his typical 8. I was concerned that he might have been poached last year, but he made his way into my friend's backyard and still had a grand rack, albeit a tad shorter than last year.

Below is Rutger on Thanksgiving day, 2012, in what turned out to be my favorite buck shot of the year. You can see the huge spread and height of his rack. You can also see that he's a monarch of Portage Creek Bicentennial Trail

"Foggy Pursuit"
I'll post a few more shots of Rutger in the future, and explain how he got his name. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Gift of Local Art

Our studio/gallery will be open for the December Art Hop and you'll find all kinds of great gifts for friends, family, and maybe even yourself.

And if you're looking for an alternative to mass produced goods, I proudly offer locally made art that can add some meaning and integrity to the art of gift-giving.

So, I hope to see you December 6th. I'm also now accepting major credit cards because of the magical Square! It's an amazing little device and will bring me squarely into the 21st Century economy. Cash and checks also accepted. Physical barters (chickens, eggs, goats, firewood, etc.) need to be worked out in advance. 


Monday, November 11, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A New Creek - A New Landscape

Below are two images from a photography workshop I led with photographer and environmental historian, Lynne Heasley, on urban landscapes. Our focus was the PCB cleanup of Portage Creek by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

We got up real early to capture the surreal pre-dawn light of this transformed landscape. The big pipes are where they literally pumped the creek further downstream so they could work on the dry creek-bed. That is a creek in a pipe.