I have been experimenting with processing the same image several different ways in Lightroom. Above, an image of daffodils has been processed to look as though it were taken with Kodak Tech Pan film, a very fine-grain, low-ASA film. The mood and look are quite different than when the same image is processed to look as though it were taken with some other type of film. The details are different; the tones are different; the emphasis is different.
Photographed in color and processed in Lightroom to resemble a selenium print.
“Biophilia, if it exists, and I believe it exists, is the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”
~E.O. Wilson, from ‘Biophilia and the Conservation Ethic”, an essay in The Biophilia Hypothesis, Stephen Kellert, Ed.
E.O. Wilson is easily one of the greatest biologists of our time, the father of sociobiology, and the originator of the biophilia hypothesis.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), advocated by ACA is the most humane way of managing feral cat populations–everybody wins with TNR. The cats are healthier; they are vaccinated against diseases like rabies at the time of neutering, which makes things safer for everyone in the area; the cat population shrinks, which is good for wildlife, TNR keeps feral cats out of ‘shelters’ where they would otherwise be killed and is an essential part of the No Kill Equation.
In the Atlanta Metro area, contact Lifeline Animal Project (they have two clinic locations and their Catlanta program is specifically for feral cats) or Project CatSnip (which is cats-only and has a mobile clinic) for spay-neuter services for your local feral cats, or to donate to their lifesaving work. Both organizations also offer affordable spay-neuter services and vaccines for pet cats. nationwide, contact Alley Cat Allies for more information about TNR.
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Was surprised by this big guy fluttering around the porch light last week. Obviously a Saturniid, but one I had never seen before. This sighting prompted me to stumble across the Butterflies and Moths website and this wonderful article from 3 years ago: The Butterfly Effect.
These large Saturniid moths are becoming increasingly rare, threatened by something you might not think much about–light pollution, which disrupts their normal behavior, preventing them from reproducing and leaving them vulnerable to predators. This species figured in the books ‘Moths of the Limberlost‘ and ‘Girl of the Limberlost’.
Hymenocallis coronaria, a rare and beautiful flower with an unusual habitat–in among rocks in clean, flowing water. To photograph them, you have to wade out into the river with your camera. Because of their specialized requirements, they make lousy garden plants, yet collecting is one of the things that threatens them, that and the loss of their habitat. It is still possible to find rare wonders if you know where to look, and you don’t necessarily even have to travel very far…