Apr 8 2012

Image of the Day: Spirals and Reflections

Valerie Hayes


Spirals and Reflections (Passion Vine)

Reflections | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Mar 21 2012

Image of the Day: Magnolia 2

Valerie Hayes


Magnolia 2

Magnolia 2 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.”
~Charles Darwin

Mar 18 2012

Image of the Day: Lotus Bud 1

Valerie Hayes
Lotus Bud 1--BW State 2wm

Lotus Bud 1

Known as the biosphere to scientists and as the creation to theologians, all of life together consists of a membrane around earth so thin that it cannot be seen edgewise from a satellite yet so prodigiously diverse that only a tiny fraction of species have been discovered and named.
‘Vanishing Before Our Eyes’, Time (26 Apr 2000).

Mar 15 2012

Image of the Day: Annie-Momma Shadows and Light

Valerie Hayes


Annie-Momma Shadows and light 2wm | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Mar 10 2012

Images of the day: Daffodils

Valerie Hayes
Daffodils 1--Tech Pan

Daffodils 1, processed in Lightroom to resemble a photo taken with Kodak Tech Pan



Daffodils 1–Tech Pan-1 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

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.

Daffodils 1--Cyanotype

Daffodils 1--processed in Lightroom to resemble a cyanotype


Daffodils 1--PH

Mar 8 2012

Image of the day: Plum blossom

Valerie Hayes


Plum Blossom (digital selenium)

Plum Blossom 1–Selenium-1 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

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.


Oct 16 2011

Today is National Feral Cat Day

Valerie Hayes
Scaredy Cat, a feral cat neutered and ear-tipped by Project Cat Snip.

Scaredy Cat, a feral cat neutered and ear-tipped by Project Cat Snip. When the building near where he lived in Atlanta was demolished, `Project Cat Snip relocated him to a farm outside of Atlanta.

Today is Alley Cat Allies’s 10th annual National Feral Cat Day.

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.

How are you celebrating?

Oct 15 2011

Fall is coming on Red Top Mountain State Park, GA

Valerie Hayes
Looking Into Fall--Red Top Mountain State Park

Looking Into Fall--Red Top Mountain State Park

Sep 1 2011

Imperial Moth

Valerie Hayes

Imperial Moth


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’.


Imperial Moth 1 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Aug 20 2011

Shoals Spider Lilies, Flint River, GA

Valerie Hayes



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…


Shoals Spider Lilies-2 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.