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?