Monday, June 18, 2018

"Natives of the Meadow"...


Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) in non-breeding plumage.
Normally, I would post this in color, but after review, the absense of color adds interest and depth to the image, emphasizing the structure of lines and shapes, both in the bird and grasses. Comments welcome.

Location: Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas.
Photo # KSA_8530bw. Not cropped. April, 2018.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Friday, June 15, 2018

"Stream Dance"...


Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas. February, 2018.
Photo # KSA_6913_23bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"I can see the forest for the leaves"...


An arrangement of oak leaves on the forest floor reveal yet another forest of trees.

Photo # IM5_4327bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Sunday, June 10, 2018

"Sunset in the Ouachita Mountains"...


I carefully composed the near-setting sun, Ouachita mountains, farm in the lower-right, with Pine tree details at top-right. Hope you enjoy.

This is one of many views from Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas.
Photo # KSA_6758-60bw. February, 2018.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

"Blackbird Dimensions"...


Layers of blackbirds fly in front of a canvas of bare trees in winter.

Location: Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas.
Photo # KSA_6549bw2. January, 2018.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

"Highway to Heaven"...


A cloud begins to open-up, providing an incredible, heavenly view.

Location: Conway, Arkansas.
iPhone photo. Converted to b&w in Photoshop CS5.
Photo # IMG_4431bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Monday, May 28, 2018

"Reflection"...


One wonders if creatures also have moments of reflection.

White-tailed buck with velvet-covered antlers, central Arkansas, private land.
Photo # KSA_0614-15bw. August, 2017.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

"Nurture"...


After an April rain, large rain drops remain on blooming petals. Mother Nature nurtures us in many ways.

Photo # KSA_8618.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

"Peaceful Transitions"...


Waterfalls have this uncanny ability to provide a peaceful escape from a world of overbusy activity. Time stands still. You can breathe. You can begin to think clearly again. Here's to you finding your waterfall.

Cornelius Falls, located in central Arkansas, is 49 feet tall.
January, 2015.
Photo # KS6_6461-4-8hbws.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

"Birds of a Feather"...


These sibling, Juvenile Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) could not have posed for me any better than this. This is one of those moments that makes all the patience and respect pay off. These two siblings spent most of the day staying in the shade and sharing food.

Location: central Arkansas. September, 2013.
Photo # KS3_2493.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Thursday, May 10, 2018

"1952 Grill Design"...


Rarely do we stop to appreciate the simple designs from eras gone by. Here's the impressive grill of a 1952 Ford "Big Job" F-7 truck.

Truck: 1952 Ford "Big Job" F-7.
Photo # IM3_4004bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

"Barn on the Hill"...



Location: central Arkansas.
Photo # IM3_3812abw. August, 2013.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Friday, May 4, 2018

"Closed Door"...


A dogtrot homestead, also known as a 'breezeway', was common in the late 1800's and early 1900's. One side was generally used for dining and cooking, while the other side were bedrooms. This homestead was built in 1913. It only had one chimney in the right-front room, whereas the left-front had a stove pipe in the ceiling, likely for a stove in the center of that room. The right side has three rooms, whereas the left side had one large and one small, which suggests the left side was the cooking/dining areas.

Location: central Arkansas. August, 2013.
Photo # IM3_3474-82hdr2bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Saturday, April 28, 2018

"Solar Twilight"...


Photo # IM3_3557bwa. August, 2013.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

"White Horse"...


Photo # IM3_3678bw. August, 2013.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"Standing out from the Crowd"...


It takes courage to stand out from the crowd, especially when the consensus says to fit in. In this photograph, the oak stands naked, without leaves, yet displays beautiful light and lines among the surrounding crowds of trees. Let your light shine.

Location: Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas. February, 2018.
Photo # KSA_6738bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Sunday, April 15, 2018

"Explore"...


Not all classrooms have four walls. Explore.

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas.
Photo # IM5_4467bws.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Porsche in b&w...


Porsche 996 Turbo in a black-and-white, quiet-beast pose.
Photo # KSA_0855-63bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

"Returning Home"...


A Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) spouse returns home, but this time no catch-of-the-day. The spouse awaiting the return seems a bit excited - whether it's excitement that the spouse has returned or bothered that they didn't stop at the grocery store. This pair of eagles have three chicks on the nest. It may look like two in this photograph, but there are three in the nest.

Location: north-central Arkansas. I'd rather not disclose the location for the safety of the nest.
Photo # KSA_8422c. April, 2018.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

"The Broom Maker"...


Thirty-five years ago, I was walking around taking photographs at the Jonquil Festival in Historic Washington State Park, Arkansas. This was one of those photographs that stuck with me over the years. The boy in the photography caught my attention , wearing overhauls and looking up to the broom maker in wonderment. The boys' hands couldn't be still from his interest and curiosity.

Historic Washington State Park, Arkansas.
1983. Original in color film.
Photo # JonquilFestival1983bw2c.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

"Turn and dive"...


The adult male Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) a.k.a. Marsh Hawk is often referred to as the 'grey ghost'. Adult males are grey above, nearly white below with black wingtips and black-tipped secondaries. Males are rarely seen compared to females. Females are light brown. Nothern Harriers have a flat, owl-like face and have a white rump patch that is obvious in flight. Conservation suggests that their numbers are declining in North America. Wingspan approx. 4 feet.

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas.
Photo # KSA_7835c.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

"39 Cents"...


From a time when some things were measured in cents, not dollars.

Photo # IM3_6450bws.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Friday, March 23, 2018

"Cascades"...


Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas.

Photo # 200711_KS10097.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Monday, March 19, 2018

"Sparrow in the Snow"...


I found the juxtaposition of the brush and twigs the appearance of trees in snow with the sparrow deciding which path to take.

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis).
Photo # 1028_KS10209bw. February, 2010.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Friday, March 16, 2018

"Gliding the Field"...


A Marsh Hawk (Northern Harrier) glides across a field. This particular posture in flight is rare for this raptor: flat as saucer, slicing through the air effortlessly.

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas. January, 2013.
Photo # KS2_6447bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

"Root of Time"...


A long exposure of cascading water over an exposed root shows the strength of diversity of roots.

Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas. February, 2018.
Photo # KSA_6926bws1.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Monday, February 26, 2018

"Patterns in Nature, Study I"...


Nature's arrangement of these oak leaves on the forest floor create an interesting array of patterns.

Photo # IM5_4260bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

"In Search of Prey"...


Adult Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in flight.
Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas. January, 2018.
Photo # KSA_5331cbw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Monday, February 12, 2018

"Fog Rising, Study I."...


Near Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas. February, 2018.
Photo # IM5_4162bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

"Logged Waterfall"...


Natural Dam, Crawford County, Arkansas.
Photo # KS5_7293bws2.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Monday, January 29, 2018

"Network of Branches"...


The sun peeks through this network of oak branches.

Photo # IM3_6702cbw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Thursday, January 25, 2018

"Simplicity Patterns"...


Painted ads from an era gone by cling to the aging brick of this building in a small town in Arkansas. The irony of the title follows the abundant patterns and tones throughout this photograph. Hope you enjoy. Comments welcome.

Photo # KS4_4394bw3.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

"The Trees are Calling"...


Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas.

Photo # IM3_5802bw1c. January, 2014.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

"Nargiza - high contrast"...


A high-contrast study of this portrait of Nargiza draws the attention to her eyes and facial features. This is one of those portraits that the details are few but draw your attention.

Photo # 91219_ks20165c2bwnoir2.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Monday, January 15, 2018

"Slanted Angles"...


Classic Porsche models still catch the eye and increase the heart rate.

Porsche 930 'slantnose' at Porsche PCA Palooza 2017.
Photo # KSA_0941c2.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Saturday, January 13, 2018

"Winged Hunter"...


The red-tailed hawk is one of our more common buteos. It averages a 50" wingspan and its primary prey are rodents.

Juvenile Eastern Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas. 12/31/2017.
Photo # KSA_4227a. This photograph is not cropped.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

"Sizing Up in Flight"...


An immature Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) trying to impress an adult (left) in flight with its wingspan. Adults average 7-foot wingspans. This adult was actually chasing-off the younger eagle from its hunting grounds. Adults gain full adult plumage at around five years, which includes white head and tail feathers, yellow beak and eyes.

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas. January 6, 2018.
This photograph is cropped as they were about 1/2 mile away.
Photo # KSA_5069c.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

"Vantage Point"...


This Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) found an ideal vantage point to scan the horizon for prey. This was actually a challenging photograph due to the thick foliage between myself and this raptor. I had to gain some trust from the eagle as I positioned myself to photograph through the dense foliage. There are areas of this photograph that appear soft-focused due to the foliage blocking the full view. Hope you enjoy.

Location: Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas. January 6, 2018.
Photo # KSA_4980bwc.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

"Gauging the Past"...


A vintage dashboard shows the intricate design of the speedometer. It's no surprise that new designs are using design from past eras where simplicity was key.

Photo # IMG_5925cbw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.