Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Air Delivery"...

These American Goldfinches (Spinus tristis) are coordinating flight maneuvers while trying to pass food to each other. Comments welcome.

Location: central Arkansas. December/2013.
Photo # KS3_7823c.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Light, Water and Shadow"...

For some, simplicity is art. Experiencing nature in it's simplicity can also be an artful experience. For a seemingly simple photograph, the detail and composition are surprisingly complex. I hope you enjoy. Comments welcome.

Location: Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas. April/2014.
Photo # IM3_7617-21bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

"A Gamut of Foliage"...

Nature offers us a splendor of the color palette. As the colors unfold before us, the sound of leaves rustle in the wind, the sunlight blinding you if just for a moment, we begin to realize how complex nature is yet how simple it is to enjoy. How do we continue to appreciate these moments? Each of us have our own answers. Enjoy as much as you can, while you can.

Location: Twin Rivers Park, Little Rock, Arkansas. October/2012.
Photo # KS1_8647-55h3.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Elegance in Nature"...

The Great Egret (Ardea alba) stands over 3 feet tall with a wingspan averaging 5 feet. Nearly hunted to extinction for its elegant plumes in the 1800s and early 1900s, the great egret is now the official symbol of the National Audubon Society. During breeding season long plumes grow from its back, called aigrettes, which were the bane of egrets in the late nineteenth century, when such adornments were prized for ladies’ hats.

Location: Lake Martin, Louisiana. May, 2005.
Photo # DSC_0152bwc.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Take a moment to Listen"...

When was the last time you actually stopped, closed your eyes, and simply listened? Nature is underappreciated. We all should stop, listen, and appreciate what nature has given us more often.

This wonderful model and her friend drove from south Texas for this commissioned portrait session. During the session, I would often ask her to close her eyes to give her a break from the bright sunlight. During one of these moments, I decided to capture her pause. The custom jewelry on her ankle was from her wedding and the necklace was made to match.

Commissioned portrait session, June/2007.
Photo # _KS40088bwinf_sg36c.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Friday, July 11, 2014

"All American"...

From some, this may be what you remember most about your southern, sunset, front-porch experiences. You can hear the voices of your siblings and cousins, while you're likely trying to block-out the voices of the parents. (ha) I had wanted to photograph this front porch at sunset for quite some time, but as I studied this scene through the viewfinder, more detail began to reveal itself. There is much to see in this photograph. At first, you may see the American Flag in the door frame, but it's easy to get lost in the wonderful texture of the double-screen doors. You may also be mesmerized by the shadow of the hanging porch swing and wind chimes against the wall. What you may not notice is how much the area beneath the swing is scuffed from people dragging their feet as they swing. Hope you enjoy. Comments welcome.

Location: Mitchell's homestead, near Hope, Arkansas. Feb/2014.
Photo # KS5_4350-54h3.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Monday, July 7, 2014

"Bad Hair Day"...

Having a bad hair day? Keep your chin up. This wet, male Pine Warbler doesn't seem to care and poses for the camera anyway. We can learn more from nature.

Location: central Arkansas. Feb/2013.
Photo # KS2_1591c.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

"Evening Solitude"...

Oftentimes, we seek solitude in nature. We often find that we are not alone.
Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas. March/2012.

Photo # KS1_9981bws.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography