Saturday, August 29, 2020

"Colors and Textures"...

This is how one of my dad's livestock trailers would sit in the field. It's not often that we look around us and see all the colors and textures, whether it's the trees, flowers, grasses, or personality "rust and dirt" on equipment we use.
Most farmers would look at this trailer and say, "ah, it's just broke-in good".  A little wear-and-tear shows it can survive.  We humans aren't that different. A little wear-and-tear also shows that we can survive.

Photo # KSA_2107_1-2115c.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography, 2017.

Monday, August 24, 2020

"Tonal Textures"

The blades of grasses in this photograph suggest random, tonal arrangements of musical notes, yet the contrast in textures suggest there's more to these plants, and nature, than meets the eye.
Comments welcome.

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas, 2019.
Photo # K01_6210--11cnr3b.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Monday, August 17, 2020

"Time - let it flow"...

Why do we always try to control it, define it, limit it to fit our schedules? We often want either less of it or more of it. Maybe we should let it flow through our lives and simply make the best of it. If we let it flow, it'll blur the fine lines and overlap into others, so let it flow and enjoy the ride.

Abstract of a forest.
Another from my series of abstract, infrared photographs.
Photo # IM5_5170-71bw. Central Arkansas, 2019.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Sunday, August 16, 2020


 A Viceroy butterfly (Limenitis archippus) is a butterfly very similar to the Monarch but is smaller and has subtle differences. Primarily, they have distinct black lines perpendicular to the other black lines on the hindwings. Another notable difference is that the Viceroy doesn't migrate, which the Monarch is popular for. The flight pattern is  also slightly different between the two species.
Infrared photograph, 2018.<BR>
Photo # IM5_4611bw.<BR>
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The White-tailed Buck

The White-tailed buck, Odocoileus virginianus, has a strong stance. An adult buck can stand 4-feet at the shoulders and can average 150 lbs. Here are some interesting facts. Deer antlers fall off once a year, while cattle horns grow year-round. Antlers are the fastest growing known bone tissue on earth. Studies show that their vision is dichromatic (two photopigment types, allowing them to see in shades of blue and yellow), not seeing reds or oranges as well, making them more sensitive to blue colors. This is another benefit of them feeding early & late in the day, when the light is more blue. Their sight is also more sensitive to UV light. They have extremely sensitive Olfactory (small nerve) receptor cells throughout their nose, some studies showing they have a total of 300 million cells, 80 million more cells than dogs. White-tailed deer are the state animal of 9 states.

(c) Kelly Shipp Photography. Photo # 200699_KS10195. Sept, 2006.