Favorite Photo, June 30

Eastern Ribbon Snake, Portage Michigan. June 30, 1995.

This is another hard date to pick a favorite photo. If you have been following this series you know there are about 3400 images in my “favorite photos” folder, and average of about 9 for each date of the year. But some dates have a lot less. The folder for June 30 has 38 favorite images to pick from.

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Favorite Photo, June 22

Metaphid Jumping Spider
Metaphid Jumping Spider, Columbus Ohio. June 22, 2014.

My wife spotted this metaphid jumping spider at a garden center. It kept jumping on to her whenever she got close to look at it. I tried to photograph it but it kept jumping onto my iPhone, or my hand. Besides, my phone minus a closeup adapter could not handle the task at hand.

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Favorite Photo, June 21

Old Gas Pump, Pulaska Iowa. June 21, 2017.

I was driving through the tiny town of Pulaski Iowa (population 260) on Iowa Highway 2 when I spotted this old gas pump, so I stopped to take a picture. I wanted exaggerated colors so I tone mapped the image using Photomatix software. This is my favorite image for June 21.

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Favorite Photo, June 11

Saibaba Dance Drama, Columbus Ohio. June 11, 2011.

It was so hard to pick a favorite photo for this date. I had so many to choose from. There are about 3400 images in my “favorite photos” folder. Evenly distributed throughout the year would mean an average of 9 photos per date. But some dates have a lot more and some a lot less (or none). June 11 has 25 photos.

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Favorite Photo, June 8

Great Egrets, territorial dispute. SFBNWR.
Great Egrets, Territorial Dispute, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Fremont California. June 8, 2015.

Two great egrets got into a territorial fight over a favorite feeding area. The upper egret is coming down at the face of the lower egret with his feet. The lower egret barely got out of the way in time. This is one of my two most favorite photos for this date.

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Favorite Photo, June 7

Janae, Portage Michigan. June 7, 2002.

A friend decided I might like digital photography and loaned me a point and shoot digital camera. This is one of my first digital photos. My daughter and I were at LoDo’s in Portage Michigan, a restaurant that is named for the LoDo area (lower downtown) in Denver Colorado. This is my favorite photo for June 7.

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Favorite Photo, May 30

Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery, Columbus Ohio.
Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery, Columbus Ohio. May 30, 2016.

I was surprised to learn that there is a Confederate Civil War Cemetery in Columbus Ohio, so I went late on afternoon to check it out. Over 2100 confederate soldiers are buried here. More information is at the Camp Chase link below. This is my favorite photo for this date.

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Favorite Photo, May 25

Male Northern Cardinal Bringing Food to the Nest
Male Northern Cardinal, Columbus Ohio. May 25, 2015.

May is the time of year to photograph birds feeding their young. A pair of cardinals built a nest in a bush right by our front porch. This mail ;anded on the porch with food in his mouth, looked at me, and then went inside the bush to the nest to feed his young. This is one of my two most favorite photos for May 25.

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Favorite Photo, May 16

Jupiter and Venus over Big Red lighthouse and Holland State Park, Michigan. May 16, 2015.
Jupiter and Venus over Big Red lighthouse, Holland State Park, Michigan. May 16, 2015.

My photography workshop was out for an afternoon and evening field trip and we ended the day at Holland State Park. Jupiter (upper center) and Venus (lower and to the right) were shining brightly in the western sky. It was a beautiful evening. This is my favorite photo for May 16.

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Favorite Photo, April 30

Balanced Rock, Arches National Park
Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, Utah. April 30, 2011.

After four days in California doing the family history thing (see the prior articles in this series), I had a change in plans. The next leg of my family history trip had to be postponed to a later date, which meant I had two extra days to do whatever I wanted. I decided to take the two extra days and go back to southern Utah.

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Favorite Photo, April 25

Bryce Canyon at Sunrise
Bryce Canyon at Sunrise, Utah. April 25, 2011.

It got up bright and early and looked outside. It snowed overnight. I was thrilled. Following some excellent advice from a photographer who has spent a lot of time at Bryce Canyon, I went to Sunset Point, not Sunrise Point. This is one of my favorite photos for this date and one of my all time favorite photos.

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