Favorite Photo, April 14

Baptism, Port-de-Paix, Haiti.
Baptism, Port-de-Paix, Haiti. April 14, 1985.

In 1985 it was my extraordinary privilege to spend a week in Haiti. The people I met were wonderful in their passion, kindness, and devotion. The hillsides that had not yet been stripped bare (to make charcoal) were beautiful. The poverty was staggering. (Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.) It was a life changing week.

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Total Immersion Nature Photography Weekend in Beautiful Northern Michigan

Michigan Photography Workshop

Are you ready to take your nature and wildlife photography to the next level? Are you ready to learn the professional secrets that make the difference between good images and great images? Are you ready for a high intensity, action packed, total immersion photography weekend? Come to Park of the Pines on beautiful Lake Charlevoix June 7-10, 2019.

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Favorite Photo, April 9

Outside the public library, Beecher City Illinois.
Outside the public library, Beecher City Illinois. April 9, 2019.

On our way home from our niece’s wedding in North Carolina, we stopped at several places in central lllinois as part of a family history search. One of those places was the public library in Beecher City (population 500). To my surprise, the library had several file folders, several inches thick, with a lot of information on a bunch of Dotys that lived in the Beecher City area. Quite a few Dotys are buried in a cemetery a few miles outside of town.

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Favorite Photo, April 8

Electrical Tower in the Rain, Fremont California. April 8, 2016.

If you have been following this series, it will not surprise you to known that I was again out at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. But this was a rainy day. There were no wading birds to be seen. It was a gloomy day

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Favorite Photo, April 6

Bridget, Corolla North Carolina. April 6, 2019.
Bridget Doty, Corolla North Carolina. April 6, 2019.

It was a wedding on the beach. It had rained the night before and the sand was cold and wet. It was also chilly and windy. None of that mattered. It was a great day. I wanted a happy photo of my niece’s face. This is my favorite image for April 6.

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Favorite Photo, April 5

Creme Drop, Columbus Ohio. April 5, 2016.

I know what you are thinking. This is not an impressive photo. You are right. It isn’t. But this is one of the two favorite photos I found for April 5 in my “favorite photos” folder. But this is a special photo.

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Favorite Photo, April 4

The Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon, Arizona. April 4, 2017.

We were flying home from Fremont California. Our second flight from Las Vegas to Columbus usually take us north of the Grand Canyon so I get a window seat on the right side of the plane. Usually I see the Grand Canyon off in the distance, but this trip our flight path took us right over the Grand Canyon. This is one of two first place favorite images for April 4.

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Favorite Photo, April 2

Bridget Doty, Dance, Independence Missouri. Friday, April 2, 2004.

My niece, Bridget, is a dancer. I captured this moment during a worship service at a Community of Christ World Conference in “The Auditorium”, Independence Missouri. This is my favorite photo for April 2.

You will see Bridget again later this month.

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Favorite Photo, March 31

Bluebonnets and Paintbrush, Texas.
Bluebonnets and Paintbrush, Texas. Saturday, March 31, 2001.

I was hurrying across Texas with places to go and things to do, when I spotted a patch of bluebonnets near the highway. I didn’t have much time for taking pictures, but I pulled off on the shoulder and grabbed my camera.

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Favorite Photo, March 30

Bruce Munro: Light Exhibit. Columbus, Ohio. March 30, 2014.

Bruce Munro did a big and impressive light exhibit at the Franklin Park Conservatory. I had such good time that I went back more than one evening to photograph the various displays. This is just one of the light displays. This is my favorite image for March 30.

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Favorite Photo, March 29

California Golden Poppies, Fremont California. March 29, 2017.

The San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is one of my favorite places on the planet. Usually I am there to photograph wading birds. But this particular year I was there when the poppies were in bloom. My brother-in-law (who is also an avid photographer) and I had a great time. This is my favorite image for March 29.

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Favorite Photo, March 25

Sorting, Fremont California. March 25, 2017.

Sorting through a loved one’s belongings after they are gone is not an easy task, for all kinds of reasons. Despite all of the sadness, there are some good moments, like finding something that brings back special memories. This is my favorite photo for March 25.

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The National Park Series: Where to Go and When

National Parks Collage. Click for a larger version.

America’s National Parks are natural, environmental, and photographic treasures. They are high on the list of preferred destinations for professional and amateur photographers alike. To help you show up at right places at the best times to create beautiful images, I put together this ongoing series of articles.

Posted January 22, 2017. Updated and re-posted April 2, 2019.

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