Monday, 29 May 2017

Where have all the Kestrels gone?

So far this year one or two of us have noted an almost complete lack of Kestrels in the Cholsey area. The only one that has been seen recently is one out to the south of the village and that is just a lone individual as far as we can tell.

Normally there have been on average of 5 pairs in the parish. So what’s going on?

I’ve not even seen many whilst driving around locally, appear to be missing from usual places.

Is this a local observation or is it more widespread?

There has also been a suggestion of fewer Sparrowhawk sightings as well but I cannot bear this out.

Any thoughts, ideas etc. appreciated.

Ford Yates Outside

I'm not sure when straightforward nature photography becomes fine art photography -- one of those perennial issues of intention, definition, and taste -- but photographs of snakes keep popping up in photography by Southern photographers clearly made with gallery exhibition in mind.

So it seems not at all inappropriate to let you know that Outside Magazine thinks that we should be following the work of Ford Yates (see image above), a business major at the University of Oklahoma. 

So, check out his work, and let me know what you think.

Eudora Welty at the NC Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art continues to deepen its engagement with Southern photography, now with a show of work by Distinguished Southern photographer Eurora Welty (see image above). 

This show, Looking South: Photographs by Eurora Welty, opened in April and is up through September 3rd, 2017.

Eich and Brody in Photo District News

Photo District News is out with its annual listing of photographers who produced "outstanding photography" in the previous year. 

Included among the photographers whose work earned them this designation is Charlottesville, VA-based photographer Matt Eich (see image above), in the Photobook division, for his book Carry Me Ohio.

Eich describes this body of work as "a decade-long photo essay about life in the economically depressed region of Southeast Ohio."

Eich says of his subjects, “Despite circumstances, these proud Americans persevere and cling to family, community and land with an admirable tenacity." 

Yet, he goes on, "Our collective memory favors the convenience of amnesia over acknowledging the damage that we continue to inflict upon ourselves.”

Among photographers featured in PDN's student division is Savannah-based photographer Anna Brody (see image above), with work from her Edging, GA portfolio.

Brody, a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, says of her work, that it depicts "an imagined town" through which she "ponders the concept of being in an incomplete state—to be 'almost' something."

Brody says, “Maybe that’s what I take pictures of—people and things that are also almost there, who are almost done looking.”

Congratulations to both Eich and Brody for being chosen by PDN for this national recognition! 

And, if I missed any other Southern photographers among PDN's award-winners, please let me know and I will update this list.


In the run-up to City Daily Photo's June theme day 'Nature' I thought I might show you a bit of WA nature that greeted me outside my front door yesterday morning! The Sandgroper, a subterranean insect, some species endemic to WA, is a sweet little bug don't you think.. I'm kidding, check it out here if you dare :) As I'm typing now I can hear the sandgropers in my garden chirping away and that's fine, it's not unpleasant to listen too, a bit like crickets.. BUT if they lose their way and come inside eeeew! Imagine this crawling on you! They can grow to 7cm long, this beauty below was about half that size. So.. are you still coming to visit :) Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. they don't bite! P.p.s. is this what you all thought when you read the title :)

Southern Photography at the Ogden Museum

New Orleans' Ogden Museum of Southern Art can always be counted on for exceptionally fine exhibitions of Southern photography.

This weekend, for example, the folks at the Ogden are closing their current show, Part II of a pair of shows under the title A Place and Time, up since February 2nd, 2017. Both these shows have sought to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the Ogden's permanent collection of photography.

Part I of this two-part show was up at the Ogden in the spring of 2016. It included photographs from the Civil War, Reconstruction, and early 20th century, with a special emphasis on photographs of New Orleans and on Depression-era documentary work by Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographers. 

This second show picks up the story in 1946 and explores, in the Ogden's words, "the trajectory of Southern photography" as it documents "the changing post-World War II American South" to the present day. 

Opening next at the Ogden are two shows about color photography in the American South.

The first is an exhibition of images by William Eggleston (see image above) from his Troubled Waters portfolio, from the late 1970's, made in the aftermath of his landmark exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

This body of Eggleston's work is mostly about what the Odgen describes as "rural and roadside life in and around the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, and points between."

The Ogden's second show is entitled The Colourful South, and features work by five pioneers in color photography -- William Christenberry, Birney Imes (see image above), William Greiner, William Ferris, and Alec Soth.

According to the folks at the Ogden, "this exhibition explores the role color photography has played in the history of Southern photography," traces "the influence of each photographer upon one another, and situates their work in a larger narrative of photography in the South after William Eggleston."

Both of these shows open on June 10th, and are up at the Ogden through October 10th, 2017. 

So, much fine Southern photography to see at the Odgen, in New Orleans. 

We owe the folks at the Ogden many thanks for their devotion to Southern photography.

Shades of Blue


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6 Pairs of Tie-Waist Shorts For Any Occasion

Le Fashion Blog 6 Pairs Of Tie Waist Shorts For The New Season Via Intermix
Photo via: Intermix

When picturing shorts, we often imagine denim, especially for the summer. But let's not forget about the tailored short. These pairs are all incredibly different, but can all carry you through this sweltering season. Wear them with heels, slides, cropped shirts or oversized blouses and you'll realize these shorts can take you anywhere.

Get the look:

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Steaming Along

A really nice sunrise on Sunday morning from the side of Mt Buninyong, however that will have to wait. I was keen to capture the steam train on show across the weekend as part of the Ballarat Heritage Weekend and this year I was after something a bit different. The first train due on Sunday left at 9.25am so I raced to get myself into position a few kms along the track. A couple of things I really like in the first one that great shadow of the train! And the last two are definitely a bit different...... what do you reckon?
I've got some great video, too, that I'll post a bit later.


Birds & Dragons

Cloudy and humid, a little light rain, 20°, light SE.

A visit to Cholsey Marsh this afternoon:

A Kingfisher seen along the river, birds on the marsh were Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.

Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle, Azure Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly, Hairy Dragonfly.

Butterflies: a few unidentified Whites.

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