Friday, April 20, 2018

A Natural Darkness

A Natural Darkness

The Cave's natural environment is total darkness. A darkness so devoid of natural light you can only find it deep underground and leagues under the sea. It feels like a thick, black woolen cloak on a foggy night's stroll. The weight of it presses down on your back gently. It's warmth off setting the drooping gravity of it as it tries to slowly envelope you. I find I am being drawn into it, carrying only my tiny shielded flash light as I hum my way along the passages alone.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Learning Experience

A Learning Experience

After shadowing tours and reading material for a couple of weeks today I began to feel ready to conduct a tour on my own. How I want to present this amazingly still growing "active cave" has been brewing in my head ever since they told me I'd be giving tours. I know the only real issue I may have is when it comes to timing. The allure of covering all the fascinating details is very strong. In caverns that began to form nearly a million years ago you can find evidence of an ancient ocean that predates any (as of yet known) land-based ecosystems. That was 400 million years ago. You can see fossils of shelled Cephalopods and other life that flourished around ancient coral reefs. And then there's all the chemistry, geology, history of discovery, cave culture nomenclature, learning the nature of the elements and how they combine, the Collembola, luminescence and the list goes on and on... My brain is happy.

A Learning Experience

A Learning Experience

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Spring Blizzard

A Spring Blizzard

It's April in Wisconsin. Usually there are flowers starting to bloom and you run around in shorts all day. Not today though. On the plus side, after hours of shoveling snow someone said to me, "Go take photos of this crazy weather!" I was just getting into an artistic groove when I was then diverted underground. It made for a bizarre counter to having been out in the weather all day. When I resurfaced it took a while before I could see again. Who knew heavy snow could be so pure and bright?

A Spring Blizzard

A Spring Blizzard

A Spring Blizzard

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Drekahofud

Drekahofud

So today I experienced a bit of ironic humor that seemed aimed at me in a very personal way. I went to attend the monthly Marketing Committee meeting at my local Chamber of Commerce. They have been using me as a travel photographer for a while now. I also offer them tidbits of advice stemming from my own professional experiences as an artist. Today's meeting was very memorable for me. During their presentation of the new look & feel of how marketing material was going to be branded I couldn't help but notice the photo. I give them access to a number of images but don't pick for them which they use. They happened to use one that I took when I first moved to town from Pennsylvania. My father, pictured on the left, had driven the eleven hour trip to see where we lived. As he left PA he must have realized he'd forgotten to get my daughter, pictured on the right, a gift. So he picked up the little blue bear at a Turnpike rest-stop gift store. it just happens to say, "Travel PA" on it. I used to work for them while I lived there covering various assignments for their travel magazine. So here I am, sitting at a marketing meeting aimed at boosting local travel, where I hope to expand as a local travel photographer, looking at a photo of my daughter clutching a marketing item aimed at boosting travel to where I once did travel photography. I chuckled to myself the whole way to the Cave...

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Sunny Morning

Sunny Morning

I've been arriving early to work these past couple of days. This particular morning was sunny, crisp and cold. The birds were all singing and the place felt so peaceful I could barely hear the traffic on the nearby highway. I can't stop thinking how lucky I get. My commute here is about and 8 minute drive down a country road while doing the exact speed limit. I'm looking froward to warmer weather and taking the bicycle trail that goes from near my house directly to here. I think it's a casual twenty minute ride? I'm also trimming down a lot. I can't believe I am averaging walking over ten miles a day!

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Radiance

Radiance

The very best part of photographing a wedding is sharing in the excitement of the moment. When the couple is so madly in love that the officiant can't keep a straight face the emotion becomes very tangible. I too can feel that thrilling excitement emanating from the union taking place. It's part of why I choose to cover weddings. Who wouldn't enjoy being able to bask in a setting where Love is very evident and warms everyone present?

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Limestone stalactites

Limestone stalactites

I love that I am once again learning about scientific wonders in a very up-close and personal way. As I follow the various tours into the Cave I can see how my experiences and what I'd learned at the Carnegie will come into play when I give my own tours someday. It's like I spent all those years learning from that place only to be finding myself in this one. It's a place where I may be able to share what I have learned. I will also be learning a lot more. So much more. By the end of the day my brain has a sensation that's almost a silent hum as I try to process what I have seen.

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