“I can’t imagine going a day without photographing something….” Eileen Worman

I am so excited to showcase the amazing work of Eileen Worman from beautiful Wisconsin, USA. Her photography brilliantly captures the stunning colours and features of the natural landscape which are so inviting, and are an escape after a busy day at work. Eileen has a keen eye for the wildlife which surrounds her, ranging from a rich collection of birds, to coyotes. She also skillfully captures these subjects against dramatic, technicolored and brooding  skies giving atmosphere and a wonderful insight into another world. Eileen wonderfully sees the patterns and beauty in the less obvious parts of nature such as frozen ice on the window. All of these attributes drew me to her work on flickr.

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Sunset:  Eileen Worman

 

Eileen in her own words….

I think of myself as an opportunist regarding photography. I tend to shoot what I happen upon as the day goes along, or as I’m out and about looking for something to catch my eye. I try to be available to shoot early in the morning and around sunset time because the light and atmosphere lends itself to create interesting looking images.

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Crane: Eileen Worman

Five years ago, when we lived on nearby Lake Sinissippi, I documented a season of the nesting Bald Eagles there. I published a book about them and some of the other birds on the lake, titled Birds of Lake Sinissippi. I intended it for my family who had asked for something more formal from me, but ended up printing around 125 copies that were sold in a little shop in the town where the lake is, Hustisford, WI. People who lived on the lake were happy to buy it as a keepsake about the birds there. It’s not my best work, but it was a little adventure. (Check here  http://www.blurb.com/books/1622738-birds-of-lake-sinissippi if you want to have a look Dawn)

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Sunset: Eileen Worman

My husband Matt, our son Matthew and I live in a rural farming community in Lebanon, Wisconsin. We have a small house on a hill, overlooking 40 acres, most of which is wetland, including a meadow and lots of trees and shrubs, as well. The natural landscape and ponds attract all kinds of wildlife, including a huge variety of bird species. In the five years we’ve lived here, we’ve seen 147 bird species. Of course we have lots of White-tailed Deer and many other mammals, like mink, muskrats, raccoons, groundhogs, red foxes and coyotes enjoying the habitat. A Union Pacific train track runs along our northern border, giving me opportunities to photograph trains fairly regularly. I am a bit of a weather geek, too, and love shooting interesting cloud formations, sundogs, sun pillars, eclipses, sunsets and sunrises, lightning and thunderstorms

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Backyard: Eileen Worman

I’m fascinated by the frosty formations that occur on our windows and like to photograph them up close. My husband is a great cook and I love to bake, so I’ve been photographing our tasty results on occasion. I’m surrounded by farms and love to capture their beauty, too. I do a majority of my shooting right at home…and many times when I set out to do photography, I stumble upon something I never expected to see, which is always fun.

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Frost: Eileen Worman

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Breakfast: Eileen Worman

I did have some formal training in fine art photography, earning an Associate’s Degree from the Milwaukee Center for Photography back in 1985. There I used a 4×5 view camera and most of the work was done in black & white. I especially loved shooting candids on the streets in downtown Milwaukee and I also enjoyed photographing architecture. I can’t imagine going a day without photographing something, it’s just in my nature to do so.
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Farmhouse: Eileen Worman
A big thanks to Eileen for sharing her inviting images and giving us an insight into the stunning world she lives in.If you would like to view more of her work you can check here https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/with/26219277355/
All photographs in this post copyright Eileen Worman 2016

Fast Forward Into Spring

At last the onset of more daylight and the hope of sunny evenings after work. These photographs  try to capture the new vitality of Spring life and also explore the beautiful form and textures. Don’t forget to put your clocks forward on Easter Sunday, and Happy Easter.

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Bathing In The Sun

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Blown Away

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Golden Slumbers

 

 

 

“There’s often beauty in unexpected places…”

This months featured Artist is Joy Jordan , who I find inspiring. She captures simple but beautiful images of nature that transmit a sense of peace and self reflection.

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Joy Jordan – Winter

 

It was therefore no surprise when I discovered that as well as being a talented photographer ,Joy also is a teacher (and student ) of Mindfulness.Knowing this Joy’s images make perfect sense, as they convey emotion through beautiful details,textures and colours all captured in soft light.These are some of the qualities which drew my eye towards Joy’s work.

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Joy Jordan – Spring

 

Joy describes her work …..

“My photography is more than a creative outlet,it’s a mindfulness practice.It’s a way to pay attention and stay open. I find solace in the natural world. I look for light,texture and details.There’s often beauty in unexpected places. I try to tell visual stories that have an emotional impact. It’s persistent yet patient practice. I make mistakes, learn something, and try again.Each day I remind myself :Slow down, pay attention,and be kind.I hope this comes through in my images ”

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Joy Jordan – Fall

 

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Joy Jordan – Summer

 

Thanks to Joy for sharing her thought provoking and beautiful images.If you would like to see more of these and are interested in mindfulness  see FlickrBorn Joy blogspot , and  Born Joy Mindfulness Facebook

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Not long agoI was fed up of trying to take pretty photographs of nature in the rain and grey skies, and decided instead to have a scoot round the house looking for interesting objects to focus on. It’s amazing what you find that you have forgotten about, and how you can see them in a different light (literally sometimes)………..so here they are and roll on Spring !

 

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And one left over from New Year….

 

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“Mostly doodling……” Chris Hawes – January’s Chosen Artist

This is the first monthly post featuring an artist who I follow on Flickr. I am delighted to showcase the beautiful photography of Chris Hawes, who is my first chosen artist.

I am inspired and admire Chris’ photography as he loves to capture atmosphere and a sense of time in both his landscapes and street scenes. He achieves this by skilfully capturing the light and by the way he frames the  composition.

Chris also captures the simplicity and gorgeous patterns of nature in his macro images ……it was this aspect that initially drew me to follow his work. Again, it is Chris’ skilful capture of subtle lighting that creates atmosphere and simplicity. His technical skill is also shown in his photographs featuring  ‘bokeh’, (the blurred quality or effect seen in the out-of-focus portion of a photograph taken with a narrow depth of field. ). 

 

Chris describes his inspiration and work as

“Mostly doodling.It’s a lifetime mission and that really sums it up.I’m just enjoying the process of making and sharing pictures and getting some feedback. Maybe I’ll get sophisticated one day but I’m not in a hurry.”

 

I’m sure you will all agree these are much, much more than doodles and you can look at more of his work at https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisotruro , but for now enjoy, and thanks Chris for sharing your art.

 

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Canary Wharf after work, January. a 1950s Leica lens adds atmosphere

 

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Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire. A misty morning in October last autumn. I love the English seasons.

 

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Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’. This was the view from my front door one summer’s day

 

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A foxglove in the garden at Truro.