Posts from the ‘Photography’ Category

Bald Eagle



20110513_359, originally uploaded by otterblossom.

Bald Eagle at the National Aviary. Last Thursday, I spent the day there, from several hours before they opened to a bit after closing.

Merlin the Great Horned Owl



Merlin 20110430_82, originally uploaded by otterblossom.

one of the photos I took at the photography workshop at the Pittsburgh Zoo this past Saturday

Polar Bear 20110401_14



Polar Bear 20110401_14, originally uploaded by otterblossom.

Playful polar bear at the Toledo Zoo. He carried the ball up to the top of the waterfall and then threw it down. He went splashing down after it and leaped into the pool to catch it again. I must have spent an hour watching him. Many more photos of him at the flickr site.

Brookfield Zoo: African Painted Puppies

At the end of March, DrQuuxum and I headed out on our annual road trip. This year, we set out for Chicago with their plethora of zoos. There are FOUR AZA zoos in Chicago: Lincoln Park, Brookfield, Shedd Aquarium, and Cosley. And there’s the Field Museum with Sue. Sadly, a bout with food poisoning limited us to just Brookfield and Shedd. On the way home, we stopped at the Toledo Zoo; so we did at least make three zoos on this trip. And we were left with an excuse to return to Chicago at some point.

Brookfield Zoo’s African Painted Dogs gave birth to 10 puppies last November. They, with Mom and Dad and Uncle, are out on exhibit. I probably spent an hour there, taking pictures.
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Entrance to the Desert Room



Entrance to the Desert Room, originally uploaded by otterblossom.

Surprisingly, one of my favorite rooms in Phipps Conservatory.
Taken during the 2011 Orchid Show last weekend.

today’s editing project

Mom suggested a silhouette of her driving Ghost (her current show horse) might be a popular design for my cafepress store. A silhouette would create an image that was not distinctly she and Ghost, so there would be more appeal to others who drive miniature horses. We browsed through her photographs and found this one:
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Cafepress in Green

In October, I realized that I had made enough money playing in cafepress that I could buy three months of a premium store. And, realizing those three months would be the fourth quarter Christmas rush, I jumped on the idea. The difference between the free store and the premium store is the number of items you can offer. The free store allows only one of each kind of item (tee shirt, long sleeve tee, mug, …). The premium store offers all items with as many designs as you want to put on them. The last month has been quite busy with taking and sorting pictures, editing them, adding them to the site and picking the products on which to put them.
I have a hard time finding things to put on some of the color schemes that cafepress offers. I mentioned here my victory in finding something for the hideous yellow tee shirt and messenger bag (hideous mostly because the color comes through whatever artwork you use, not just because I’m not a yellow person).
There is also a green tee shirt that has the same bleed through issue as the yellow. Tonight I found something that I think goes pretty well on it.

Green tee shirt with a foal's silhouette in dark green.