tag:kengantz.com,2013:/posts Now What? 2017-09-18T22:37:48Z Ken Gantz tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1192139 2017-09-18T22:37:48Z 2017-09-18T22:37:48Z Prized Possession...

A squirrel guards his prized possession at Bernheim Forest.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1191842 2017-09-17T21:07:10Z 2017-09-17T21:07:10Z Let There Be Light...

I always try to photograph the "Let There Be Light" statue whenever I visit Bernheim. Today there was definitely light...


The inscription that goes with the statue.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1191273 2017-09-14T21:43:07Z 2017-09-14T21:43:07Z A Star Is Born...

Experimenting with processing this deer photo as if it were a glamour portrait. I think she's ready for Hollywood!

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1190204 2017-09-10T19:29:15Z 2017-09-10T19:34:01Z Nature Walk

You know, I swore, swore, swore that I would stick to still photography and not venture into videography. My reasons were many: too time consuming, can't use popular music due to licensing issues, don't want a second camera, editing software is too expensive and you need a master's degree in knob-twiddling to use it, files are too big, the process is slow and grueling, etc., etc., etc... Then along comes a $20 app for the iPad (and iPhone) that squashes every reason I had to stay away from videography except for the availability of popular music. Well, it turns out that nature videos don't really need popular music so, now I've gone and done it.. Dipped my toe in video.

Still very amateurish, but kinda has a Cinéma Vérité feel to it. I also have much to learn about the iPad app but, wow! talk about bang for the buck. LumaFusion, check it out on the iOS app store.

If you are not fortunate to live close to an area with forest creatures, I made this video for you...


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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1186909 2017-08-27T20:48:16Z 2017-09-02T14:35:18Z Unusual Butterfly

One I have not run into before. A Gulf Fritillary with the sun shining through its wings. This is about as far north as they go.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1186110 2017-08-24T01:26:27Z 2017-08-24T01:26:28Z Storm Clouds Rolling

Storm clouds roll in at Bernheim Forest.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1185192 2017-08-20T18:48:40Z 2017-08-20T18:48:40Z The Passion Flower

The Passion Flower is one of the most exotic looking plants you will find in the woods, and along roadsides, in the south. “La Flor de las cinco Llagas" or the ‘The Flower With The Five Wounds,’ as it was known by seventeenth century Spanish missionaries in South America, was used by them to teach the story of the crucifixion (or Passion) of Christ to the South American indigenous peoples.

This one, like so many others, was along the path I took through Tom Sawyer Park yesterday and was being visited by an unknown bug while I was being mesmerized by it…

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1180663 2017-08-05T02:56:10Z 2017-08-05T02:56:10Z Butterfly

Classic butterfly at Bernheim Forest.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1177446 2017-07-26T23:24:32Z 2017-07-26T23:24:32Z Little Brown Leaf

Spend enough time walking around in the woods and you eventually develop a sort of sixth sense about something that doesn't belong. This is especially true for me with colors.

Well, as I was walking along yesterday, I was struck by two brown leaves sticking up in the middle of what was very long dark green grass mixed with various green weeds. It just didn't make sense that a dried up old pair of brown leaves should be sticking up there. Well, it actually turned out to be two ears! One belonged to the little deer you see below, and the other to its sibling. They were just napping by themselves in this mass of greenery, their bodies completely invisible.

As soon as I realized what these leaves really were, the deer saw me and bolted. They stopped and turned to look at me about 50 yards away. I could only photograph one because the other was in shade that was too dark to pull anything out of. The broken tombstone you see is about 2 feet tall, so you can see how small this deer is. They must know that I will not walk inside the fence because there are thousands of people buried there. Some reports are there are as many as 5000 bodies of the dearly departed in this relatively tiny cemetery, many of them in mass graves. The deer don't seem to mind because I have frequently seen and photographed many of them there throughout the years.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1176004 2017-07-22T12:58:22Z 2017-07-22T12:58:22Z I Need A Bigger Tree!

I'm sure you can't see me hiding behind this tree!

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1171931 2017-07-09T20:32:28Z 2017-07-22T13:02:46Z My New Favorite Camera...

On Wednesday, July 5, I wandered into Murphy's Camera on Bardstown road with the idea of looking at a new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II . They had a demo version available, so I went ahead and bought it. There was an Olympus special offer going on at the time and they also knocked some money off because the camera was a demo unit. At the same time I bought the 12-40mm f/2.8 lens which was also a demo unit and was also on sale.

Later, after I had arrived home, I discovered that the special Olympus USB cable, used to connect the camera to a computer for various tasks, including firmware updates, was missing from my package. I called Murphy's to see if it might still be in the store. It was not, but it was then that I found out the rebates from Olympus were even better than the discounts I had already received and Murphy's was trying to contact me to tell me they wanted to give me another $200 back! I headed back to the store and got the additional rebate applied to my credit card and, since they didn't find the USB cable, they removed one from another camera's package and ordered a replacement for that camera.

I received outstanding customer service! In this time of Amazon.com dominance, I still return to Murphy's whenever I plan on purchasing a new camera. I have been buying digital cameras from them since the early 1990's when I bought my first digital camera, a Kodak DC50. I still have that camera to this day but it just sits around as a conversation piece.

I was so impressed with the new Olympus that I returned to Murphy's the following day to pick up the 40-150mm f/2.8 lens. That too was a demo lens and was also on sale. It turned out the sale price was better when buying an Olympus camera at the same time. Because I had bought my Olympus the day before, they figured out a way to add this new lens to my existing purchase and to save me even more money. In my opinion, they went above and beyond to make me a satisfied customer. If you live in the Louisville area, you should pay them a visit and buy there, rather than shipping your money to Amazon.com.

Here are some of the first photos from my new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

A deer in the shade at Tom Sawyer Park

A Tiger Lily (I think) at Bernheim Forest

A milkweed bug that was ready for his close-up.

A Purple Parasol at Bernheim Forest

A bee making a quick departure from a flower at Bernheim Forest

Three's a crowd on this flower at Bernheim Forest

I don't know what kind of bug this is, but it looks pretty prehistoric. He was on a cement wall at Bernheim Forest

A Monarch butterfly getting refreshed by a flower at Bernheim Forest

A dragon fly resting on a reed at Bernheim Forest

A squirrel at Bernheim Forest, trying to look inconspicuous, in the shade of a large tree 

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1152146 2017-05-06T21:58:21Z 2017-05-06T21:58:21Z Just Hangin' Around

Some birds I was observing from quite a distance.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1123494 2017-01-16T11:24:44Z 2017-01-16T11:24:44Z Anubis & Ra At the Outer Loop Peddlers Mall

Yeah, so there they were...

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1119746 2017-01-01T21:39:37Z 2017-01-01T21:39:37Z 2017 Is Off To A Soaring Start!

It's always a sign of good luck when the birds show up...


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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1095298 2016-10-02T13:11:50Z 2016-10-02T13:14:55Z Radian XL Flight at the sailplane field in Charlie Vettiner Park Slipping the surly bonds... 

 
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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1088234 2016-09-09T10:05:13Z 2016-09-09T10:05:14Z Lil' Baby Deer

A young deer at Tom Sawyer Park.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1076038 2016-07-26T00:28:42Z 2016-07-26T00:28:42Z My New Best Friend, Bucky McDeerface

A young buck spent some time posing for me at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, KY.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1075642 2016-07-24T22:10:41Z 2016-07-24T22:10:41Z Hummingbird Moth Fueling Up

A hummingbird moth drinks up at Tom Sawyer Park.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1057605 2016-05-30T19:00:56Z 2016-05-30T19:00:56Z Memorial Day - 2016

This day serves as our reminder that not everyone comes home…

I often wonder how those of “The Greatest Generation,” especially those who left this world prematurely because they sacrificed their lives so we could have the lives and lifestyles we have today, might view what we have done with their gift. I wonder what kinds of opinions they would hold about who we have become as a nation.

The most horrible thing I can imagine is that they might think their sacrifice was not worth it and that we have squandered the gift that they won for us. 

All it took was about 10 minutes of watching the cable news channels for me to pick out five  things that I think we need to change if we are to preserve the gift we received from them.

My five tenets to build a stronger nation:

  1. Less “me,” more “we”.
  2. Less interest in how rich our neighbors are and more gratitude for how rich our lives are.
  3. Less focus on the lives of celebrities and more on the celebration of life.
  4. Less focus on our individual differences and more on the different ways we are united.
  5. Less concern with what we can get for free and more concern with ensuring we remain free.

In order that we may never forget the price that was paid on our behalf by those who gave all they had, and all they would ever have, so we could remain free. Today I dedicate this photo to those who remain, forever young…

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1045128 2016-05-01T21:55:25Z 2016-05-01T21:55:26Z The Little Ones Are Often The Loud Ones

When this guy sang, his entire body shook. I could hear him on the other side of the park!


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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1035550 2016-04-18T00:17:25Z 2016-04-18T00:18:21Z Deer With A Tongue

Seems to have a bit of a tongue retention problem...

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1033214 2016-04-14T11:52:30Z 2016-04-14T11:52:30Z Three's A Crowd

Three curious deer at Tom Sawyer Park crane their necks to figure out who this person with the camera is.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/968205 2016-01-10T20:54:58Z 2016-01-10T20:54:58Z The Dance of Life

Sometimes "shooting" a photograph has its similarities with shooting a gun in that you have to be aware of what's downrange past your target. I had hoped that the big gnarly tree behind this actual piece of art, called "The Dance Of Life", would make for a suitable background. Turns out it does! I also think the patina on the inside of the woman's dress, if you squint a little, looks a lot like a shot of the night sky of the variety that you might see in the NASA photo of the day..


This is on the plaque below the the sculpture.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/968201 2016-01-10T20:51:50Z 2016-01-10T20:51:50Z Louisville's Outdoor Art Gallery

Another beauty from the outdoor art museum, that is Cave Hill Cemetery.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/968200 2016-01-10T20:48:15Z 2016-01-10T20:49:18Z The Camera You Have With You

People often ask me, "What's the best camera?" Of course the correct answer is, "The one you have with you..."

Shot with an iPhone, through my car window, while stopped at a traffic light. I didn't even have time to roll the dirty window down!

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/940042 2015-11-26T17:00:00Z 2015-11-27T16:57:23Z Thanksgiving Birds

From my Thanksgiving-day walk. I think the male Cardinal looks a little crazy... The Downy Woodpecker wouldn't give me a good shot and the Turkey Vulture was circling over my car!

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/929538 2015-11-07T20:37:01Z 2015-11-07T20:37:01Z I Come From The Future...

Never can get a satisfactory shot of one of these guys. Probably my favorite bird, the Cedar Waxwing. I still think they look like they come from the future! I just wish they would come around more and maybe land a little lower on the tree for once..


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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/929537 2015-11-07T20:34:39Z 2015-11-07T20:34:39Z Ghost Deer!

It was a dark & dreary day at Tom Sawyer Park. At times it was so dark I didn't think I had enough light for photos. I had not really seen anything all day that was particularly interesting, so I decided to walk out through a thick area of woods. Along the way I got bored, stopped walking, and started looking at my phone (which I NEVER do in the woods!). I don't think I was looking at it for more than 5 minutes when I heard that tell-tale blowing sound that deer make when they sense danger. I turned around and there she was, but only for a second. I wasn't in a hurry, so I just kneeled on the ground and waited. Eventually she walked back with another deer, but never as close as the first time when she snuck up on me. I had to stay low so I "walked" about 50 feet on my knees while peering above the random foliage. Each time I could see her cautiously looking my way, I would bring the camera up and then not find her in the viewfinder. Put the camera down and there she'd be. Camera up, she's gone, down, she reappears. "How can this be?" I wondered. Eventually her timing was off enough that I did get two shots. I was beginning to think that this was some sort of disappearing, Ghost Deer.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/921644 2015-10-24T11:41:04Z 2015-10-28T14:44:15Z GOing Around The Sun

Like Icarus, sometimes I fly too close to the sun...

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/901937 2015-09-06T22:06:03Z 2015-10-24T11:49:29Z Another Flight With Two Hawks

I got another chance to fly with some hawks today. I initially saw one and wanted to get up in the air to greet it but, just at the top of my launch, I almost ran into a second one that I didn't know was there. I rolled to one side to avoid startling hawk number two and flew over to the original hawk and hawk number two followed along.

My camera is just a tiny mobius bolted to my hat but it captured some dramatic lens flare in this short clip.

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