tag:kengantz.com,2013:/posts Now What? 2017-11-22T01:36:49Z Ken Gantz tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1206698 2017-11-22T01:36:49Z 2017-11-22T01:36:49Z I Know That Look...

I'm not sure what Bucky McDeerface is thinking here, but I don't think I like it!

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1206264 2017-11-19T21:53:00Z 2017-11-19T21:54:13Z I See You...

That moment when you realize that your quarry is onto you...

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1206172 2017-11-19T12:43:16Z 2017-11-19T12:43:48Z God-Rays In Autumn Trees

A great photo opportunity occurred on an Autumn morning in Bernheim Forest. It had been a hotter than normal week but then a passing cold front brought showers through the nignt and much colder temperatures in the morning. All of this had the effect of causing rising water vapor everywhere. Water vapor plus the rising sun lead to an opportunity to capture god-rays in a landscape shot.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1206171 2017-11-19T12:37:06Z 2017-11-19T12:37:06Z Blue Visitor In Golden Forest

Though they are large birds, the Heron in this photo seems small against the large bank of autumn foliage. Though getting an eyeball on a Heron is a relatively new experience for me, I had no idea they would alight on skinny tree branches.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1205633 2017-11-16T02:10:01Z 2017-11-16T02:10:24Z Go Through The Portal...

There is currently a big fad on Facebook where everyone is posting 7 black & white photos in 7 days.

I say, go through the portal! In every black & white photo is a color photo yearning to be free!!!

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1203531 2017-11-06T02:51:12Z 2017-11-06T02:51:13Z A Cabin In The Woods..

Actually a lot bigger than a cabin, the Bernheim Forest Education Center sits nestled in the surrounding autumn color. Kinda makes me feel sorry for the people who don't get to live in Kentucky..

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1203353 2017-11-05T02:14:30Z 2017-11-05T02:14:30Z A Symphony Of Color

It's as if the statue by George Grey Barnard was conducting a symphony of color. Taken this morning, shortly after sunrise. The dreary gray sky helped with the saturation of the colors.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1201709 2017-10-29T18:33:45Z 2017-10-29T18:35:30Z Took My T-Rex To Bernheim Forest..

It's important to make sure your pets get enough exercise! 

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1201704 2017-10-29T18:18:36Z 2017-10-29T18:18:37Z Here Comes The 2017 Autumn Color!

Though much of Bernheim Forest is still tending toward being green, this one small spot was exploding with color!

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1198476 2017-10-15T22:26:26Z 2017-10-15T22:26:26Z Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again...

The Tingley Fountain male counterpart to the female in a previous post.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1198310 2017-10-14T21:40:12Z 2017-10-14T21:41:42Z Rare Turtle

The extremely rare, almost mythical, Pumpkin Spice Turtle (testudo graeca cucurbita spice). They are rarely seen in the wild but a lucky few may get to see one in mid to late October when they are migrating to their winter homes...

The poor guy's arms are too short to knock that ant off of his nose!

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1196812 2017-10-07T16:00:00Z 2017-10-29T18:15:39Z The Forecast Called For Aluminum Overcast Followed By Widely Scattered Freedom...

On Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8, 2017, the B-17G, now known as "Madras Maiden", was at the Clark County airport in Indiana. Because they were offering rides causing the aircraft to constantly be in motion, and because the weather wasn't likely to hold up until the end of the day when they would offer tours, I tried to gets some photos of the airplane as it was taxiing in or out for the next flight.


Seen here through the interior of the classic Willys Jeep. The owner of the Jeep saw me taking this photo and said, "Hey, I never thought of shooting through the Jeep." and proceeded to take his own shots. Glad I could help!

Side view of the Madras Maiden shot against some early autumn color.

The "Ball Turret" served as a dorm room for many an eighteen-year-old during WWII. The mortality rate for B-17 belly gunners was 60%.

There is a relatively famous poem written about ball turret gunners, by poet Randall Jarrell:

From my mother's sleep I fell into the State,
And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life,
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose.

An overwing shot.

Nose art of the Madras Maiden. Named for the city of Madras in the great state of Oregon.

Four Wright Cyclone R-1820 engines powered the B-17G. They delivered around 1200 hp at 2500 rpm.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1195014 2017-09-30T21:09:10Z 2017-09-30T21:12:47Z Tingley Fountain - Cave Hill Cemetery

One of the three individuals that make up the Tingley Fountain memorial at Cave Hill Cemetery.

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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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