The Brookfield Zoo

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Some of these photo don’t look like they were made at a zoo, and most are about water.  What do expect from me?  The final 5 photos were shot at the Chicago Botanical Gardens the next day.  Both the Tree of Life and Lilly Pads were nominated for an award at Nikongear forum, but did not win.


54 responses

  1. Nice set of images–each with its own story.

    October 20, 2013 at 8:29 am

  2. Ron, your use of color amazes me. Thank you.

    October 20, 2013 at 8:30 am

  3. The water-themed pictures are wonderful ! I also really like the colors of “Small Girl in a Giant Pumpkin” (perfect for pre-Halloween season) !

    October 20, 2013 at 8:40 am

  4. A very sweet set!

    October 20, 2013 at 8:52 am

  5. Lovely, but I don’t think that’s a wolf?

    October 20, 2013 at 9:07 am

  6. Great photos! But, how big can a pumpkin get!? ;)

    October 20, 2013 at 9:10 am

    • Erica, it was enormous.

      October 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      • I only have two little pumpkins in my garden. The third one is still growing I hope and I hope it’s going to get orange in time… ;)

        October 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm

        • I don’t know what they do here to get them so big.

          October 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm

  7. Loved the ones made in water – inspired! The wolf incidentally is my favourite fairy tale character so you caught my eye with that :)

    October 20, 2013 at 9:19 am

    • The wolf is definitely special. They play a part in the mythology of the founding of Rome.

      October 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      • Yes quite, and he is a misunderstood creature. Most people think of the lone wolf – I wonder how that myth came about – since wolves are pack animals and very sociable too (in a wolfish way of course).

        October 21, 2013 at 1:07 am

  8. Regardless of “where” – really like “Tree of Life”

    October 20, 2013 at 11:25 am

    • The Giraffe drink from that pond. Thank you Robert.

      October 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm

  9. Ooh that jellyfish pile is amazing!

    October 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

  10. I love the colors. but I love water too and my favorite color is blue!

    October 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    • I don’t know if I have a favorite color, but I do love water.

      October 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm

  11. I love your “featured” one the best.

    October 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    • Hollis, I started with a different one because I thought it would be easier for the broad audience in the reader to understand. “Tree of Life” appears to be a favorite among many viewers. It is often hard for me to pick which one I like best and even harder to pick the one most likely to catch on.

      October 20, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      • I know what you mean. You do have a way of straddling the fence between what is popular and what is good art. I haven’t mastered that yet.

        October 21, 2013 at 6:17 am

        • I have no formal training in art, but I spend a lot of time at art galleries and museums looking at it. However, I want people to connect. It is no accident that I have been reaching out to visual artists other than photographers and hearing a lot from them.

          October 21, 2013 at 6:53 am

        • That’s true. You are more of an artist than most photographers.

          I took two years of photography in art school. The first with someone named Dave Heath. He focused on the concept: no cropping, no doctoring up, etc. (days of film) Just what is in the frame. I did well. The second teacher was so preoccupied with technique, it was hard for me. I realize, now, how important technique is towards making a piece of artwork in photography.

          October 22, 2013 at 10:15 am

        • Hollis, I am definitely not of the school of thought that the image must be perfect in camera. Cropping is the most basic of darkroom tasks. If I met Dave, I would run away as fast as I could. WHich aspects of technique did the second prof dwell on?

          October 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

        • At that time, as I said, it was film. He taught us the richness of tone and variations of gray that I so admire in your work. Above all, printing correctly was important to him. That seems so basic, but no one seemed to get it. It is hard to take a negative and print it correctly. We did not use filters on our cameras. Getting away from technique, he did a lot of encouraging of “design”…..cropping and making a piece into artwork by putting together different photographs. I may have developed a love of collage from him, come to think of it.

          October 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm

        • That sounds like a great course to me. Printing is a lost art. Even most B&W film shooters are scanning their negatives and making inkjet prints. The way I adjust tones depends on having the color information. What I am doing is customizing the panchromatic response of the film, plus some local burning and dodging The closest approximation would be using a yellow or orange filter.

          October 22, 2013 at 5:32 pm

        • I can see how color information would help translate into the black and whites better. All grays are colors. That’s cool how you burn and dodge still. Yes, I am aware of inkjet printing. It has worked for me when I have taken a B & W painting and made an inkjet out of it (someone else has because of the huge size) and then hand colored each print. I only did that once. But it was a good series. I don’t like giclees as a rule.

          October 23, 2013 at 8:22 am

        • Why don’t you like giclees? I think it’s a fascinating process, as much tech as art. I spent some time learning about it in a studio in Canada. I don’t either like or dislike it but “liked” getting several small print for gifts at very modest price.

          October 23, 2013 at 8:52 am

        • Did I say I did not like inkjet prints, if so, that is not what I meant. I have no formal training in art and only a short and not very good adult ed course in photography.

          October 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

        • Yes, I know. I guess that’s what I don’t like about it as an artist. I like the originals so much better, where you can feel the energy the artist had in him/her. The techno part doesn’t bother me; I like technology, but I think authorship, as they say, is so important.

          October 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm

        • I am at the airport, on the way home, we can continue this later.

          October 23, 2013 at 10:00 am

        • OK, no hurry. Good discussion though. Safe travels!

          October 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

        • I agree. Let’s continue this later.

          October 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        • Good.

          October 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

  12. Great work Ron!

    October 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm

  13. Very beautiful!

    October 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm

  14. all are exactly what I expect but he Tree of Life is extra special…

    October 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm

  15. Stunningly beautiful as always, Ron.

    October 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

  16. Love the Tree of Life :)

    October 21, 2013 at 12:54 am

  17. the Tree of Life …very beautiful, funny how you see the sea even on land..

    October 26, 2013 at 1:06 am

  18. Thank you for liking “Open Colleges Interactive Brain Map.” Like the other commenters, I enjoy looking at your wonderful water photography. My favorite photo in this gallery is “Jellyfish Pile.” You did a great job of capturing the different levels of transparency of the jellyfish.

    November 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm

  19. Beautiful autumn colours, pleasure for eyes)

    November 16, 2013 at 11:54 am

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