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baby Anna’s hummingbirds

Close up of two baby Anna's hummingbirds, Calypte anna, in nest.

Close up of two baby Anna’s hummingbirds, Calypte anna, in nest.

These baby hummingbirds are in a nest about a foot outside my neighbor’s back patio door. She was kind enough to let me take photos! The nest is about 2 inches across.

Oaxacan people

Recently went on a photo tour/workshop to Oaxaca, Mexico led by Joseph Linaschke and Eric Mindling. We visited several small villages in addition to Oaxaca city and covered a range of photography styles including landscape, macro, architecture and street photography. Below are some of my people photographs. You can see the rest of my photos in my iStock portfolio.

Senior Zapotec woman with traditional braids in her hair selling dried seafood and peas at the Mercado Municipal in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Senior Zapotec woman with traditional braids in her hair selling dried seafood and peas at the Mercado Municipal in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Zapotec woman making champurrado (chocolate atole). She is using the traditional technique including making a frothy head with a molinillo. Santa Ana del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Zapotec woman making champurrado (chocolate atole). She is using the traditional technique including making a frothy head with a molinillo. Santa Ana del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Macaria Ruiz Hernandez holding wool skeins naturally dyed with cochineal and indigo while sitting among her dye pots. Teotitlan de Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Macaria Ruiz Hernandez holding wool skeins naturally dyed with cochineal and indigo while sitting among her dye pots. Teotitlan de Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Senior Mixtec woman drawing water from an outdoor well. San Pablo Villa de Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Senior Zapotec woman drawing water from an outdoor well. San Pablo Villa de Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Bridesmaids peeking through opening in organ cactus wall. Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca, Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Bridesmaids peeking through opening in organ cactus wall. Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca, Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Guillermo del Toro – At Home with Monsters

Creation (of Frankenstein's Monster) 2009 by Mike Hill (England, b. 1969). It's Boris Karloff in the makeup chair and Jack Pierce the makeup artist for "Frankenstein". On wall - Boris Karloff as the Monster in Son of Frankenstein by Basil Gogos 1993, acrylic. Guillermo del Toro exhibit, LACMA.

Creation (of Frankenstein’s Monster), a sculpture by Mike Hill 2009. It’s Boris Karloff in the makeup chair and Jack Pierce the makeup artist. On wall – Boris Karloff as the Monster in Son of Frankenstein by Basil Gogos 1993.

 

Set of glass eyes of varying colors contained in a mahogany box. Made by Herman Snellen (1834-1908) c. 1860. Louise M Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA Library, Special Collections 1517263BX. Guillermo del Toro exhibit, LACMA.

Set of glass eyes of varying colors contained in a mahogany box c. 1860. Louise M Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA Library, Special Collections.

 

Detail of Ray 2014 a sculpture by Mike Hill (England, b. 1969). It's Ray Harryhausen playing with his stop motion skeletons. Guillermo del Toro exhibit, LACMA.

Detail of Ray, a sculpture by Mike Hill 2014. It’s Ray Harryhausen playing with his stop motion skeletons.

My son’s all time favorite movie is Pan’s Labyrinth written and directed by Guillermo del Toro. A museum exhibition of items from del Toro’s monster collection is currently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As this is the closest confirmed venue to our house, we went to LA to see it. It was a great exhibition with lots to see. We spent nearly 3 hours there. So, with Halloween just around the corner, I thought I’d post a few pictures from the exhibition for you.

Hummingbirds in Costa Rica

We only have one hummingbird, Anna’s hummingbird, where I live and it’s a rather dull gray-green except for the throat patch. On my recent trip to Costa Rica, there were five different species of hummingbirds in one location. All more colorful than the little Anna’s I typically see. And they are use to people and cameras so you could get within inches of them!

Purple-throated mountain gem hummingbird, Lampornis calolaemus, on Stachytarpheta species. Bajos del Toro, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Purple-throated mountain gem hummingbird, Lampornis calolaemus, on Stachytarpheta species. Bajos del Toro, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

 

Front view of male coppery-headed emerald hummingbird, Elvira cupreiceps. Bajos del Toro, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Front view of male coppery-headed emerald hummingbird, Elvira cupreiceps. Bajos del Toro, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

 

Female green-crowned brilliant hummingbird, Heliodoxa jacula, feeding. Bajos del Toro, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Female green-crowned brilliant hummingbird, Heliodoxa jacula, feeding. Bajos del Toro, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Photos available at iStock.

 

black and white

Handmade round corn brooms.

Handmade round corn brooms.

My stock photography agency recently put out a request for black and white photos. I don’t usually work in black and white but took the opportunity to try it. This is one of my favorites.