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Looking for a story of Grit, Tenacity and Survival to Help You Ring in the New Year, 2023?

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© Pamela Hartle   The Lone Cypress in Pebble Beach, California has and always will be a symbol of grit and tenacity, firmly entrenched in its curious base which is impenetrable granite. Not only is this Monterey Cypress native to only one other place in the world, but this one has maintained its rocky rooting for about 250 years. I took this photo January 2, 2013 at sunset to capture the enhanced fluctuating wave pattern of Carmel Bay and its rugged rocky base was to portray why it’s earned its name and reputation. Precarious, rudely exposed and alone, this Cypress has continued to thrive. Curiously it documented the tree at it's best in this century. In February 2019, The Pineapple Express suddenly battered the area, and tore off a large limb, taking about 1/3 of the tree along with it. It’s almost as if Mother Nature wants to prove her power and perseverance to man when an arborist inspected it after and declared the iconic tree,   “healthy and it remains securely on its rock

Feeling Overwhelmed?

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The huge bumblebee lurking above this tiny spider seems to hold all the power in this scenario as a Green Lynx works to protect her tiny  vulnerable charges, but read on.   I was recently invited to work with an upandcomer non-profit interested in securing funding.  So many people were interested, I was prompted to post the notes from my talk here, on my blog. This is just an outline and a brief overview, but I hope it will help educate and inspire you to reach out as far as is needed for you to pursue your dreams – no matter how overwhelming they may seem at the beginning of your journey. Basically, my experience encompassed two main scenarios in my quest to acquire funding through grants.   Sometimes, I would find money available, then match it to a relevant project I would design according to what a specific clent needed.   In most cases, they were heretofore unaware of even the availability or desirability of funding for a project.  Needless to say, a lot of projects fell by the wa

My Favorite Halloween Story Was Quite a Shock!

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 One of the surprising things they never taught me in college regarding my journalism and photojournalism career, is that the story you pursue is not always the story you will ultimately write. I learned to be open minded, never give up, and what surprises you, will end up surprising your readers. That actually happened several times to me, and it was a wake up call. There's a couple that stick out as the ones that were a total surprise, and received a healthy number of hits, creating a win win for all.  Since it's mid November, it seems the perfect time to blog about my pursuing a Thanksgiving story about Native Americans. Those of you who know me a little better, know I am always interested in something unusual and out of the box, so putting the pilgrims and puritans aside for something different, sounded fun and intriguing for both my readers and myself.  For this particular story, I wanted to photograph Pueblo ruins and talk about Native Americans since they are so often in

Can we Capture Ghosts, Orbs and Other Paranormal Events With a Camera? Happy Halloween!

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  Obviously, this isn't a ghost, an orb, or even paranormal.  It's simply a skeleton-albeit a rather large one that I discovered and was impressed by its creative posers who placed it in an especially precarious and intriguing way to get us all in the spirit of Halloween. Not to mention, my admiration for the people who bravely climbed up this mast, to get skel' up so high! This curious photo however, wasn't staged nor even edited or tweaked, and begs more investigation into the question if we can capture paranormal activity with our cameras.  It was taken in an old mine and had the same low lighting around it as in the rest of this mine.  Though I'd snapped many photos throughout my tour of this mine, none looked like this.  There were small round lights installed throughout, to help people see where they were walking but all showed up as simply small, round lights and certainly with no reflection all the way around the walls and on the ceiling.  Some investigators

Why is This Photo a Perfect Example for Nature and Wildlife Photographers?

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I chose this photo to post at my profile because -like so many of my friends and followers, and hopefully me, there's so much more to it than meets the eye.  Literally. This annual migration means tens of thousands of birds fly thousands of miles to stop over every year like clockwork to refuel at this very spot.  The mountain ranges seen in the distance to the East and the West will drain melted snow - or not, and thereby dictate the success or failing of the many species that rely on this stopover every year.  I deliberately didn't edit, tweak, or photoshop this photo.   You'll see Snow Geese and Ross's Geese, species of ducks, and sandhill cranes to name a few, enjoying their layover, swimming side by side while they rest and refuel with much needed water and nutrition. Each season brings in new and different species of waterfowl and land animals to this unique section of the Rio Grande, all dependent upon our fragile climate that particular year.   That's right.

Things Are Not Always What They Seem

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  To evolve to a better, kinder person in life, sometimes you simply have to change your perception  Pamela Hartle

The Biggest Surprise in My Wildlife Garden

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I discovered a rather surprising gem when I set out to garden for wildlife.  Palm trees of all things, especially the flowering Jelly Palms add a lot more than beauty and atmosphere to your landscape. The stately palm remains beautiful but also stays the same through most of the year, including the cold months in the deep south.  Suddenly however, sometime in Spring or Summer-depending on the particular species, a long pod develops, and then slowly begins drooping toward the ground.  After a short time, this 3ish foot long pod will suddenly pop open to reveal this beautiful spray of intriguing tiny blossoms. During that time, they develop and attract a wide variety of pollinators necessary to your wildlife garden. The soft pink inside the pod appears at a strategic time and reminds me of a conch shell but is only available to shoot for a very small window.  I loved this shot, because the weather cooperated and I could capture a Carolina Anole showcased by a realm of colors.  I captured