Behold The Betty Boop Rose Prolific. Beautiful. Resilient. Tough to the point of belligerent defiance. Like most roses, she carries weapons and knows how to use them. She resides in a corner of my back yard. She bears a remarkable resemblance to the Wild Meadow Rose that grows in and around the northern Black […]
I’ve been tramping through North American forests for 60 years and I haven’t seen these before. Referring to the little green antlers sticking up in the air. A bit of literature searching reveals these are quite common. Called Cladonia Ochrochlora , a common fruticose lichen. Cladonia, pronounced Clad-own-ee-ah, is a cool enough word in its […]
Goblin Valley Album Is Available For Viewing
For your viewing pleasure,an album of images from Goblin Valley, Utah is now up at https://markhoffmanphotography.com. If you would prefer the more direct link try this: Goblin Valley Album – direct. More albums from this strange place may be forthcoming as I’ve got hundreds of marvelous images of it. PP
The Universe. Stranger than we imagine. Stranger than we can imagine. Goblin Valley is in Utah. It’s as strange a place as exists in the natural world. The geological features here are bizarre. Utah is filled with awesome geology. I’ve been photographing Utah for years, as have hundreds of photogs. It’s mesmerizing and […]
The Power Of The Print
Somewhere I read that information is being amassed and recorded at a rate so prodigious that no single human could read even a single day’s record in his/her entire lifetime. This assertion seems reasonable to me. So what of the historian of the future? Humans, if they still exist, many hundreds of years from now […]
Rattlesnake! Not again.
Having just added a post about the scarcity of rattlesnakes and encounters with them, I find I must amend that post. Yesterday, on a trek up the side of a hill I’ve been up hundreds of times, I happened upon two Prairie Rattlesnakes within 40 feet of one another. This particular hillside and I have […]
Today’s lesson in natural philosophy: Form Follows Function.
The natural world is still teaming with amazing life forms, though somewhat less so than it was, say, forty years ago. I’m thinking of such amazing adaptations as a simple leaf at the end of a tree branch splayed out in the sunlight, capturing the tiny blazingly fast photons hurled earthward from the violent sun, […]
Caution! These things can hurt you.
That’s a rattlesnake. In the title phrase the operative word is “can”, meaning, they are able. In other words if they are provoked, cornered, threatened, or attacked they believe in reciprocity and they’re equipped to back it up. But, THEY WOULD RATHER NOT. Given a chance, they will avoid encounters with humans. Dealing with rattlesnakes […]
Train in the garden
Using a high-end DSLR to shoot videos doesn’t interest me at all. But making videos out of strings of still images shot at a very high frame rate fascinates me. You might argue they are the same thing. You’d be correct, sort of. But it’s like comparing true videos to time -lapse. Different, but not. […]
Cave Spring, Utah
Trundling around the American Southwest again, happened upon a very short trail to Cave Spring in Utah’s southern Canyonlands. The place has an other-worldly creepiness to it. I half expected to peer into a darkened rock alcove and find some thousand year old wild animal or possibly a prehistoric human lurking there. Didn’t find either. […]