I've been asked to serve as a judge of the 2011 CT Audubon Society Photo Contest - Jan-Feb.
After much success as an entrant over the years, I'm looking forward to recognizing the work of other photographers.

Entries accepted Jan. 11-14 from 1-5 p.m., and on Jan. 15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Contest is for amateur photographers only. All ages welcome.  Opening Reception for participants on Fri., Jan. 28, 4-7 p.m. (Snow date is Jan. 29, 4-7 p.m.)

"Our Natural World" Photo Exhibit and Sale runs from Feb. 1-26 during normal Center hours.  Contest Rules and Entry Forms here.

Along the Air Line... - Gallery Exhibit, Presentation, and Field Trip. 
March - May, 2011

Planning is underway for a major gallery exhibit and presentation at the Connecticut Audubon Society's Glastonbury Center.  Additionally, I will lead a field trip on the Air Line Trail.  Here are brief descriptions of each event:

Gallery Exhibit - Along the Air Line…
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut  -  Photos by Stan Malcolm
  March 23rd gallery exhibit opening, 5:00-7:00 P.M.  Running until May 6th or 7th.  I'll hang roughly 30 of my favorite and/or award-winning photos - mostly from the trail.  I'll also have a PPT presentation about the trail set to loop on a large screen monitor.

Nature Photography Along the Air Line…
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut  -  by Stan Malcolm
  April 6th PPT presentation, 7:00-8:30.  I'll describe trail features from East Hampton to the Willimantic River, discuss some fundamentals of nature photography, and comment on the gallery pictures.

Photoshoot Along the Air Line…
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut  -  Led by Stan Malcolm
  April 9th hike, 8:00 A.M., starting at the Route 85 trailhead near the lumberyard in Hebron.  There will be an experienced Audubon "birder" co-leading the walk with me.
Details and admission costs, if any, will be posted at the CT Audubon Society's web page: http://www.ctaudubon.org/visit/glastonbury.htm 
Or you can call them at: 860-633-8402

Location:  1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033
Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays: 1-4 p.m. (please call first).
Closed Mondays.

"Along the Air Line..." Gallery Showing in Northampton, MA
opened July 7th, 2010 - Closed August 5th.

"Along the Air Line..." was on the road in July with an exhibit at the Trailside Gallery in Northampton, Massachusetts. It opened on July 7th and ran until August 5th.  On Arts Night Out, July 9th, the gallery hosted a wine and cheese reception from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.  There was be a Closing Reception on Thursday, August 5th from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

View the opening reception in time-lapse video: 
QuickTime high-resolution version 
YouTube low-resolution version

The gallery is in the lower-level conference room of the real estate offices of long-time rail-trail advocate Craig Della Penna. I had 30 framed photos on display, and an array of matted prints also for sale.

Craig's business blends several passionate interests:  He's the Broker/Owner of Pedal to Properties: Della Penna’s Trailside Realty, where he specializes in matching trail enthusiasts with properties near trails. And he has been an advisor to rail-trail project committees throughout the northeast, bringing the experience necessary to steer dreams to reality. He also supports the arts in an art-friendly town.
The ground floor office area features a commissioned conference table as a center piece. "Built through a collaboartion of Stone Soup Concrete and SalmonStudio, this structure is sure to become famous around town as a touchstone of sorts.  A bridge from real estate past to real estate future."

Stairs at the right lead down to the gallery. Guests unable to negotiate the stairs were treated to a slide show of the exhibit on this level.

Downstairs is the spacious and well lit Trailside Gallery www.thetrailsidegallery.net The gallery is the idea of Jessica Lapinski, office manager at Pedal to Properties. On the second Friday of every month, Northampton hosts "Arts Night Out", a collaboration of area galleries, performers, and restaurants.

Regular Gallery Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - 9:00-6:00.  Tuesday 11:00-6:00.
Click for directions.

If you missed attending in person, you can still view the exhibit through this Powerpoint presentation in PDF format (Adobe Reader required).

14 Strong Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060

Located in Northampton's arts district and steps away from four acclaimed restaurants, Pedal to Properties and the Trailside Gallery also provide immediate access to a popular rail trail.  You're just a few steps away from the restored Union Station and the rail trail that parallels the still-active main line.


APRIL 20, 2010:

Quiet Corner Camera Club presents "Along the Air Line..."

On April 20th, 2010, I presented a slide show of Air Line Trail photos through the seasons, highlighting the wildlife and plants to be seen along the trail, and discussing the techniques of nature photography. The show kicked off at 7:00 P.M. at the Buchanan Center in Mansfield, CT.  The Center is on Route 89 just east of the junction with Route 195.

Powerpoint slides may be downloaded as a reference.  (64 meg; be very patient.)

Red-shouldered Hawk, March 16th, 2010

My daughter Jill called me outside to see a hawk perched nearby.  Over the course of 15 minutes or so, we watched as it caught and devoured three moles (or possibly voles). Please have a look at my photos.

Magic Wings, March 10th, 2010

Yesterday, I made another visit to the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield, MA. Please have a look at my photos.

Logee's Greenhouse - March 5th, 2010

Summer on a winter day!  Heat, humidity and the smell of orange blossoms. If you can't visit Logee's in Danielson, CT, at least have a look at my photos: www.performance-vision.com/Logees-3-5-10

Clicking With Nature:
Even A Simple Digital Camera Can Capture Special Shots You'll Be Wild About

In late January, 2010, Steve Grant asked for my input to a column he was writing on nature photography tips and techniques.  His timing was perfect as just the week before I had presented "Nature Photography 101" to a large group in Colchester. I was able to share my Powerpoint slides and talking points in short order.  Steve's column appeared in the February 6th edition of the Hartford Courant. The article was accompanied by several of my photos, in color, and a nice portrait of me by Courant staff photographer Bettina Hansen.

Stan Malcolm - Bettina Hansen photo, used with permission. Copyright 2010, The Hartford Courant.

Read the Hartford Courant article

These photos accompanied the article:

"Parahelia" - February 5th, 2010

While driving through Waterford, CT, I photographed this 360 degree rainbow parahelia, complete with lateral sundogs and an inverted rainbow arc above (not visible in this shot).  Never seen one so dramatic.  The pictures were taken before 10:00 AM and the effect was still partly visible at 2:00 PM.

Background: http://www.astropix.com/HTML/G_SUN/SUNDOGS.HTM

2010 Connecticut Audubon Society Photo Contest Results

January 30, 2010

I'm pleased to say that my photo of a Jaguar won an Honorable Mention award in the Conncticut Audubon Society's 2010 Photography Competition.


My photo of Bee Balm also won an Honorable Mention award.

The exhibit was on display through February at the Audubon Center in Glastonbury. There were a record 310 entries and the quality overall was quite high.

JANUARY 6, 2010:

Nature Photography 101

The Community Wildlife of Colchester group asked me to present a class on the basics of nature photography. It was held at Colchester's Cragin Memorial Library on January 6th, 2010, from 7:00-8:30. Sixtytwo people attended.

I shared photos taken on the Air Line Trail and discussed camera features, shooting conditions, composition, some basic technical issues (ISO, speed, and aperture), macro work, editing, printing, and sharing.

Powerpoint slides may be downloaded as a reference.  (39 meg; be very patient.)

My photos in Publications

Recently several of my photos appeared in Nature Reviews - Neuroscience and the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The Nature Reviews article by Jerome Seigel is titled "Sleep viewed as a state of adaptive inactivity."  Two Dermatology journal articles by Eric Hossler dealt with "Dermatological manifestations of encounters with Lepidoptera." My Saddleback caterpillar photos (sample at right) show the stinging spines designed to break off  at the slightest touch.

Several more photos are scheduled to appear in National Wildlife Federation's upcoming Field Guide to Wildflowers, David Wagner's next revision of his Caterpillars of Eastern Forests, and Pearson Publications' new 5th Grade Science Textbook.

These published photos give me great pleasure.

New and Improved Galleries at my SmugMug Store

I've recently added a major collection of fern photos. Fun to browse or view as a slide show. Photos may be purchased as prints, or you can download the files for unlimited personal or commercial use.

Garden Flowers

I've also added extensively to my galleries of Garden Flowers and Wildflowers.

Colchester Land Trust Clean-Up Day and Air Line Gateway Property sign installation - April 25, 2009

The Colchester Land Trust held a clean-up day on the Air Line Trail and their adjacent Air Line Gateway Property. Here the "crew" poses with the newly installed signboard, provided by Ford Folios' owner and CLT board member, Barry Ford. The sign is located close to the Air Line Trail, roughly 500 feet east of the Bull Hill Road crossing.

As they did with the large Air Line Trail signboards and color brochures, Ford Folios used a number of my photos to illustrate the sign. (The three smaller images on the signboard are mine.)

Colchester Land Trust's Online Auction - April 2009

The Colchester Land Trust held their annual fine art and wine auction throughout April, 2009. There was an Artist's Reception at Cragin Memorial Library in Colchester on Wednesday, April 1st, to mark the opening of the gallery exhibit. All bidding was online.

I contributed three of my photos.
Morning Glory
11x14" in 16x20" frame.
Dahlias - CT Audubon Society first prize winner, 2006.
8x10" in 11x14" frame.
5x7" in 8x10" frame.