From Nature

Falling in Love with Black and White All Over Again…


“Life is like a good black and white photograph, there’s black, there’s white, and lots of shades in between.” -Karl Heiner My passion for photography began many years ago, too many to count, inspired by the B&W work of the great masters. Besides collecting portfolios by Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Amsel Adams and…

Soreq Cave: A masterpiece of Nature


“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration” -Claude Monet Back in 1987, while living in Israel and working for the George S. Wise institute of Life Science at the University of Tel Aviv, I was invited to spend a weekend of adventure at a Kibbutz in central Israel. My host,…

Jellyfishes: Terrifying Beauties


“From nearly microscopic tinkerbells to golden giants whose bells loom larger than beach umbrellas, you couldn’t dream up more exotic jellies than already exists” -Nora Danes, Jellies Living Art And terrifying they are, particularly if you happen to be swimming in the ocean and finding one or more pulsating their way in the water right…

Catalan Modernisme: In Search of a National Architecture


“The straight line belongs to man, the curved line belongs to God” -Antoni Gaudí Since the very beginning, even before the actual word was coined, architecture has been influenced by nature. Whether leveraging existing resources like caves to protect ourselves from the elements, to using the universal laws of physics that govern everything in this…

The Snake and The Firefly


I always loved fables, and I thought I would be familiar with most of them, but today I read this fable which was completely new to me. I checked to see if it belonged to the one of my favorite fable writes, La Fontaine or Aesop but I could not find it anywhere. The funny…

Gorillas, The Gentle Giants


“When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate on the preservation of the future.” -Dian Fossey         I find very interesting that some of the biggest animals on earth are also the kindest; whales, giraffes, elephants -when not in a bad mood- and…

Goodbye Rokan


This is just a note to remember Rokan, the oldest tiger at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Just learned that he died a couple of days ago. I feel very lucky for having had the opportunity to take so many great pictures of him back in March of this year. He was so happy with the…

Seoul, what a Great Surprise!


“One who lives in accordance with nature does not go against the way of things. He moves in harmony with the present moment always knowing the truth of just what to do” -From the Tao Te Ching (the Book of the Way) by Lao Tzu 600-531 B.C. This trip to Seoul, South Korea, was particularly…

The Year of the Tiger*


The largest cat of all. Top of the food chain. One of the most culturally important animals on this planet. But with as few as 3,200 surviving in the wild, the tiger faces extinction by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022. -WWF OK, I know I promised more posts on the giant panda,…