Saturday, March 31, 2012

[Daily Photo] Northern Cardinal in woods / 林中的北美紅雀

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Today I have two photos of Northern Cardinal to share with you. I believe one of the famous "Angry Bird" is based on Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis). I took these photos in Nichols Arboretum of the University of Michigan (in Ann Arbor, Michigan). I was walking along the trail in the Arboretum. There were not yet many flowers in this early spring, so everything looked green. Then I saw a red spot among tree branches, and I recognized it was a bird. I switched my camera lens to a telephoto lens as fast as possible. I started to take photos from far away, and tried to get close to it slowly. However, at some distance I scared it and it flew away.


Northern Cardinal in woods

Northern Cardinal in woods

Thursday, March 29, 2012

[Daily Photo] Weeping cherry blossom tree and Earl. V. Moor Building / 校園內盛開的垂櫻

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I was driving on North Campus of the University of Michigan, trying to find some flowers in this early spring. Then I found this beautiful weeping cherry blossom tree beside the Earl. V. Moor Building, which hosted School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. I always feel a little awkward when I walk into some buildings with my camera on my shoulder and tripod fully extended in my hand. However, when I went into this building, I felt totally comfortable because almost everybody in this building is carrying an instrument (some instruments are even bigger than my photo gear).

攝於密西根大學的Earl. V. Moor Building旁,這裡是音樂系的大本營。每回當我肩上背著相機,手中拿著腳架走進學校的建築內時,總覺得渾身不自在,跟一般的學生有種格格不入的感覺。但是當我踏入這棟建築時,不自在感竟然消失了。因為在這裡的每個學生都跟我一樣手裡拿著「兵器」,不同處只在於他們拿的是樂器,我拿的是攝影器材。

Weeping cherry blossom tree and Earl. V. Moor Building

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

[Daily Photo] Stone cross in Forest Hill Cemetery / 墓園內的十字石碑

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I went to Forest Hill Cemetery (in Ann Arbor, Michigan) on a foggy day. It is an old cemetery near downtown Ann Arbor. I found this old stone crucifix with beautiful moss patterns. I set the aperture of my lens to the largest value (F2.8) to get this shallow depth of field (DOF) shot.


Stone crucifix in Forest Hill Cemetery

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

[Daily Photo] Inside the greenhouse / 美麗的溫室花園

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I took this photo inside the Conservatory of the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens (in Ann Arbor, Michigan). This greenhouse is really amazing. You can find various kinds of exotic plants here, such as plants from tropical areas, deserts, the Mediterranean, and Asia. Many of plants are blooming now (even cactus).

Inside the greenhouse

Monday, March 26, 2012

[Daily Photo] Seabee Memorial in Arlington, Virginia / 美國海蜂隊紀念碑

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This is the Seabee Memorial in Arlington, Virginia near Washington, D.C. It is located near the entrance of Arlington Cemetery.


Seabee Memorial in Arlington, Virginia

Sunday, March 25, 2012

[Daily Photo] Inside the Bob and Betty Beyster Building

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This photo was taken inside the Bob and Betty Beyster Building (also known as Computer Science and Engineering Building), located on North Campus, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I love the interior design of this building, especially the beautiful spiral staircase. It was totally an accident how I found this amazing place for photography. The day before I took this photo, my wife asked me to meet her at the EECS Building, but I went to the wrong place. I went to the CSE Building (the building in this photo), and I was surprised by its interior design. Therefore, I brought my camera and took some photos the next day.

Inside the Bob and Betty Beyster Building