Sunday, December 12, 2010

Natural Science Museum Photo Contest 2011

Happy December, y'all! It finally got cold here and killed the remainder of the summer veggie garden. There isn't much gardening to do this time of year, other than raking some leaves into the beds and piling some in the compost bins. I have lettuce and carrots going, but it usually rains enough that I just leave them alone until harvest time.

You may remember that last winter I entered the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science's photo contest, which takes photos in several categories taken on the museum grounds. Here is my post from last year. I ended up entering 2-3 photos based on your recommendations, and won 1st prize in the landscape division for the b&w photo of the cypress swamp.

Here are some photos I took at the museum back in late June that I am considering sending in this year. Please let me know your candid thoughts!

This is a photo of the skeleton of some leaves after bag worms (I don't know the scientific name) stripped the branch of everything green. I had it printed on glossy paper and it's not as crisp as it needs to be to win, but still kind of a cool concept. It was just too hard to focus with my non-DSLR, I think.

Above and below are two b&w photos of the creepy bag worms at work! I love how you can see the spines of the worms on the outside of the "bags." I had these printed on matte paper and they printed pretty true to what you see here. Do you like either, and if so, which one more?

Thanks for your input. Have a great rest of the weekend!


Janet said...

First, congrats on winning 1st place last year. I remember that photo, really liked it!
I like the skeleton of the leaf, a lot, very cool. Of the bag worm photos, I think the second one is my favorite. Can't really say why, but like the second one.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I remember that prize winning picture too! I really like the leaf skeleton the most, and I agree with Janet on the bag worm picture too.

Lisa Blair said...

These are great! I love the leaf the best, too. Although, the spiny worms are pretty darn cool.

Hope you are doing well! Merry Christmas!

Jean said...

Leaf skeleton one is my favorite. Hope you had a great holiday!