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Michael Jensen
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A Kansas sunflower field is drenched with moonlight in this shot. The sunflowers only bloom for about 2-3 weeks and this was the only window to photograph it at night under a nice bright moon!
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I saw this image taken in several travel magazines and wanted to try it. It was about noon in Vik, Iceland when we shot this. Pretty bright to really capture the beautiful purple luminosity of the Lupine which grew EVERYWHERE in Iceland! I was rewarded with some cool clouds and a nice hill to help set up the foreground. This will definitely go in as one of my twelve Iceland Summer Portfolio shots.
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I took this amazing shot at Joshua Tree National Park in May. Joshua Tree is a great place to shoot at night as they have very little to no light pollution. Camera specifics ISO 1000, f2.8, 25 seconds. Canon 5DMKIII.
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Took this about one year ago in Arches National Park near the Park Ave. area. These are Mules Ear flowers, or Wyethia mollis. It is a coarse perennial herb native to the mountains of northern California, especially on the east side of the Sierra Nevada, and southeastern Oregon and western Nevada. It grows in forests and other mountain habitat such as dry open meadows with sagebrush. It grows from a tough taproot. It thrives in volcanic soils because of its deep roots. That's why it does well at Arches. We didn't see alot of them, but they were in all the right places!
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Saguaro Cactus Flower in Saguaro National Park. During the night the flowers are pollinated by the long-nosed bat and the Mexican long-tongued bat. During the daytime the flowers are pollinated by bees and birds such as the white-winged dove. After the flowers have been pollinated they mature into bright red fruit. When the fruit ripens it split open showing juicy red pulp. Each fruit can contain up to 2000 small black seeds. Ripe fruit is an excellent source of food and moisture for many desert animals. Some of those animals include finches, woodpeckers, doves, bats, tortoise, javelina and coyote. Humans also eat the fruit of the saguaro. Tohono O'odham Indians have been harvesting the fruit for as long as they have lived in the desert.
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This starburst sunset taken outside of Saguaro National Park last week. Saguaros have a relatively long lifespan. They may grow their first side arm any time from 75–100 years of age, but some never grow one at all. A saguaro without arms is called a spear.
The arms are grown to increase the plant's reproductive capacity. We figure these cactus were at least 150 years old, so they were little shoots about the time of the Civil War.
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Double Arch Sunset. Taken at Arches in early May. It had been rainy so that helped bring out the richness of the color in the rocks. Then the sky turned pink!
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These Blue Morpheus butterflies are the hardest guys to photograph with their wings open. I've tried and tried over the last several years at a couple of butterfly enclosures. Caught this on at the Tucson Botanic Garden. Here's the same butterfly on an orchid.
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Here's another image in my Tattoo Photography Portfolio Project. This is a 63 year old former Marine who "finally" came in to get his USMC tattoo! He served in Viet Nam. I think this is one of the all time great tattoo photos. The epitome of "grit your teeth and bear it". The next image could go in the dictionary as the look of relief! For more on the project go to mikejensenphotography.com
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Here's another image from my Tattoo Photography Portfolio Project. What this project taught me is that tattoos have become part of our accepted culture today. It used to be motorcycle gangs and drunken sailors who got them most. Now it's part of the way almost every age expresses themselves.
The image today is called Divorce Tattoo. It depicts a young man in his mid thirties who is a regional manager for a large retail chain. He wanted to get a tattoo with his wife when he was married, and now that he had gotten divorced he was doing what he wanted! I love the smile on his face. Notice the word right under the fish. This is one of my favorites of the series.
For more info go to mikejensenphotography.com.
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