2023, 06 June Readers’ Issue

Focus Illustrated, June 2023

Focus Illustrated, June 2023

I took this HDR panorama just after sundown at a field with a beautiful mixture of Indian paintbrushes and Texas Bluebonnets. I used six individual HDRs and Affinity Photo to make this final...

Favorite Focus, June 2023

Favorite Focus, June 2023

Bald Eagle nest. Photo © Melody Burkholder. Scott's Oriole. Photo © Katherine Hawk. A clouded sulphur butterfly visits a prairie verbena. Photo © Matthew Dzhalovskiy.

Inspiration in a Gerbera Daisy

Inspiration in a Gerbera Daisy

Photo © Timothy Waldner. My sister is so sweet! She gave me a flower—one flower—but she had a special reason. In the summer, when I see a beautiful photo, that just makes me go and take photos...

Making Good Compost

Making Good Compost

Last month we looked at the limitations of poor quality compost, but don’t think for a minute that compost is something to be avoided. Composting is a natural process that happens all by itself...

Bootes

Bootes

M3. Photo © Reinhold Wittich/Dreamstime.com. Bootes lies nearly straight overhead on June evenings in the Northern Hemisphere. This constellation is relatively easy to find, not only because of its...

My Careless Little Friends

My Careless Little Friends

Photo © Jason Rich/Dreamstime.com. Exciting things are always happening to other people. They get to hold chickadees, touch grackles, make pets of fawns…the list could go on and on. But these...

Frolicking With A Fawn

Frolicking With A Fawn

White-tailed deer fawn. Photo © Estella See. Summer zephyrs danced through the woods, telling me to come join their play. The tranquil morning sounds were abruptly broken by harsh cawing coming from...

Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity

Photo © Dreamstime.com. This science experiment is interesting because it defies gravity. First get a funnel and a ping-pong ball. Then set the ball in the wide end of the funnel. Using either an...

Oatmeal-Box Planetarium

Oatmeal-Box Planetarium

Cylindrical cardboard boxes, of the type at least one brand of oatmeal comes in, can be used for projecting beautiful images of star constellations on the wall or ceiling. Copy the constellation you...

Our Epic Expedition to Elk County

Our Epic Expedition to Elk County

Bull elk in Elk County, Pennsylvania. “Those leaves look edible!” Nate exclaimed. A van load of us from Northumberland County were driving to Elk County on a crisp September day, and the vivid fall...