Something that I've found is that if one wants visitors to one's site, one generally has to have
both media and text. Neither, by itself, tends to suffice - count the number of truly beautiful images at Flickr
that have seen fewer than ten visitors. This says something about what visitors want, and really, it's not
something particularly surprising. Think about the experience of sitting with somebody who's sharing his photo
album with you, his friend. Wouldn't you find it odd and a little unsettling if that meeting took place in dead
silence? Text is virtual speech; in effect, we give many of those coming to our sites the silent treatment, and
then wonder why they don't send their friends our way.
What to pair with photos like these, taken of whatever I can find growing in the Chicago metropolitan area?
Even in the case of the upcoming Morton Arboretum images, we're not really looking at nature. These forests,
unlike the ones out West, are very actively managed and would have to be - a forest fire, for example, would
hit densely populated residential areas within the first two miles in almost all cases, and the predators
(aside from a few coyotes) have been gone for generations. These are all gardens, sometimes just with slightly
bigger plants that happen to have bark on them, limiting the discussion of natural science that might have
accompanied them, had they been taken in a wilderness. I'll probably just paste together topics as they are
brought to mind, probably including a few cookout recipes, but not until the weather is a little more welcoming
(I'm writing this on New Year's Day). The first set I've posted, from a flower show in Lincoln Park, I'll let
speak for itself.
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