Does Your Photo Have a Name?

One of the best ways I have found to understand our travels is to try and name my photos.  Whether art, architecture, flora, fauna, insect, or arachnid, I try to find the proper name to label my photo.  Why?   Because it is never just a name.  It is a better understanding of the “place.”  It’s a story.  It’s not just a statue; it’s an artist’s impression, a history, a tactile material.  With each building comes a style, an architect, a reason for being.  Every plant has a genus and family, displaying seasonal variation, a flower and fruit; a connection to the forest or desert and natural community as a whole.   Animals can be local or migratory, engaging in all kinds of activity.  What activity did I witness?

It’s not a perfect system.  I have plenty of photos without a name but I have learned so much along the way.

Prison Ships Martyrs' Monument (Brooklyn, New York)
Prison Ships Martyrs’ Monument (Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, New York, USA) A memorial to the more than 11,500 American prisoners of war who died in captivity aboard sixteen British prison ships during the American Revolutionary War. Never heard of it until we visited Fort Greene Park.
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On the second terrace are four statues of the Hindu god Indra riding on Erawan (Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand)  Made from the ballast of Chinese ships trading in Thailand.
The IAC Building by Frank Gehry
The IAC Building by Frank Gehry (New York, New York, USA)
The Kelso Depot (Kelso, California, USA) a rail station in the middle of the desert. An essential watering station when steam engines were used.
The Kelso Depot (Kelso, California) a rail station in the middle of the Mojave desert. An essential watering station when steam engines were used to climb a long steady slope of the Mojave Desert.
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Mt. Watkins reflected in Mirror Lake (Yosemite National Park, California, USA)
Mt. Shasta and Black Butte at sunrise (Mt. Shasta, California, USA)
Mt. Shasta and Black Butte at sunrise (Mt. Shasta, California, USA)
Notholithocarpus densiflorus (tanoak)
Notholithocarpus densiflorus (tanoak) (Yorktown, California)
Lobelia cardinalis
Lobelia cardinalis (Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona)
Cyathea dealbata (silver fern) (Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand)
Cyathea dealbata (silver fern) (Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand)
Ovis canadensis (Bighorn Sheep) (Zion National Park, Utah, USA)
Ovis canadensis (Bighorn Sheep) (Zion National Park, Utah, USA)
Mirounga angustirostris (Northern Elephant Seal) (San Simeon, California, USA)
Mirounga angustirostris (Northern Elephant Seal) (San Simeon, California, USA)
Ursus americanus (Black Bear) (Yosemite National Park, California, USA)
Ursus americanus (Black Bear) (Yosemite National Park, California, USA)
Pandion haliaetus (Osprey)
Pandion haliaetus (Osprey) (Florence Lake, California, USA)
Anthracoceros albirostris (Oriental Pied Hornbill)
Anthracoceros albirostris (Oriental Pied Hornbill) (Koh Yao Noi, Thailand)
Halcyon pileata (Black-capped Kingfisher)
Halcyon pileata (Black-capped Kingfisher) (Khlong Sok, Thailand)
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Anolis extremus (Barbados anole) (Andromeda Botanical Garden, Barbados)
Ocypode quadrata (Atlantic Ghost Crab)
Ocypode quadrata (Atlantic Ghost Crab) (Barbados)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies) (Surat Thani, Thailand)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies) (Surat Thani, Thailand)
(Paso Robles, California, USA)
Papilio rutulus (Western Tiger Swallowtail) (Paso Robles, California, USA)
Eumorpha achemon (Achemon Sphinx Moth) (Paso Robles, California, USA)
Eumorpha achemon (Achemon Sphinx Moth) (Paso Robles, California, USA)
Archaeoattacus malayanus (Surat Thani, Thailand)
Archaeoattacus malayanus (Surat Thani, Thailand)
Aphonopelma eutylenum (California Ebony Tarantula) (Los Padres National Forest, California, USA)
Aphonopelma eutylenum (California Ebony Tarantula) (Los Padres National Forest, California, USA)
Argiope trifasciata (banded garden spider) (San Rafael, California, USA)
Argiope trifasciata (banded garden spider) (San Rafael, California, USA)

10 thoughts on “Does Your Photo Have a Name?”

  1. Those are seriously great photos and yes they are screaming for names! I love the bird photos. I hope you were using a telephoto lens on that spider photo though! You were close! I haven’t seen any of those photos before. It is great to see them.

    I don’t ever name my photos but I probably should. I have so many that bring me so much joy. It’s funny the few that I actually print out and put on the wall don’t even have names. My friends always wish I would sign them but I never do for the ones I put up in the house.

    I have had some fun asking my friends what they see in some of my photos. They often see something different than I saw when I took them. And they often like photos that I don’t like…to each their own.

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    1. Thanks. Like I say at work, “I might work with you for 20 years so I can’t tell you all my stories at once.”
      To tag onto your blog: Back from vacation! Now what? When I get home, photos that tell the story go on Facebook. I post photos that give a sense of place on Panormamio.com. I have been using INaturalist.com to catalog (and learn) my plant and animal photos. And all the best photos, regardless, go on the Apple TV screen saver.
      When my grandparents passed away, none of their photos were labeled. I knew everyone’s story but I had no idea who was who. It was then that I started to label the photos. But it is not so much the name as learning about the world around me.

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      1. Sounds very awesome and very labor intensive. I am trying something new with my Ireland photos this time. I just finished editing them all. I’m now categorizing them in folders of place because I can never remember where some of the more obscure places were after some time passes by. Blogging has helped force me to do that too…

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