It began with a bosc pear, and the sun streaming into my studio, casting shards of light on the floor. A white board, the pear, and an intense hour of photographing yielded a few images in which the pear actually seemed to float. I was hooked. Since then I can’t resist bringing home leaves, pebbles, twigs, and other small gems from nature found on my walks, or discoveries such as a nest with eggs unexpectedly seen on a neighbor’s porch. Still life challenges and delights me, as I work to capture three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface through the magic of light and shadow.