Luck shot, my ass...
You've posted nothing but spectacular images for years, and set the bar high for all of us! Honored to have regular access to your stunning work.
p.s. Any chance you do workshops?
Thanks 'Brick. That's very kind of you.
As far as the small spider shot goes... it WAS really luck. No kidding! I was sitting at the table and having coffee in an old farm house down here. I looked over to the windowsill, and there was this itsy bitsy spider. I had a 100mm f/2.8 prime macro lens on the camera at the time, and just as I picked up the kit, a teeny weeny ant was running by. I quickly focused and shot off two frames. It's a fun image with a very shallow depth of field.
As far as workshops go... I've done a few for friends, family and beginners. Nothing too special, just trying to help friends out. I have had an exhibit or two a year over the last several years. I always love to talk shop and connect to other photogs and their groups. I welcome correspondence. Would love to connect with you sometime regarding photography. I know you are a photo teacher up in the St. Louis area. Southern IL's not too far away.
Again, much thanks for the compliments and votes of support. Mostly, thanks for looking at my images.