In my photography, my goal is for each image should tell the story, or a significant aspect of a larger story. Whether the story is about people, places, events, geology, wildflowers, or insects, I seek to approach all as portraiture, revealing something unique or characteristic. My photographs have been published in Adventure Cyclist, Air & Space, American Archaeology, Sky & Telescope, The Plain Dealer, the Science@NASA website, and in books and reports.
This sunrise image of some of the mysterious moving rocks in "the Racetrack," a dry lakebed in Death Valley, looked for all the world like the tracks of a giant game of billiards, including how the impact of one rock against another split it into two (see also the dramatic opener image to my story on Death Valley on the front page of the Sunday Travel section of The Plain Dealer (at the bottom of my page of articles here and in the Death Valley gallery below). This gallery includes "circum-axial leaf trails," which I shot in 2007 from a child's merry-go-round to illustrate why circumpolar star trails reveal the rotation of the earth on its axis, for a spread in my children's book Earth's Journey Through Space (Scientific American/Chelsea House, 2007) - a photo featured on Astronomy Picture of the Day and halfway down the page on Spaceweather.com - the latter including a short explanation how it was made.
All images in all these galleries are copyright Trudy E. Bell. Editors: please contact me for permission to publish, to see more images, or if you want print-publication quality high-resolution and details for captions. (Galleries updated January 1, 2016)