Orkoskey Nature Photography Blog

Welcome to the Orkoskey Nature Photography Blog. Here you'll find articles I've write mostly about a lot of stuff, including nature photography, other types of photography, ecological issues, social issues, fine art, design, and more. Oh I also write warnings about some truly terrible companies. Does this all relate to nature photography? No, maybe not, but I need some place to put some of it so here it is. Enjoy!

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Latest Posts

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Straw Bale Workshop

May 27, 2013: Pittsburgh photographer and designer Don Orkoskey recaps his experience at a Strawbale.com Straw Bale Workshop in West Virginia.
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Western PA Permaculture Crop List

March 6, 2013: Pittsburgh photographer and designer talks about the plants that will be a part of his property in his western PA permaculture crop list.
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Natural Building Progress

January 22, 2013: Pittsburgh photographer and designer Don Orkoskey talks about the natural building progress on his straw bale house project.
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Straw Bale & Cob House An’at

January 19, 2013: Pittsburgh photographer and designer Don Orkoskey talks about his straw bale and cob house he plans to build near Pittsburgh.
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Walnuts – that is the question

January 17, 2013: Pittsburgh photographer Don Orkoskey ponders if he should grow walnuts in this article, Walnuts -that is the question.
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Battery Free Power Storage Challenge

December 28, 2012: Our Natural House If you are a regular reader you know my wife and I are building a natural building out of straw-bales, earthen plasters, and sustainable harvested woods. The latest rendering of the house looks something like the image below. We’re planning to do grid-tied solar power because we feel obligated to not only use the sun to power
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Certified Permaculture Designer

May 12, 2012: Pittsburgh photographer and designer is now a certified permaculture designer after passing his PDC through Phipps Conservatory.
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The Sustainability of City Living

February 6, 2012: Don Orkoskey talks about the sustainability of city living in this think piece about urban food growing and the benefits of urban density.
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House update – Jan 2012

January 16, 2012: Don Orkoskey gives his periodic House update – Jan 2012. Don is building a natural home near Pittsburgh, PA.
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Laundry Hamper Design

December 17, 2011: Designer Don Orkoskey has created a better laundry hamper that provides a space for not quite yet dirty enough to wash clothes.
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Latest House Ideas

December 13, 2011: Designer Don Orkoskey is building a natural home in Pittsburgh from straw bales. Here are his latest house ideas in the project.
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The Amazing Benefits of Wattle Fences

December 6, 2011: Don Orkoskey talks about the amazing benefits of wattle fences. Both sustainable, and beautiful these are truly incredible antient tech.