Black Swallowtail with Pollen

Holy cow, it is easy to blink and lots of time passes between posts! Things got crazy- I spent a week in the desert mountains of Arizona in March, so most of my time up to that point was training. Then in May I changed jobs at work, and I was originally told that change would happen in July so I had way less time to wrap everything up. That meant working more hours and being in super crunch-time, and having less bandwidth to do fun things like blog. But I’m back!

Here’s a swallowtail. I really like that we have so many around here. Have you ever stopped to look at one? Have you ever seen pollen on a butterfly’s wings or antennae?

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Small Lizard

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Clearly, it’s early and my creative juices for titles aren’t flowing 🙂

Spotted this little guy in a park near my house. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you can tell that I actually have a few great parks nearby which I enjoy visiting with my camera. This lizard’s body is about the length of a middle finger. I like the detail of his scales, the blue around his eye, even the pupil with its ring of brown. I sure was glad he posed for me as I was walking past with my zoom lens!

I wonder what he was thinking as he saw me walking by, and fixed me with his reptile eye?

Hanging Home

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Found this little guy hang out in the bulbs of a tree in a park near my house. He was very small, smaller than my thumbnail. I got this picture using a macro lens, which created some aberration/distortion but which also lent the picture an interesting, almost surreal effect.

I like how peaceful this creature was, tucked into the plant. Even dangling in the air, he had made a home. Don’t forget to look at the small things today- you never know what beauty and peace rests in the things you walk past.

Abstract Budding Flower

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I’m actually rather proud of this. It’s completely different from any picture I’ve ever taken, and used a completely different technique. I like the fact that it’s not in focus. It’s so soft and the colors are very vibrant. I got this picture using a macro filter at a park near my house. Only minor adjustments to contrast have been made, otherwise this picture is as-taken.

Pennsylvania Waterfall

IMG_5372_wm.JPGNice quiet spot to escape. Do you wish you were sitting on a rock here, with a camera, or a book? Just sitting in the shade of the tall trees, listening to the gentle breeze rustle the waves, and the static noise of the water falling into the pool.

I took this at Rickett’s Glen in Pennsylvania. My best friend took me there and it was a wonderful trip. She knows me well – each time I popped out my tripod, she sat on a rock and pulled out a book. This trip was full of wonderful memories, and sometimes I wish I was back there.

East Beach, Galveston, TX

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Took this picture a while back. It was at sunset, and hardly anyone was at the beach except for birds. The water carved intricate lines throughout the beach which glimmered in the waning sunlight. A haze was over the resorts which led to a dreamlike feel. I always think back on that evening with fondness because of the serenity and beauty.

Dewdrops on Spiderweb

 

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I was holding my breath as I was taking pictures of this cobweb, because so many times the preview on the little screen on my camera isn’t the same as when I put the picture onto my laptop screen. I’m very pleased with this result!

I took this picture at the Dallas Arboretum this past weekend. Yes, an interesting time to visit Dallas, to be sure (one road downtown was still blocked off for the crime scene) but I’d been planning to do this trip for about 6 months and decided to go for it. I bopped around downtown on Saturday and did the Arboretum on Sunday (where there were tons of people playing Pokemon Go, by the way).

I’ve used my macro filters before, but didn’t have much luck putting them on my zoom lens (55-250 mm). But after playing around with it maybe a month ago I found that the range that was in focus was way smaller than I had anticipated. I had to hold the zoom lens almost directly next to the object I was photographing, but then it gave a great effect of macro with a limited area in focus.

So I was pretty excited when I realized I could try the same technique on this spiderweb. I got a whole series of shots but this gives you the idea. The water was just sitting there, sparkling in the sunlight. I saddled right up to it and I could feel people’s questions as they went around me. For these shots, it was absolutely worth it!