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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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.

Macro Purple Flower

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I like this little guy.  I was trying out a macro filter in a garden near my house. These are basically like a magnifying glass that you screw onto your lens. One effect of the filter is a very limited range of focus, which lent to a pretty cool effect on this shot- focused petals but unfocused center.

I’m also excited to announce that I just started my first account with a stock website so that I can start selling my photography! Super pumped since this is a goal I’ve had for a few years now. I’m still waiting for my first wave of pictures to be approved, but when they are, I’ll share the info on here.

Pink Beauty 2

This is very similar to “Pink Beauty” – it’s the same flower as was in that picture- but taken from a different angle, highlighting the pistol and stamen. I really like the narrow range of focus provided by the macro filter.

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Pink Beauty

IMG_2219_wm Wow! It’s been way too long since I’ve updated any of my blogs! I actually have been writing quite a bit, but I’ve been focusing more on my fiction novel and novelette than my blogs. Sorry to make you wait so long for updates! I have returned to the blogging world at last!

I realized I had a bunch of pictures on my laptop that I hadn’t sifted through yet, so I’ve got a bucketload of pictures that need to go up on here. I had a couple of trips to Pennsylvania, Galveston, and parks around my house here in Texas, so stay tuned for more pictures of flowers, woods, and waterfalls.

This is a picture I took while taking a set of macro filters out on a test run, at a park not far from my house in Texas. I didn’t even know these existed a few months ago. Apparently they’re a budget-friendly alternative to macro lenses (according to the internet… but it looks like macro lenses don’t cost that much either). I really liked these filters. They enable me to get much closer to the subject, and the limited range of focus provides a very interesting effect. Actually, the first time I viewed this picture, it was a minute before I realized there was an ant on the petal.

Folds of Beauty

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Great news! I am the proud owner of a new laptop! It’s got a great 1080p matte anti-glare screen which is LEAGUES better than my old laptop, so I should be able to touch up photos way better now! I realized that my last computer’s display was somewhat washed out so I kept overcompensating for contrast and brightness. But now… mwahaha! I’m also hoping to purchase a new lens soon. Yay for ending college and finally having a real paycheck!

I took this picture in the backyard of my Michigan home. My mom had all these lilies and really wanted some nice pictures of them. I happily obliged and provided her with some pictures one day in the rare combination of sunshine just after rain. I absolutely love the look of rain or dew on flowers; if you look closely enough, you can see the flower or other nearby objects reflected in the water droplets. That sight of multiple beauty never ceases to fill me with awe and quiet wonder.

Submerged Lily

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When I spotted this lily, I liked how just a part of it was peeking up out of the water, with its reflection below. I also liked the delicacy of the leaves to the right, and how fragile they look, curling up gently. This was another shot taken at the lily pond at the Arboretum at Penn State… before the snow came.