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.

Mirror, Mirror

IMG_0176_mod2.jpgThis picture is so simple, but I really like it. There’s so much texture, and I like the symmetry of color and lines. This was at a nature center near my house in Texas, near a pond that had perfectly still water that day. I liked the way the green grass stood against the gray trees, and thought the reflection would make for a nice shot. Amazing how much beauty there can be in something as simple as a row of grass.

Square Buds

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I have no idea what kind of flower this is! Spotted it on a walk at a park. These fuzzy squares are all individual buds. I found it interesting, since I’d never seen a flower that had square buds like this before.

White & Purple

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I realized that I’ve had a trend in my posts lately… how such small things can hold so much beauty. I spotted these in a park near my house, such small and delicate flowers. Guess you never know what beauty you may be walking past in your own backyard! Shot this with a macro filter.

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.

Sunset by the Dock

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Sunset at a lake near my house. There’s a nice park behind me, complete with baseball diamonds, a small museum, a playground, soccer field, the whole nine yards. There are some jogging paths around the park, one of which goes past this little picturesque spot. So peaceful, and a beautiful night. Got a little chilly, though. As the sun slipped past the horizon, I shivered and put on my jacket- something I don’t have to do often here in TX.

Baby Turtle!

IMG_0647_mod2Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww…..

This little guy was so stinkin’ cute! He was literally about the size of a half dollar, maybe even smaller. I spotted him at a park last weekend and thankfully stopped just before I scared him away. I saw him twitch but he stayed in place, and I was able to get this by kneeling low with my kit zoom lens.

Getting Some Sun

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If you look closely, there’s a second turtle in the picture, on the log in the background (top third of the picture). Do you see it?

I took this shot at a park in downtown Houston. Nice arboretum with lots of trails that the public can enjoy for free. I feel like it’s quite a gem to find in a city, but it’s also strange that you are surrounded by nature and can hear cars. Oh well, it’s as best of a getaway as you can get in a city, in my opinion.

I don’t take many shots of turtles, but I like this one. The black and white makes it feel rustic, out in the wild, timeless. It also brings out texture. I also like the layout with the foreground, midground and background.