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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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.

Golden Descent

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When’s the last time you looked at the sunset?

When’s the last time you paused and realized how beautiful it was?

We are given an incredible gift every day… a unique sunrise, and sunset. You will see neither ever again.

It was unique to your area, your skies, your cloud conditions. As a Christian, I see a sunset or sunrise and am amazed that God could hand-craft each one to be unique. He is much more the artist than I could ever be.

Stop, look, appreciate… this opportunity will never come to you again.