Blog on Hold

Dear Reader,

As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted any blogs for a long time. One of my dreams is to become a published fiction author, so I have been focusing on preparing manuscripts for print. I intend to continue this blog, or some other site for my photography, but I do not know when I will resume. Thank you for your patience and support.

C

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.

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.

Noble Blue Jay

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I’ve been wanting a good picture of a blue jay for a while now, and I finally got one! Very happy about this. I was at the Houston Zoo when this jay hopped onto a branch right in front of me and hung out in quite the noble pose. I like how he’s gazing off to the distance in this shot. Makes you wonder what birds think about…

Cruisin’

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I went on my first cruise this past February. This was at sunset in Honduras. It was the most beautiful port… our ship was tucked into a cove surrounded by these rolling green hills. A gentle haze clung to the mountains, causing the waning sunlight to disperse and eventually coat everything with wide rays of gold.

I have no idea who these three people are. This was a candid shot. But this epitomizes that evening on the ship. Many of us who were back from our excursions lounged on deck, talking and relaxing with our eyes on the beauty.