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Anna Captures First Signs of Impending Fall

She was in the passenger seat. We had just left Laura’s. The traffic was backed up for the railroad crossing.

She caught the tree with the formerly green leaves, now rust colored.  Don’t want to see the summer end. 

  


If you’re an arachnophobe, don’t look! 

From Kristin in Florida – guest blogger

“These are everywhere in Florida right now. Both these webs are on my front porch. Large spider is female. Small one male. Yikes!”
Banana Spiders aka  Brazilian Wandering Spiders https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_wandering_spider

(Scientific name: Phoneutria nigriventer)  

    
    
 


Bee in J’s garden on a Hot Summer Day

Dabbling in nature photography today

The downpour of rain came later. 

Muggy and hot, hot, hot.

This bee was enjoying the flower. Shot with a 24/70 lens/wish I’d a macro for an even better close-up. 

  


Niceville Florida Friend Sent the Blue Heron Photos – Guest Blog

Long time friend from Niceville,Florida, sent these beautiful photographs.  Also, blog readers he is looking to purchase a new camera with a longer lens and some stabilization but great for travel- not too bulky or heavy.  My cameras are all pretty weighty.  Suggestions?

You may remember Shuey or Niceville I love that town name) as the photographer of one of my most popular posts with the most hits- the Barred Owl.

Shuey wrote-

“This Blue Heron is seen frequently around our neighborhood in the ponds and yards.

 Now that it’s gotten warmer, the fish in the ponds are staying out in deeper water (cooler) than is suitable for even this birds long legs, so he patrols the grassy and wooded areas looking for frogs, small mammals, large insects and even other birds. 

Each evening, however, he’s usually seen back in the ponds standing a couple of yards from shore where the local coyote and fox won’t come after him.”

Shuey heron

 

blue heron1

 

 

Thanks for the blue heron photos.

And as far as lightweight, long lens camera I am at a loss.

My full format DSLR cameras are all super heavy with the glass attached. Maybe a blog follower will have a camera suggestion for travel but not to bulky or heavy?

 


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Wordless Wednesday

lone tree


Birthday Flowers

Instructions:

Pick one

Sing Happy Birthday to You ( to whichever child is holding the stem)

They make a wish

and

Blow the seeds into the wind.

Dandelions gone to seed

Found on the walk home last Friday night, Columbus Ohio.  iPhone capture. We just looked. They were in a neighbor’s yard.

(AKA dandelions gone to seed)

 

 


Perseverance

You see motivational posters with a single word illustrating a character trait underneath a corresponding photo.   The power of nature to grow in an inhospitable environment is always amazing to me.

per·se·ver·ance
ˌpərsəˈvirəns/
noun
 steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
  1. power of naturePittsburgh Greenway Parking Lot

Monday Morning’s Trash Discovery Started the Snowy Day Captures

Two hour delay for school this morning. Teachers to report on time or as close to it as they can, safely.  I was making it!

I drove by “the find”. but when I got to the top of the intersection by school, I turned around on the snowy hill and went back and captured what I saw in the trash.

Snow on a discarded cat tree started my day.

cat tree in the trash

The snow on the cat tree shapes caught my eye.

Across the street( from my second turn around) I saw these windshield wipers standing at attention.

WindshieldWipers in the snow

Then on the way home from school, I thought I’d see how my favorite tree in the nearby park was looking with the snow on the branches.  Looks identical to my other photos of this particular tree in the park when it snows but I felt happy it was there.

tree in snow

I like it when a color photograph looks black and white

The snowman was a bonus and I even got out of my car and trudged through about 6 inches to find him with sunglsses, branches for arms and a carrot nose.  As my friend V, who had been shoveling earlier, said “The snow is perfect to make a snowman.”

snowman

How the light changes throughout the day. When I got home, The Mary statue I rescued from someone’s trash a few years ago had a halo of fresh snow.  She was painted by the puppeteer, Laura O.

our lady in the snow

Our Lady in the Snow


Peaceful, Calm, Untroubled- all sound good to me

Serenity – continued.  Finding photos to go with this week’s theme has been satisfying. Thanks for looking at today’s gallery of images that feel peaceful in a variety of ways.


Sea Lion Feeding Time Central Park Zoo

Sunday Central Park Zoo  – Sea Lion Pool at Feeding Time

The photographs can’t really capture the exuberance and energy of these lovely sea lions who were waiting for the keepers to come with their lunch.

“These are not tricks. They are behaviors” one of the zoo workers said.

The sea lions certainly knew it was time to eat.

sea lions feeding time

sea lions central park 3

The whole time we were there, I was wishing my grandchildren could see the sea lions jump.

sea lion jump

The light changed frequently.

sea lions

sea lion jump (1)

sea lion jump sweeper

You can see the sun went behind a cloud.  The one sea lion was talking to the man who was sweeping.
And then the sun came out again as we walked towards Fifth Avenue

Central Park Walkway


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