I love taking photos of insects and have been known to chase dragonflies or butterflies. If there is cloud cover or a bit of shade, the photos are much richer in color than those in the sun. The first photo was taken today in the bright sun. The dragonfly lacks the detail that I like.
The next photo was taken in June of this year under softer light. The colors in the dragonfly are much richer and I can see the detail in the wings a lot better.
I am always inspired by nature and the beauty around us. We recently moved into an apartment (while waiting to build) and I have been missing many of the birds that I used to see in our backyard. But I have had to opportunity to see lots of insects and a bird or two in the surrounding fields. Here are a few examples of insects that I haven’t taken photos of previously.
My husband said that he always called these insects June bugs.
This little butterfly is no larger than 1.5 inches.
I was intrigued by this moth and looked up the ID. It’s called an Imperial moth and it’s unusual to see because the birds usually get to the caterpillars before they have a chance to become adults.
This week, Beth of Wandering Dawgs has invited us to share images of back country roads. These photos are both local and also while travelling.
The first photo is on a walking path not too far from our home near the Great Dismal Swamp. Before autos were on the road, these paths were used for travel. I think these deer were as surprised to see us as we were them.
The next photo was taken in Santee, NC. We stumbled upon this BBQ place while exploring. Well worth the stop for some good eats!!
The last photo was taken is a town called Burke’s Garden in the western part of Virginia. There wasn’t a garden – but there were plenty of farms with barns.
We recently left Virginia to visit family in Florida by way of Asheville NC and the Smoky Mountains (east side). While in the mountains we visited Chimney Rock. I have not been there since I was a kid. It’s still quite beautiful. Here are a few photos from that visit.
This view is from our walk up from the parking lot.
We are getting closer to climbing the stairs.
We went up the steps to the top but then decided to go higher to the “opera box”. These steps were a little more rugged than the ones you see in the above photo.
Once up there, this was our reward.
On our way down – I was glad that we wore sensible shoes.
This week Tina is hosting the challenge and asking us to show different edits of the same photo. First up is a mono conversion of a flower. Personally I prefer the monotone over the color in this instance.
The second one is of some cute baby ducks using a different crop for each. I think I prefer the tighter crop in this instance because my eye goes the the baby duck and not the muck they are standing in.
Last is some Photoshop magic using the sky replacement tool to create a sunset in this photo. If you haven’t played with this tool, it’s fun to see if it can work for you.
This week – Amy is hosting the challenge – It’s a Wonderful World using inspiration from the song “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. Here are my examples for the lyrics – I substituted a sunset for a rainbow 🙂
I see trees of green, Red roses too, I see them bloom, For me and you, And I think to myself, What a wonderful world
I see skies of blue, And clouds of white, The bright blessed day, The dark sacred night, And I think to myself, What a wonderful world
The colors of the rainbow, So pretty in the sky, Are also on the faces, Of people going by, I see friends shaking hands, Saying, “How do you do?” They’re really saying”I love you”
I hear babies cry, I watch them grow, They’ll learn much more, Than I’ll never know, And I think to myself, What a wonderful world
Whenever I get the opportunity to go to the beach – I’m there – warm weather or cold – it doesn’t matter. If it’s cold – I go long enough to see and hear the waves and smell the salty air. The photo below was from one of those cold days in January. People who live in the Outer Banks are encouraged to bring their trees down to the dunes as a way of helping protect them.
The next photo is more recent and hopefully will put a smile on your face. This Easter Bunny was set up at a local park to see children and give them a little treat.