Photography

Garden Spider

9.3.2018


9/8/2018

My husband discovered this lovely garden spider in our barn (shed).  She was a decent sized critter.

I went out there on the 3rd with just a flashlight.  The first picture is the result.

And, on the 8th, a long extension cord was dragged out to the shed and I used a soft light box to shine a light on the spider. She had remade her web and her center was closer to the opened barn door which made shooting her more difficult. The result is the second picture.

I am undecided on which one is better.

Nonetheless, I am happy to see this spider is thriving as I’ve been missing seeing them around.  She is huge (over two inches).  She laid a couple of eggs sacs and then moved outdoors.

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Framers Friday: Anthropomorphism


ComposT-Twin

This picture managed to get into the Committee picks where 52 photos selected each week by their “Whittling Committee.”  I’m am absolutely shocked!

Note: This challenge is week 40 of the year. To see all the submissions, including mine, go here.  Warning! There are 630 pictures in this album.  A person can only submit one picture for the week. This means 630 people participated this week.  By the way, there are some awesome pictures in that album!

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Nature · Photography · Uncategorized · Writing

Write 31 Days: How (Day 10)


Praying Mantis’ Ootheca

Earth without art is just eh
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There will be times when I am overwhelmed with great anxiety, sorrow, grief, etc., and etc. that I’d have to escape the house and just stand outside in our backyard.  I’d take in all the variety of wildflowers, butterflies and flying insects or watch a glorious sunset. For me, this is being still and knowing He is God.

“Stop and smell the roses” may be cliché. It’s about taking the time to view your world with different eyes.  You may miss the tiniest wildflower, connecting with another human, spying a Monarch butterfly, etc., and etc. from all the busyness of life.

I spied a gorgeous tiny Mantis’ Ootheca in a crepe myrtle tree when I took a break from a 52Frames challenge assignment.  I was thrilled by the discovery and it’s the second one I’ve found.

The smallest things in nature often settle me.   The opposite can be just as true.  Being on a beach and gazing out across the vast ocean gives me peace. The whole of the earth reminds me of how great my God is.divider-clipart-divider_line_med

♪♫ Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art  ♫♪

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Photography

Hee Haw Audition

Hey, Lee Ann. When does a joke become a Dad joke?

When it’s full groan!

I was working on a photography project. We were goofing around.  This was not the look I was going for but I love the picture.

This is one of Dan’s comments under the same picture on a different site:

I was actually singing the “Green Acres” theme song:

Greeeeen Acres is the place to be.
Faaaaarm livin’ is the life for me.
Land spreadin’ out so far and wide,
Keep Manhattan and give me that country side

….why do people start laughing every time I start singing? 

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Photography

Framer’s Friday: Inspired by a Photograph


Gardener Gothic

Another consistency picture. I couldn’t think up a decent title. But, it’s required. There you go.

My inspiration is the American Gothic painting. There have been remakes on the picture such as this one: https://people.com/movies/amy-schumer-responds-to-american-gothic-look-alike-tweet-with-j-k-simmons/

I originally wanted to take a picture of a mechanic holding a fairly decent sized part in front of the garage with the classic mustang (currently being worked on and in pieces). But, it wouldn’t have worked out consider our camper is parked in front of the garage.

So, I came up with a gardener version with my husband holding a weed-whacker. I had to do this in a hurry as it was misting rain.

Note: This challenge is week 39 of the year. To see all the submissions, including mine, go here.  Warning! There are 592 pictures in this album.  A person can only submit one picture for the week. This means 592 people participated this week.  By the way, there are some awesome pictures in that album!

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Pets · Photography

The Smallest Feline is a Masterpiece

I’ve been trying to take more pictures of my cats. These were taken during the week of the 52Frames: Texture challenge.   I was shooting for that “oh so cute, I want to reach out and touch her” kind of picture. Ha!

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Abby Gail

For some reason, I recently got interested in animal/pet photography.  Each time I try, I think I am getting better.  Cats are a challenge though.  I’ve yet to try my hand with dogs.

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Framers Friday: Shoot From Above


Evening Star Rain Lily

This is a consistency submission. These solitary wild Rain Lilies sprout a day or so after it rains. They stand up straight, tall and upright. I shot this one in the morning when a heavy dew was present. I did not even notice the dewdrops on the petals until I opened up the pictures. I am really pleased with this shot.

Runner-up:


Abby Gail on her almost Daily hike

Not much needs to be said about this picture.  She was being just being Abby either sniffing the plants or stalking (cannot remember which).  I wish the leash was not moving when I snapped this picture.  But otherwise, I’m okay with the shot.

Note: This challenge is week 38 of the year. To see all the submissions, including mine, go here.  Warning! There are 726 pictures in this album.  A person can only submit one picture for the week. This means 726 people participated this week.  By the way, there are some awesome pictures in that album!

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