Sunday slide 21

I don’t even remember where I was when this was taken, but from the timeframe I suspect the head of the Neuse River, an area I used to frequent. The bright nature of the background caused it to almost blend in to the colors of the dragonfly – the wings are mostly transparent of […]

Color week Saturday

And so we wrap up the color week with a relatively recent one – most of the rest had been prepared for 2015, when I was doing a weekly color post, and had never been used, so now I can remove the ‘Color’ folder from my blog records. There will still be photos/posts dedicated […]

Color week Friday

We haven’t done yellow yet – let’s do yellow.

I have no idea what these flowers are – rubella lilies, maybe? They were in the rainforest-like aviary at the NC Zoological Park in Asheboro, and likely were intended to provide nectar to some of the bird species there – chances are they’re not local. […]

Color week Thursday

I’m fairly certain this is a slender crab spider (Tibellus maritimus) being as subtle as a teenage girl on her first beach trip after reaching puberty. Don’t ask me why this is considered a crab spider, since I would expect them to look, you know, crabby, but that’s entomology for you.

By the way, […]

Color week Wednesday

Today we go back to February 2014, as the cherry trees in a local park came into bloom. Seems like a simple shot, but it required finding a photogenic branch with a blossom catching the light from the right angle, and a short depth-of-field to have the other branches present but not distracting (enhancing […]

Color week Tuesday

Trite, perhaps – I know I personally take enough photos of rain and dew on things, but does that make it a bad or boring image? (Or just make me a bad and boring photographer? Good thing no one ever comments.) It usually helps a lot if the drop catches something distinctive and contrasty […]

Color week Monday

Early one morning, before the sun was breaking through the trees and clearing away the night’s dew, I caught this juvenile katydid warily eyeing the drop off the edge of the leaf.

[No, that’s not true, look at those hind legs. These insects can leap ridiculous distances – they’re not scared of heights. I […]

Color week Sunday slide 20

Let’s use today’s slide to start off a whole week of color posts, okay?

I have referred to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center as the Avian Modeling Agency, and with good reason: on my one visit there back in October of 1999, I obtained a load of portraits of birds that, until […]

Sunday slide 19

I’m going to have to experiment a bit more, because I suspect the light source in the slide scanner is out of wack, and getting these scans to look like the original slide is more work than it should be – at some point you may see “Sunday slide 19a” as I change methods. […]

April deserves three

Actually, there’s no particular reason why April should have three end of the month abstracts, except that a) I had three, and b) April 30th is National Do It Thrice Day (what some people with filthy minds call the “3X” day.) The only stipulation to the holiday is, it has to be something that […]