Summer allows me the luxury of early morning hikes. I’ve been carrying my 85mm Nikkor Micro Lens and working on some macro shots. These are handheld shots, so I’ll give myself a little credit for some patience and willingness to sort through a lot of bad photos. Both of these shots are within 2′. The Rainbow Bluet (I think, they take on so many color phases, I find them hard to identify with certainty) was occupied eating breakfast allowing me to move in close. The Eastern Red Damsel played tag with me but still gave me couple of good shots. I call them “wisps in the breeze.” they are so small they are virtually transparent. Spotting them is like catching the winds movement. The camera aids the eye in bringing so much more wonder into view.
Eastern Red Damsel
More Friday Friends.
In route to visit my daughter’s family in Indiana, a text came from my daughter letting us know that an owl family was living next door and that the kids would be more than happy to introduce you to us.
Many years ago, as part of a graduate internship program, I cared for an injured great horned owl. Owls have since occupied a special interest to me. So I delighted to have my grand kids enjoy my pleasure and introduce me to the neighbors.
My Friday Friends this week are these special neighbors.
Dodging spring showers, I’ve managed to get out a few times to get some spring photos. These mud mashing hikes do yield some rewards to honor the extra weight carried by my mud caked boots.
My Phoenix photos ,from a couple of weeks ago now, continue to hold out hope for some warmer spring weather. These butterfly buddies and this gorgeous flower is all unknown to me. perhaps some of you Southwest bloggers can help the rest of easterners out. The Desert Botanical Gardens once again served as the photo shoot host.
Unknown Desert Blooms
It’s been a long winter and it keeps hanging around. With a son in Phoenix over spring break, we packed our bags, grabbed the camera and got out of the house headed for Arizona. It’s been a dream trip for my wife and I and it did not disappoint. Each stop was a highlight.
One of those highlight visits took us to the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. Truly a delight filled with unique plants and landscapes. We could have spent much more time there.
Finally getting my camera out of the bag after a pretty unused winter, I get to share with you something new to me. The butterfly exhibit was quite enchanting and we were excited to see cactus just beginning to bloom. The time to share spring Flowers and Friends has begun.
A pair of Mallards domesticated themselves by ground feeding on local bird feeders. With friends like this cardinal, life is easy. It’s comical to watch a duck feeding cardinal cast its unwanted morsels to the ducks watching intently below. A true bird feeder.
A Friday Friend
Who are you, and what are you doing here?
I stepped off the trail into a clearing to get an open capture of the setting sun when large movement caught my eye. I’d been there awhile watching the celestial show when this guy appeared and entered into a stare down with me. Or at least I thought it was me he was interested in. When I turned around to walk out; a rather large doe occupied the trail behind.
This week’s Friday Friend