Tag Archives: Monarch Butterfly

CFFC – Pink & Magenta (and fluttering flowers too)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week continues the flower theme with the colors pink and magenta. As I looked back to last summers flower photos, it seems that pink  attraced a great deal of interest from butterflies and bees. So, a bonus comes with my entry this week.

A Look Back, A New Look Going Forward.

WordPress congratulated me a little while back on my 5 years of blogging. An automated nod for sure. Ordinaryhiker was my original title for a blog that was to be a nature journal. It is still the underlying identity of this blog. My original blog featured my writings to camp directors and staff; from that came my blogger identity as “making camp”. Ordinaryhiker never took off due to circumstances unforeseen. Primarily recovering from the misadventures of lung surgery.

In March, I decided to blog again as a way to share and get some feedback on my photos, as a new photo hobbyist. Looking for a blog title that sounded photo worthy, I choose Snap Shot. It took off more than I would imagine. In the process, I realized that while I take on a variety of subjects, I am primarily a nature photographer …  the ordinary hiker.

So, with the start of the new year, I am reverting back to being the Ordinary Hiker. Snap Shots by Wm. Roloff Photography. Changes will be on the way, a new gravatar etc.,. Thanks to you all who have made my photo journey such a joy and contributed to my growth.

As my first post of the new year I’m choosing 20 (if I can 🙂 ) of my favorite photos from last year. They are in no particular order but I would be curious to know your favorites.

Happy New Year. Looking forward to the journey. – Bill

Perseverance

Macro Monarch

Perfect by design, so orderly, such fine lines, totally functional and beautiful!

Muse – Milkweed Transformation

Milkweed Flower Summer stage of the transformation cycle

Milkweed Flower
Summer stage of the transformation cycle

One of my first subjects for this photo blog in the dreary month of March was Milkweed pods. They stood during the harsh winter and were unfurling their seeds to begin the cycle of transformation anew. With the flowers in bloom now, the cycle continues and I muse upon the transformation cycle of the Monarch Butterfly that goes along with it growing cycle. Wildflowers are a frequent theme of mine so these milkweed flowers fit this muse of the week.

Succulent leaves play a gracious host to the Monarch eggs and caterpillar

Succulent leaves play a gracious host to the Monarch eggs and caterpillar

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2