Tuesday, May 31, 2011

quick and simple read to improve mine and your work


The Hairy Stamen

This series was inspired by a photo contest with the theme "Part of a whole"
Well I already had this image of a stamen of a hardy Hibiscus, so that's what I entered.
Guess what? I found some more stamen or the plural would be stamina!
These are the pollen-bearing male reproductive organs of any flower.
All hale the flower and their hairy Stamina!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Artists Impression

My talented friend Donna says that her painting started as an inspiration
from this image.
But then things took her in this direction!
I love that I had any involvement with this painting!
I like to call it "Fire Lake"
and until Donna says different...

Fire Lake
~Donna Spears Lauzon

Archilochus coloubris

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird. (3.2 grams, 3.25 inches in length)
We have a couple of pairs fighting for time at the feeder!
They are very territorial and the winged dog fight is rather amazing!
No camera can capture it! You must witness it to believe it!

Its also hard to believe that North and South America have all the Hummingbirds
in the world, approximately 150 species, they are found no where else.
Your loss and our gain as they are truly amazing creatures!

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Moonset in three

If you don't back up your F stops and underexpose
Your moon may resemble the sun!
These are 3 versions of the Moonset from a few nights ago
aprox. midnight

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Arisaema triphylum

Jack in the Pulpit
aka... Bog Onion, Indian Turnip, & Wake Robin
Is a herbaceous perennial with 3 parted leaves and flowers
contained in a spadix that is covered by a hood.

Jack in the pulpit
Preaches today,
Under the green trees
Just over the way.
Squirrel And Song Sparrow,
High on their perch,
Hear the sweet lily bells
Ringing to the church.
Come, hear what his reverence
Rises to say,
In his low painted pulpit
This calm Sabbath day
Fair is the canopy
Over him seen,
Penciled by natures hand,
Black, brown and green.
Green is his surplice,
Green are his bands;
In his queer little pulpit
The little priest stands.
~ Clara Smith

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

"The world's favorite season is the spring.
 All things seem possible in May"
          ~ Edwin Way Teale

The Magic of Photoshop

These are few Images that on their own I liked
But put through Photoshop and played with, just seemed to POP!
Hope you see what I do?

Don't forget to click on Image for a proper view!

Yoder...yes that's his name!

Sandhill Crane with almost Silhouette

Anna's Hummingbird in Neon

Still life plastic

Landscape plastic

Landscape with lens flare

Past Black eyed Susan plastic with lens flare

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Birds are Back in Town!

                                 "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer,
                                      it sings because it has a song."
                                             ~ Maya Angelou

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Savannah Sparrow

Gold Finch male and Pine Siskin

Baltimore Oriole

White Breasted Nuthatch

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

An Old Insectual Encounter

Just a couple of my older encounters with insects.

"Walk towards the light"

"Ragged Glory"
An Admiral Butterfly in some of its last days?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Maple's Tassels

The Maples in the backyard are in full bloom...before the Leaf comes the Tassel
Leaves are not far behind.
Until that the Blue Jays and Red Squirrels are feasting!

The back light just screamed black and white to me?
These really need to be viewed in a large format...just click on the image!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Rocky Raccoon

This masked bandit was out early this evening... so I shot him!
with my camera...feel better now!

                                 Now Rocky Raccoon he fell back in his room
                                 only to find Gideon's bible.
                                 Gideon checked out and left it no doubt
                                 To help with Rocky's revival.
                                          ~ The Beatles

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Another Insectual Encounter

                                               Its a buggy world out there!
"Dragons Briefs"

Crab Spider
Blue Darner Dragonfly
Crab Spider
Bumble Bee
                                 it's the insects who teach us
                                 and to soldier on.
                                 Insects show us to work in teams,
                                 to blend in and evade,
                                 to feed on smoulder, rot,
                                 or whatever is available.
                                 its the insects who teach us
                                 sex is worth dying for,
                                 and to hibernate through scarcity
                                     ~ The Rain In My Purse

Crescent Moon

Three images of  Crescent moon through Maple trees
No matter how I tried that moon would not focus!
I'd blame it on the trees but I think they are what makes
these interesting!

                                 Slipping softly through the sky
                                 Little horned, happy moon.
                                 Can you hear me up so high?
                                 Will you come down soon?
                                 On my nursery window-sill
                                 Will you stay your steady flight?
                                 And then float away with me
                                 Through the summer night?
                                 Brushing over tops of trees,
                                 Playing hide and seek with stars,
                                 Peeping up through shiny clouds
                                 At Jupiter and Mars.
                                 I shall fill my lap with roses
                                 Gathered in the milky way,
                                 All to carry home to mother.
                                 Oh! What will she say!
                                 Little rocking sailing moon,
                                 Do you hear me shout - Ahoy!
                                 Just a little nearer, moon,
                                 To please a little boy.
                                     ~ Amy Lowell

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Faux Vintage Whiskey Jack

This is a Faux Vintage version of Whiskey Jack Camp
On Belle Island, Lake Mistinikon
In Northern Ontario

                                You can see several other old but not Images
                                         by clicking The label Faux Vintage

These may peak your interest