Butterfly

While I promised to cease posting photos of bees feasting on our blooms, I said nothing about butterflies!

I can’t say that I intended to photograph a butterfly as they are notoriously people and camera shy. In this instance, I happened to be working in the garden and was fortunate to make this photo before it flew away…

If there is a lesson in this photograph, it is to always have a camera ready!

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A Seed Drifts By…

While practicing low light macro photos of our tomato plants, I happened to notice something drifting into the scene…

I delayed pushing the shutter button just long enough in hopes of “capturing” the seed as it passed by. It was caught momentarily by a spider web…just long enough to “pose” for the photo.

Sometimes, you just get lucky…

The Gardener’s Boots…

A few days ago I visited the St. James Community Garden to “capture” some of the volunteers in action.

The scene below, while not depicting activity, does, in a sense, suggest it…

For those interested in seeing the gardeners in action,  Click On>> St. James…Garden Harvest

Climb any Mountain (Sunflower)

This will be the last bee photo—for this year.

Many of the sunflowers have turned to seed and it is now time for the birds to begin their feast. 

I included this bee photo for the detail of the legs and feet. The bee looks ever so much like a mountain climber. To the bee, I suppose the sunflower is a climbing challenge…

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Clcik on>> Bee Power for previous photos.

Autumn Leaves?

The answer to the question is yes and no. This photo was taken using available light on September 4, 2010, at the St. Francis Winery…after sunset. The photo came off the camera without any additional editing, except to add a watermark. 

The leaves in question were in fact green. The golden color was created by an orange floodlight illuminating the setting for a winemaker dinner at the winery in Sonoma County. 

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Ladies in Red…Ladybugs, that is…

…and of course the ones featured here are orange…not red.  Just wanted to get your attention.

Although we do have red and green ones….

Now that we are going on three years of a “natural habitat” as opposed to a surburban lawn, we have quite a resident population of various bugs & birds.

The first ladybug is resting on the leaf of a red sunflower plant…

The next featured ladybug is strolling along a branch of a Bee’s Bliss sage…