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A Sample of Pop’s “Bee” Images

Predator

Some of Your Beeswax

Sedum Bumbler

Look of Defiance

Chicory Bee

Bumbling Bees

Garden Cafe

Buzz By Here - To Infinity and Beyond

Pick Your Poison

Blind Side Attack

On a Mission

Honey Bee on Sedum

Covering the Cosmos

Center of the Cosmos

Three's a Crowd

Popular Spot

On A Pedestal

On Golden Rod

The Beeline

Messy Hands

Bee on Yellow

Incoming

Bumble Bee Choreography

Messy Hands

A Sample of Pop’s “People” Photo Collection

Sugar and Spice

Front Porch Portrait

Caged Competitor

Early Adoration

Child In the Ligtht

Stroll Through the Weeds

Attention Grabbing

Eye Contact

On the Line

Eyes of Wonder

Rounding the Curve

Troubadours of Basin Spring Park

Down by the Creek

Sun Day

Catching Some Light

EAA Fireworks

Hear Me Roar

Pops Photos

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Twigs in Transition

Autumn Leaves, Fall Leaves, Fall Foliage, Autumn Foliage, Red, Leaves, Leaf
The leaves are changing. They are taking on their autumn colors…before they fall. These have a nice red glow about them with a slight hint of their former green.

I know I’ve been complaining about the lack of autumn colors in our area.  Still, I’ve been able to find a few spots.  Also, the colors may be getting better.  I think I’m seeing more, anyway. I’ll have to make another excursion into the woods to see if I can find some worthwhile images.

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Cruel Intentions

Thistle, Macro, Monochrome, DangerousOne person’s weed is another person’s flower. This one (a dried up thistle in the wild) just seems evil.

I snapped this photo on a recent hike thought the woods to find some autumn color.  It wasn’t colorful, for sure, but I thought it was interesting – in gruesome kind of way.

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Fall from Grace

Autumn, Leaf, Fall, Fall Colors, Autumn Colors
On a recent hike through the woods – on the hunt for some autumn colors – I stumbled upon this colorful leaf resting on a branch and a log covered with a carpet of green moss.

The color combination and variety of textures caught my eye. There wasn’t much that caught my eye on this outing. The woods were not very vibrant. I was expecting to see a lot more color.  I’m not sure our fall colors are going to be as brilliant as in the past few years.  There’s still some time.  We’ll see.

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Beauty and a Beast

Sedum, Flowers, Pink, Grasshopper
The delicate beauty of these sedum blossoms provide a stark contrast to the uninviting demeanor of a grasshopper who found a late summer resting spot.

My photography typically focuses on the beauty of nature. I’m sure many would not find the grasshopper to be “beautiful,” but I think it is.  I find the structure and patterns in the design of this creature a work of beauty.  Again, a contrast to the “pretty” of the flowers but a very cool and interesting subject.

Grasshoppers are insects and are probably the oldest living group of chewing herbivorous. I imagine this one has found a pleasant, final resting place.

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Beauty by Design

Butterfly, Macro, Sedum, Orange
This colorful butterfly took some time to rest and feed on the sedum plants in our flower bed.

I’m always intrigued and impressed by the color and patterns in nature. Surely, any reasonable person can see, there is a master designer. One of the interesting aspects of seeing a butterfly this close is noticing the presence of hair on their back. You don’t really notice that when they are flitting about the flowers.

I’m not exactly sure what kind of butterfly this is. I spent some time trying to find another butterfly with similar color and patterns on the wings, but I was unable to spot one in my Google search. If you can identify this butterfly, I’d be interested in knowing.

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Soft Touch

Flower, Green, White, Leaves, CyclamenThis is a flower that seems to bloom backward. The flower head is pointed down (notice the downward direction of the buds to each side) but the petals turn up. This plant is part of the Cyclamen genus.

I’d like to tell you that I took this photo of an exotic plant in some exotic foreign land but, alas, it was taken in the kitchen of our home. I was working on my camera, making micro-adjustments to the focus of my various lenses. It’s a process of fine tuning the auto focus function to account for the minor differences in lenses.  Even lenses of the same brand and model can have minor differences. The camera will focus each of them the same so focus could be off…usually just a bit and mostly unnoticeable, but still off.  Of course, we’re typically wanting a very precise focus on most of our images so tweaking settings to get it as close to perfect is a worthwhile endeavor.

So, after making my micro-adjustments, I just snapped a few photos to test the focus accuracy. This is one of those test shots. The plant is one my wife keeps on a cabinet in front of a window in our kitchen. I focused on it, taking advantage of the pleasing green of our lawn outside the window as the background. Of course, the lawn is out of the range of focus so you’re not seeing blades of grass; you just see a solid green background. You’ll also notice a kind of cross-hatch texture in the background. That effect was created by the window’s screen.

Sometimes, if your looking, you’ll find “interesting” and “exotic” in the most common places.

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Lombardi Trophy Lineup at Packers Hall of Fame

Vince Lombardi Trophy, Packers Hall of Fame, Green Bay
This is the display of Vince Lombardi Trophies at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame located at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

A Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded each year to the winning team of the National Football League’s championship game, the Super Bowl. The trophy is named in honor of legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi.

I grabbed this image on a visit to the Packers Hall of Fame in September of 2015.  It’s been lying dormant on my computer’s hard drive since then just waiting for some attention.  Today, being the Season Opener for the Packers, I thought it would be a good time to process and post it.  You’ll notice, there is plenty of room for more of these in the Packers Hall of Fame.

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Full Body Tattoo


Spider, Garden Spider, Yellow Garden Spider, Arachnid
I found this uniquely decorated spider hanging around in my wife’s flower bed. In our part of the world we call these large arachnids, yellow garden spiders. This spider falls under the Argiope Aurantia classification.

The markings on it’s abdomen remind me of a tattoo. I think it looks like a tattoo of some space alien.

Because of this spider’s size, it looks menacing but the Argiope genus are harmless to humans. Like most garden spiders, they eat insects, and they are capable of consuming prey up to twice their size. The etymology of Argiope is from a Greek name meaning “silver-faced”.

Because of the very sparse web this one is hanging on, I’m guessing it is a male since the females tend to have a large, more complicated web with a prominent zig-zag pattern in the center. (Here’s an example from my collection – Found On the Web.)

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I Stand at the Door and Knock

Stained Glass, Window, Church Window, Church, One of the spectacular stained glass windows found in the sanctuary of the Centerburg Christian Church in Centerburg, Ohio. These, priceless, hand-painted windows date back to 1911.

This is just one of four very large stained glass windows, (and a number of smaller windows) that grace this church sanctuary. Each of large windows depict a Biblical teaching.  Hopefully I’ll have a chance to post more in the future.  A big, Thanks!, to Pastor Jeff Perry and the members of his flock for allowing me access to the building to capture and share the beauty and majesty of their stained glass.

The process to get this image was difficult. This windows are so large, I had to photograph them in sections.  To process them I had to stitch the individual photos together and then try to correct the natural distortion that comes from the lens and the angles inherent in photographing a large scene at close range.  I spent many hours on this one image and it is filled with flaws.  Still, the beauty created, more than a hundred years ago, by the stained glass artists overshadows any flaws in my processing.  Hopefully, with more practice, I’ll improve my process.

This is definitely an image you will want to look at enlarged, to witness the incredible color and detail in this glass.  Click on the image and a full-screen version will open in a new browser tab. Then be sure and click on the photo again and it will enlarge more for an even closer look.

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Sugar and Spice

Child, Portrait, Baby, Toddler, Girl, Monochrome

What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice. That’s what little girls are made of.

This is a portrait of one of our granddaughters.  We were blessed to have an opportunity to spend a little time with her and her parents recently.

Of course, whenever we have the pleasure of visits with any of the grandchildren, I usually try and grab a few photos. After this visit, as we were driving home, I told my wife I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to get any good photos of our granddaughter.  When I downloaded the day’s images to my computer I was delighted to find this gem.  This is the only decent image I captured of her on this visit, but it’s a definite keeper.

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