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A Sample of Pop’s “Bee” Images

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

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

Macro

Monarch of the Meadow

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This monarch butterfly, sitting on the head of a cone flower, was stretching its wings in the early morning sun. I like the way the petals from the flower look like trailing streamers.

I was delighted to capture this image because butterflies have been a real challenge for me.  Of all my attempts – chasing the fidgety creatures around with my camera – I’ve only been able to catch a couple of images I’ve been happy with.  I just happened to catch this one early in the morning, not fully awake. I even had to nudge it to get it to open its wings.

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Unassuming Charm

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“Thou unassuming Commonplace Of Nature.” ~ William Wordsworth

This has been a banner year for daisies in our yard.  They seem to be popping up everywhere.  It’s also been a good year for the orange hawk weed you see in the background.

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Little Bird Dreams


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Only a few hours out of the shell, these newly hatched Tree Swallows are resting comfortably.  The parents build feather-lined nests in the bluebird houses we have around our yard. In just a few days, those little black marks will become feathers. This nest will quickly become crowded because they grow amazingly fast.

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A Spider Beside Her

This is a bit of vintage Pops Digital. This is another image that I found that I haven’t shared on this blog yet.

This is one of those accident shots. I was crouching in the garden, trying to get a good shot of this huge Garden Spider and just as I snapped the image, Sara, my wife stepped into the shot.  She didn’t even know I was there.

This photo was selected as Photo of the Day by Earthshots.org

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Keen Green

When asked what category of photography I prefer (such as landscapes, nature, portrait, etc.), I often say, “I just shoot whatever catches my eye.” This is a prime example.

I was climbing up and down a ladder, taking storm windows off my house, when something caught my eye.  It was a little flash of green. I paused my work to get a better look.

There is a propane tank next to my house that rests on cement blocks. On the corner of one of those blocks was this little green bug – no longer than the width of your thumbnail. It was frantically skittering over the concrete, but staying in one general area. It was such a beautiful, iridescent, green – made even more spectacular by it’s dance in the bright sunlight. I couldn’t just ignore it. I went to get my camera. (Contrary to what some might think, I don’t have my camera hanging around my neck every moment of the day.)

I didn’t have time to fool around. The way the bug was moving, I was concerned he’d slip off into the grass and never be seen again.  My camera had a long, 300 mm lens on it – the kind I use to get close-ups of distant objects like a lighthouse or the moon. (With that lens, I think I can see Alaska from my house.)  No time to change to a shorter lens, so I grabbed it and dashed back out.

The bug was still there, but still erratic. I tried getting a ground-level shot, but it’s movements made focusing impossible.  I decided to shoot it from above, where it’s side to side movements wouldn’t change the distance to my lens so much. The problem was, I couldn’t hold the camera high enough to get within the focal range of the long lens. I ended up climbing a couple of rungs up the ladder to get my shot in focus.  I took several shots. This is the one that was most in focus. Not bad, considering I was probably 7 feet off the ground.

I didn’t notice the white dots when just looking at it. I guess the dazzling green distracted me.

A friend helped me identify this as a six-spotted tiger beetle. You can read more about them here: http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/six-spotted_tiger_beetle.htm

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Poppy’s Purple Passion


This time of year you’ll see me post a lot of flowers.  After the long winter, they are hard to resist.

This is a close -up of the very first Poppy to pop in Sara’s flower bed.  I took the photo two days ago and it’s already gone – the victim of a strong breeze.  However, there are several others that have taken it’s place.

Poppies are some of our favorites.  I suspect I’ll post more before the blooming is done.

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Dandy Among Daisies

I greatly enjoy Macro photography.  I love looking at small things up close because you see so much that usually goes unnoticed.  This flower is a perfect example.

Who knew the humble dandelion was so intricate and delicate and, dare I say, beautiful?  I found this common dandelion in our yard by a clump of emerging daisies.  (That white spot to the right of the dandelion is a daisy bud about to burst open.)  I was surprised at what I saw when I brought the image up on the computer screen.

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