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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

Sony SLT-A77V

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Fare Thee Well

Sunrise, Lighthouse, Lake Michigan, Waves, MorningOn September 16, 2017 there was a light layer of morning fog near the lighthouse at the mouth of the Kewaunee, WI harbor. The misty conditions managed to mute the sunrise over Lake Michigan.

If you look closely, you can see fishermen on the pier, near the lighthouse. Also, there’s a charter fishing boat shrouded by the fog, to the right of the lighthouse, on their way to deeper waters.

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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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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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Predator

Dandelion, Bee, Flower, Macro, Yellow, Green
This bee was persistent in his attack of this dandelion. My getting close didn’t seem to dissuade it.  As I approached, it would leave the flower, hovering a few inches above, and then settle back down for the work. That made it easy for me to get a good shot. The tiny butterflies I was trying to capture were considerably more shy. They vacated the blooms anytime I got within range.

This scene was captured on my own front lawn. I titled this one, “Predator,” because I think the bees face makes an ominous impression. I know I wouldn’t want to meet one in a dark alley.

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Partial Eclipse 2017

Solar Eclipse, Partial Eclipse, Sun, Moon, Sky, Clouds
I was able to grab an image of the partial solar eclipse that appeared, filtered by light cloud cover, over Green Bay, Wisconsin on August 21, 2017.

I was working through the eclipse but took a short break to snap a few frames.  It was a bit tricky, since I didn’t really have much time or the proper equipment to photograph an eclipse.  I didn’t have any filters and didn’t use a tripod. Thankfully the light clouds provided some filtering effect and a little texture to the image.  I also used a tall spruce tree to add some foregroud context.

To capture this image I had to use some crazy camera settings – 1/3200 sec, f/40, ISO 50, 250mm.  Never actually looking at the sky, and hand holding the camera, I used the articulating screen on the back of my camera to find the sun and quickly snap my shots.  I didn’t want to stay focused on the sun for more than a moment because without the proper filter there was a risk of damaging the image sensor.  Of course, I increased the saturation in post processing.

This isn’t the best image, technically speaking, but at least I was able to grab a glimpse of the historic event in my area.

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Early Morning Stretch

Pea, Plant, Green, Dew, VineSometimes I just pick up my camera and wander around my yard to see what I can see. On a recent morning stroll around the yard, just after sunrise, I snapped a few photos of the pea plants growing in the farm field that surrounds our property.

This shot appealed to me for several reasons… The green glow of the plant in the morning light, the tiny drops of dew still clinging to the plant in the cool of the morning, the graceful curve of the vine-like shoot and the small buds that will bloom a pretty purple flower.

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World of Chaos

Globe Thistle, Thistle, Flower, Blue
The globe thistle is a unique, flowering thistle and is garden friendly. It provides an appealing contrast of color and texture to the flower bed in mid summer.

I didn’t know these were called “Globe Thistles” until I looked them up to provide more info for this post. This photo was taken in one of the flowerbeds at our home.

According to Gardening Know How

Echinops is the botanical name for globe thistle. They are stunning flowers with deep dark blue petals set in a spiky frame. The leaves are deeply notched, dark green on top and slightly silver underneath and slightly hairy. The plants are native to Asia and Europe and the name means hedgehog in Greek, which is appropriately referencing the prickly blooms. Globe thistle flowers make excellent dried displays and last for years as part of an everlasting flower display.

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