Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Damselfly Nymph

I love nature and learning about all the fantastic creatures that we share this planet with but it does not absorb my thoughts, so I can honestly say I never even wondered about the life cycle of a Damselfly. As a matter of fact I think it was only a year or two ago that I learned that what I had thought was a Dragonfly was in reality it's cousin the Damselfly. But back to this photo. I happened to see this little creature while we were at the Lake Sheridan in July. Of course I had no idea what it was so I just had to do a bit of research. It didn't take me long to discover this was a Damselfly nymph.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Only For Daddy

My youngest granddaughter wasn't too interested in the parade taking place behind her, she had eyes only for her daddy.

It was so sweet and all I could think was how happy I am to see that he is enjoying this time while he can. Give it a few years and he will wish she had eyes only for him... LOL

Monday, November 2, 2015

Zombie Apocalypse

Wow, what a wild ride. At least I wasn't attacked by zombies! 

It is so good to be back, I can't wait to get around to see all the great photo blogs I have missed in the last three months

Although I have a few posts in draft from before my disappearance I am going to start back with more current shots from last weeks Zombie Apocalypse (well maybe that's stretching it a bit). They may have looked dangerous but they were pretty friendly.

Some didn't even look like zombies, even if they were a bit scary looking.

One was just so cute, I think he came out to give all the small children something nice to think about. 

I can't for the life of me understand why parents would take their small children to a Zombie Parade. I can only guess at the number of children who were plagued with horrific nightmares, especially when I remember how many kids were crying and hiding behind their parents. What are your thoughts, is this type of thing appropriate for all ages?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Littlest Pet Shop

While photographing her Littlest Pet Shop creations, my eleven year old granddaughter decided to try for a shadow shot and a reflection shot. Here are my two favorites of her attempts. 
She decided to do her photo shoot with the pets on the toilet because of the mirror and the lighting. While that is an odd place for a photo shoot I do think the use of the mirror and the camera flash did create a great shadow.
And the reflective surface of the toilet seat cover was very good for her reflection shots. 

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your week and have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Biker Bob

Located along Sheridan Lake Drive in the Black Hills sits this fun biker, with a very important message. His message for motorist to drive safely is written on a large sign. Unfortunately, I did not capture the sign in the photo as we drove past.

The Right Moment

Keeping our minds open and watching for the right moment can result in some fun photos like this one I took of my grandson playing at Lake Sheridan.

And this one my granddaughter took of her friends leg as she played in the sand at the waters edge.

On The Move

Just like this cyclist I'm on the move again.
For the time being I will be attempting to post from my phone and tablet, as my computer is in storage until we are able to get into our new home.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Image Cropping

Full image
I love getting in real close and framing macro shots in camera, but sometimes I like to step back and later use image cropping to frame the image.

For a true macro and to get the best results it is good to frame your macro in camera. However, if you want to narrow the focal point of a photo image cropping can result in pretty pictures as well.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Mix

Friday Sky Watch
 Our skies have been full of clouds for much of the last few weeks. Between thunderstorms and persistent drizzle the hills are turning a beautiful green. At least we haven't had the severe flooding that is going on elsewhere.

Weekend Reflections
 Mirrored windows offer such wonderful frames for nice reflections.
Nature Walk
This was taken at the end of last month when I convinced a friend to join me for a photographic nature walk. Thankfully the ground wasn't too wet for us to get down and capture a few shots of what I call belly flowers. You know those itty-bitty flowers that you have to lay on your belly to get a good look at them.

This fun sign guides visitors of Main Street Square in down town Rapid City, SD. 
I hope you have enjoyed my Friday mix.
Have a Great Weekend!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Why So Serious?

Usually when I photograph statues I try to capture the entire statue, but I was so drawn to the serious facial expression on this one that I snapped only the head shot.

Seriously though I really have to go back down town and take more photos of this statue as well as write down the name of the President because for the life of me I can't remember who he is.... LOL

Friday, May 22, 2015

Afternoon in Rapid City

A bit of Reflections

The Pennington County Courthouse is a gorgeous bit of architecture and those arched windows do such a lovely job reflecting the afternoon sky.
One thing that still amazes me even after so many years living in South Dakota is the appearance of the moon in the mid afternoon sky.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Keep Your Distance

Now I don't speak squirrel, but I could swear this little guy was telling me to keep my distance.