Friday, March 30, 2012

Foto Friday . . . why DID the photographer cross the bridge?



. . . well, to get to the other side, of course!
Okay, AND I might have been running from something, you know, the kind of something that sucks the life
right out of ya, like MOSQUITOES. Just millions of them....I swear I heard them all chanting, fill 'er up!

Disclaimer: I love nature, but yes, there were mosquitoes that were injured in the
process of photographing these pictures, and by the time I got home I looked and felt
like I had been in a battle.


And as beautiful as it is the way the light fell through the trees, this is the place I ran from.



I also followed the most heavenly scent . . . this vine had flowers that smelled as good as a rose
but the blooms were pretty spent and so I settled for buds and...some bokeh! 


And a  night heron along the way.....


I followed the yellow brick road gravel path and it led me back to the butterfly garden.


Where I spied a Buckeye butterfly, whoo hoo, something other than a Monarch!



And where things were springing from this.....



 . . . . into this! This bottlebrush just literally springs forth in its blooming.


{Photograph life - Spring has sprung}

And of course, I ran into a few friends. Mr. Green Anole was flaring his dewlap either letting me know
this was his territory or he thought I would be a good mate! lol



And this beauty . . . I have no idea what this is, I've never seen one like this before.
But I noticed that he has eyes like a praying mantis, that follow you wherever you go.
This was to date one of the trickiest bugs to photograph - he was about 3/4" long and the
flower was swaying ever so gentle, and in macro terms that's like a hurricane!!


{Shoot, Edit, Submit}

And I'm not sure what it is about this one -maybe it's the simplicity of the tiny details in his shell and the way
the shadow falls. There is nothing like the light of a setting sun.....

{project 52 - details}

And speaking of the setting sun . . . .



This week at Photo Art Friday, Bonnie gave us the challenge of any photo art or one
with a pathway....which was perfect for me this week. I added another photo over it
to obscure the path just a bit.

{Photo Art Friday}

"Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit."
- Frank Borman

I love that quote, it's so true for me.
And although I love exploring new places, I also love exploring my favorite
places with new purpose!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Love, Kim
XO

P.S. - I don't know about you, but I have not been able to comment on
anyone's blog this morning - hopefully that kink will get worked out!









project 52 p52 weekly photo challenge my3boybarians.com Photo Art Friday 


34 comments:

Susan said...

These are all gorgeous!!!

Kathy said...

Holy Moly Kim!!!!! An epic battle with mosquitos was certainly worth it. Talk about "The Hunger Games"! That "Spring has Sprung" looks like fireworks, breathtaking. And yes, I hadn't been able to comment all morning via Blogger...until now :)

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

They're all beautiful, but that snail shell is just gorgeous. Love the light in that one!

Andrea Dawn said...

Wow, Kim, you really spread a feast for the eyes this morning. Awesome shots!

Deanna said...

Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow...mosquitoes and all are absolutely fantastic. Your creatures are simply the best. Hope I am able to capture some of these goodies while there. I leave in a little over a week.

Danelle said...

Wow! I can't believe all the different things you captured! And they are all gorgeous.

Tracy said...

WOW Kim, such treasures you captured! I love every single one but those bottlebrush flowers? They look lik eminiature licorice strings coiled together to make each bud...lovely, and that bug? Have no idea but it sure is a beauty!

joelsuma said...

Now I had a very interesting walk through your blog. thx ...
Your work for Photo Friday ist very special. :)

Sara said...

These are lovely!

Anki said...

Beautiful pictures, the last one is my favorite, and the story you tell us, nice.

kelly said...

wonderful photos!! thanks for sharing your wonderful adventure with us. :)

Lori said...

I don't know where to begin! These are stunning, and that night heron is beautiful, I love them all! Very beautiful Kim!

Thanks for sharing on Foto Friday!
Lori

Ida said...

I'm so sorry you had to battle the Mosquitoes, but oh my these photos are just amazing, so "Thank You" for sharing their beauty.
I like your PAF piece, the wheat was a nice edition.

Donna said...

Poor you fighting mosquitoes. The photos are so worth it though. They are absolutely beautiful I love the buggy thing on the purple flower. He looks like a unicorn.

msdewberry said...

This looks like a very nice place, minus those mosquitoes of course, to spend a nice day!! Awesome photos!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

awesome captures, esp the flutterby shot! i love anything w/ flowers right now, too =)

Bonnie said...

Lovely!!! I feel like I have been on a nature walk with you ... and not one mosquito bite! Love the bottlebrush plant and the one of the buds before it! Your path photo at the end has a great treatment. Thank you for sharing with Photo Art Friday Kim.

Deborah said...

I so enjoyed your photos and your narrative . . . just great!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Fantastic shots! All are just gorgeous.You captured them so beautifully.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Tamara said...

these are stunning! that first bottlebrush photo is amazing! i have never seen these before it had bloomed...so cool. happy weekend! :)

Karin M. said...

Fantastic photos, very nice ..
Thank you for your visit on my blog ...
Love greetings, Karin

Nancy said...

All your photographs are like candy for the eyes....loving butterflies the way I do, your shot of the beautiful winged creature was just gorgeous....

I hope you have a wonderful weekend capturing more beauty....

Nancy Claeys said...

So colorful, Kim -- your macro of the bottle brush blooms is splendid!

Maybe put some Deepwoods Off in you camera bag next time? :)

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

You made me laugh with the "fill er up" comment. I think we're going to be in for a brutal time with the bugs and insects this year because we had such a mild winter. My blood is like nectar to them so I'm dreading it. Loving the pics especially the heron and bug images, very cool.

Sherri B. said...

Your photos took my breath away - so incredibly beautiful! And your mosquito story made me smile. :) Thank you for sharing these gorgeous images!

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

WOW- what gorgeous captures!!!! That sunshine in the trees in that second one is amazing!

urban muser said...

wow gorgeous shots. sorry to hear about the darned mosquitoes!!

Marvett Smith said...

I love going on your walks with you! Beautiful images as always!

Marilyn said...

Nice incorporation of the other photo in the foreground. Just a whisper since it's almost transparent. Beautiful.
Great quote too!

Pat said...

So many beautiful shots! I'm breathless.

Honey Mommy said...

Oh. my. word! I love all of these! The lizard, the blooms, the snail shell, the butterfly... Wow! Just gorgeous!

PrairieJill said...

Beautiful images! (But dontcha just hate those pesky mosquitoes?!)

ceevee said...

Loved your comment about the mosquitoes. All of your pictures are astoundingly beautiful, but I am in love with the grasshopper! (Visiting from PAF)

Tina´s PicStory said...

wonderful pics! :)

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