Charlotte’s Web fans will recognize that famous greeting by which Wilbur met his best friend. Could this web have been created by one of Charlotte’s descendants?


Nikon D5100 f/13 ISO 800 1/250s Nikkor 55-300@300mm – Summer 2012

It has a cheery, artistic look to it, and glints of sunlight spark off it in such a magical way – it sparks my imagination ๐Ÿ™‚

The Flag of the Underbrush

Soft focus, blurred background, woodland colors…


Nikon D5100 f/6.7 ISO 100 1/180s Nikkor 55-300mm lens 185mm – Summer 2012

I love these leaves displayed on their twig like the flag of the underbrush!

Recently we did some mowing and weedeating along the trail to the pond and on the bank of the pond. The idea was to facilitate access to the pond for fishing. While I have to admit that in some respects it is nice to have a clear trail, I also think we went overboard. The trail is too wide, too clear. Many of the areas where I took photos of insects, flowers, and seeds last year are now brown stubble. The underbrush has been cleared back, but now there is no buffer between the woods and the path. The underbrush needs someone to stand up for it, waving a flag, proudly declaring love of the weeds, bugs, and small critters who are the underbrush and its residents! I have nothing against neat, manicured lawns and pathways, but that is not where I want to live and take my photos. I leave those areas to others.

Desiccated Beauty

Between the recent triple digit heat and near drought conditions, plants have had it kind of rough this month of July, 2012.

This photo, like yesterday’s photo, has less contrast, softer colors, less intense light, than the photos I usually prefer. It has a soft, almost painterly quality. I quite like it, though not so much as my bright and sunny photos. What is your opinion?


Nikon D5100 f/5.6 1/180 ISO 100 Nikkor 55-300mm lens – Summer 2012


Just because they are dried out doesn’t mean these leaves have no beauty. The early morning sun can reveal beauty in many otherwise unnoticeable things.


New Fuzzy White Buds


Soft and New - Spring 2012

Can you stand another spring-themed post? ย Well, in my defense, it is spring! And I love spring, love the newness and the regrowth of things that seemed hopeless just a few months ago ๐Ÿ™‚

In this shot, I also was quite taken with the hexagons of light in the background, caused by refraction through the dewdrops..

Silvery Secrets

Multitudes of small, silvery butterflies flutter around these flowers on warm summer days.


Silvery Flutters - Summer 2011

Until looking at the still images, I was unaware of their secret beauties. The delicate, black and white striped antennae tipped in golden yellow is the most striking hidden feature. I also love their furry little faces and the false eye and face at the other end that might serve to trick predators into attacking a less vulnerable part of their anatomy, hopefully giving them a chance to escape.

I have always loved being out in nature, but the camera both gives me “permission” to spend more time outdoors and also reveals so many lovely little secrets that I couldn’t (or didn’t) spot with my own, “normal” vision. I hope I am becoming more observant and also winning my lifelong fight to grant value to the artistic side of my personality, rather than dismissing it as unuseful or not worthwhile.