A Misty, Moisty Morning

We have not been overwhelmed with rain. The soil is still dry and dusty.

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Nikon D5100 f/4.5 ISO 800 1/180 sec 5-300@98mm – Summer 2012

But we have had cool enough weather that the dew point was higher than the ambient temperature, resulting in a pleasant silvery mist at dawn.

Interstitial Ripple

The ripple between reality and reflection:

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Nikon D5100 f/11 ISO 800 1/250sec 55-300@300mm – Summer 2012

The texture of this old log caught my attention.  I admired the contrasting texture of the water all around the log. I loved the reflection of the log in the water beneath. The ripple between reality and reflection completed it for me 🙂

Buttercup

Buttercup at age 7 3/4 years. She will be 8 in October!

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Nikon D5100 f/8 ISO 400 1/250 sec 68mm – Summer 2012

The Dutch Shepherd has been the perfect breed choice for our active son. She will help him guard or catch his chickens, accompany him on his bike rides or hikes, swim  with him, play fetch, and even participate in 4-H dog shows. And, although she has never yet met a person she doesn’t like, we still feel confident that she would protect her boy against an attacker. She butts in if family gets too rough and makes him squeal or laugh too loudly, and I think she would be more assertive with a stranger. Good Dog, Buttercup!

Moment of Rest

In the perpetual busy-ness that seems to constitute the life of a dragonfly, this moment of repose must feel especially restful.

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Nikon D5100 f/13 ISO 400 1/350sec 300mm – Summer 2012

Recently I was watching a large dragonfly when I heard an especially loud buzzing noise. Right there in front of me was a hummingbird (not much bigger than the dragonfly I had been focusing on)! He studied me for a moment, then perched on a branch overhead. I was too slow moving the camera into position. Apparently the hummingbird is just as busy as your average dragonfly, and away he buzzed, lost to sight in a second.