Thursday

Lots of Legs



It used to be that creatures like this would creep me out. Now I just find them quite fascinating. Not sure of the ID on this guy - some type of centipede maybe?
Discovered on a morning walk at Gateway Trail - Blacksburg, Virginia

Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.
~Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday

Atlas Moth


Like the sky opens after a rainy day we must open to ourselves.... Learn to love yourself for who you are and open so the world can see you shine.
~James Poland

Atlas moth seen at a butterfly conservatory in Georgia.

Tuesday

Brother and Sister

Just back from a week in Georgia. Our son had his Turning Blue Ceremony and his OSUT Graduation. He goes on to Airborne training from here. I am VERY Proud of him!

Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet. ~Vietnamese Proverb

Wednesday

Hover Fly Close-up


Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
~Dorothea Lange

Sunday

Happy Father's Day


My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
~ Clarence Budington Kelland

Saturday

Daddy and His Long Legs


Not quite what you were expecting, eh?

The best things in life are unexpected - because there were no expectations.
~ Eli Khamarov

Friday

Shake a Little Tail Feather


I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.
~Audrey Hepburn

Hoping you got a chuckle out of this one!

Thursday

Ant - On the Edge


Sometimes when you think you are done, it is just the edge of beginning. Probably that's why we decide we're done. It's getting too scary. We are touching down onto something real. It is beyond the point when you think you are done that often something strong comes out.  
~ Natalie Goldberg

Wednesday

Scorpion Fly


At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time
 ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Tuesday

Mantis - After the Molt


As I was taking shots of the Mantis Exoskeleton I found the newly emerged Mantis.

Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives.
~ Mary Ann Brussat

Monday

Mantis Molt


One of the highlights of one of my walks was finding the shed exoskeleton of a baby mantis. I didn't even realize the the mantis went through a molt.


This is the same picture. The first picture shows a rotated view but this picture show exactly how I found it - on the underside of a leaf.

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
~ Joseph Campbell

Sunday

Robin with a Tasty Treat


When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life. 
~ Jean Shinoda Bolen

Thursday

Cardinal Close-Up


Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow. 
~Douglas Pagels

Wednesday

The Red Admiral Butterfly


Nature is man's teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence. 
~Alfred Billings Street
Wishing you all a Happy Day!

Sunday

Concentration

“It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.” ~Paul Strand

As many of you know - I don't do "People Pictures" very well. But sometimes I get lucky. This was one of the shots from the Beret Ceremony last weekend at Fort Benning, GA where my son is at OSUT Training - which combines Basic and AIT together. After this training he goes to Airborne school. I am a very proud Mama Bear!

Saturday

Skipper Butterfly - A Summer Treasure


Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Albert Einstein

This is a skipper from a few years back. For me - skippers are the HARDEST butterflies to ID - LOTS of them look quite the same. To be honest - before I started "seeing" more with the camera I didn't even notice these little guys, much less realize that they were butterflies. Click HERE for some more info on the Skipper Butterfly.

Friday

Birdie Bokeh - Friday Feathers


Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography. 
~ George Eastman
For some info on Bokeh - Click - HERE

Thursday

Wednesday

Black Swallowtail Butterfly


If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive
~ Eleonora Duse
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