Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 In Review ~ Camera-Critters #195

It's that time again... time for one year to come to a close and another to bring a new beginning... new possibilities... new opportunities... new ideas... new memories... new CRITTERS!

Each year, I try to do a recap of my favorite critter photos, and the past few years, I noticed that there were months (aka winter) wherein I didn't take any critter photos. This year, however, I have critters from each month. Some of the months, it was just impossible for me to choose just one critter photo... so bear with me. :-)

January

I remember this photograph, because
it was taken when I had forced myself to
pick up the camera and go outside to fight the
withdrawals and depression of not taking any photos.
(c) Misty DawnS


February

One of the "Hubs found something for me to photograph" moments!
And, what a great moment it was!
This is one of my favorite photos from the whole year!
(c) Misty DawnS

March

I'm always delighted to see a flock of ducks visiting our pond!
(c) Misty DawnS

April

We were blessed with some gorgeous weather in April,
and I actually got to go fishing! In April!
I observed these two love birds... I mean Meadowlarks
during my fishing trip at the pond.
(c) Misty DawnS


May

I got my Hoya close-up filters in May, and
took a day off work to play!
While photographing dew drops,
I got a photo which was on my Life List.
A coyote in the wild!
(O.K. so my pasture doesn't seem so wild, but still!)
(c) Misty DawnS

I have a blast with my macro filters.
Another first for me - a Slender Baskettail dragonfly.
(c) Misty DawnS

2011 also brought the
13-year Cicadas to us!
How cool to see something that only comes around
every 13 years!
*Warning*
This is what you look like after a 13-year nap, Folks!

(c) Misty DawnS

June

My birthday month brought another Life List moment.
An American Kestrel photograph!
(c) Misty DawnS

During my birthday month, I also went back home to visit Dad
and my beautiful wolfdog 'brother'.
(c) Misty DawnS

July

I celebrated the month of July with my new camera! WooHoo!
And, yet another Lifer for me!
An Ebony Jewelwing.

(c) Misty DawnS

And, how could I forget the Tree Frogs of 2011!
I think we found at least eight of them In.Our.House!
I photographed this one after removing him from my kitchen
and taking him outside.
(c) Misty DawnS

2011 brought me so many wonderful Lifer photographs!
Here's my first photograph of a
Spangled Skimmer dragonfly.
(c) Misty DawnS

During a windstorm, this little critter
was blown out of its nest and
proceeded to hop right up on my toes
and follow me around.
(c) Misty DawnS

August

August brought more macro fun with
this Praying Mantis who was so considerate
to pose for many portraits.
They just radiate personality!

(c) Misty DawnS

Somehow... for some reason... I tend to find critters to photograph at work!
This Polythemus Moth was not only hanging out on the window
waiting for me to photograph it - it was also another Lifer for me!

(c) Misty DawnS

I just had to include another fishing acquaintance critter.
This doe had a young un' nearby and wanted to make sure
I didn't leave my fishing pole to get too close to her baby.

(c) Misty DawnS

Lifers GALORE for 2011!!!
A hummingbird moth!
I had JUST told my secretary THAT MORNING
that photographing one of these was on my Life List!

(c) Misty DawnS

Another work critter!
This Walking Stick was possibly considering
attending our university!

(c) Misty DawnS

September

Have I mentioned that 2011 brought me many
first-time (Lifer) critters and critters on my Life List?
Well, let me say it again!
This male Yellow-Legged Meadowhawk dragonfly
was yet another of my Life List critters!

(c) Misty DawnS

Oh, how I love my dragonflies, and
oh how I love my close-up macro filters!

(c) Misty DawnS

"Courage" is my word of the year for 2012, and
I decided to start working toward that word early,
when I got up-close and personal with one of my fears...
a wasp!

(c) Misty DawnS

October

It's a Yellow Rumped Warbler, but
I like to call it a "Butter-Butt".
Bet ya can tell why!

(c) Misty DawnS

October also brought me another beautiful bird.
A Harris Sparrow.

(c) Misty DawnS

We were blessed in October to have my step-daughter
and her husband come for a too-short visit.
Hubs bonded with his grand-doggy Pug.

(c) Misty DawnS

November

Hubs has been working on many projects during 2011.
One of those projects was moving an entire garage from one part
of our property to another.
Apparently, he had an audience.

(c) Misty DawnS

December

I close this re-cap with a photo of the critters
who are the reason Hubs and I work so hard and
the reason I am here to experience and meet
Mother Nature's critters of the rural Midwest.

(c) Misty DawnS


Thank you for taking the time to remember 2011 with me.
May the new year bring you
beautiful moments to create lasting memories,
dreams come true,
and realized life wishes!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Moon For A New Year

(c) Misty DawnS

I truly hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. Hubs and I both have colds and have been sick for a week. I had so many things planned to get done during my winter break from work, and I've gotten absolutely nothing done, except sitting around feeling miserable. That'll teach me! Next time, I should plan on getting nothing done, and then maybe I'll accomplish a lot.

Since Hubs was so sweet and kind to bring this illness into our home, I've teased him that next time I have an extended break from work, I'm getting a hotel room or going to the airpot, errr I mean airport and heading to my dad's! Then my daddy can make me hot chocolate, and I can get lots of wolfdog-lovin!

So, it's that time of year again... time for you to tell me what your new year's resolutions or goals are. Mine are all photography related, of course. The main one though is to change and arrange my schedule so that I have more time (and energy) to work towards the goals I've set for myself... and to have more energy to enjoy the things in my life more.

What about you? Have you set any goals for the upcoming year?

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas ~ Camera-Critters #194

As you can see by the photo below, it doesn't really look like December around here. Well, we don't have snow on the ground anyway. I'm O.K. with that, because I really dislike trying to drive to work in winter weather.

However, I'm on winter break now (can I get a "Woot!" and a "WooHoo!"?). So... Let it snow, let it snow... Let. It. Snow! Seriously... I want to attempt some snowflake macros. ;-)

(c) Misty DawnS

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!
MAY YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON BE FULL OF
GOOD HEALTH, HAPPINESS, LOVE, AND BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES.

Next week's Camera-Critters will feature a recap of my critter photos from 2011.
Time to start making some goals for the new year, such as entering contests,
working on websites, creating photo books and a Table top display... I've got big plans for this year!

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Frosty Fun

This time of year, I tend to hibernate. Therefore, my poor camera gets neglected. I'm not a fan of the cold, my bugs have gone for the year, and I just don't get inspired like I do during the other seasons.

This year, however, I've got macro filters. This year, I hope to accomplish my first ever macro of a snowflake. This year, I hope to get inspired during the winter, rather than wish it away.

So, this morning, when there was some lingering frost and sunshine caressing said frost, the camera and I once again joined forces. I quickly realized that, I've got a lot to learn about photographing this time of year.

I will, however, practice,
and I will
learn.
(c) Misty DawnS

Are you ready for Christmas? Do you have the toys for the tots, the bones for the dogs, the welding cable for the man in your life? I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Missing My Bugs ~ Camera-Critters #193

If you read my last post, which shows my over-excessive excitement about insect ornaments, and then you see the photo in this post... you'll quickly figure out that I've reached that point of the year when I'm missing my bugs. Yes, I realize I'm quite the different individual, cuz most people don't miss bugs... but, hey, they're my favorite photography subjects!

Seriously, look at this critter. People would LOVE to have an outfit like this critter wears!

(c) Misty DawnS

Don't worry, you'll only have to put up with my whining about missing bugs for another several months. That's all. ;-)


Dragonflies at Christmas

The below photographs were taken by my awesome office-partner, who happens to be an outstanding people photographer. She photographs her kids... I photograph bugs... we compliment each other perfectly.

Each year, we decorate our office. It's a group effort, as my secretary supplies the tree, my office-partner brings in some decorations, and other co-workers provide things too.

This year, my office-partner is heading to warm and sunny Florida to celebrate Christmas at her sister's with the rest of her family. They won't be needing any rv towing, but they will be driving. It will be a long trip, but I'm sure it will be totally worth it!

So, she grabbed a box of ornaments she wasn't using and LOOK what was in there box!!!

SERIOUSLY PEOPLE!!! Those are
DRAGONFLY ornaments!!!
OK, yes, I realize you can see them and
don't need me to tell you. But... LOOK!!!
Not only are they DRAGONFLY ornaments, but
there are
!*PURPLE*!
!*DRAGONFLY*!
!*ORNAMENTS*!
I get a warm heart every time I look at our little tree.



Why yes, that is Joe Cool a.k.a. Snoopy under our tree. I won him at a seminar at work, and he has kind of become our little office mascot. We usually try to dress him up for the holidays (Pilgrim hat or turkey feathers for the holidays, etc) but we didn't have anything to dress him up in for Christmas. Oh well, he'll just have to pretend he's going to Florida with my office-partner. :-)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Baby Pics Gone Wrong ~ Camera-Critters #192

This past summer, around June or July, my neighbors' horse had a foal. I had the bright idea one day, while driving by, that I would take photos of the happy Mama and Babe. Yeah, well, just call me a foal.... errrr fool, cuz this babe was camera shy for sure!

Uhhh Mama, your tail...
It's ummm...
in the way

(c) Misty DawnS

Heeeeere lil baby....
c'mon out from behind your Mama!
Baby?
Hello?
You there?

(c) Misty DawnS

Oh well fine then!
There's nothing worse than uncooperative
photography subjects!
Lemme tell ya!

(c) Misty DawnS

Friday, December 2, 2011

Daddy's Boy Looking Dapper ~ Camera Critters #191

For those of you who haven't been visiting my blog for long...

First, thank you for visiting! :-D

Now, let me tell you about this blog's namesakes. We have three Border Collies. Yes, I often ask Hubs why in the world we would not only choose a breed of dog which often makes us feel inferior in intelligence, but we chose THREE of that breed. I guess we enjoy having 'kids' who challenge our intelligence. Besides, Border Collies are like Lay's potato chips... ya can't have just one. ;-)

Today's Camera-Critters star is Tag. Tag is our male Border Collie, and he's Daddy's dog through and through. In fact, other than Daddy, he doesn't have any use for people. In fact, other than Daddy, most people don't have any use for Tag. He has a tendency to make you feel very unwelcome.

Yes, Taggy has his issues, but we love him anyway. In fact, he's probably the most intelligent of our dogs. Yet, most people don't get to see what an amazing animal Tag is, because his insecurity and one-person-dogness (yeah, I just made that up) prevents it.

Regardless, he's our boy, and we love him.

(c) Misty DawnS

Tag's favorite thing in the world is working with his 'Dad', whether it be out on the farm or getting to stay in the truck while Dad works his day job. Although Tag could probably figure out a zumba playstation, he'd much rather Santa bring him some farm equipment for Christmas. Tag LOVES farm equipment!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

For the Birds ~ Camera Critters #190

This Camera-Critters post is

For The Birds!

(c) Misty DawnS


(c) Misty DawnS

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Straight At Ya

The scene below is "straight out of the camera" (hence why I posted it today for SOOC Sunday). The scene below is also "straight outta my pasture"... "straight outta my kitchen window"... "straight offa my farm" (offa?)

We had such a dry summer there is hardly any pasture for the cows to eat. So, they got a bit upset about that and decided to start tearing into the hay bales that were stacked there for winter. Hubs had to move all the hay to the other side of a gate so the cows couldn't destroy them. I think the cows are asking for hay from Santa this year. ;-)

(c) Misty DawnS

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Three Eyes ~ Camera-Critters #189

Most of you know (and are probably sick of hearing about) how much I love my pond. It's probably my favorite place to be (with our woods coming in a close second). When I'm back at the pond, it's a form of therapy for me. I can empty my mind and let my stresses and worries go, and I can just "be". Everyone needs a place where they can just "be".

I don't have any Remote Control Boats to play with (although that would be loads of fun), but I do have fishing poles. I also have a camera, and I meet many friends back at my pond, such as "Three Eyes", who is the star of this week's Camera-Critters post.

(c) Misty DawnS


Where is YOUR place where you can let go and just "be"???



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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wednesday Wingspan

One of my favorite nature photography bloggers, Kerri often does a "Wings on Wednesday" post. I hope she doesn't mind my borrowing her theme idea for this week.

(c) Misty DawnS

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