Sunday, October 30, 2011

Feelin' Froggy

(c) Misty DawnS

The visit with my step-daughter and her husband was wonderful. It was a bit bittersweet, however, because they got here on Wednesday and left on Saturday. They are so much fun to be around, and we shared many laughs and jokes.

I took the photo above when the five of us (Hubs, Step-daughter, Son-in-law, their Pug, and myself) went on a walk through the pastures and the woods. Both son-in-law and I were stopping often to take photos and then playing catch-up with the rest of the group.

We had great weather while they were here, and I miss them already... especially the little piglet... errr I mean Pug who woke me up each morning by jumping on me and smothering me with kisses. Back to work and normal life tomorrow. *sigh*

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Along Came A Spider ~ Camera-Critters #186




Some may not enjoy this photograph.

Some may even think this photograph is...


But, hey, it IS Halloween weekend, after all!!!

(c) Misty DawnS

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hanging On

(c) Misty DawnS

I've been so busy all weekend that I completely spaced Today's Flowers. I had my photo all ready to go too, but then forgot to do the post. That's O.K. though, because the photo will work for Macro Monday too.

What has kept me so busy, you ask? Well, cleaning. Cleaning the bathroom - sink, toilet, shower, washer, dryer. Cleaning the kitchen - fridge, freezer, stove, oven, microwave. Cleaning the bedroom - closet, dressers, etc. Laundry. Dishes. You see... my step-daughter and her husband are coming to visit!!! WOOT! They are our first "visiting company" we've had since we moved here four and a half years ago!

Is the house ready, you ask? Well... not really, but we're working really hard to get it ready enough for company, as it's still in a major state of construction. Hubs is trying to get the hardwood flooring in the new living room so we can move some furniture in there. Otherwise, Hubs and I will be sleeping in the pop-up camper, and that will be VERY chilly at the end of October! (please cross fingers and anything else and send us well wishes)

Regardless of if everything gets done, it will be a great time. I can't wait to see her! Oh and thanks for asking!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bluebirds and a Butter Butt ~ Camera-Critters #185

On one of my recent trips back to the pond, a Bluebird went flying past my head and landed in one of our apple trees and proceeded to stare at me. I think the Bluebirds are SO beautiful, but they are very skittish birds, and I've yet to get a good photograph of one, because they take off as soon as I lift my camera. It's like they're playing a game with me.

I did get the below photo, which I like, because it has two Bluebirds in it. However, it's still not a good photograph. So, I stood there contemplating how I was going to get these birds to trust me.

(c) Misty DawnS


As I stood there contemplating...

This beautiful Yellow Rumped Warbler
decided to land in the tree right next to me
and pose for a portrait.
Not only did it pose,
It provided me with the perfect photo
to capture why it is named the "Yellow Rumped" Warbler.

(c) Misty DawnS

 Maybe they were trying to give me a hint to get my act together and supply them with some yummies!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bonjour Butterflies

(c) Misty DawnS

Isn't it just beautiful??? Believe it or not, we still have quite a few butterflies, and even some dragonflies, flying around. We've had a couple weeks' worth of absolutely beautiful weather, which has made them stick around for a bit longer. The temperatures have started dropping this weekend though, so I'm sure my precious bugs will be bidding me farewell until next year.

With the changes in seasons comes my To-Do List. That may not make sense, but here's how it works. As long as it's nice outside, I want to BE outside. So, I tell myself that there will be plenty of time for computer and indoor work once the sn*w is flying (sorry, I didn't want to curse on my blog). Therefore, I now have a To-Do List which is several pages long. *sigh* Looks like I won't get bored this wint*r (such foul language in one post).

I probably won't be visiting a cigar auction online, but I do have plans on an entirely new website and blog (yeah, that's gonna be quite a chore), lots of photography related work, some crafts, and, oh yeah, we have a house to finish too. I think I'm going to need more hours in the days!

Speaking of Holidays

(c) Misty DawnS

My wildflowers are fading and being replaced by leaves on the ground. I can't believe that Halloween is this month, not to mention Christmas is just two months away!

Yep, it's time to start bringing out the cold weather clothes and start thinking about christmas ideas for boyfriends and for whomever else you purchase gifts. To the horror of my office partner, who is Christmas-crazy, Hubs and I don't exchange gifts. With our house being in a constant state of remodel/construction, we put our money towards that rather than gifts. I must admit though, it is fun picking out that perfect gift for someone and then seeing their reaction when they open it.

So, are you one of those people who starts planning for the holidays early? Do you have a very special gift planned for someone? What's on YOUR Christmas list this year?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Bat Bully ~ Camera-Critters #184

(c) Misty DawnS

Each year, some Little Brown Bats hang out on the helipad at my work. They don't cause any problems, they just hang out (literally). Each year, I go out and take a picture of them, which I had already done this year.

However, one day last week, my secretary (yes, her again) informed me that another co-worker said that one of the bats was down on the ground of the helipad, rather than hanging on the wall. I was a bit wary, considering bats are nocturnal creatures and shouldn't be moving around during the day. Of course, I went out with my camera any way.

I was taking photos when I started to see the bat start to stretch its wings. I snapped this photo, just before the bat flew in my direction, flew in circles around the helipad, and then finally settled on a wall. Now, we keep an eye on that bat. The others just stay in one corner and don't move around. We're a little concerned about the one I photographed.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Caterpillar Chomp

(c) Misty DawnS

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Country Flowers

Whenever I see the wildflowers growing among the barbed wire, it always gets my attention. The contrast of the beauty of the flower versus the harshness of the barbs... well, it just tells a story or makes a statement. That's my opinion anyway.

(c) Misty DawnS

I decided to get a little creative this morning. Well, actually it wasn't a conscious decision. I was cropping and resizing the original photo, when this little voice in my head started saying "Pssst... sepia. Hey, I bet this might look good in sepia. Try sepia. I'm tellin' ya... S.E.P.I.A.!" Geesh - So I tried it out in sepia just to get that voice to shut up already; it was givin' me a headache! What? You don't have voices telling you what to try on your art? Then, ummmm... please disregard the majority of this paragraph. Never happened. Honest!

(c) Misty DawnS

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fritillary Portrait ~ Camera-Critters #183

Soon, my precious bugs will be gone. The temperatures will drop, and the snow will fly. *sigh* And, I will be longing for green grass, blue skies, and dragonflies (and fishing, of course). For now, however, we've had glorious weather. I've welcomed the unseasonably warm temperatures, which have caused my precious critters to remain with me for a while longer...

such as this beautiful Fritillary butterfly
who recently posed for a portrait.

(c) Misty DawnS

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Overcoming a Fear

I have a fear of bees/stinging insects.
I've been doing my best to overcome this fear.
So, when I first saw this critter,
my initial reaction was,
"S*&t a wasp!",
and I started to turn and go in the other direction.
But, I stopped myself,
took a deep breath,
and photographed it.
Not once, not twice, but FOUR times.
With my macro lens no less!

(c) Misty DawnS

Purple Aster

It's purple, and
it's beautiful.
What more could you want?

(c) Misty DawnS

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Frogs For Fall ~ Camera-Critters #182

This year has certainly been a year full of tree frogs at our house. We had six tree frogs in our house... five in the kitchen and one in the bedroom. Yeah... tree frogs. Weird, huh? We've also, of course, found them outside (probably planning and waiting for their chance to get in my kitchen hehe).

I found this tree frog last weekend.
He was just hanging out on some cement next to our house

(c) Misty DawnS

This is not a tree frog, but you probably already figured that out.
This is a Leopard Frog.
I call him "Fabrizio Frog"
(Quick! What movie is that name from???)
(c) Misty DawnS

I want a cool name like Fabrizio
(c) Misty DawnS

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