Monday, August 29, 2011

Critter Camo

I'm quite late in completing a Macro Monday post, but I wanted to do one anyway.

Do you see my little friend?
(c) Misty DawnS

Perhaps it's easier to see it now?
(c) Misty DawnS



Sunday, August 28, 2011

It's a Flower, It's a Weed, It's a Pinkweed Flower

(c) Misty DawnS


(c) Misty DawnS


(c) Misty DawnS


This is one of my favorite wildflowers. O.K. fine, maybe I do say that with every wildflower photo I post... I just... I was just trying to see if you were paying attention... yeah, that's what I was doing.

Anyway, this is called Pinkweed or, if you like to throw around big, complicated, technical names, then it's Polygonum pensylvanicum. Yeah, say that three times fast. I'll stick with Pinkweed.

These flowers always intrigue me, because they are rather intricate with their petals of random pink and white. None of the flowers are the same. It reminds me of bar codes on packages and how they seem so random, yet they make perfect sense to a cordless barcode scanner. I'm sure each of these flowers makes perfect sense to nature. :-) Me, I just enjoy the splashes of color they provide in the tall grasses. Oh, and they make great macro photography subjects too. Have I ever mentioned I like macro photography?

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Ironic Critter Meeting ~ Camera-Critters #177

Lemme tell ya another story, which is really ironic.

Last Friday... not to be confused with this past Friday...

The Friday before this past Friday, which would make it last Friday... anyway...

It was a Friday morning, and my secretary and I were talking about the Polyphemus Moth. I said that seeing and photographing a giant moth like that was one of the things on my life list. I said another critter on my life list was the Hummingbird Moth. She asked, "A What? I've never heard of such a thing." So, I Googled (since I capitalize 'Googled', does that make it a 'Proper Verb'? uhhh anyway...) and showed her photos, and she thought it was really cool.

At lunchtime, my secretary showed up at my desk and informed me that her sister (who also works at the University) said there was a "big butterfly with blue on it" flying around the flowers in the flower garden. So, she insisted I grab the camera and go outside to take some photos - yeah, she's tough and demanding like that.

As I was photographing the "big butterfly with blue on it", which you'll have to stay tuned to see photos of (yes, I'm mean like that), I saw something out of the corner of my eye.

"Holy cow 'T'! It's a Hummingbird Moth!!!" (I may or may not have actually said cow)

"WHAT??? Are you kidding me?" T asked.

"Nope, I am NOT kidding you... LOOK!"

"Oh my gosh! It IS!"

"How ironic is that?!?!"

"I swear the critters just seek you out to photograph them, Misty!"

(c) Misty DawnS

(c) Misty DawnS

Pretty cool, huh?

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Follow the Muskrats

(c) Misty DawnS

Man has it been a long week! Seriously! I thought Wednesday was Friday. When I realized it wasn't, I could hardly comprehend that I had two more work days to go. Finally, tomorrow is Friday! WoooHooo Not only will it finally be Friday, we're supposed to have some pretty nice weather and temperatures this weekend too. So, I'm taking the muskrat's advice and going to spend as much time as I can back at the pond. I'm sure others will be taking advantage of the weather and spending time outside camping, packing ATV Accessories and riding, and having picnics. Yep, I'm looking forward to it... tomorrow... is... finally... Friday! PLEASE don't tell me it's not!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Just My View

(c) Misty DawnS

Usually, when I go back to my pond (a.k.a. my favorite and peaceful place), I'm back there to go fishing or photograph my beloved dragonflies and any other bugs (or wildlife), which may decide to show up and pose for my camera. Sometimes, though, when I take a look around, my breath is taken away by the true beauty that surrounds me. This photograph represents one of those times. When I experience that breathtaking acknowledgement of the beautiful place I have been honored to experience, I'm overcome with the desire to capture it in a photograph to share with others... and then I... well... I share it... with all of you. Makes sense, eh? No, this isn't one of those point of purchase displays, but it is the view that 'little ol me' happened to find extraordinary one day and decided to photograph it to share with you.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Need to Get a Room

(c) Misty DawnS


(c) Misty DawnS

I guess after viewing these photos, a person could accuse me of being a butterfly voyeur. But, hey, with the lack of butterflies I've seen this year, I'm glad these two Pearl Crescents are doing what comes naturally. Get it? heh heh "nature" naturally... eh, never mind. Anywho... now that y'all are rolling your eyes at me, in addition to thinking I'm a peeping tom... err peeping Misty, it's time to change the subject to reconditioned laptops or website design or chocolate. Yeah, chocolate is always a good topic. Chocolate covered pretzels are my fave... what's yours?
(I did a very smooth job at changing the subject, eh?)


Flowery Bokeh

(c) Misty DawnS

I've taken several photos while at work lately. It's nice to be able to take a few minutes away from the desk to do what I really love. Yes, I'm sorry to break it to you, but I don't refer to financial aid and love in the same sentence.

I took this photo after photographing a critter that my secretary called me outside to photograph. No, I can't tell you about the critter... you'll have to keep checking back to see it. Yes, I'm mean like that.

Anyway, after photographing the critter, and then photographing another unexpected critter who showed up but didn't pay a sitting fee... I quickly checked my michael kors watch and noted that I had enough time to snap a few photos of the flowers. Not really... I don't even have a watch... but I DID take some photos of the flowers. :-)

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Butterfly Bush Take 2

(c) Misty DawnS

(c) Misty DawnS


May 13, 2009, on my way home from work, I was in a tornado. After Hubs picked me up (cuz my vehicle wasn't drivable), he told me that his Mom had left me an early birthday gift at the house. I thought that was weird, because my birthday isn't until the end of June. It was a Butterfly Bush.

Unfortunately, that Butterfly Bush didn't survive the winter.

Fast Forward - May 13, 2011, my in-laws pull in our drive, knock on the door, and present us with some plants they want to put in the garden, and a replacement Butterfly Bush for me as an early birthday gift. I asked my mother-in-law if she realized it was the exact anniversary of when she gave me the first one, and she said it never even occurred to her.

Luckily, I've done some research since I lost my first beloved Butterfly Bush. So, hopefully, I can help it survive this winter.

It hasn't had a chance to really thrive this summer though, because July was excessively hot, and now we are extremely dry too! I've been watering it regularly (using a pitcher rather than Delafield Corporation hose), but, it's really struggling.

At least there was a little bit of time while it was blooming beautifully, and the butterflies enjoyed it as intended. There's always next year. :-)

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Bug at Work ~ Camera-Critters #176

Wednesday, I was at work and walked through one of the walkways between offices and immediately noticed a critter on the window. Not just any critter, a critter on my Life List! I immediately ran to my office, passing my secretary and saying, "We interrupt this work day, because Misty has to take a photograph."

When I got the camera and went outside, I realized that I had been followed by several of my co-workers who were interested in what Misty had found to photograph "this time". LOL I think they expected to see some critter that "only Misty" would find cool or beautiful, but everyone who saw it agreed that it was pretty awesome!

Who wouldn't think this
Polyphemus Moth
is AWESOME???
(c) Misty DawnS

(c) Misty DawnS

If you think this is cool... wait til you see the critters I photographed at work TODAY! :-)


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ten Years Ago

(c) Misty DawnS

Ten years ago, I stood in my grandparents' living room (in the house that built me), and I said those two important words, which started a life journey as "us", rather than just "me".

Just short of six years later, we moved everything from furniture to tractors to a barn cat and kittens (no golf trophies though) 750 miles away from everything we had previously called "our life".

Now, we both find ourselves constantly working in hopes to eventually reach that point when we can take time to enjoy ourselves and each other. Sometimes, our time together is seriously lacking, but that doesn't change how strong my love is and how it grows each day.

And, it will continue to grow for the next ten years, and the next ten after that. I love my husband for everything he is and everything he works to become.

Happy 10th anniversary, Hubs. I love you.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Blue Blush

(c) Misty DawnS



Friday, August 12, 2011

Give Em A Chance ~ Camera-Critters #175

O.K. Y'all know that I like bugs... well, excluding ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, and black fly gnats. I like the COOL bugs. I tend to see a beauty in them that most others don't see. I find them fascinating, intriguing, and, yes, sometimes beautiful.

With the star of this week's Camera-Critters, well, I find these critters comical, full of personality, and fascinating all at the same time. Maybe after viewing all my bug posts, I might inspire just one person to, instead of running away from a bug, stop and actually look at it and watch it. They're really not something to fear... well, most of them anyway.

(c) Misty DawnS


(c) Misty DawnS


(c) Misty DawnS

Pretty cool, huh? O.K. fine... YES, I CAN see you rolling your eyes and shaking your head at me.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Herb of Grace

(c) Misty DawnS

Verbena Hostata, commonly known as Blue Vervain, is one of my favorite wildflowers in Missouri. I love the blue color, which sometimes has a purple tint to it. The butterflies also like it, so that's a big winner for me!

Many of the wildflowers that grow around my pond have herbal qualities. According to altnature.com, the Blue Vervain is also called Herb of Grace. It is edible and medicinal, and has many uses in Native American culture as food and medicine.

One of the things on my life list is to have an herb garden and learn how to use those herbs. So, I really enjoy learning about the herbs Mother Nature has already provided me with without my even knowing!

So, I think rather than playing newgy table tennis, I'll head back to the pond for my two favorite activities... photography and fishing, of course! I'll keep my eye out for more wildflowers. :-)


Friday, August 5, 2011

Secret Residents ~ Camera-Critters #174

Ya know how sometimes you are just going about things, minding your own business, yet you can't shake the feeling that you are being watched?

Well, that exact thing happened to me the other day.

I was feeding Tag and Maggie May in their pens, which are in the barn, and I continued to get that feeling that I was being watched.

I'd stop every now and then and look around, but I didn't see anyone. So, I'd continue with what I was doing.

When I finished feeding and watering the dogs and was getting ready to exit the barn, that "being watched" feeling became quite overwhelming. Then...

Something flew past me and almost hit me in the head!

What the heck???

Then...

I looked up...

(c) Misty DawnS

Apparently, my dogs aren't the only critters taking up residence in the barn. I thought about asking for their rfid credit card to charge them rent, but that one on the left kept giving me this pitiful "I NEED foooooood" look. So, they can stay free of charge... but NO wild, late night parties!!!



Monday, August 1, 2011

Pearl Necklace



Pearl Necklace

(c) Misty DawnS




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