Friday, September 26, 2014

Tree Frog Visits Hummingbird Feeder

Surround yourself with beauty, 

even if you have to 

close your eyes and pretend.

© Misty DawnS

(It's time for the Tree Frogs, Walking Sticks, and Monarchs.  They are everywhere!)

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Tree Frog Visits the Barn

The other day, I went out to the barn to feed the dogs
and made a new friend...

 © Misty DawnS

© Misty DawnS
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Grasshopper on the Deck

Not bad for a cell phone pic!!!
© Misty DawnS

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bluebird Rural Living

© Misty DawnS
(Taken with my iPhone 4 & processed in Instagram)

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Little Birdie & The Window

This little bird ran into our picture window the other day. I went out and photographed it, and a little while later, it flew away. I was glad it wasn't too injured... must have just gave itself a big ol' headache! I'm guessing that this is a young female Goldfinch, but I may be wrong.

© Misty DawnS
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Baby Walking Stick

 © Misty DawnS

© Misty DawnS

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Shimmer

© Misty DawnS

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Amongst the Green

© Misty DawnS

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Drop in Time

© Misty DawnS

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Lean on Me

© Misty DawnS

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lady of the Morning

© Misty DawnS

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Critter at Work

This critter was hanging out on the window at work, so I snapped a couple pics of it with my cell phone.

© Misty DawnS

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pink Diamonds

© Misty DawnS

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Butterfly Beauty

I actually have something to post!  This photo was taken with my cell phone, so it is not great quality.
I also applied a filter to it in Instagram.  Are you on Instagram?  What's your screen name so I can follow you?


© Misty DawnS
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Bubbly Around the Edges

© Misty DawnS

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dewy Daisy Fleabane

© Misty DawnS

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Pollen Spreader


Thanks to this critter, and its friends,
our apple trees are finally producing this year!

© Misty DawnS

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Drop of Clover

© Misty DawnS

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Sunday Smiles - It's Officially Summer

© Misty DawnS

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Only Nature

© Misty DawnS

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No One Here But Us Trees

© Misty DawnS

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Taped Tuesday: Sleep Jumping

Taped Tuesday... yeah, I came up with that all on my own. I'm clever like that. O.K., so maybe it's 'corny clever'; that is a talent which comes with sleep deprivation. So, anywho... for Taped Tuesday, I give you my sleep jumping baby. This girl LOVES that jumper to the point she jumps in her sleep. Must... keep... jumping...







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Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Lone Tear Can Say So Much

A true friend sees the first tear,
catches the second,
and stops the third.
~Angelique

© Misty DawnS

Sunday Smiles - Pure Joy

© Misty DawnS

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pretty Pansy

© Misty DawnS

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Gorgeous Redhead

© Misty DawnS

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sparkles and Glow

© Misty DawnS

Sunday Smiles - Two of a Kind

© Misty DawnS

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Indigo Spiderwort

© Misty DawnS

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They Don't Share Well

© Misty DawnS

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I'm Dewin' It Again

© Misty DawnS

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sedimentary

© Misty DawnS

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Black & White Fireworks

© Misty DawnS

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Why Did the Turkeys Cross the Road?

 © Misty DawnS

 © Misty DawnS

© Misty DawnS


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(Special thanks to Hubs for calling me and telling me to run outside with the camera!  Special thanks to Pumpkin for napping during the whole thing.)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Atop the Hill Reaching for the Sky

© Misty DawnS

Monday, May 26, 2014

Busy Bee

© Misty DawnS

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Apple Blossoms

© Misty DawnS

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Fly By

© Misty DawnS

Participating in Camera-Critters

I don't know my hummingbird I.D.s yet, and I need to practice taking photos of them too.  We have a Ruby Throated, this one (green back, white belly), and a brown one.  I'll keep practicing with the photos in an attempt to get better. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

If Walls Could Talk...

© Misty DawnS

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kissed By the Rain

© Misty DawnS

Friday, May 16, 2014

Watching with WatchBot

It was brought to my attention that the rafflecopter wasn't working previously.
The problem should be resolved now.  Please enter the giveaway, and GOOD LUCK!!!

If you follow my blog, you know that I have been away for a bit to enjoy being a new mommy... something I didn't think would ever happen for me.  This is a blessing I have no words to describe, and I now know what it's like to feel a love so strong it is completely consuming.

It is also a constant learning experience.  Thank goodness for the advice of other moms, great websites, and product reviews!!!  Speaking of product reviews... what a better way to get back into the swing of blogging, while taking my blog in some new directions, than to share with you a product, not just for moms, but for anyone in general who wants peace of mind.

Disclaimer - I was provided one WatchBot camera in exchange for a product review post.  All opinions and experiences in this post are my honest opinions and experiences

The WatchBot is a wireless camera which gives you the ability to remotely monitor your home, child, pets, or business.  This device can serve multiple purposes to suit your specific needs.  I, of course, was interested in utilizing it as a baby monitor.  So, when I got the opportunity to receive a WatchBot camera in exchange for a review, I jumped on it... as fast as a sleep-deprived, new mommy can jump.

When I received the package, the techie-geek in me was "oohing" and "ahhing" over how cool this gadget looked.  But, I can hear you saying "Yeah, it looks cool. That's great.  How does it function, Misty???"  O.K., O.K., I'm getting to that... give me a moment to show you how cool it looks though!



Thank you for that brief moment.  :-)  Now we'll get to the nitty gritty...

I had quite a bit of trouble getting the camera initially hooked up to my wi-fi.  In WatchBot's defense, I honestly believe it was an issue with my password-protected router, which often disconnects from our wireless peripherals.  Basically, it wouldn't allow me to do anything, because it kept telling me I needed "admin rights".  After continued frustrated attempts, resets, and unplugging and re-plugging, I had resigned myself to the belief that this just wasn't going to work with my set-up.  So I did the "step away for a bit" method.  I had left the camera plugged into my router, while I took the time to research and read sites which talked about troubleshooting.  Then, a few days later, when I pulled up the software on my computer - it had connected and was working!!!  Seriously!  I would LOVE to tell y'all that I pulled out my techie super-knowledge and got that thing up and running, but I cannot tell a lie... It basically just fixed itself.  That's the only explanation I have for it, unless my baby is a genius and fixed it while I wasn't looking.  So, as far as the initial hook-up, I'm really not sure I can help you there, except to say the physical hook up is easy - plug it in to an outlet, hook one end of the Ethernet cable to your WatchBot camera and the other end into a spare port on your wireless router.  Then, run the software, which you installed via the website or the CD.  In a perfect world, it finds your wi-fi and connects.

After the WatchBot is acknowledging and set up for your wi-fi connection, you can unplug the Ethernet cable and place the camera wherever you want it.  Then, the magic happens.  With apps installed on your peripherals and phones, and software installed on your computer, you are able to remotely monitor what is important to you.  Yes, this means that I am able to view my baby from another room, but it also means that I can view my baby while I'm at work!!!  I'm sure you can see where this would be an asset for a parent who is often on the road or someone who is on vacation and wants to keep an eye on the house.

You can not only watch things remotely, you can also control the WatchBot camera remotely!  You can pan, tilt, zoom... all from your phone or peripheral device.  The WatchBot is also equipped with audio capabilities, so you can hear, and even talk back to, your baby or pets.  Talk about making your baby think you really can see everything even when you're not there!

You're probably thinking, "But, Misty, I don't have time to sit and stare at the camera all day and night while I'm on vacation!"  I understand!  Just use the motion sensor function.  You receive e-mail alerts when motion is detected in the area being watched by the camera.  And, with night vision, your viewing time is not limited.  You can even record video and images from the camera (with the optional microSD slot).

Another great thing is you can hook up more than one camera (sold separately, of course), so you can view multiple rooms.  That's convenient so you don't have to keep moving one camera from place to place.

With the night vision and audio capabilities, the WatchBot provides me with a great monitoring system.  I am able to hear and view my baby at night to determine if I need to go to her or let her sooth herself back to sleep.

There are many uses for the WatchBot, all providing security and peace of mind.  To find out more, check out their website.

OH... and did I mention they are holding a competition?  The prize is... (drumroll please...)
FOUR... yes, FOUR WatchBot cameras and one free mobile app!

You can use the below form to enter (You can thank me... I mean the WatchBot folks, later!)

Monday, March 24, 2014

I've Discovered Instagram

© Misty DawnS


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Canine Pancreatitis

What is Canine Pancreatitis?

Seemingly healthy and robust dogs can quickly fall ill with pancreatitis, and this is especially common in dogs whose immune systems are compromised. As with humans, in dogs the pancreas serves to create essential hormones and enzymes. If the pancreas becomes inflamed from infection, injury, or even certain toxins that can come from ingested garbage, it's important to seek medical attention right away. Pancreatitis not only causes inflammation, but it causes the pancreas to begin digesting itself, which can quickly become fatal.

In dogs, pancreatitis typically presents with vomiting and diarrhea, fever, a hunched posture, as well as anorexia and fatigue due to the pain and suffering caused by the inflamed pancreas. Additionally, an acute attack of pancreatitis can lead to inflammation of nearby arteries and veins, and even trigger renal failure.

Unfortunately there is no specific treatment for canine pancreatitis, though supportive treatment in the form of antibiotics for any present infections, as well as fluids and pain medication, can go a long way in helping the dog to hopefully recover. Fluids and pain medication are especially important components for treating pancreatitis in dogs, as dehydration and fatigue from pain can both be fatal to dogs with distressed pancreases.

Planning a Comeback

I do have every intention on coming back to blogging.  A few things have caused me to take a short break...

1.  A long, cold, never-ending winter
2.  Some big events at my day job, which have required my attention and caused some stress and exhaustion
3.  The most important reason...

© Misty DawnS

Since I had to return to work full time (and then do my second job when I get home), there's nothing more important than spending every minute of the rest of my 'at-home' time with this sweetheart!  Seriously... I find myself wondering how life ever had meaning before her. ;-)

When I do return to blogging, I will, of course, still be posting nature photography.  But, as you probably guessed, my blog will take on another angle too, since I'm now a mommy.  There will be posts about my precious miracle girl, mommy reviews, and thoughts on being 'older parents'.

But, don't worry - there will still be LOTS of nature photography, as I can't wait to share my love of nature with my girl. :-)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Michigan Dog Boarding Facility

Dog owners in Michigan who cannot take their dogs with them on a vacation will be thrilled to find a boarding facility where their dogs will be pampered while they stay in luxurious suites. People can use the facility's online web cam to see how much their dogs are enjoying themselves.

Dogs in Club Suites will sleep comfortably on raised orthopedic cots with sheepskin bedding. Club Suites measure between 24 and 72 square feet. The Signature Suites measure between 36 and 60 square feet. Dogs in these suites will rest comfortably on luxury daybeds with blankets. These suites have soundproof walls and television sets. Dogs in both types of suites have two complementary play sessions daily. They receive gourmet biscuits for bedtime treats.

Dogs are served premium dog food with lamb and rice. Gourmet meals of chicken pot pie or beef stew are available for an additional charge.

Extra pampering is available for a small fee. Dog owners who want their pets to receive extra attention will be delighted to find out that the dogs can be tucked in with a bedtime story. Dogs who want a lot of affection can receive extra cuddling and petting. People who want their dogs to get exercise can pay for private play sessions. Those who want pictures of their dogs enjoying themselves can have photos emailed to them.

Interested parties can visit the facility's website to learn more.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Best Face of 2013

© Misty DawnS

Friday, January 3, 2014

Purple Finch Repeat

A photo from my archives (December 2010)
© Misty DawnS



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