Saturday, November 15, 2014

Shadows of Those that Walked the Earth Long Before Man


Some friends and I went out on a venture this week to Tucumcari, NM where the world famous Mesalands Dinosaur Museum is. I had a blast taking photos without any posted restrictions in this museum. Funny part is, that when I told my husband after I got home that we went to this museum, he said he did the lighting design for it years ago! He works on a lot of lighting designs across the country, so I usually don't hear too much about them.








And yes, we are goofy!







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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Don't Miss Out on the Details of Life!






Since I'm the one who took these images, I have a sense of scale as to their size. But, perhaps you don't-especially with this first image. This little juniper, brave as it is, is about maybe 4 inches across on it's best day. Easy for most to just pass by, I think. For me, things like this are like what 'bling' would be to a raven. I can't help but see stuff like this. And yes, those that are with me continue on and I am ALWAYS the last one lagging behind. I have to stop to see this. I have to photograph it! It's as though my DNA is 'wired' for me to do so! But, I rather enjoy it-it's like getting more dessert than the others.

And then, there's this:




Same walk. Maybe before or after that little juniper, who knows. But the colors of the lichen! Oh! Rocks 'painted' by lichen, thank you very much. Not to mention the shadows of that feathery grass creating crescent patterns amongst the lichen's colors.

I can't help myself. I love it all.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Webs Of Dew









These are spider web shots are are really tough to come by here where I live in New Mexico. Mostly because we don't get heavy dew like they do in Northern California along the coastline. This was worth stopping the car for, throwing it in reverse to capture nature's finest weavers. Mind you, I do have a fear of spiders, but none were readily seen on these dew-laden webs (perhaps they stepped out for a bit to wait for the sun to dry up the dew?). If you look closely at the dew drops, you will see shadows within them. 



My dear friend and fellow travel companion/photographer, Linda Laitner, was stealthy and took a picture of me taking a picture. We both wear gear that is conducive to getting down on the ground to shoot because, let's face it, sometimes you just have to or you don't get the shot. It's odd to see what I look like when totally immersed in doing something I love to do.


And, not far from the webs of dew was the Pacific ocean-teeming with life and activity. I caught the shadow of a cormorant as it flew over the flotsam and jetsam.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ariolimax Columbianus: AKA-the Banana Slug






Maybe you've never heard of a banana slug? Second largest slug in the world and most of them reside in the Pacific Northwest. They are usually yellow with brown spots (hence, the name), but they can also be brown, green or even almost black. I think I kind of heard of banana slugs before visiting the Redwoods area, but I don't remember the context and it seemed like such a fleeting conversation. Fast forward to the day we hiked the trail of the giant Redwoods-they only allow 50 car passes a day to this area and the information area that you get the permits for this also had a gift shop. Of course, I had to browse and buy a few things-and as I was at the cash register waiting to pay, there was a plastic yellow slug sitting there. So, I asked, "Is that a banana slug?" and the answer was, "yes" (as though I should know, but I didn't). And, I laughed and said, "Oh, that's why they're called banana slugs!" As I had never seen a picture of them. I just thought banana slugs were called that because they lived in banana trees-not knowing that they are predominantly in the Pacific Northwest where there is nary a banana tree. So, now I know. And, now you know!

A few hours later, at the bottom of the trail of the giant redwoods, in the dappled light of the afternoon I see a gleam of yellow from under a fern frond. Lo, and behold! A banana slug!! It's a, "Be still my heart" kind of moment as I got up close to take these. Granted, this one seems like a young one, but don't you think they're kind of cool looking? So yellow and all. 

Look closely and I think you can see what must be its eyes. And a smile. Of course there's a smile-that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

In the meantime:

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Look Up! Look Down!






Hmmmm...maybe this one should be called the double cross shadow.

Sometimes I just photograph a whole bunch of leaves for as they present themselves in a myriad of ways! Witness the three images being posted today. These are all from my trip to the Northern California area to see the Redwood trees last month. I always take a lot of pictures, but this time, I'm determined to do a better job of sharing and not hoarding them.




A fern leaf acting as a 'safety net' for other leaves, cushioning, if not stopping their fall to the forest floor.


A trio that have found a permanent place to land.

Who knows? Maybe I'll have some of you looking down at the ground more often to notice the leaves that fall and how they present themselves. Would love to hear some reports back when you do!

In the meantime:

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