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I have been busy
Posted on Aug 8, 2012 4:54 AM

A year how the time flys!!!!

All I can say is I have been busy amoung other things.

Do to heath problems I have had to do some things different.
Thankfully I found 2 yard guys(father and son) who are hard workers and have a good bit of plant knowledge and they weed!!!
We have been getting my yard back in shape and I have been able to have it certified as a Wild Life Habit and certifed with S.H.A.R.E. Pollinator Partnership. Hoping to get it certified with the state as a Florida Friendly yard(do not remember what that one is really called)

Yesterday I was out in the heat trying to get some pictures of a couple of caterpillars and with in 20 minutes I say 8 different kinds of butterflies

Gulf Fritillary
Monarchs(returning for the winter)
Black Swallowtail
Gold Rim
Pipevine Swallowtail
Cloudless Sulfur
Giant Swallowtail
Zebra Longwing(first I have seen sense the freezes of a couple of winters ago)
Long Tailed Skipper

And lots of bees and wasp 

 I have also been busy over on Cubits, Zany and I have a Photo Contest forum going on.  We have 3 contest going this month, the month long one is a scavenger hunt and we have 2 two week contest also

I am unable to walk much right now but hoping soon to be able to get out and get more pictures

until next time 

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More Bees and a Wet Noise
Posted on Aug 28, 2011 6:05 PM

This morning I went out to run some test, trying to find the best settings for my close ups.

Before I get started I found a  bee that was just waking up.The pictures are not perfect but in them you can see parts of the bee that we normally do not see.

male Xylocopa virginica

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He was on a Milkweed but as there was a sight wind and the Milkweed was also the more for a wasp nest , it was not a good set up so I moved it. But you can see the feet and the head
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He was happy to sit on my thumb as I took her picture.  I wish I could have put him  some where, it is not easy to hold the camera with one had and take pictures

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After he fly away I went on with my test but I get interrupted, That crazy dog of my stuck his noise in to see what I was doing. I could not resist taking z picture of it, not a good pictue as it was moving but here it is

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wild and wet
Posted on Aug 26, 2011 5:53 PM

The hurricane churned pass today. Mom and I went to the beach to watch the waves.

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Unfortunely we did not get much rain.

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Bugs, Bees and a Brag
Posted on Aug 25, 2011 12:29 PM

I love to take pictures of insects or I should say try.  It is hard to get a good picture of a moving target.

But today I am happy. The other day I was talking to a Doctorate(?) student about his study on Native Bees.  I was telling him about a picture I get of a small bee coming in for a landing on a flower and he asked if I would share it with him. And any picture I sent him he would give me credit.  Today I sent him some and he was very pleased with them. So I sent him more. LOL

So today I will share some of my Bug pictures. I have not ID'ed these yet.

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I think this bee is sticking her tounge out at me.

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Have no idea what these to are but looking to find them and in the case of the teeny tiny fly lucking to get a picture half way in focus.

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This is all for today.  Thanks for looking.

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Patterns and texture part 1
Posted on Aug 24, 2011 6:20 PM

As you know I love close ups.  A couple of days ago I went to a garden down in Gainesville, Florida.  Now this garden is 62 acreas of plants, and I mean a LOT of plants. I plan on doing a  few Threads on Public Gardens Photo Tours forum about this garden, but I keep getting side tracked.  The garden has a lot of plant wit colored patteren leaves and many with texture to the leaves. The other day I spent over half of the 3+ hours I spent in the gardens(only covered less than fourth of the area) was spent taking pictures of leaves.
I would like to share a few with you.

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This is just a few of the leaves that I saw.

Here is one of the pots that where in a contailer area.

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I hope you all enjoyed my pictures

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