Friday, September 17, 2010

Macro Friday

I discovered something this week. I have been blogging long enough that I can do it to relieve stress. You know, the kids are really unhappy and hubby just whisks them away to the play room, and I can now sit at the computer and compose a post. Initially, blogging was complicated enough to me that it was too stressful in itself to be relaxing. Not that I am in any way an "expert blogger." Far from it. But, I know how to do what I do well enough that I'm not stressing over it.
Lately, I've been trying to get all the summer out of the remaining summer days. Summer is not defined by dates on the calendar, but more by temperature. As long as it's in the 80's or 90's, it's summer to me. I love summer, but I think I'm looking forward to autumn.
But all of this has nothing to do with Macro Friday. So, without further rambling, here is this week's entry in Macro Friday.

The rest are just for fun. And, as always, click on each picture for a close up look.

Visit blogging from bolivia to link up your own Macro Friday post.

Oh, one other note. The last photo is of a garter snake. If you have an unreasonable fear of snakes, please stop at the warning below.

Last week, Mom bought me a lovely pot of asters. The butterflies and moths have really been enjoying them. I got quite a few pictures of a sweet little
Bumblebee Moth.

The hummingbirds have been keeping me busy refilling feeders. Over the last week, I noticed that we only have males left. Every "female" when closely examined, is, in fact, an immature male. Their little throats are either dotted or beginning to show spots of ruby.

Snake photo to follow.

Have a great weekend!



  1. I need to face my fear because, I've heard that there is a garter snake living in our new stone wall, near my new garden. eep.

    What a cutie that hummingbird is! He's wearing his fall neckband, I see! =]

  2. Ha... thanks for the warning and the extra spacing!

    I think all your pictures are so beautiful. I love the one you've submitted for MF. I love anything that's different and the reflection of the bird off of the water is heavenly. Good job!

  3. Your hummingbird photos are wonderful - we don't have birds like that here in the UK but I would love to have them visiting my garden. Thankfully we don't have snakes like that nor would I want one visiting.

  4. wow, what stunning photographs, they are absolutely lovely and I wish I had a hummingbird in my garden

  5. I'm glad the extra spacing and warning worked out so well for so many! I really didn't think so many people didn't like snakes! I love 'em, personally. I considered catching him, but I irritate the creatures around my house too much already.
    Thanks for the compliments. I really am finding photography addictive!

  6. That hummingbird is awesome!! Beautiful capture

  7. I just love these little guys (the humming birds). We do not see many around here, and even when I have, I've not been successfully photograph them.
    Wonderful shots!

  8. I love hummingbirds. Mine never stick around long enough to get a picture. You got some GREAT shots! I love the bumble bee moth and the snake, too. Awesome captures, as usual! :)

  9. Beautiful shots! I'm impressed, getting a photo of a hummingbird is tough! Nice work! :)

  10. Thanks for the warning about the snake! ack.

    Don't you just love hummingbirds? They are so sweet! {and so is their food} hehe

  11. Thanks! If it were not for the ability to take hundreds of pictures, I'd never come up with anything interesting!

  12. Fantastic hummingbird shots! I have such a hard time capturing mine!

  13. Great shots. I have been trying to capture these little creatures all summer, but they come and go so fast. Maybe next summer.

  14. Wow! Really great hummingbird shots. I just love when they perch like that, they're so cute.

  15. Thanks! The key to hummingbird shots is sitting near the feeder a lot so they get used to you. And then snapping a million shots ;-)


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