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Nana strikes again!

The six of us (me, son, daughter in law, grandson #1, granddaughter and grandson #2) went to Denny’s for breakfast because someone was seriously craving some sausage, eggs and pancakes.  That person shall remain nameless but I bet you can guess who 😉  We hunkered into the big semi-circle booth and placed our orders.  That day I taught grandson #1 the joy (and yumminess) of putting an over easy egg on top of some hash browns and digging in to get a bite of both – he is now converted!

But as the little one lay there quietly sleeping I was seized by the urge to photograph his sweet innocence in some mischievous ways.  One day when he is older and sees these he will laugh…or not.

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Burgundy Slippers

Today is the last day of my orchid series and in reality I believe the show ends today here as well.  Stay tuned for a new series…as soon as I figure out what it will be.  Have a great weekend and for those of us in the USA that live in states that participate, watch out for that lost hour on Sunday.

 

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Oscar Nominee

Tonight is the night of the Oscar awards and I am torn between watching it to see if my favorites will win or staying with my usual Sunday night viewing of The Walking Dead.  Polar opposites don’t you think?  It is for certain that one of them will get the DVR while I enjoy the other.  But I wanted to share a couple of scenes from when we visited one of the nominee’s in the summer of 2013 – Manchester by the Sea, Massachusetts.

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Boston Public Garden People Watching

Photos were taken August 2013 around the pond in the public garden where the swans, swan boats, ducks, and tourists abound 🙂

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Perfectly Imperfect

In photography we all strive to get the shot as perfect as possible and many times we do.  The colors are right, the composition is spot on, the clarity is ideal and so on.  But there are times (and whether we want to admit it or not sometimes many times) when we flub.  Out of focus, motion blur when we weren’t going for blur, too much noise, over exposed or under exposed… we’ve all got those war stories to tell.  But what if even though the image didn’t turn out the way we had originally planned it still is a nice image in it’s own imperfect way?

Such is the case here.  The lighting conditions were all over the place in the butterfly wonderland.  Some butterflies were in direct (and a bit harsh) light, others where in the shadows and some where in partial sun and shade.  Options were to adjust my settings for each area I was in and possibly risk missing a shot since butterflies tend to get a bit impatient or to set my camera to aperture priority only changing that setting based upon where and what I was shooting letting the camera do the rest of the thinking.

That worked for me the majority of the time but not always I’m afraid.  In this case I hadn’t changed my settings from the prior butterfly to accommodate this one (shame on me; I turned around and there it was so I just went for it) who was moving his wings fairly quickly.  The shutter speed was too slow for this Paper Kite butterfly resulting in my focal point being not where I wanted it and the image not being as sharp as I wanted it around his head.  Even when I do my best to hold perfectly still I never really am… wiggle happens.

I was disappointed that the image didn’t come out the way I wanted it to but I came to like it anyway because of the composition and colors; imperfections and all.  What’s your thoughts on this and which version do you like – monochrome or color?

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Giant Swallowtail

 

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The White Morpho 2

Unlike it’s cousin the Blue Morpho (Morpho menelaus of Central and South America) who has quite different lower wings than it’s top, the White Morpho’s (Morpho polyphemus of Mexico and Central America) wings look the same open and closed.  Both are rather large butterflies with the blue being hardier and longer lived than it’s pale cousin.

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Their wings are amazingly delicate.  Upon closer inspection of this tightly cropped image, you can see the ribs and the scales of the wings along with the “fuzz” (quite scientific aren’t I?) on the thorax.  They are speedy fliers but they fly like they have had too much nectar as they go fluttering around in all directions.

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