What a capture!!!!
Photo credit: Unknown
Photo credit: Unknown
I look up at the wall next to one of the outdoor lights last night, and notice this beautiful little creature. She is approximately three inches (leg span) and quite colorful. I am not a fan of arachnid’s, nor any insect for that matter, but seeing that she is a Black-and-Yellow Garden Spider, Argiope aurantia, and helping to catch bugs, she is more than welcome to hang out – literally.
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What you see in these photos is the very rare and very pink katydid. First discovered back in 1887, the pink katydid is so rare that they occur once out of every 500 individuals. The website Treehugger quips, “You have a better chance of spotting a unicorn in the wild.”
The pink color is the result of a condition called erythrism, similar to the recessive gene that afflicts albino animals. Diet or a genetic mutation are the two causes of the condition. Katydids are large, leaf-shaped and usually green.
I’m just glad this is a photo. If you look closely, in the reflection in the dew you will see two dragonflies copulating.
Photo credit: Uda Dennie
We all need to take a break from the obstacles in life we encounter daily. Some are easy while others often threaten ones own life or the lives of their loved ones. A failing economy, sickness, poor health care, and a society full of greed, corruption, crime and selfishness can make every day a challenge.
This is when we all need to see that there is compassion and humanity still in existence. Here are a few good acts done from the heart from one stranger to another.
On June 18th, I featured a “G’morning Shot” of a snail taking a drink of water. I have stumbled across some more of this same photographer’s work and find this one even more magical than the previous one I posted. You really need to see this in full size to truly appreciate the photography of this artist.
Ahhhh… finally. I picked through over 700 photos I took at a local agility trial, trashed the bad ones, then picked out some of the better to process (I shoot in raw format) and here they are. I mean, it’s only been nearly three months since I took them…. (sheepish grin)
Now, for those who are not familiar with canine agility, other than having seen it on TV, it is FUN!!! The dogs LOVE it! And should a trainer start a noobie dog and realize the dog is not interested, nor finds any enjoyment, then the trainer ceases agility with that dog. We never force any of our beloved pets into any sport if they’re not loving it. The idea is companionship, fun, and the challenge of the course as well as racing against the clock as well as other dog’s times in the advanced levels.
Oh, puhhh-leeeze! You seriously want me to do these weave poles? Pish-tosh. Now, where is my silk bankie and my bowl of caviar?
Photo credit: Me
Location: Canine agility trial, Albuquerque NM, March 11, 2012
It was 40 years ago on June 8th, 1972, that Associated Press photographer Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut snapped the iconic black-and-white image of the young girl running down the road naked and burning from napalm. I was seven years old when this photo was taken, and I cannot recall when I saw it for the first time. But this image is one that I grew up with – almost as though it has always been in my memories. Whenever I see this photo, I have often wondered what happened to this poor child – I always assumed that she had died from her burns. Not so. Today I was pleasantly surprised to read about how she survived and what she has endured the past 40 years.
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Photo credit: Me
In my previous post, “Memorial Day | Just in case you thought it was National BBQ Day,” I briefly discussed my opposition to war, but proclaimed my full support for our troops and those who have sacrificed all they know and have in order to serve a protect our country. As another blogger, Pied Type, commented, “Hate the war, love the warrior,” in six simple words, she so eloquently stated how I feel, as well as millions of others.
Although I have included these two photos in the “…National BBQ Day” posting, I feel they deserve to be recognized and published along with the story as they are more deserving than being lost and overlooked with all the other graphics and images included in that article.
Anti-NATO protestors gathered near McCormick Place, the site of the largest NATO summit in the organization’s six-decade history. There were thousands of protestors, and not just Occupy Movement protestors. These were people from all walks of life, all types of backgrounds who joined together to protest one of the most powerful alliances in the world. In the days leading up to the two-day summit, nurses rallied in a downtown plaza to call for a “Robin Hood” tax on banks’ financial transactions. The next day, groups marched to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s house to protest the closure of six community mental health clinics.
Photo credit: Me
Myself and my friend, Dave, were the first two there as we got there early. Shortly another car rolled in, and another. We ended up having about 15 cars there. Most people were from out of state. Our “neighbors” came in from North Carolina. There was another gentleman from Maryland. I heard another woman mention she was from Kansas City, MO… and so on. Several telescopes were set up. Everyone bounced around from telescope to telescope to see the event. It was a wonderful day.
I would like to share some photos – which are further down this page below the video – that I took in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the national march protesting the Republican Party’s “War on Women.” Not surprisingly, the GOP is now denying that they are waging any war on the women in our country. How can they not see what is as plain on the nose on our faces? Because extreme right wing conservatives believe firmly in a hierarchical system. Men are at the top. Excuse me… white men. Followed by white women… about 5 steps behind, pregnant and getting ready to cook their dinner. Any one else is of little to no importance to them – unless they serve a purpose as Allen West does in Florida.
‘Giant’ George the world’s largest dog is used to enormous amounts of attention and is all set for more with the release of his new book. Written by his owner, Dave Nasser, ‘Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog’ charts the gigantic allowances that the 230 pound Great Dane needs daily to get by.
Here are some tid-bits – or should I say “kibbles” – about ol’ Giant George here.
• Giant George is now six-years-old;
• George stands nearly four-feet-tall at the shoulders;
• When standing on his hind legs, is seven-feet and three-inches (Hmmm… I wonder if he’d be willing to play center next season);
Peek-a-boo, I see you!
Photo credit: Steve Hinch
The beauty of nature.
Photo credit: Jon Bowles
One year ago on March 6, 2011, a trifecta of disasters hit Japan. First was a 9.0 earthquake which caused a massive tsunami to hit the shore. A tsunami so large that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered a triple meltdown. A combination of all three killed as many as 20,000 people, left tens of thousands of homes and businesses in ruins, and turned that area of Japan into a ghost town.
Every year the World Press Association gathers in Amsterdam to pick a winning photo for that year. Here are the winners from 1955 through 2011. There is a few exceptions – No contest held in 1959, 1961 and 1970. If you are not familiar with World Press winners they are journalistic photos chosen depicting dramatic life around the globe. Warning – some are graphic and rather disturbing.