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hanging on

One of the butterfly emerged the other morning, so naturally, I took a bunch of photos. Since it’s wings were wet, it wasn’t able to fly away. It seemed a bit annoyed at my camera and tried to hide behind the host plant, giving me this composition with the appearance it was hanging on for dear life.

This photo is the merger of two identical photos with vastly different exposures. I thought the combined photo was pretty cool, I hope you enjoy.

hanging on

 

Here’s one before it got annoyed by my camera.

 

hanging on

 

A profile. Their wings double in size as they dry and these are almost ready for flight.

hanging on

rudbeckia

I think Rudbeckia (Blackeye Susan) are stunning flowers. I never thought they would so cool in monochrome. My contribution to The Weekend in Black and White August 19, 2016

rudbeckia

 

 

 

 

If you want the color version, here you go.

rudbeckia

storm coming

I noticed this unusual cloud while driving around Saturday night; you can see a thunderhead building by the telephone pole near the center of the photo.

storm coming

The storm arrived, but ran north of us. No rain, but a spectacular light show.

 

coleus

My wife always grows coleus because they look cool and they are very heat and sun tolerant.

This particular variety really caught my eve, it’s a limeish green leaf with burgundy veins – in my mind, a very unusual color combination. The coloring is enhanced with some minimal HDR processing.  I also made a monochrone that I’ll share later.

 

coleus

Uno, Dos, Tres

I have built a bunch of birdhouses in our back yard; most of them are occupied by Sparrows. One evening, the babies were expecting take-out to be delivered by mom or dad, so they were making a fuss. I decided to get up close and wait for just the right moment.  My contribution to Our World

I post-processed this in HDR Efex Pro, but didn’t go crazy. I also lightened and sharpened the sparrow’s head a tad. This is my favorite of the bunch

Uno
Dos

Dos

Tres

Tres