Win a Copy of The Blue Paradise!

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Contest ends 6/19/12.

And now for photos… 

My last night house sitting, I visited a friend of the family that lives 18 miles away. I took the scooter, not the car. It was around seven, and it stays light past nine so I figured I’d be okay. Max speed is 35-40 mph, and no, I don’t wear a helmet and I should, so don’t start. Instead, I wear headphones and listen to music. The camera hangs from a hook inside the front column (it’s not there now because I’m using it!). Here’s what it looks like:

This pic was taken at the friend’s house. We were sitting with his neighbor. They drank, I stalked the weeds for critters. Here’s one:

When I spotted the following damselfly, I almost shit myself. Why? Because I have never seen a reflective damselfly before. That white area on his back and down along the tail? NEW. I think I saw a completely new ‘type’ that night. It was getting dark, too, so I had to employ the flash, which I constantly adjusted because if it was too bright, the damselfly blew out. This was the best shot I got, and it’s not great, but oh, he’s so pretty! His eyes, which you can’t tell from this picture thanks to the flash, were yellow. Gorgeous specimen. Hope I see him again.

And finally, here’s a shot from the picnic table at the far side of the pond. Sun was getting low and I had to jump on that scooter and head home pronto! Riding in full dark is dangerous. As it was, a deer crossed the road ahead of me on a highway. Everyone on both sides slowed, because we all know, if you see one deer, there will almost always be more. This night, just the one, however.


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10 Responses to Win a Copy of The Blue Paradise!

  1. AJ Rose says:

    *bites tongue on same old helmet argument, while recognizing the passive-aggressiveness of this non-comment since I’m biting my tongue but you’re still reading this*

    Nice bug. You know what’s more fun? Watching your face when you see these bugs. THAT’S the real picture.

    • Too bad you were working that night. Yeah, I had that look as I peered into the weeds. The guys were amused, but they also enjoyed looking at the photos. Also, I got permission from the neighbor’s neighbor to walk his property, too, whenever I’m over there. As he owns forty acres, that’s a lot of ground to cover!

      • AJ Rose says:

        Be glad I wasn’t there. I’d have bungled up your picture-taking by jumping you. Instinct when you get that look…

        • Heh. Wood ticks, remember? Jump me inside instead.

          I’ve finally trained Suki to stand still when I say, “Wait!” so she doesn’t scare away what I’m trying to get pictures of. She doesn’t understand why she has to remain quiet until I release her (“Ok!”), but she does it anyway. Dogs are so smart.

  2. Chris says:

    Thanks for the mention!! 🙂
    Very cool photos, too.

  3. I’ve been informed by a friend who sent me photos that the unnamed damselfly is a powdered dancer. They’ve been seen in Ontario. Guess they’re heading south. 🙂

  4. You’re an amazing photographer, Fen! 🙂

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