It’s early June and time for the second wave of color in our garden. I’ve also included a swallowtail butterfly, one of twelve that hatched out recently. We found the caterpillars in November and brought them inside to overwinter in the sun room. It’s amazing how they know when it’s safe to emerge given that they’re not in their natural environment. Still lots more flowers to come.
Pick almost any adjective that you would care to mention and you could probably pair it with ‘nature.’ Nature can be many things; spectacular, colorful, harsh, unforgiving, picturesque and so much more. This week Ann-Christine has chosen Delicate as the subject for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and that can most definitely be applied to nature.
This week, Nancy Merrill is looking at depth of field as the subject for the Photo A Week Challenge. I have no clue how I get the results that I do. As I’ve said before, I wouldn’t know an f-stop from a truck stop, but somehow the camera seems to know what I want and every once in a while it cooperates. You say you want bokeh. Okay.
For more on Nancy’s Photo A Week Challenge go to Depth of Field.
This week it’s All About Nature on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge. Due to family commitments, I haven’t been able to spend much time doing photography lately (although I’ve tried to keep up with all your wonderful posts and pictures) so here are a few shots that I took earlier this year at the Chicago Botanic Garden and Como Park Zoo in Minnesota.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to It’s All About Nature.
Nancy’s choice of subject for this week’s Photo A Week Challenge is Things With Wings so to kick things off, I brought back my feathered friend from the Chicago River for another appearance. I took so many shots with different poses and angles that I don’t think I’ve ever had to use the same picture twice.
Some beautiful wings at the Chicago Botanic Garden butterfly exhibit. A must-see at the Garden every summer.
Taking a stroll around our own back garden earlier this year, it was good to see plenty of bees buzzing around, and as usual there were grasshoppers galore.
For more on Nancy Merrill’s Photo A Week Challenge go to Things with Wings.
This week, Ann-Christine asks if it’s better to blend in or stand out in a crowd. Frog and Toad evidently feel it’s a good idea to blend in with their surroundings. They know their lives may depend on it, the frog in a pond at Spring Valley Nature Center and the toad crouching on a dry river bed in Lafayette, Indiana.
The monarch butterfly, however, enjoys flaunting its gaudy patterns in the open and doesn’t seem too concerned about standing out in a crowd. These two, in downtown Chicago and at the Morton Arboretum couldn’t resist showing off their true colors.
So is it better to blend in or stand out? The next picture was taken in our garden and shows another creature who likes to remain inconspicuous among the leaves, a praying mantis, and its hapless victim, a monarch butterfly. So I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.
For more on the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge go to Blending In – or Standing Out?