I’m going to admit that taking the photos of this made me really jumpy. Especially when I wanted to get this closer shot and I’ve got my camera up in this thing’s face. When my flash pops up on the top of my camera, I jumped and maybe squealed a little bit because I thought it was the mantis jumping at me. I would have peed myself if I hadn’t been using the screen on the back. If I’d had my eye to the viewfinder when that happened, I’d probably be looking at how much it cost to fix a broken camera. No, I’m not a huge fan of bugs and stuff like that. Probably why you don’t get to see too many photos of them.
For some reason, we are getting overrun with snails this year. There are very few times that you can walk outside a not see either the full snail or the shell they’ve left behind. I’m thrilled for the photo opportunities, but I just don’t remember ever seeing so many of them before. The few minutes I was outside this morning taking photos, I saw 6 or 8 of them just around my back patio. These are two that were hanging out on the edge and just outside of my patio. The grass was still wet and dewy so I really didn’t want to step out any farther than that because I was too lazy to get my shoes on first.
It is one of those days that is turning dark. The air is thick and oppressive and thunder is rolling in the distance. I have no idea if we are actually going to get any of that rain, but it sure is making the day dreary.
Though missing part of its wing, this little butterfly (moth, not sure which) was still flying around and doing its thing. It is a reminder I think I need every once in a while.
My Autumn Sedum is just starting to get some color on it, so that means we are closing out summer and heading into fall. Normally, I’m not quite ready, but I really am this year. I’m beyond ready to have my windows open for more than a few hours here and there. I’m going to try to make it a goal for this fall to spend more time out hiking and taking pictures. We’ll see how good I am at actually meeting that goal.
If you follow the moon phases, you’ll know this isn’t a recent shot. Still, it is cloudy and was rainy all night so I figured it was a good fit for today.
I was trying to get better shots of one of my humming birds the other day. I was able to get closer and have them still come to the feeder, which was amazing. It wasn’t until I went inside and started looking at the pictures I took when I realized I caught something really odd. I haven’t a clue if it is a moth or something else (going with moth because of the size of the body) attacking the humming bird or if it just happened to be in that spot at that moment. It is such a cool shot, but… it’s out of focus!! Grrr!! Still, it is a really funky, cool shot.
I planted this one maybe 13 or 14 years ago. I think I got blooms the first couple of years and I haven’t seen a bloom since. I had JUST told Hubby earlier this year that if it didn’t bloom this year, I was pulling it and planting a different one in its place. I think it heard me and managed to squeeze out this one, gorgeous bloom. I guess that means I’m hanging onto it for another year.