Springtime Wander #3

May 30, 2014.

I went for another wander at work when the wildflowers were blooming bright.  So many flowers!

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I like how these flowers come in three colors. White, light purple, and purple.

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Box Elder Bugs at various stages of life. We had a ton of these all over. They get inside the building all the time, and you can even find them inside in the middle of winter.

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Old rusted farm equipment in the tall grass.

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An old barn set piece in the background.

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And now one with the mountains in the background. I’m under the shade of some trees.

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I think this one’s better. Mountains, clouds, and you can see all of the toothy arm. Much better composition, but not as many flowers.

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The farm equipment has some cool shapes.

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Lookie, a bee! They’re hard to get decent shots of. They move around too much.

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I love the contrast of fresh living flowers next to old rusted unused equipment.

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And a little Box Elder Bug. He’s kind of blurry, but it’s a very nice shadow of the flower around him.

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Depth of field! And lichen.

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More of the same. I like the wheels.

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A row of old workers sitting in flowers as they rest.

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This little batch of purple flowers had some fuchsia to it.

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The little fake well.

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An even darker purple.

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Another almost decent picture of a bee. There were a couple little bumbles with red stripes, but I could never catch them with the camera.

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Wild carpet rose.

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Another blossom on the wild carpet rose. This plant guards the way to my favorite deer trail on the property.

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On that hidden deer trail there are these plants with gigantic leaves. My foot is hiding in the bottom of the picture for size comparison.

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I think these flowers are related to the white and purple one, but they’re droopy and pink instead of perky and purple. Slightly different, but still pretty.

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Deer tracks by tire tracks on the gravel part of the parking lot.

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Close up of a deer track.

 

Winter Wander #2 – January 30, 2014

It was snowing that day, so I wanted to get pics of fresh powder.  So I wandered out of work with my camera.  🙂

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The random teeter-totter at work.

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Snow, berries, and branches. I like the colors in this one.

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Trying to be a bit more abstract. Could use some editing.

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My footprint! At this point the snow in the forest was borderline, trying to decide whether to be snow or slush. With each step I applied some friction to help it choose.

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It’s like a mini cave!

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I tried to get lots of reference and texture pictures of the tree back. The dampness brought out the colors in a pleasing fashion.

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It’s like a ghost of a leaf.

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One of the steps leading to a building on the set. I like the composition.

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It’s trapped!

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A sign for the inn in Kirtland on the set.

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Snow! It’s falling from the sky!

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It’s almost like being in a Little House on the Prairie story.

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Mandatory foot picture.

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Peeking through branches. I suppose this could use some cropping.

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A hidden gravestone prop.

 

Springtime Wander #2 – May 2, 2014

Here, have some more pictures from when I wandered around work in the spring time:

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Ah-ha! Caught you, little bee! They almost never sit still long enough for me to snag a decent pic.

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I love the contrast of the rusting old farm equipment by brilliant new flowers.

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Rusty old stuff is cool.

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Perspective? What are the toothy things for, anyway?

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Nature will eat your civilization!

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Grass and spokes.

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Flower photobomb.

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Hey look, there’s mountains in the distance.

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I like that rusty bar. That’s a very nice rusty bar. And you can see more of the Kirtland/Navoo set in this one.

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Some kind of little pink flower. Makes me think of chives or onions. Anyone know what this is?

Winter Wander & Clouds

January 10, 2014. It snows in Utah.  I went for a walk to use my new camera.  This is the wander I lost my lens cover on.

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A little black-capped chickadee in a tree.

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Drainage pipe. Half-covered by the chain-link fence. This is a stream during the summer.

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A bend in the dry stream bed.

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Leaf in snow.

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The Provo River.

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Paper wasp nest!

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I like how the log made a little cave in the snow.

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I like the pattern the branches and leaves make in the snow.

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Winter selfie. I’d lost my lens cover by this point, but somehow didn’t notice when I took this picture.

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Robin!

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Red berries and a fake well. What a pretty composition.

After that last picture I realized I’d lost my lens cover and spent an hour tromping back and forth over my tracks to find it.  Which I did.  Phew.

 

Now these next pictures come from Jan. 27 as my husband drove us down to Provo in the morning for work and school.  I liked how the smoggy atmosphere was messing with the light.

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So much atmospheric perspective. Thank you pollution.  (bleargh.)

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Haaaaaaze!

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More haze.

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A big sky full of little clouds.

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Glowing texture in the sky!

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A river bed in the sky.

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And then on the other side of the valley, we have the little flat, smudge tool clouds. Worn-out circles of moisture.

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And the factory belches.

Flower Trauma

Saturday I spent the whole day rearranging my mom’s front flower bed.  By the time I finished, I’d moved maybe 1/3-1/2 of the plants and they were all droopy. I traumatized them so bad I still don’t think they’ve recovered all the way.  😛 I made fun of them by standing in the middle and crying, “Traumaaaaaaaaaa!” and also telling them to straighten up and quit being such pansies.

I also handled a centipede, large black beetle, and a honey bee with a broken wing.  It was my first time with a bee.  She was so focused on trying to fix her torn wing she didn’t seem to notice my fingers above her.  She crawled onto my gloved hand, then later crawled up my arm, which made me nervous (it gave me goosebumps on my legs), so I scooped her onto my naked hand before putting her back on my glove.  Then I put her back where I found her when I had to leave.

Exciting times this weekend.

And I’m making a new version of my rice bag dragon.  This time from a pattern I made.  We’ll see how they work out!

today in the life of me

I got a spiffing awesome new camera for Christmas, a red canon power shot SX170 IS, and today I took it to work with me so I could wander through the woods and see what I could find to take pictures of. I found a few birds and two lovely paper wasp nests.

While I wandered I followed some animal tracks through the snow away from the people paths. Much ducking and getting caught in branches happened, and when I went to take some more pictures I realized thethe shuttery lenses cover thing was missing. The front of my camera looked skeletal with just the small middle pieces remaining.

So then my twenty minute nature walk turned into an hour search for those black bits in the snow. I found them, though! My camera looks good as new.

Lesson for today: silly modern cameras have flimsy lenses covers. Put cameras away when finangaling through nature.