Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A Winged Friend.......

The red admirals seem to be the most friendly of the butterflies.  Orange really is what they look like to me but they are call red.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Cool Sunny Day.........

The volunteer sunflower plant from the bird feeder gives me a great specimen to shoot pictures just as if it were a big sunflower that I couldn't reach.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Seeing Double..........

The second bloom struggles to find its place as it is positioned so close to the first bloom.  It does seem like a tropical bloom with the shape of its flower and the smooth texture of its petals.  The shiny leaves is another tropical thing too.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Sun Goes Down......

While out trying to get that perfect shot of one butterfly I look over to see this scene. The river birch glows from the sun in the west.  Everything else is in low light creating a nice photo.  You can see the sunflowers are really growing and by next week I would not be able to take this shot as they will have grown into view. My collected stick pile is looking good in the background also.  I can either haul it away in a truck that I don't own or I can burn it in the fall with my leaves. The pile gets very large by the time fall arrives.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Bud and Bloom........

The one rain cause the bud to be on the ground.  A few days later the bloom also was on the ground.  I have the stem braced now and it my stay vertical since it has stopped raining. I am down to only four roses that do bloom and this one seems to be my heaviest bloomer. I clip the spent bloom back and within a short period it has reset a new bud again.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Monarch Mania.......

I finally had a monarch butterfly that became tame.  It hung around for a long time.  I became tired and just quit trying to catch it with open wings.  They feed with there wings closed and there is a fleeting second when they flap their wings before they start to eat. 

I guess that if I had it in movie mode, I could pull out one shot from the movie to get that one photo of  open wings. I am assuming the butterfly was stocking up on food so it could go lay eggs somewhere on some milkweed. It is too early for any migration to start.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rained and Kept Inside......

Sooner or later I needed to start picking up books and reading them. I should have had the closed computer in the background showing all the things that could distract me.  My wife and I bought the book about Monuments Men as we really liked the movie.  It is based on the protection of artwork being done while the War was going on in Europe. Also the recovery of art work and restoration of great buildings. It is coincidental  that I am sipping coffee from a mug with an impressionist's painting on it.

Politics, evil history, and the goals of one man to steal and own all of the great art in Europe is the major theme of the book. Taking people from their homes, killing them and then taking all of their art reveals a pretty demented man.   The movie is such a watered down version of the whole story.  Matt Damon played the part of a man who really accomplished a lot in Pairs finding and saving art.  He is romanticized a lot because of who he is as an actor but he really did portray the real guy very well. The movie tended to leave out his couple of years of work with the French and other governments after France was liberated from the dictator. He pops into the story in the movie as if he had just arrived to meet up with a woman to find stolen art from a temporary art museum.  The rescuing of the famous works from storage in copper and salt mines is an amazing story.