took a bit of a break working on vacation photos to work on some photos from the Pittsburgh Botanical Garden… just some fun bugs and flowers.

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it’s been awhile…

Awhile….?  Wow, like 8 months… Where has the time gone? What have I been doing?  I’m not sure.  Let’s see– I’ve started quilting again and made a few of those, that’s probably one of my main time-sucks.  And work has gotten more intense, so I’m kinda exhausted. And there’s been some home improvement projects going on…  I also adopted a dog in February and she’s great! She really isn’t the best togging buddy, though– but i just can’t bring myself to leave her home while i go out and spend time with my camera.  She’s just too much fun to be with 🙂

This weekend, however, I had to run some errands and I also wanted to take some photos. I haven’t had my camera out since June!!  In August, a new botanical garden opened in the Pittsburgh area– and while I did go out and take some photos on the opening weekend– I never got around to posting them.  When we were there, wandering through the meadow area, I was upset that I hadn’t brought my macro lens and swore that we would go back in the next week or two with it… that ended up being like 7 weeks.  I can’t wait for spring and hope to find lots of bees and beetles and shield bugs and lady bugs and maybe even a preying mantis! but for now, I found a ton of grasshoppers!  See…

 

caterpillar attack!

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed… I just got back from 10days in Puerto Rico and have nearly 4000 photos to work my way through. Where to start?! What to show first?! Well, as I’ve begun the arduous task of tagging the photos, I noticed that I had a nice, manageable set caterpillar pictures. These gigantic critters were on a gorgeous pink flowering bush next to where I parked to check into our beach condo… they’d pretty much ravaged the plant. There were about 5-6 inches long, wider than my thumb, and quite hungry. There were about 20 of them on this poor bush, which now has no leaves. They’ve been pretty easy to identify since it’s the first thing that pops up in google when you search “puerto rico caterpillar”… a Tetrio Sphinx moth– not very exciting at all. Just a big brown moth. Kind of the ugly duckling in reverse…

the land of the eight-legged monsters

I went hiking in the “wildflower reserve” at Raccoon Creek State Park this weekend… I think it’s the third time I’ve been there and there is an astonishing lack of anything floral, which is quite shocking since you can drive anywhere and seen zillions of wildflowers along the side of the road in Pennsylvania. Either way, it is quite a lovely area and the hiking is nice because unlike some regions of the state “moderate hiking” really means “moderate”! On this little trek through the woods, I spotted an abundance of eight legged critters… so I had to shoot them all! Here’s just a few of my favorites– the ones that were kind enough to sit still for a moment and smile for the camera.

breaking out the ‘baby

Life (aka work) has been pretty busy lately, and I’ve been doing some home improvement so I haven’t taken my cameras out to play much lately.   So, today, I decided to spend some time with the Lensbaby.  It’s been awhile since I’ve used it, rather forgot how tricky it can be (thank god for digital!) but I got a few keepers!  and really, a few is all you need, right?  Enjoy!