Creation Photos Around the World

Not me!

I can see that Christmas cactus connection. A word I just came across online made me think of your beautiful forest & water world photos. Not a traditionally evolved word apparently but one made up in the last ten years. I like it anyway. Werifesteria meaning: ‘to wander longingly through the forest in search of mystery’, as given here Wild words: Werifesteria | earthstar

Came across it while booking AirB&B soon in Fort Bragg, California where we like to visit
the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, eat fresh seafood at Noyo harbor where there is also a dog beach on the Pacific. We’re taking our now 3 year old McNab herding dog on our first overnight trip away from home this summer. Our host who has two fenced acres, goats, chickens and a garden was very encouraging about taking on our 35 pound brute. I hope we hit it off as well in person as we did by text. You and Scot helped inspire me, @Kendel.

For @St.Roymond here are pictures of my munchkin: first this morning on my bed having just pushed her whacky ball off to enlist my play and the second recently in the garden, using all her senses to track the squirrel population.

I agree with you @St.Roymond about the value of dogs for socializing we male humans.

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Knox saw his first squirrels last week. They were frolicking till they saw him and zoom! they were up a tree so fast I couldn’t see which tree they chose! I looked at Knox and said, “And you think you go ‘zooom’!”

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What cracks me up is when the cheekier ones keep just the other side of a tree and keep the dogs running around it. Some don’t even bother to climb all that high.

May have posted this here before but probably not. Two earlier dogs who collaborated on keeping the squirrels away. From about a dozen years ago.

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Soapwort and some kind of primrose, I think …the flowers remain plenteous, yet changing amazingly with each week or so of our short summer.

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We spent much of yesterday hanging out at a pond in New Hampshire, mostly sitting with our feet in the water, chatting with friends, and watching newts in the water. Here’s one of the newts (an eastern newt, I believe):

There were also a lot of hoverflies hovering about:

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Really good picture of a Hoverfly

Richard

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As always, @glipsnort 's photos are stunning.
Sigh.
The iridescence on the fly’s wings is magical.

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Thanks. The hoverfly shooting was strictly a spray-and-hope operation – they were moving around too much for manual focusing. I had my camera on a tripod and cranked it forward and backward while I took ~90 exposures. This was the best of the lot.

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aw shucks. You should keep the trade secrets secret and take the glory

Richard

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Sort of what happens with housefly shooting when they don’t hold still when using my Bug-A-Salt gun.

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Spraying is my least favorite and least successful technique. I only use it when other options seem hopeless.

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I have just checked the manual for my camera and apparently I can do 6 shots in 2 seconds, but I have never tried it. I guess it is sort of cheating?

Richard

Nah(*), it’s just another tool that you can use when appropriate.

(BTW, the newt above was shot handheld with manual focusing, also with my macro lens – definitely not cheating.)

(*) Well, there are some people who think you’re cheating if you’re not coating your own glass plates with silver halide emulsion, but it’s best to ignore them.

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