Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

autumn on the pond

Wishing all my readers a Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for each one of your visits and hope you enjoy this day with those you love!

Be safe in your travels, and take care, my Friends.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

ABC Wednesday - S is for Stickbug

S is for Stickbug............

a stick bug on a wall

When I saw this bug, all I could say - they really are real!

You see, I admit that I am a farmville player on facebook.

And a part of the game has the player accumulating "collectibles", and a Stickbug is one of the items.

I didn't think they were real in the game - after all it is a make believe farm that has some made-up trees and animals.

Well, I found two of them that day - one all bent up on a glass door, and this one, all stretched out on a wall.

His two front legs look to be an extension of his body as he has them out straight.

These guys are a pretty good size - at least six inches long.

I was amazed to find them that day - on a government building no less.

And they really are real!

This is the seventh round of ABC Wednesday. If you would like to join in please visit this site for the details.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Deer Print - My World

Deer Print - My World

a deer foot print in the dirt

We have been spending quite a bit of time in the woods these last few weeks.

My husband has been hunting for that elusive buck that lives on top of the mountain that we like to hike.

I have been hunting for anything that catches my eye - a tree, view, animal - just about anything works for me.

The above image is a foot print of a deer - I was the lucky one that day.

I usually am though, and that's the way I like it - much to the disappointment of my husband!

MWT White

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

ABC Wednesday - R is for Radish

R is for Radish............

a bowl of diced radish

They don't look it, but the radish in this bowl is cut into very tiny pieces.

I am not a big fan of this vegetable, but it's pungent taste is needed in some dishes.

So, I figure the smaller they are, the less shock they give to the eater.

I mainly use them in potato salad, and their pretty red color looks really good against the yellow of the egg yolk in the salad.

I really can't stand the potato salad either - but my family has given mine rave reviews for many years.

I'll stick to the green salads - they can have those eggs and potatoes all to themselves!

This is the seventh round of ABC Wednesday. If you would like to join in please visit this site for the details.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Texture Image - My World

Texture Image - My World

texture of a leather wallet

I take a lot of images to sell as stock photos, and many designers like images that they can use as backgrounds.

So sometimes zooming in on ordinary things can give a unique image.

This can be used as a texture or background image - can you guess what it might be?

I have received questions in the past from curious readers, so I will let you all know.

This is a men's leather wallet.

By zooming in on the unique pattern in the leather, it made for a cool abstract photo.

Macros are my favorites!

MWT White

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Indian Summer

Indian Summer

custom footrest on a motorcycle

The green grass of summer has been gone for months now.

The bright autumn colors have turned to dull brown.

The hard frost arrived a couple of weeks ago.

The scene has been set, and Mother Nature has delivered as she always does at this time each year.

The gift of Indian Summer.

The last motorcycle ride before all gets tucked away for winter.

The joyous feel of the sun's warm rays on bare skin.

We'll take as many of these gorgeous days as she wants to give us!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ABC Wednesday - Q is for Quack

Q is for Quack............

two ducks floating in the water in the autumn

Back a couple of weeks, when we were on letter "O", I asked for help in identifying a duck that had been around the lake for a couple of weeks.

Jean, over at The Joy of Bird Watching and Living a Simple Life left a comment to let me know that it was a Muscovy Duck. Many thanks, Jean!

Well, two weeks later, she is still hanging around.

Today she had a pair of Mallard ducks with her, and they all seemed to get along pretty well.

Sad to say though, this is the second pair of mallards that we have seen with her.

We were hoping when the first set was there a week and a half ago, that when they left, she would go with them.

This is a new set, and we have the same hope this time.

The Mallards are smaller than her, and they are constantly quacking to each other in a low voice as they glide across the water.

I have never heard the Muscovy quack, but I am sure she must.

Perhaps being alone, she has no one to talk to.

My fingers are crossed that her new friends "talk" her into going with them when they head out for their winter home.

This is the seventh round of ABC Wednesday. If you would like to join in please visit this site for the details.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Balloon Glow - My World

Balloon Glow - My World

hot air balloons glowing at night

This image was taken during the summer during a hot night in August.

There is a small park in a small town about 45 minutes from our house, and this attraction draws big crowds from many states.

The balloon festival lasts for a weekend, and weather permitting, the hot air balloons take off at 6 AM and 6PM over those days.

This was the first time I had seen the Balloon Glow, and it was just grand.

There were tons of people everywhere and my husband stood guard over the tripod so it didn't get knocked over by the hundreds of passers-by in the dark.

Some of the more rude ones actually stood right in front of my camera.

I was quite lucky to get some decent shots of these beauties!

MWT White

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

ABC Wednesday - P is for Prickly

P is for Prickly............

a prickly looking round bloom on a plant

It appears to be quite a prickly plant.

But upon closer inspection, each one of those "spikes" is really the center of a tiny flower.

This little ball has tons of these tiny flowers - all with their centers much longer than the bloom.

And they are quite soft, not hard or hurtful at all.

I found this plant beside the lake this past summer.

Even though it was right at waist level as one walked in the water - no one bothered it.

Perhaps it's "prickly" appearance saves it from the curious little ones who spend much time beside it.

I don't know what kind of flower it is, but I was quite intrigued nonetheless.

This is the seventh round of ABC Wednesday. If you would like to join in please visit this site for the details.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Orange Salamander - My World

Orange Salamander - My World

an orange salamander under the leaves

Technically, this isn't the greatest shot.

I found this little guy - who is about 2 inches long, under the leaves of my hosta plant this past summer.

It was so hot outside, and it was evening, so there was no light under those big leaves.

I was just getting ready to water the garden, and I saw him between the leaves.

My husband held a light and I got down as close as I could and snapped a few shots.

I didn't notice until I was working on the images, there are two slugs right next to him.

I don't think he was going to eat them - they are way bigger than him, but I had to laugh that I didn't see them at the time.

He kept moving, and I just wanted to get a decent enough photo of him.

I love to see these little salamanders in the garden - I know they are helping to keep the bug population down.

The more the merrier!

MWT White


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