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Nature Challenge Day 7

black swallowtail1Dear Friends,  ran out of butterfly images so i ran up to Lake Superior to find what i could find.  Found this black swallowtail, a little smaller than the one in Crex, he posed so nicely on this yellow flower head. til Tomorrow MJ

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Columbine

columbineDear Friends, I am not very good at Flower shots, but i can never resist shooting these red columbines that grow wild in Crex Meadows til Tomorrow MJ

Badlands After 5 PM

mentzelia on red rockDear Friends, this image was taken last August when  the Mentzelia bloom on the red scoria.  These white blossoms are found growing right out of the rocky slopes and only open after 4 PM.  Most tourists overlook them cause they are a prickly looking plant until the blossoms open, then they are magnificent. til Tomorrow MJ

Wood Orchid

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Dear Friends, this pretty orchid is found in the red pine forests and is called the pink lady slipper.  They like the acidic ground and shady light that the forest provides, and these conditions make subtle sunlight for flower photography.  I got lucky as this particular bloom was very vivid in color and had a bee perched on top, the only drawback to these conditions are the wood ticks that also thrive here.. til Tomorrow MJ

Wild Cala Lily

0103mjsDear Friends, this wild cala lily grows in very wet ditches along Klarquist Road in Crex Meadows. I see it there every year and it is blooming this week. I use a telephoto lens to get close cause i don’t want to get my feet wet  til Tomorrow MJ

Pasque Flowers in the Wind

Dear Friends, this group of pasque flowers (a wild crocus) was blowing in the strong winds of Crex Meadows.  I was experimenting with the multiple exposure setting on my camera, this was five exposures in a single frame and photoed as the wind moved the flowers around, I liked how the greenery was multiplied and emphasized the fuzziness of these plants.  til Tomorrow MJpasque multiple

A Web

Friends, this tiny spider is trying to spin a web in a thistle plant, a prickly job at best.  Maybe he will catch a honeybee, til tomorrow MJ

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin

summer butterfly

Friends, i love photographing beauty in nature and especially macro work, so while nosing around the wild lilies,in my childhood we called them tiger lilies, i discovered a small butterfly nectaring inside the cup.  He is a hairstreak and these small creatures are easily confused with the Karner Blue, a rare butterfly also found in Crex Meadows. til Tomorrow MJ

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/summer-lovin/ other contributions on this theme can be found at this link

Hope

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Friends, this flower (pasque) is the first to bloom after the winter season, and reminds me that good things await with the blooming of spring.  It points to God as the basketball player raises his index finger and points upwards, he knows where the strength and blessing come from, and so do i.  All the blessings of spring to you all, and may you walk in peace this day.  til Tomorrow MJ

Milkweed 2

milkweed2Friends, I reexamined my milkweed images for the essence of the fall explosion of tiny white hairs that carry the seed on the breezes.  I like the essence of a single seed at the point of hairs emanating from the seed.  I tried to emphasize this point with some special effects from Color Efex Pro.   Do you like? til Tomorrow MJ

 

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