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“John Parker” (Lexington Militiaman Statue, Lexington, Massachusetts) Nikon D300, 48mm, F/14, -0.3EV, ISO 200

In Lexington today for the Chamber of Commerce’s Autumn Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, how could I not photograph the famous Lexington Minuteman??

I took all different angles, ultimately choosing this shot in silhouette, with the sun creating a really cool halo effect.

Once home, I did some research and was shocked to learn that, although the statue is locally referred to as “The Lexington Minuteman”, Captain John Parker was actually a militaman. Who knew?

The statue was sculpted by Massachusetts artist Henry Hudson Kitson and was errected in 1900. It is located on the edge of Lexington Battle Green, which is the site of the first battle in the Revolutionary War.

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This is the question I was asking when I spotted this unusual plant in my neighbor’s garden! The bright orange color drew me over to the side of their garage to investigate further.

“Hozuki” (Strawberry Groundcherry aka “Chinese Lantern Plant”) Nikon D300, 105mm macro, F/16, 1/60s, -0.7EV, ISO 500

Turns out, this is an ornamental plant called “Physalis alkekengi” or “Chinese Lantern Plant”, which, from what I read, can become quite invasive. The flowers are considered insignificant as this plant is grown for the fruit, which is covered by a bright orange, paper-like covering. The shape and texture is amazing!

My original image (as shot) was ho-hum so I added a Nik filter called “Midnight” which provided the depth and drama I was seeking. The obvious name for this image would have been “Chinese Lantern”, but I already have an image with that name in my portfolio. Soooo, I decided to use the Japanese word for this plant instead. The Hozuki Ichi, or Ground Cherry Fair, is held on July 9th and 10th every year at Sensoji Temple, located in the renowned Asakusa district in Tokyo. It is said that women who pray to Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, and buy these plants on July 10th will be blessed with children.

See? You can learn something new every day! 🙂

"Pink Fairy" (Guara lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink' aka Whirling Butterflies), Nikon D300, 490mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F7.1, 1/160s, -1.0EV, ISO 640

"Pink Fairy" (Guara lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink' aka Whirling Butterflies), Nikon D300, 490mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F7.1, 1/160s, -1.0EV, ISO 640

I had a heck of time photographing today! The temps were great, but then there was the wind! It isn’t easy capturing flowers when they are swaying in the breeze!

Luckily, the gusts would calm at times and I could get a few shots in here and there.

Guara, otherwise known as “Whirling Butterflies“, was certainly living up to its name as the long stalks were easily blown about, making the blossoms appear like a swarm of pretty pink butterflies.

Since the real butterflies have been few and far between, this is the best we can get!

The very first shot I took today ended up being the most interesting!

As I was walking with my tripod/camera, I came upon this squirrel at our birdbath. He kept glancing down at the water, then back up again. When I noticed the acorn in his mouth, I chuckled, realizing he was trying to figure out what to do. 

"Dilemma" (Easter Grey Squirrel) Nikon D300, 440mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/250s, -0.3EV, ISO 640

"Dilemma" (Eastern Grey Squirrel) Nikon D300, 440mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/250s, -0.3EV, ISO 640

He decided he’d rather keep the acorn!

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