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Monthly Archives: April 2010

“Radiant” (Apricot Tulip) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro with 3-ring Extension Tube Set, F/8, 1/100s, ISO 400

Okay, so the extension tubes have really opened up a whole new level of macro photography for me. Just look at the details of the center of this tulip!  

Here we can actually see the pollen dust – amazing! And not sure if this will come across on the web (so you’ll have to trust me on this) but, the very tips of the stamens are a lovely violet color. Who knew? 

I fear this could become addictive very easily so someone better find me a 12-step program! 😀

Seeing that it is sunday, I thought I’d share a couple of comical chipmunk captures.

Enjoy! 🙂

“Say What?!” (Eastern Chipmunk) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7xteleconverter), F/6.7, 1/200s, -0.3EV, ISO 2500

“Hiya!” (Eastern Chipmunk) Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm F/4G w/1.4x teleconverter), F/13, 1/40s, -0.3EV, ISO 800

Eighteen years ago today, I married my best friend. 🙂  

I felt like a princess on that day, complete with horse-drawn carriage and handsome prince charming by my side. Unlike Cinderella, however, my dream didn’t end at midnight and I’ve been living the fairytale ever since. 

“Love Charms” (Dicentra spectabilis aka Pink Bleeding Heart) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 640

Has it been easy? Nope, of course not! Keeping a marriage alive and well takes constant vigilance, but the trying times are long forgotten as we’ve made it well past the growing pains. Life is good. 🙂 

He promised to make me laugh and he does so every single day.  

He promised to take care of me and he does that better than anyone.  

He promised to support my dreams and he’s been the greatest fan of my life.  

He promised to love me and chooses to do so even on the days I make it oh-so-easy not to!  

He promised to always be mine and he makes me feel like I’m the only woman on earth.  

I love you, babe. Now and always

Happy Anniversary!  

P.S. I’d still say ‘Yes‘. 🙂

A female American Red Squirrel has taken up residence in our large yellow bird house and she has been so much fun to watch and photograph! 🙂

Momma Red

“Momma Red” (American Red Squirrel, Female) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/8, 1/250s, +1.0EV, ISO 500

My hope is there’s a nest of baby red’s inside the house and I’ve been spending lots of time making sure ‘momma red’ is comfortable with me and the camera. (Placing peanuts at the entrance has earned me mucho brownie points). 

Here is a fine capture of her as she sits on the roof of the house in gorgeous late afternoon light. She just finished cleaning her face when she turned towards the camera, sporting this classic female pose. 

My, what a gorgeous girl! 🙂 

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