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One thing this Project 365 of mine has taught me is to look beyond the obvious and see the potential in subjects that, in the past, I would have promptly dismissed. 

For example, spring cankerworms have certainly done their fair share of damage this season, which is a source of aggravation for any gardener. However, as an ‘enlightened photographer’ ;-), I am now able to view them from a completely different perspective. 

"Inch By Inch" (Spring Cankerworm aka Inchworm) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/8, 1/250s, -0.3EV, ISO 400, Built-in Rear Curtain Flash, -2.0EV, Silver Efex Pro 'Split Toning' Filter

Plus, with my project finish only one day away, they are also very timely! 😀

My Heart Will Go On

“My Heart Will Go On” (Gray Catbird in Birdbath, Dumetella carolinensis) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/20s, ISO 640

Here we are at the ‘magical’ birdbath once again!

This time, a Gray Catbird takes a dip and seems to be re-enacting that infamous scene on the bow of the Titanic.

Queue the haunting melody… 😉

The baby red squirrels are growing up fast! (At the bottom of this post you’ll find a link to watch video of the babies!)

But first, here’s a quick recap of events so far this week: 

Day 1: I notice a single Baby Red poking its head out of the entrance hole of the birdhouse. 

Day 2: Two Baby Reds play hide ‘n seek with me but do not venture outside of house. 

Day 3: I discover there are three Baby Reds! Watch them play with each other and explore all over birdhouse. 

Which brings us to Day 4: Alpha Baby Red leaves house and begins to explore yard! 🙂

Momma Red was not around at the time and I was obviously anxious to see what would happen when the two met up. I was not disappointed! When Alpha Baby saw Momma, s/he immediately ran up and gave her a great big hug!

Awwwwww. ♥

“Red Reunion” (Adult Female American Red Squirrel with Juvenile) Nikon D300, 460mm, F/6.7, 1/100s, -0.3EV, ISO 2500

Alpha Baby stayed out of the house for the entire day but did return in early evening. 

Here is a tender moment shared between siblings:

“Little Red Kiss” (Juvenile American Red Squirrels) Nikon D300, 380mm, F/6.3, 1/320s, ISO 2000, Silver Efex Pro ‘Antique Plate II’ Filter

Double awwwwww. ♥ ♥ 

Now, for a ‘Feel-Good-Moment-of-the-Day’, clickhere to watch video! 😀

In addition to peonies, I also love clematis and have several varieties in the garden (10 at last count). I managed to drag myself away from the baby red squirrels for a bit to take notice of ‘Dr. Ruppel’, one of my oldest and, quite possibly my favorite for its large striped pink blossoms. It never disappoints!  

"Pinwheel" (Clematis, 'Dr. Ruppel') Nikon D300, 70mm, F/8, 1/00, -0.7EV, ISO 200

These days, everything is blooming about one to two weeks ahead of schedule due to our ‘higher-than-normal’ temperatures (it hit 95 degrees today!). Doesn’t bother me – just means I need to keep pace! 😀 

As for the Dr., I was happy to catch this particular blossom unfurling in late afternoon light.

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