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If we opened our minds to enjoyment, we might find tranquil pleasures spread about us on every side. We might live with the angels that visit us on every sunbeam, and sit with the fairies who wait on every flower. ~Samuel Smiles

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“Tulip Fairy” (Red Tulip) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 400

When I was photographing the dandelions last week, a nearby solitary red tulip caught my attention as the sun was lighting it from above, illuminating the interior like a flickering candle. I casually snapped off a few quick shots and then returned back to the dandelions, thinking nothing more of it at the time.

Imagine my surprise, then, to discover the presence of a flower fairy! She must have been watching me as they are known to be shy, yet curious spirits.

Not knowing a darn thing about flower fairies, I did a little research and was pleased to learn that the Tulip Fairy is associated with LOVE:

“Since the tulip is shaped like a chalice, this is the ‘loving cup’ from which the tulip fairy encourages you to imbibe, to feel the blessings of Nature. One of the messages of the tulip fairy is to have the courage to be vulnerable, because only in this way can any of us ever know closeness and fulfilment.”

Hmmm. I think, as artists, we often find ourselves in a place of vulnerability, essentially putting ourselves ‘out there’ for all to see and, therefore, to be criticized. I admit that some days, I struggle to find the courage to do it.

Perhaps, I simply need to look to the tulips. 🙂

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It seems whereever we travel, we always find an array of critters to amuse and entertain. Now, central Florida doesn’t have any chipmunks (sad, yes) but they do have plenty of small lizards! You can’t go anywhere without seeing these little guys!

“Larry” (Brown Anole, Male, Anolis sagrei, Common Florida Reptile) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 100mm, F/5.8, 1/640s, ISO 100, Nik Color Efex Pro ‘Vignette’ Filter

They are full of personality but very skittish. Just when I would get close enough, they would scurry away, only to return moments later. Perhaps it is some sort of lizard game??

They particularly liked hanging around the pool ledge, basking in the hot sun. This female was certainly gettin’ her ‘tan on’ while making sure the other reptiles weren’t invading her territory.

“Lounge Lizard” (Brown Anole, Female, Anolis sagrei, Common Florida Reptile) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 34.3mm, F/4.5, 1/800s, ISO 100, Cropped and Nik Silver Efex Pro ‘Vignette’ Filter applied

During our visit, we also saw many birds wandering about, most likely looking to make a nice meal out of the small lizards. 🙂

“Little Blue” (Little Blue Heron, Egretta caerulea) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 20.3mm, F/4.5, 1/200s, -0.7EV, ISO 100

Mostly, we saw white egrets, cormorants and ducks, so it was a nice change of pace to come across this colorful fellow. I wish it wasn’t just as we were leaving for the airport! Isn’t that the way it is with critters? When you have all the time in the world, none can be found but as soon as you are in a hurry or ill-prepared, boom! They appear out of nowhere, posing all nice.

Until next time, my friends. 🙂

Went to the playground today to see what else I could capture for the Playground Series and lo and behold, someone appears to be looking out for me ‘cuz right there sitting in the grass under one of the basketball hoops is THE saddest looking ball simply begging to be photographed! 🙂

“Dead Ball” (Basketball with Hoop Shadow) Playground Series (#19), Nikon D300, 46mm, F.6.3, 1/640s, +0.7EV, ISO 200, ‘Old West’ Toning Action

Now really – how does one pass that up? 

I liked what was happening with the lines and the hoop’s shadow so I maneuvered the ball from the grass over to the court and placed a few strategic pieces of mulch underneath it to get the positioning just right.

Game, anyone?

Life isn’t alwayscute and cuddly. 😉

“Me and My Shadow” (Nursery Web Spider) Nikon D300, 105mm macro, F/6.3, 1/1250s, -0.7EV, ISO 400

Now, I wouldn’t normally photograph a spider (Eeeek!) but this little arachnid suspended above its shadow caught my eye. (Didn’t hurt that I was in a “flowers-are-boring” sort of frame of mind).

After a quick Google search, I am glad to identify it as a harmless Nursery Web Spider (Phew!).

Here, it appears larger than life but in reality, it is merely 1.5″ long and was definitely more afraid of me than I of it since, after a few clicks, it retreated to the underside of the leaf.

No matter. I got what I came for!

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