Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friends, Food and No Computer

It has been a whirlwind of a week. Ken has many friends in Tokyo and we have been eating our way through breakfast, lunch and dinner with new - old friends at each setting. In the meantime, I don't have my macro lens or home computer with me, so I am going through withdrawal. Yesterday, in between lunch and dinner dates, Yumiko, Sally and I walked to the Meiji Shrine and then strolled through the beautiful iris gardens. Everything was in full bloom. The dragonflies were out in full force. All I could do was just look and appreciate the beauty. When we get home next Tuesday, I'll post a few photos of this great adventure. Hope all is well at home.

Friday, June 18, 2010

We Are Headed Back to Japan

Tomorrow morning, bright and early, Yumiko and I and Yumiko's friend Sally will take off for Tokyo. Ken has been there for about a week, but Yumiko and I needed to wait until school was over. We will be back home on June 29. If I have a chance, I'll keep you up to date with any happenings on that side of the world. Have a good ten days!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Headless Wonder

I've been taking an eight week portfolio class concentrating on insect photography. It has been wonderful finding all kinds of new bugs every day. This morning while combing the fields of Valley Forge I came across a tiny little bug that had no head. It was minute, so I wasn't sure if it was dead or not. I took a lot of pictures, but for the life of me, I could see no eyes. Finally, I just thought it was a dead bug with a body and legs still standing. I touched it with my finger and low and behold, she flew away. Now, when looking at her picture on the big screen, I can see her head at the other end. Click on this headless wonder, and you too will see her head and eye a little out of focus at the bottom of the body. Oh the wonders of nature.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

300mm Nikon Lens

My friend lent me his 300mm fixed Nikon Lens just so I could get the feel of it. Take a look at this little squirrel's nose. Oh.... what a beauty of a lens. And that squirrel ain't bad neither.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bug Faces

I am taking a new portfolio class and just love it. It is forcing me to concentrate on one type of photography for a few weeks - never easy for my scattered brain. But over the past few weeks, I have had so much fun just looking for different bugs and am always amazed at what I find. Today was a perfect day for bug catching. It rained all last night and so it was overcast and foggy early this morning, so the bugs were happy, wet and not in the direct sun. Here are just a few faces I found. Click on to really see their faces.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Interracial Dating

It is spring in the fields and forests of Valley Forge. And I have to tell ya, this little macro lens of mine is finding so much going on out there in bug world. It just amazes me.