Sunday, March 9, 2014

A long overdue post

Yesterday we went to the Como Zoo and Conservatory. I loved the Conservatory. It was a feast for the eyes for someone who has seen nothing but snow outside for the past few months. 









But, yes, snow is beautiful too, although I'll be glad when it's gone. I have enjoyed these past few sunny, warm (i.e., slightly above freezing) days. I took some pictures on February 22nd after the blizzard (which began while I was skiing for the first time, and caused our car to get stuck half a block from our house, where our neighbors helped to shovel us out, after which we helped to get our neighbor's car into his driveway. But that is another story).
 I was actually disappointed with the result, because the picture simply does not do justice to the beauty of an entire forest covered in 10 inches of fresh snow.

I can't wait until the woods look like this again.

Caleb was in the middle of the yard, away from the drifts. This is the snow I had to wade through to get to that beautiful spot behind our house. (No, Caleb is not kneeling in the snow.)


There are so many pictures I have not blogged yet because of being so busy with PSEO. Since I have some time to blog now, (and since the computer is loading the pictures so much faster than it usually does) I'll make it up with an extra long post and share some pictures from the 'archives'.
This is a spider wort, one of my favorite flowers to photograph. Notice how many flowers are on this one. I think I counted fourteen.


 I think this is called prairie phlox.






Pictures from our family's last vacation:




These are my adorable cousins.










Saturday, September 14, 2013

Dragonflies

I recently read a few articles about dragonfly photography. (It seems like there's an article out there for every kind of photography.) Here is a link to one of these good articles. All of the pictures below were taken using my telephoto lens.
 I'm having a hard time identifying these. Does anyone know of a good dragonfly field guide?
 





 I think the dragonfly above is a Cherry-faced meadowhawk.