If They Can Do It….

I scratch my head raw sometimes, watching photographers do the same thing all the time. Sunset, sunset, sunset. Lighthouse, lighthouse, lighthouse. Same old, same old, same old. I want to scream “You nailed it!! Now do something else!” But it’s that time of year again, and there’s lots of green in the flower beds and it rains. I can’t help myself. Ooops.

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Pysanky

A pysanka (Ukrainian: писанка, plural: pysanky) is a pretty Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist (batik) method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write”, as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax.

Many other eastern European ethnic groups decorate eggs using wax resist for Easter. These include the Belarusians (пісанка, pisanka), Bulgarians (писано яйце, pisano yaytse), Croats (pisanica), Czechs (kraslice), Hungarians (hímestojás), Lithuanians (margutis), Poles (pisanka), Romanians (ouă vopsite, incondeiate or impistrite), Serbs (pisanica), Slovaks (kraslica), Slovenes (pisanica, pirhi or remenke) and Sorbs (jejka pisać).

This display was recently on display at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, on loan from the Byzantine Catholic Cultural Center in Tremont.

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For more of the set, here’s the link: Pysanky.

The Big Dripper

Before you even say it, I know. “He always shoots water drops.” Whatever it is about the leaves on Tiger Lilies, the water beads up like no other plants I’ve seen. Little, tiny crystal globes, shining in the light, after a rain. I can’t help NOT seeing them. These are from May 8th.

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This is my favorite. I thought catching the reflection of the tree was a bonus.

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I tried for a while to get a really good shot of this little bug. This was as good as I got. But I was blown away by the way he looked. Pretty vicious looking! The head reminded me of the death’s head from “The Punisher”.