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.






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.





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.



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





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”.

If You Don’t Know The Words To The Song…

Two summers ago, I was ‘buzzed’ by a hummingbird. I don’t even remember what I was doing, but I was on the side of the house, by the clematis, and there was this loud buzz by my ear. Thinking it was a bumblebee, I ducked and moved backward. As I looked up to see where it was, I saw a hummingbird where I had been standing, and it took off around the front of the house. Since then, I’ve seen other Flickr photographers shoot fantastic pictures of these birds, and even my parents added a feeder to their backyard. They are absolutely fascinating! Mom was kind enough to give me one of her feeders, and I filled it with the sugar water that they like. I put it on a stand outside the back window, and crossed my fingers. Two days later, I was visited. In the last 5 days, I’ve probably taken over 100 pictures, and been absolutely happy with a couple. Cloudy and rainy skies have not helped at all. Better shots will follow, I promise.

Macros, Macros, Everywhere…

Everything looks new when viewed through new ‘eyes’. This macro lens is absolutely mind-blowing. I really hope I don’t drive you nuts with some of the shots I’ll be posting the next few days. Getting sunsets has been impossible with the rain we’ve been getting. Baseball/Softball has been rained out, which really frustrates me AND Mike and Kristen. And the only thing the rain has been good for is the flowers around the house, and what it’s done on them and to them.

Grape Hyacinth

As you’ve seen in the past, I’m a huge fan of water droplets and surface tension.

Notice the little white ‘hairs’ on the leaf?

These are tulip leaves.

I was very happy with the way this one turned out!