On a day when the sky was gray and uneventful and there seemed to be nothing at all of interest to shoot in the area where I was located, I came upon this trickling stream and decided to take this close-up view. Overall, the day reminded me of fishing in that, sometimes there is just nothing at all going on. During those times, you simply make the best of it and look forward to another place and time. :-)
I don't know very much about butterflies, other than they are wonderful to look at, but I guess I'd better learn about the various types since I'll capture them (digitally) when the moment looks right. Normally you find them perched upon some beautiful flower or bush but occassionally they can be found in odd places. I recall a gorgeous specimen perched on the radio antenna of my vehicle once, and of course had no camera with me, but I always remembered that moment. But I digress.
The butterfly below was simply sitting on the sidewalk as I was out walking, so I literally walked up on it. I gently fanned my baseball cap to get it to spread those wonderful wings, which exposed some damage to the right lower one. Clipped by a bird, perhaps? In any case, I grabbed the shot, thanked he or she and left with hopes that it would somehow recover and fly away.
Through the magic of Google I learned that this is a female Troilus Butterfly, not to be confused with the Western Tiger Swallowtail, which has similar markings. Write that down, you could be the star of the next cocktail party. :-)
I wish there were a more exciting story to tell about this image, but the fact of the matter is this; I simply grabbed this shot from a home goods store one day while out shopping. Okay, it had been raining for a few days and I was getting desperate. :-)
On a day when the sun was visible for only 15 minutes during it's rise, I was fortunate to catch this view which was shot from across a roadway and through the woods. It rained the remainder of the day. This is another example of why it's a good idea to keep a camera handy. Rain had been forecast for this particular day and clouds had rolled in the night before, so there was no real expectation of catching a sunrise. As I drove a country road and rounded a curve I could see the brilliance of the sun in the distant sky. The challenge then became one of finding someplace to pull over and out of harms way to capture a shot during this brief window of opportunity.
I came upon a church and pulled into the lot, setting up as quickly as possible. My tripod is usually on the back seat with the legs extended, which really saved precious time and saved the day. :-)
This 3-bracket shot was all there was time for as the suns was quickly obscured by the clouds.