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Things are looking up…

Things are looking up in a lot of ways right now, but in this particular case I’m intending for you to look straight up. Up onto the ceiling in a little hallway at the Chihuly Museum yesterday. The feature photo is a small section of that amazing ceiling. I resisted the idea of trying to use my camera for these shots when I knew that the iPhone would handle the issues of lighting better than my camera skills could. I had wanted to go there for quite a while, but in this case the idea of going there popped into my head at the perfect moment, so I had a friend to view this with. I have gone everywhere on my own for a long time now, but I don’t think this would have been as much fun without someone who stood there as amazed as you were at what we were seeing.

I have so many more photos but these will do as a tease to get you to go there also. There are many Chihuly exhibitions scattered all over the country, maybe there is one near you. But… bring a friend.

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Day trippin’

I had one day free before my second covid shot with its potential side effects, so another spur of the moment trip took me over the Sunshine Skyway bridge and into new territory. Cars were parked along a quiet, ordinary looking, rural street, and it took me a moment to realize I had arrived. Not knowing how far into the woods I’d have to walk I just took my camera and my trusty 18-400, much disparaged lately but not by me, lens and started walking.

I didn’t read this until I looked at the picture in the computer. Which explains some of my confusion.
I guess I had imagined that all bees make hives, and honey. I was wrong on both counts. This is a bee hotel, evidently there should be more of them.
I love paths like this, but not necessarily when I’m alone. Or maybe I shouldn’t be binge watching Criminal Minds, since it’s got me more aware that I drift through life in my own little la la land.
And then I came to the bird blind…
Here are some photographers, ready to start shooting.
Gardens were planted near the blind, for the birds but the butterflies seemed to like them too.
I wonder what munched on this guy?
Aha, a painted bunting. I could have claimed I ‘found’ him in the wild rather than an audobon preserve, but I was just glad to see him.
And him!
And them! The all blue one is an indigo bunting, and the little brown one is the female indigo bunting.
They liked this feeder too, but I never saw the second bunting until I saw it on the computer.
There were SO many blurry pictures that I tended to work on any of my less blurry pictures. I’m sure I should have used a tripod, but they moved so quickly I probably would have resorted to hand holding the camera anyhow.
When the buntings cleared out this dove dropped by.
When you don’t see the second bird you just might cut his head off.
There were cars parked on the road when I entered the preserve, and people at the bird blind. But eventually I was alone, and when I made my way back to my car it was the only one parked on the street. And this sign had appeared. That’s when I really knew that my TV watching was affecting me.
I stopped for a couple of pictures of the bridge on the way home, but then I was on my way…
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I think I’m the queen of brainstorms. Take the last few days for example. I had a brilliant idea about how to reduce the glare while I’m working on the computer in the afternoon, so I measured, incorrectly as it turned out, and ordered blinds for the window in question. Then I totally turned the room upside down, which is my first step in any home ‘improvement’ project, and then I figured out that it wasn’t going to work out after all. Then I had to put everything back as it was, which required my uncle to come rescue me when I couldn’t drill a new hole for a screw. I’ve always known I had a screw loose but I try to hide it. So a day of tearing this place apart, a day of procrastinating, and finally a day of putting things back together.

Another brilliant idea came when decided that I wanted to find a picture of stripes and use that as a background to see what it would look like through the lens ball. I googles images of stripes and then didn’t like the results, but it dawned on me to look at my own photos as a background, and that amused me for another day and a half. Most didn’t work, but a few did. So I guess I’m batting .500 for the last couple of days…