Reflection's Flora and Fauna
A collection of my photos of flora and fauna, and maybe now and then,
something else that catches my attention and just will not let go.
Maybe even with little verbage, which is pretty hard for this gal.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Goshen Got Your Wagon?


Taken in Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana, end of September 2011.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pines 'N Snow, Bryce Canyon Utah

May 9th we awoke to snow at our campground in Bryce Canyon, Utah.  It can be pretty.

*Over at Reflections From the Fence today there are more snowy Bryce Canyon Utah photos.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Shrimp Plant

From the archives:


Monday, September 26, 2011

Mexican Corn on the Cob, Hot Stuff

From the archives, this corn on the cob was very popular in the Rio Grande Valley Texas where Man and I wintered for several years.  He loves corn on the cob and he loves hot spices, and he really loved the combo.  I googled Mexican corn on the cob and found that it is also known as elote.

According to the blog Homesick Texan, it’s a cob of corn "slathered in mayonnaise, cotija cheese (a semi-hard, crumbly cheese that resembles grated Parmesan), powdered chile peppers and lime juice. Sometimes, you can find it without mayonnaise and instead drenched in butter, margarine or crema."


Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Rose By Any Other Name - - Graphic Goofing Off

It was raining today at our MOC Rally, so, I sat in Tana playing around, and came up with this Rio Grande Texas rose from my archives to share, and then, I got wild and crazy with my photo editing program.  Here are the results, first, the rose:

Below, this is called colored pencil:

Below:  Fresco

Below:  Poster edges:

Below:  Glowing edges:

And, last, but, not least, solarize:


Friday, September 23, 2011

Great Blue Heron


Usually in August each year around the stick built, in our natural hole in the ground, swampy, algae covered pond, the great blue heron comes to visit. He is totally quiet, stands perfectly still for long long minutes, then, slowly he will move a few inches.  He moves slower than a tortoise.  This photo taken with the Sony at max zoom of 20 times, the heron was 75 feet or more from the house, in a less than wonderful lighting situation.  I balanced the camera on the deck poles.  Needed a tripod, but the deck poles will just have to suffice.  Not a great photo, but, any photo under these conditions is a challenge and I am happy to have it.

*Herons have been here on Flora and Fauna before, and a white one too.   The photos are much better, the lighting was much better too!  LOL

** Yes, we have a tripod, but by the time I go find it, the photo op is usually over.  LOL

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wanna Go For a Ride?

Shipshewana, Indiana, September 2011.  For a fee his owner, most likely an Amish man, will take you for a ride around Shipshewana in an open air buggy.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Poof, In a BIGGGGG Way

At the end of June at Bighorn National Park I found these HUGE poof balls, they remind me of a dandylion, except these measured at least 4 inches in diameter.  All three images are the same photo.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Baby Bumps

The white tails are back in the yard again.  This time Man caught them with the Sony.

And, now, by cropping and zooming this same photo, take a close look, do you see what I see??

Baby bumps!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Utah Juniper

During THE Trip, I  became enthralled with the artistic design of the Utah Juniper.  Dead or alive or partially alive, no matter, they are strange, gnarled, compact, windblown.  They talked to me, they called me to photograph them, so I did.  Two other posts here at Flora and Fauna have Utah Juniper, one at Arches National Park and one with the berries.

Taken at Montezuma Well, near Camp Verde Arizona.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

I'll Take the High Road, You Take - -

Maybe that should read, I'll take the north side of this dead tree, you get the rest??


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Butterflies, Bees, Bugs, Flowers, More Butterflies, Bees, Bugs

Along a walking trail last weekend I found these butterflies and bees and bugs on these very bright yellow flowers.  These flowers must have really had some great smell or some other secret to attract so many little pollinators.

Below, how many can you count??  I see two of the butterflies, 1 large bee, 2 bugs of some kind that sorta, mmm, look like they are having a bit of cuddle time, and way down at the bottom left, some dude or dudette crawling up from the underside of that flower.

When I applied auto correct to the photo below, the blue on the wings just popped out.  Could be that auto correct took some creative license with my photo??

Below, I, err, Sony caught that bee in mid air.  Just love when Sony does that!  

Below, the cuddle bugs again and two larger bees, on butterfly.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Seed Pods and Some Interesting Orange Bugs, Lots O Bugs


* As kids I believe we called this milk weed.  I found this detailed web site, again, I find em, you judge em!  Have NO clue as to the type of bug.  Site was near large mill pond, still water.