The Royalty of the Insect World

Like stained glass on wings, the Monarch butterfly is as beautiful to gaze upon as it sits sipping nectar from a flower as it is in flight.

Full Splendor

Full Splendor

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Just a sip

Just a sip

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This fellow, battered and worn, has seen endless days of Oklahoma winds

This fellow, battered and worn, has seen endless days of Oklahoma winds

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All were taken at the Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

I have a nasty habit of “just skimming” things that come into my email; so I didn’t really tackle the entire challenge of focus. I have a very shallow depth of field with the trail of mushrooms and a bit deeper dof with the single mushroom top. I suppose I could scour my images to find one with deep depth of field, but I’m lazy!

Anyway, what I really wanted to say about this challenge is that I love the emotions different depths of fields provoke. From the ethereal (shallow) to the pragmatic (deep) depths of fields, focus has the ability to take our minds to places other than just what the image portrays.

No matter what plane your focal point is in a shallow depth of field, it makes for an interesting image.

No matter what plane your focal point is in a shallow depth of field, it makes for an interesting image. With the focal point in the middle, it leads your eye through the image.

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I love the far away feeling of a front focal point in a shallow depth of field.

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This was a deep crimson flower, not one you would think would look good in black and white, but when I converted it, I found I loved the lack of color better. Without the distraction of color, you can see the flower for all its hidden beauty.

This is another example of shallow dof, but I liked it, so it made the cut!

 

Okay, so I found one that I took on vacation two years ago. Its not that remarkable of an image (in comparison to some of my blogging friends) but it does demonstrate the use of a deeper depth of field.

Okay, so I found one that I took on vacation two years ago. Its not that remarkable of an image (in comparison to some of my blogging friends) but it does demonstrate the use of a deeper depth of field.

 

Here At Last

I have a small fish pond. No it doesn’t have any fish in it, because our local cranes kept eating them. But it does hold my beloved lily plant. Now most of you have become aquatinted with our WEATHER in Oklahoma over the past few weeks, so you will understand when I say hail has kept my plant from blooming for three years!

Each spring for the past three years, just as my lily plant was putting on beautiful leavesĀ pads, we got hit with hail! And not just little hail, but car damaging, leaf stripping hail! Nothing like what hit before all the tornados this year, but enough to cause havoc in my garden. Because of this hail, my lily plant as not put out a single flower in three years! It has depressed me as I enjoy coming out to see the beautiful water flowers opening up in my little garden pond!

This is not snow in May, it is hundreds of marble size hail stones that ripped through leaves and flowers alike!

This is not snow in May, it is hundreds of marble size hail stones that ripped through leaves and flowers alike!

After the storm last year, nothing was left of my lily plant except a few stems.

After the storm last year, nothing was left of my lily plant except a few stems.

 

Well this year, all the hail storms went around our yard and when I came out one morning two weeks ago (before the tornados), I was greeted to a bud about to open and then the next day a full bloom! I know its silly, but with everything going on around me and all the destruction, this single bloom holds a measure of hope for me! Enjoy!

Just opening up to say, "Hi!"

Just opening up to say, “Hi!”

Trying to hide under a lily pad!

Trying to hide under a lily pad!

So perfectly formed and no hail damage!

So perfectly formed and no hail damage!

pure and white with a touch of sunshine

pure and white with a touch of sunshine

It reminds me of a tea cup.

It reminds me of a tea cup.

 

 

 

May Photo-a-day Challenge: Day 26 Sunshine

Day 26: Sunshine

Day 26: Sunshine

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