Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Oooooo...Pretty Colours! And Stuff.

Before I inflict my latest batch of photo fodder on you poor folks, I want to extend a public "Thank-ee Ma'am" to Hilary for spiffing up this blog. I get the vapours when confronted with templates and margins and that sort of thing. Luckily for me, she does not. Thanks, Hil.

As mentioned previously, I'm still wading through summer shots. Here come da latest batch.

I think I would have ignored this first pic if I hadn't noticed the jet's contrail. The sunset (by cottage standards) is just so-so. But the pic illustrates a world where a couple of guys can fish quietly at dusk while thousands of feet above them, folks are hurtling off to god-knows-where. Same world, way-different realities.

I like frogs. Their metamorphosis is amazing. And they are the canaries in the mindshafts of our environment. Their porous skins make them susceptible to atmospheric and aquatic anomalies. If something is wrong in a particular ecosystem, frogs are often the first to indicate it.

All this healthy fellow below is demonstrating, is how well he's mastered the art of camoflage.

No intro for the next shot. But I have a caption below it!

"Anybody seen that dang dog?"

Next up, how about a pretty flower?

I featured a pic of Hilary's wrist bling a while back. But apparently I took another shot some time later, and darned if I don't like it too. So, have a deja view.

What caught my eye on the next shot was the vivid splash of orange sky which offset the near-monochromatic aspect of the lower two thirds.

While playing with my macro (and still buffaloed by some of its subtleties) I came across this interesting, little green fellow. I have no idea what kind of bug it is. It was perhaps an inch long. Nifty, though.

There's no dearth of fine sunsets in cottage country. (I used to be able to vouch for the spiffy sunrises too. But now I'm too old and lazy to get up that early.) This next one, with its fiery sky, offered a treat-per-minute as the Creator played with his palette.

That evening, Hil and I and my brother-in-law Evan, shot a zillion photos. (Evan is a pro photographer with his own business, Magic Portraits.) In the next shot, I shoot the photographers as they go about their business.

I am going to wrap up this entry with what might very well be the first photograph of its kind - ever. Yep. Of all the umpteen quadrabazillions of photos ever taken, I believe this next one is unique.

Brace yourselves, good people.

Yes. I caught a grasshopper reading a book. Who'da' thunk it?


  1. I had to scroll down.. I knew this was the shot you alluded to. It's a wonderful shot and I remember your taking it. I love it.. and all the others. Thanks for bring summer back.. and for the shout out.

  2. Words can leap off the page, but they can't hop. All very nice. I've thrown away my camera, and as long as Clapton's got a guitar, I'll probably refrain from strumming too.

  3. I really enjoyed all of these! Especially the little chipmunk. And I never knew that about frogs!

  4. That first one, of the fishermen, the sunset, and the contrail, is a jaw-dropper. Just gorgeous. Love the chipmunk and the flower, too. And great detail on the grasshopper. I was trying to identify the book he was reading by what words I could see on the page, but to no avail.

  5. Linda, it was The Origin of Species by Nino Ricci. I believe Carol Anne has it now. ;)


  6. Just beautiful Frank. I love the detail on your macros.

  7. these are so cool!
    and so beautiful
    I love the insects and the frog
    I like the wee creatures

    good work Frank
    and the blog looks great

  8. He must be Jiminy Cricket's cousin!

    Beautiful shots, and where is that dog, anyway?;)

  9. Vivid macro shots! You have a knack for macro. Well done, Frank!

  10. - Glad you like, Hil. :)

    - Thanks for the visit, Cay. Despite Eric, still strumming my guitar, though.

    - Happy you enjoyed, Elizabeth.

    - Thanks, Linda. You're very kind.

    - Thank you, Reb.

    - And you, Dianne.

    - Thanks, mimi. He's around here somewhere. Just look for trouble. You'll find him. ;)

    - Thanks, Daniel.

    - Thank you, ellen.

    Thanks all, for taking the time to visit and comment.

  11. Oh, they are nice pictures, superb.

  12. Frank, I love every single one of your pictures. But I especially love Hillary's wrist bling!

    1. Thanks, Bob.

      It IS quite spiffy, MG. Thanks for the visit and the kind words. :)

  13. A pleasure to view, Frank. I have a soft spot for frogs and I hardly get to see any these days.

  14. Love all of them! Beautiful sunsets and that last one is great! I, too, "get the vapours when confronted with templates and margins and that sort of thing" so I sympathize. I'm way overdue for a sprucing up on my blogs. I guess I better get over my vapours!

  15. All excellent, and it's hard to pick a favorite. I love the chipmunk - his little face is precious. The most dramatic is probably the one with the brilliant pink sky reflected on the lake.

  16. I'd say you were doing a fine job with that camera - you sure that's not Jiminy Cricket disguised as a grasshopper in that last photo?

  17. - Glad you enjoyed, Leah. Frogs were somewhat scarce in these parts for a while but thankfully, seem to be making a comeback. Populations the last 2-3 years seem to be rebounding.

    - Thanks, Barbara. Offer Hil some chocolate. She'll be at your place sprucing up your blog in no time. ;)

    - Glad you liked, Linda. Thanks for stopping by.

    - Just might be, Pauline. It just might be....