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Friday Color

Hey Everybody I am back and posting again after weeks and weeks of not posting anything. So I am bringing back a theme that I ruined months and months ago for this Friday called Friday
color this time.

I decided to be snarky this time against my mentor and post something before he comes back from his beach trip.


To the left you see a sunset I recently did last Saturday may 13th. The conditions were just right for the sunset that day. So i decided to use a new filter I got just in the past few months to check out how it works with sunrise and sunset colors. I looked like it came out awesome from the filter and my use of my knowledge of sunset conditions.












The last color photo I am posting was done on May 13th also. I did macro work to show this baby bumble on the flower floating around trying to find pollen.



Recent posts

Lightning storm and frogs

Here we go another post about Lightning and Frogs. This night on May 11, I was tracking  lightning storms on the real time lightning tracker when at 9 pm, I got a call from my photography mentor that said " Hey theres lightning in the area and I am coming right away to pick you up". So I quickly got my camera and equipment ready to go for this photo opportunity to photograph a lightning storm again. This lightning storm in particular was a little bit different from the others I had previously photographed with my mentor.

This one however, was producing inner cloud lightning which is cool to photograph. I went to the manual mode and set it to bulb on the F8 to make the image sharper and used ISO 250 for the exposures.
 Right after the storm had passed, my mentor and I heard many frogs including tree frogs and other wildlife in the area. So i decided to do a macro shot on this green tree frog to show its calling which is pretty cool to photograph.

A rare visitor today

Today when I got off work, I returned home to my house to find the common snapping turtle which was lost and made its way to my house under a bush.


I have never seen a common snapping turtle this big in the bushes near my house. I got several good shots of this snapping turtle which were the very first pictures of May this year.

This common snapping turtles can be found in ponds but not near anybody house. But if rains like it did last week, water turtles can be missed placed from the natural habitat to a new habitat.

Snapping turtles have a defense called snapping. You have to be extra cautious and careful when you are around these turtles.
I have held many box turtles and some small water turtles in the past. BUT not a snapping turtle since I don't want to get bitten by one.

I have to agree this was a very rare occasion to see this common snapping turtle near my house.




I hope everyone had a great Monday and Happy May 1st everyone !!





End of April Color

Here we go its the end of April! Its MayDay tomorrow also known to others as May 1st.

I decided to post a new thing on the blog called end of month colors which is pretty cool for this time for the blog.


Today it national food thrice day. which means it people can do thing more than twice on this day.





I ventured out to my local neighborhood pond to do some end of month pictures. I stumbled upon a northern female cardinal which is pictured above on the edge of the pond trying to get into to drink from the water source here.

Then I photographed this beautiful honeysuckle flower hanging from a branch of the tree where its located to get vibrant colors.



Certainly last, I photographed the reflection of the pond with some clouds to make a cool abstract photo for reflections to use as my last photograph for the blog.









I hope everyone is enjoying this warm like summer weather we are having this week.


Spring Color Week 2

Its another spring color week.. Wahoo for spring colors.. What a magical part of the year it is in spring for warm weather and photographic opportunities now.




Heres another snapshot from this spring taken at Five oaks Pond where its green and pollen covered everywhere on the edge of the pond.

This is a cattail, its mostly found in ponds around this area. The can sometimes have frogs that can been seen on them.














Here to left is a common Tufted Titmouse. It is a songbird that can be found in this region of North Carolina. They are wonderful and pretty song birds to photograph.










For most of you, I know , I have updated the blog with some new pages of information.

Have a great week and Easter Weekend!

Spring Color Week 1

Its a new theme for the blog this year and its called Spring Color week for spring this year. I decided to do something different this year for the seasons this time around instead of Wednesday color.


Here you can see a water turtle sunning himself in my neighborhood pond.











Azaleas the most beautiful spring flower there is in this area of North Carolina.











One of many wildflowers found in my neighborhood pond area



But at last we have the Purple water lily that can be found in pond areas around this area in North Carolina.



Spring like weather

Has anyone noticed anything that this spring like weather has brought us yet?
Of course its been like spring weather for the past couple of days and the daffodils have already started blooming.


I think we can all say it the groundhog on groundhog day was wrong this year already.

His predictions said in early spring here in North Carolina but the other one in Pennsylvania saw its shadow which means six more weeks of winter.
I think our groundhog has been right all along this year for an early spring .



Has anybody else seen any sights of spring already? I certainly have been photographing some early sights of spring.


Have a great weekend everyone!