Fall has arrived!
Sunrise comes later, which for me is a great thing because I am now up early enough to take photos of them. I love the mornings, sitting on my deck as the sun rises and listening to the birds is a piece of heaven.
I just love the little smiles on the frog and grasshopper...could not resist posting their photos.
The grapes are ripening, but so much different from usual...the bunches of them are in all colors and stages...some are ripe and some are still green. Normally they all ripen at once.
All summer long I have been keeping my eyes open for a praying mantis. They are such interesting little critters and I really wanted to get some photos of one. I pretty much had given up, when one found ME! Inside the house! I saw his silhouette sitting there on the railing and ran for my camera. When I had gotten enough shots, I took the little guy outside and let him free. The next morning, I went outside to see if he was still there. Of course he was gone. But!!! a while later, I opened the front door to let in some fresh air...and there he was! This time he was waiting for me on the porch railing. I ran for the camera and got some more shots of him outside. Then he flew away. I have not seen him since.
I have had fun with shooting the stars and moon too.
I had a goal to shoot some long exposure star trails...this was my first real attempt. I had the camera on for 30 minutes to get this. I didn't sit there and wait and when I went out to turn off the camera, I realized the moon had risen and so it is overexposed, but it has a good amount of trailing and so for my first try, I am pretty excited how it turned out. It even has kind of a rainbow along the line where the moon interfered. Do you think it will pass for the Aurora Borealis?
The Blue Moon...which of course is not blue.
The Big Dipper, just over the house.
Arianna is growing fast! Finally we get to see her eyes open more and more, but she still loves her naps.
Josiah is wearing a little suit that my Dad wore when he was this age. My Grandmother carefully saved it and passed it on to my Mom. It was fun to put him in it for some photos and now it is safely packed away again.
Yesterday, I went with Bonnie to the St. John's Bridge to take some photos. The shot on the top right is a shot that I have noticed some other photographers taking and posting. I really wanted a chance to shoot it too. I ended up liking the shot, but the one that really made me happy was the one I processed in Black and White at the top left. When we arrived they were blocking off an area for filming of the series Grimm. I have never seen it, but if you watch it, watch for the bridge.