Images of small things from the biggest county in Texas #539 – A dapper fellow on a yellow petal

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I marveled at the simple majesty of the blending of matching colors. Wishing I could blend so well, to be able to match more than just my baseball cap with my shirt. I can only imagine this little beetle’s view of having such a seemingly coordinated place to fall into. To dawn my tuxedo (if I had one) and to just set atop a golden crown.

“Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.”
Henry David Thoreau

May you find a place that you may blend so well. ††† en theos ††† jim work

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #365

Fitting end of the day and a year of posting an image a day. I am tired and will be taking a little break from posting so often. I did prove to myself that I do have some follow through. That has always been a failure of mine.

Enjoy the endings as well as the beginnings on your journey†nada te turbe†jim

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #364

Oh to be able and take some time to chase down a dragonfly. Right now that would give me such relief. We have been in Monahans, TX doing sports portraits the last couple of days. We have done about 2000 exposures of kids in Green uniforms the last couple of days. I don’t think I have the energy to chase much of anything. It is hard enough to walk from  editing on the computer to anyplace across the room………..I think I am seeing green

Be carefull what you wish for on your journey†††††nada te turbe†††††jim

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #363

Don’t think of me being lazy, posting the same subject again. We are starting our West TX sports photography “circuit” getting the football, volleyball & cheerleaders all photographed.  I am peddling as fast as I can to stay up with it all. Lots of images to process and get off to Millers. Blessed to have the income, but I certainly have a love-hate thing for my day job. Nature of that beast I guess.

The bugs, blooms, birds and creatures are a lot of fun, but not a one of them has handed me an photo-envelope with $$$$$ inside. None the less, my heart is hooked into Abba’s great work & beauty.

Find pleasure in what you do on your journey†††††nada te turbe†††††jim

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #362

I found this guy while on our morning walk. He (?) was a  nibbling away on a scant little weed. I brought him along with his breakfast back home and put him in a little light box and lit him up.

As I was photographing and studying his movement, I tried to let him know of the impending changes that were going to come. How he was going to wake up one morning and wonder where his old body was and that he could now fly and no longer have to crawl. I wanted to warn him, just as everyone had tried to tell me. Just like me, I don’t think he listened!!!!

What metamorphosis are coming on your journey†††††††††nada te turbe††††††††††jim

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #361

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”.        Mark Twain

Ah, that is so true. I will generally talk to and pet a pit bull in the back of a pickup long before I will approach a poodle in a Toyota.

What size is the fight in you on your journey?†††††††nada te turbe††††jim

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #360

Taking time for a little stretch.I guess when you beat your wings at a 100 time a second and your heart rate races up to 1000 pulses per minute, that you also earn a break every now and then.With the exception of insects, hummingbirds while in flight have the highest metabolism of all animals, a necessity in order to support the rapid beating of their wings. Their heart rate can reach as high as 1,260 beats per minute, a rate once measured in a Blue-throated Hummingbird. They also consume more than their own weight in nectar each day, and to do so they must visit hundreds of flowers daily. Hummingbirds are continuously hours away from starving to death, and are able to store just enough energy to survive overnight.Hummingbirds are capable of slowing down their metabolism at night, or any other time food is not readily available. They enter a hibernation-like state known as torpor. During torpor, the heart rate and rate of breathing are both slowed dramatically (the heart rate to roughly 50 to 180 beats per minute), reducing the need for food.So, how fast are you moving on your journey††††††††nada te turbe†††††††jim

via Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #360.

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #360

Taking time for a little stretch.

I guess when you beat your wings at a 100 time a second and your heart rate races up to 1000 pulses per minute, that you also earn a break every now and then.

With the exception of insects, hummingbirds while in flight have the highest  metabolism of all animals, a necessity in order to support the rapid beating of their wings. Their heart rate can reach as high as 1,260 beats per minute, a rate once measured in a Blue-throated Hummingbird.  They also consume more than their own weight in nectar each day, and to do so they must visit hundreds of flowers daily. Hummingbirds are continuously hours away from starving to death, and are able to store just enough energy to survive overnight.

Hummingbirds are capable of slowing down their metabolism at night, or any other time food is not readily available. They enter a hibernation-like state known as torpor. During torpor, the heart rate and rate of breathing are both slowed dramatically (the heart rate to roughly 50 to 180 beats per minute), reducing the need for food.

So, how fast are you moving on your journey††††††††nada te turbe†††††††jim

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #359

“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.”  ~Carl Sagan

How long butterflies live depends on many things and varies greatly. It depends on the size of the butterfly, the species of the butterfly, where it lives, and what time of year it became an adult.  For example, if the butterfly is of the smaller version it will probably not live as long, but if it is a larger butterfly, it will live longer.  Now of course the size of the butterfly is not going to be the only factor of how long a butterfly will live, but does attribute to it.   There is an average life span of a butterfly – it is usually about one month.  Although the smallest butterflies that you can usually spot feasting on the flowers in your front yard will usually only live about one week.

So, what are you doing today?????

Value the time you have on your journey††††††††nada te turbe††††jim

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #358

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW…..ERR, UNDER THE RAINBOW!

I was about to head off to check a location for a Saturday morning football team shoot, and I was greeted with this beautiful albeit thin double rainbow. I ran back in the house grabbed my 10.5mm fish-eye and attempted to make an image in the field next to our home. But there was little there to work with, and did I mention that is was now raining, a nice sun-shower. I then remember this bed of Zenia’s that the city had planted in the park catty corner from us.  I ran in my flip flops through the rain and made some images before the light dropped, the colors faded, replaced with lighting.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true……on your journey††††††nada te turbe††††

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