Ah the weather outside is frightening

and the cat Mindy is as bored as me.

She briefly allowed me a little time for photos, but was generally bored with the whole human concept of using a camera.

We both made it a short lived exercise and she returned to her purrs and I my chair and good reads.

enjoy the cold and sleep as much as a cat…en theos †† jim


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One of the best looking painted flags I have found.

I guess sometimes things work better with fewer strips and less stars!

The Texas Flag Code assigns the following symbolism to the colors of the Texas flag: blue stands for loyalty, white for purity, and red for bravery. The code also states that single (lone) star “represents ALL of Texas and stands for our unity as one for God, State, and Country.” The “lone star” is, in fact, an older symbol predating the flag which was used to symbolize Texans’ solidarity in declaring independence from Mexico. It is still seen today as a symbol of Texas’ independent spirit, and gave rise to the state’s official nickname “The Lone Star State”.

Long may we get it all together………en theos…..jim

Images of small things from the biggest county in Texas #525 – Another woodsy moth looking like a mammoth in the desert.

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We were just finishing up our morning walk and were greeted at our back gate by our neighbor Priscilla. She excitedly told me of this huge and beautiful moth she had found in her backyard.

I grabbed my Nikon and headed on over. I was not disappointed. This creature was the size of my hand and was finished off on the front in with these massive feather like antenna and complete with a bright red touch on the rear of his upper wing.

He was filling the bottom of an ice tea pitcher. I turned and gently moved him about to make some images of his detailed features.

Priscilla enjoyed him for the day and phoned at sunset to let us know she was releasing him. It gave me a warm feeling thinking of him being free. Slowly, more and more I move to become the bug guy.

“Life is a frail moth flying Caught in the web of the years that pass.”- Sara Teasdale

enjoy your freedom ††† en theos ††† jim

Images of small things from the biggest county in Texas- #513- Found this beautiful gecko hiding in the bush.

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We are visiting family in the Dallas area and I went out in the heat stalking to see what I could find. I found this little 3-4″ specimen  wandering about securely camouflaged amongst the green. He was fairly cooperative with posing, but he did not like the flashes going off. He would filch and back away every time I made an exposure.  But he never ran too far away. These are probably very common for a lot of you, but for this West Texas boy, I just don’t get to see many lizards that don’t have horns.

Try to blend in and not be green with envy about all you find.

Peace ††† en theos ††† jim work

Images of small things from the biggest county in Texas – #505 – We have baby spiders !

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Arachnophobics beware !!!

I had noticed this spiders egg a few days ago. It was in some Johnson grass in our field next to home. I walked by it a couple times a day. I was really thinking that the mama spider would reappear and pose. I have very few spider images. This morning I found this little dark mass in the web and on closer inspection, I discovered we had a hundred or more baby spiders crawling about. The egg is about a 1/4 inch in diameter and in the second photo you can see the hole in the egg from which they had hatched.

I was fortunate that I photographed them when I saw them. A couple hours later they were all dispersed doing whatwver little spiders do to survive.

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”
Arthur Conan Doyle 

Stop and admire something small today ††† en theos †††jim work

Photos on the journey #384


Acts 5:12-16

New International Version (NIV)

The Apostles Heal Many

12 The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.

en theos†††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #337


This was not the photo that I had hoped for of this black widow. They are fairly common here in West TX and I was actually excited to find one with a web built in a portable chair in my back yard. I used a little stick to kind of guide her down where I could see her a little better. I had vision of this great spider photo, some how being able to see the red hour glass on her belly.

My muse shouted a motherly “be careful”, but I did a quiet snort like what can happen I am just making her image. I wasn’t like wrestling alligators. I got my 105mm micro lens and set up pretty close to her, I was like 6-8 inches away. I got this one exposure of her and was planning a second when she literally leaped, jumped, sprang, whatever like straight up and out of frame and sight. I quickly checked my arms, head, clothes and camera and I could not find her. She had vaporized, gone, not to be found.

I went in and changed clothes, even took a shower, but all day I had this imaginative itch that I could not get away from.

Be careful in whatever jungle you find yourself in on your journey!!!nada te turbe…jim

Prayers for all the families in Aurora Co. Life if both precious and fleeting and can change in the briefest of a blink  Fitting words from the beautifuldue ….peace out