Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #801 – Don’t let it pass you by!

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I was shooting at a sunset when I felt a small bump at my feet and here was this lovely creation scurrying about. He was a good sized “pede” about 5-6 inches long. And this dude was fast. No time to get the macro kit. It was take it or leave it. I grabbed 3 or for frames as he moved across an asphalt trail and disappeared into the West TX weeds.

Life sometimes come at a 1/5000 of a second and sometimes as in this case a 1/30 of a second. Don’t let it pass you by…†…monos en theos…jim

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #775 – SPEEDY “HAWK” MOTH

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While on patrol around the grounds looking for something to photograph, I came across this Hummingbird moth. I found they are also called Hawk moths and that seemed muy macho a name.

I have made images of these marvelous creatures before but I always used my macro kit and speedlights that resulted in a lot of motion even when I managed to get the little creature in focus. So I took a different approach. Cranked up the ISO to 1000 and went to shutter prefered exposure with the shutter set at 1/5000.

It made for a much more interesting image and he even looks kinda hawk like. You can read more about the Hummingbird moth here:

See the world a little differently today! …†… monos in theos…jim


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In the recent gusty wind of West Texas, one of our “dog warning” signs was blown from it’s post. I found Clovis laying near it with more of a sheepish look than a sheep dog. Before I could say anything of his presumed laziness, he reminded me that there are two signs, his “on guard” sign and another one that states the he ” can make it to the gate in 2.8 seconds can you?”

He can do that, and he can get there just as quick from either a laying or a standing position.

Let sleeping dogs lie. ††† en theos ††† jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #284

I found this handsome Chihuahuan Spotted Whip-tail on our walk yesterday morning. The weather was cool and he seemed to be on a forage for something of interest. He allowed me to slowly maneuver  into the 2-3 foot range. The view I most often get of these guys is an “eat my dust” look as they scream down the path with my dogs in futile pursuit.

I was blessed to follow and marvel in his intricate  markings and camouflage for a few minutes. He quickly showed why he has racing stripes to vanish my nearness.

Show off your markings with a degree of humility on your journey†††nada te turbe†††jim