Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

The Texas Capitol building at night is lovely.

Photo of Texas Capitol and the full moon taken July 23, 2013

23 July 2013

Photo of the Texas Capitol at night, taken February 24, 2011

24 February 2011

Photo of the Texas Capitol at night taken April 05, 2011

05 April 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Can You Hear Me Now?

Eight phone handsets each a different color hanging on the side of a short cubicle wall.

Can you hear me now?

Great Egret in Flight

I saw this great egret sitting on the top branch of a dead tree in our pasture. I had my camera with me, but by the time I turned it on and focused, the bird had taken flight. I took a couple of photos anyway, just to see what sort of photo I could get. You just never know.

A great egret in flight

Great egret in flight

Photography Homework, Considered

Here are some of the photographs that I considered submitting as my homework for my third photography class.

Madison, a baby, looking off in the distance

Madison looking towards the park

A hummingbird sitting on a wire fence

On the fence, guarding the feeder nearby

Butterfly on pink flower

Butterfly on pink flower

Some kind of weed pod and its flowers

Some kind of weed pod and its flowers

A wasp nest with wasps in a pine tree

Wasps in a pine tree

View the two photos I submitted for the Class 3 homework assignment.

Photography Homework: Lunchtime

These are the photographs that I turned in for my Class 3 photography homework assignment. Both my subjects happened to be eating, so I categorized them as “Lunchtime.”

This is Madison having lunch. I saw her and her mother at an adjacent table just as I was leaving a sandwich shop. I asked for permission to photograph the baby and the mother was gracious and agreed.

Madison, a baby, being fed lunch by her mother



This is an Argiope aurantia spider, also having lunch. I found the spider while taking photos of a Texas Wood Lizard in my back yard and decided the spider would make a good subject for my homework.

A spider, an Argiope aurantia, eating a cricket

Yummy, in a Mother Nature food-chain way

I must have made at least 11 trips out to the spider web, trying to get a good photo. I was (am) having trouble with my photos being over-exposed. I’d trek out to the web, take seven or eight photos, come back into the house and review them on the computer monitor. Result: Over-exposed. Back out to the spider web. I finally got this one photo that I thought was decent enough to share.

But I’m telling you, if that spider had flinched while I was looking through my camera viewfinder, I would have high-tailed it out of there. It was an overgrown area and I wasn’t thrilled about being there anyway. I was a few inches from an ant mound and I heard rustlings in the tall grasses behind me. If a cricket had landed on me, I would have panicked. If a fire ant had bit me while I was standing there, I’d have had a conniption fit.

Once I thought I saw the spider eyeing me and I started to fret. I didn’t want it to get any ideas about wrapping me up in its web, thinking if it could just catch me, it would be set for life.

I managed to emerge from my photographic safari in the pasture with only a few dozen chigger bites. How lucky can I get.


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