For the past several years I’ve begun my day by making at least one photo before I brew my coffee. A few days ago I walked outside to retrieve the morning newspaper in our street-side mailbox, with camera in hand in case I spotted an interesting composition. Area limited as it was. This photo was the result. I used manual focus, hand-held, to make sure the spiderweb and dew droplets were clearly visible.
I’m probably in the majority of photo enthusiasts who are finding it necessary to explore not-so-spectacular places close to home, as a result of the pandemic. Actually, I believe these circumstances are making me a better photographer because I have to look harder for compositions. Here’s a couple of examples of “looking harder.”
I’m blessed having so many beautiful flowers surrounding me this summer, thus brightening my 2020 mood.
Our Lantana flowers are now attracting a variety of insects. My favorites are butterflies. The Commonwealth of Virginia where we live has designated the colorful and rather large “Eastern Tiger Swallowtail” as the state’s honorary insect. I’m sure the butterflies could care less that they have been so honored.
August isn’t a month of seasonal change, but this abstract photo hints that Fall isn’t that far away here in SW Virginia.
A short walk-about offered several photo opportunities this morning. The buzzing Bumblebee feasting on our Lantana flowers was interesting, as was getting a close-up of the center of a large Hibiscus flower.
A brief morning walk in our yard offered a few nice photo opportunities. Unfortunately, it’s just too HOT outside to stray too far from home and the welcome air conditioning inside.
A colorful mix of butterflies, gathering on the damp sand along the shoreline of the Smith River near Martinsville, VA.
Morning sunlight on a portion of a Hydrangea bush next to our front porch.