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Spiny Orb Weaver

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These little guys are everywhere right now – in the trees, draped on railings, strung from trees to cars….they aren’t big, as this photo suggests but are rather small.  Their web is a symphony with little tufts of silk strewn out along each major spoke of their web-wheel.  A macro lens allowed me to see the Halloween mask on its back, no doubt to frighten off predators.  The spider itself is tucked within the hard shell, coming out to re-weave broken threads or sup on a capture.  I’m no arachnophobe, instead rejoicing in their uniqueness and their benefits to our world.  Mind, they are not welcome in the house and are gently removed should I find them indoors.


The Shrimp Boat

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I waited forever for the shrimp boat to glide into the silver shaft of light created by a dimmed sun over stormy seas.  The resulting images were disappointments – many shots hurriedly taken could not compare with any of the before shaft/after shaft shots.  But I was not disappointed overall for the experience, which turned out to be rather surreal.  The light was exquisite.

Where the Heck Have I BEEN?


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Hello everyone!

I’ve been down for the count since last year – struck down in October and all fourth quarter by excruciating neck pain, followed by “migrating arthritis” (which is a thing), and finally, finally in May received a diagnosis and medication.  Rheumatoid Arthritis.  It’s in the base of my neck and in my wrists and hands.  The medications are making a huge difference!  They do cause some side effects but the results are so worth it.  For awhile I couldn’t use my hands, hold my camera and the days I could hold it I couldn’t feel the buttons!  Anything with weight gave me fits so my husband would have to lift pots and pans, open jars, anything that required strength in my hands.  What a crazy thing.  Crazy thing.  Physical therapy saved my life and sanity and I just graduated from that and have hired a personal trainer.  I’m relieved and happy!  I feel MUCH better and I’m beginning to get out once again with my camera.  Slowly, though.  The new meds do not like the heat and sunshine so I’m taking it slow and just going out occasionally as I feel up to it.  So, I’m back!  Mostly!  Fair warning!