Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Architecture)

Lens and Pens by Sally‘s 4th Monday is a Challenger’s Choice. I chose a couple of architectural photos I took a while back while next to Church Street Station in Orlando. The tall structure is the SunTrust Building where I once worked a long time ago! Do you have a preference on angle?

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Orlando-Church St Clock


Photography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Macro

From Lens and Pens by Sally, enjoy this week’s MACRO selections.

 This tiny flower was taken in my backyard with my iPhone5. Those are little 3-leaf clovers in the background.2014-03-24 Clover_Fotor

I thought I would have a bit of fun with PhotoFunia!PhotoFunia

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature

From Lens and Pens by Sally, enjoy this week’s selections on Nature.

This first picture is a sample of the view when walking on part of the West Orange Trail in Winter Garden. Parts are so overgrown, I would never consider leaving the paved trail!

2013-10-07 trees_FotorI had some fun with this second picture. I usually don’t do much more editing than perhaps an auto correct and maybe some cropping on most of my photos. For this one, I still kept it simple. I went to Camera360, then V2, and selected Wings. I thought it gave it that early morning sun ray affect.  Hope you enjoy these!

trees 360

On a personal note, I will be a bit sporadic with my postings and visits over the next little while. We have some health issues to take care of for hubby. Hope to be back on a more regular basis soon.

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Ladybug Ladybug

While driving to the store the other day, I had a close encounter of the memory kind. I’m driving along and suddenly something flew across my vision and onto my driver’s side car window (inside). Usually when I encounter flying bugs inside my car while driving, my initial instinct is to roll down the window and get them out. But, in my peripheral vision, I noted that this was no ordinary insect. This was a LADYBUG! Gosh, I haven’t seen one around in such a long time. The ones I was always used to seeing were red and black but that was up north. Perhaps the orange and black is the southern version? Or maybe the red faded in the hot sun! 😆 Childhood chants came flooding into my mind:

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Ladybug ladybug fly away home,
Your house in on fire, your children will burn.

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YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE, YOUR CHILDREN WILL BURN?? Now just how strange and morbid is that? All my life I’d said that superstitious little saying when I’d see a ladybug and never thought anything of it. Suddenly it sounded gruesome! I don’t think I was ever taught the last two lines. They’re just as bad:

All except one and that’s little Ann,
For she crept under the frying pan.

From Wikipedia:

There were superstitious beliefs that it was unlucky to kill a ladybird [ladybug in the U.S.], and that the verse would make them fly off.  Another superstition states that you should chant the verse if a ladybird lands on you: if it then flies away again, your wish will come true. [This is the part I was taught!]

Ladybirds are useful as eaters of aphids, which would otherwise damage plants. They can also be a nuisance, but there would be logic from a farmer or gardener’s viewpoint in trying to shoo them away rather than kill them. This could be the rational basis for teaching children to respect them.

Hmm, I wonder if my wish will come true?

I found this short video showing in slow motion a ladybug taking flight. It’s actually after the 1 minute mark that it begins to fly!

In researching information on ladybugs for this post, I was amazed at reading and learning much of the history of some of these old nursery rhymes that children have grown up with over the past 100 years or so. If you’re ever curious, try Googling the titles of some of the Old Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.

Ya gotta wonder sometimes…. Just what were they thinking??


Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Nature

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The tamarind tree produces edible, pod-like fruit which are used extensively in cuisines around the world. Other uses include traditional medicine and metal polish. The wood can be used in carpentry. Because of the tamarind’s many uses, cultivation has spread around the world in tropical and subtropical zones. (Sourced from Wikipedia)

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