So, 1st: apologies for NOT POSTING in MAY. Wow.
(Throws biodegradable glitter to distract you.)
Fair Foto Fun
I entered some of my photos in a nearby county fair at the end of May.
Very exciting & less totally nerve-wracking than last time.
Perhaps experience breeds calm? Or, at least lack-of-total-freakout. =D
The fair itself was last weekend, and that's when I learned how I did.
Which is pretty well! =)
Got 1st & 2nd in 8/9 photos.
I'll take it! =D
I ALSO got to ogle other's lovely & inspiring work.
Which is MOST enjoyable.
One professional/advanced photographer's work I LOVED was Christopher Viney.
His 1st place photo in landscape:
And his 1st place agriculture photo:
How surprising & abstract is that for "agriculture?" Too cool.
So, I got curious & googled his name.
Apparently, when he's not being a rockin' great photographer,
he is teaching physics at UC Merced.
Clearly, not much goin' on, there. =D
Here's another shot I LOVED (flower)
but unfortunately didn't get the photographer's name in the shot.
DH's party shirt (white horseshoes on red background)
& me & my Trader Joe's bad made some weird reflections, therein.
Also ogled sundry gorgeous cows.
Mama & junior looking coy (typo was "cow"). =)
DH in his happy place: Part I
Petting the cute little goats.
DH in his happy place: Part II
Look out, honey, your Midwestern heritage is showing!
They have a pretty nice range of old tractors there so we took in the tractor parade.
Fun was had by all.
And just for fun, the elegant sphinx moth (Sphinx perelegans) I found on our garden gate
(species ID confirmed by my moth-y expert friend, Dr. Dan Rubinoff)
"Don't see my eyes!"
This is a LARGE moth. From ~3.5" to 4.25."
Made my DAY.
And it blended in PERFECTLY with the faded grey wood. =)
Dr. Dan said they raise their young on manzanita (among other things),
so this pup could have grown up right here. =)
Last, this flower went into a windstorm with wet hair,
and now looks AMAZING! =D
And when open, this bee was VERY happy to be there.
Note the white pollen coating its legs. =)
Thassit! I hope your summer (or winter) is starting out well.
It's been AMAZINGLY mild & wonderful this last week,
but is on schedule to fling itself into the 100s soon,
so I'll have to start taking Stop Whining pills then.
For now, I will simply bask in the glory that is our world right NOW.