Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

One way I’ve found to get over a fear of insects is to appreciate their beauty and learn more about them. I found out this little (not so little by grasshopper standards) guy is an Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, and he can’t fly. Instead he hops clumsily over grass. He is also very stinky when scared,…

Little Friend

Found this little praying mantis on one of our tomatoes while in search of ripe ones, today. He was keeping a very close eye on me to make sure my big hands didn’t smoosh his little body. Yesterday, I found a slug happily snacking on a tomato. As far as I’m concerned, there’s plenty for…

Take a Hike

Had a lovely hike today at a local state park, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I don’t find myself hiking or enjoying the outdoors nearly as much as I used to, other than while camping. It was nice to have a little weekend refresh. Granted, I was listening to music most of the time, but it…

Camping

I spent the weekend camping with my family, enjoying the cooler weather. It was breathtakingly beautiful and a wonderful experience, one we’ve now experienced 3 times this summer, at 3 different parks, when we’re usually lucky to have one trip a year. There was wildlife; There was a warm, glistening lake with fish in the…

Small Wonders

I don’t have much to say today. I just want to admire the small wonders the world has to offer to me. A butterfly landing on my window (I will admit, I took this picture yesterday and forgot to edit it, but just look at that little guy). Looking at my butterfly field guide, I’m…

Being a Photographer

Being a photographer is sometimes a daunting task. There’s a lot of questions that come with the territory and a lot of doubt that sneaks in along the way. Should I try to start a business? Can I take portraits as well as that other photographer in town? Am I even good enough to call…