Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Photo phun

The Retired One has a mishmash of pictures on her site today, and I decided to do the same thing. The first one is the cloud shot for Susan's The Sky's the Limit photo challenge on Ripples of Kindness. The sky here makes me think of flight (it looks a little bit like a rainbow bird). Click on any image to enlarge. Especially this next one:
Today, just by chance I walked by the garden area at the grocery store, and I saw a bunch of bees buzzing around the flowers, and I quickly put my camera on macro and pointed it in the general direction of the bees. I got a few blurry ones, but with a digital camera you just keep on snappin' and delete the unsuccessful ones. In the closeup you can see the pollen on the bee's behind.
At the Farmers' Market I saw this delectable mixture of salad greens (and yellows and orange) that just made me smile. The shadow in the middle at first felt like a mistake, but it bisects the picture and gives it a bit of depth.
This scanned image was one I took in Machu Picchu in Peru (1981). It's a little bit faded, but the picture itself was pretty monochromatic. I thought I might like this picture best of any I've taken, but when I looked at it again, I'm not sure it would qualify for that honor. In the foreground is the "Hitching Post of the Sun" where the Incas made sacrifices to their gods, and in the background is Huayna Picchu, the mountain seen in all the pictures of Machu Picchu, which I climbed later on that day.

That's it for today. Tomorrow I'm going to talk about my skydiving accident, since my brother has asked me to. It happened in 2000 and I came as close to saying goodbye to life as I ever want to again, until it is my time to go.


  1. We spent the last few days at the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina. They had a festival of Native people and we heard a great indigenous Peruvian band, I got their CD and it’s great.

  2. A very cool mix of photos, the little sundog in the first one is great. Beautiful bee on the cranesbill, my honey bees love that flower.

    Machu Picchu is one my top ten list of places I want to visit.

  3. I loved that bee shot! It was spectacular!
    Thanks for the shout out in your blog..that was so nice of you!!! Maybe it will bring me my 150th follower, which is a milestone for me that thrills me to no end!!

  4. Fantastic photos!!!
    I love your shot of the sky - I see the rainbow bird too. The photo brings to mind freedom and soaring to the heavens! I love it!

    Your macro of the bee is outstanding - great capture!

    What a "delectable mixture of salad greens" indeed! Vibrant colour. Well done!

    I've never been to Machu Picchu but after seeing this photo, I'd love to go. There's something of the mystic about this shot. Thanks for sharing!

    I'm so glad you recovered from your accident and are soaring high again!

    Thank you also for visiting my blog. It's nice to cyber-meet you!

  5. Those yellows and oranges look like nasturtians to me. The leaves are edible, but I don't think the flowers are? However, they look wonderful don't they.

    I have always been fascinated with South American culture so I enjoyed your pictures of the ancient stones.

    You're a busy bee this month and I'm having a hard time keeping up with you! Must be your bionic leg... by the way, that's a big bee in the picture isn't it!

    Blessings, Star

  6. GREAT PICS.that Sky pic is beautiful! never seen anything like it.


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