A Blossom, a Bug, Water, and the Sky: Black and White Photography

Black and white and gobs of gray. I haven’t spent much time with black and white photography, but I thought I would take a shot at Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and White Photos. I took these shots with my phone with the help of a couple of special lenses. I decided to let the photos speak for themselves this time, so no quirky captions.

Flower Droplets


Beetle Feasting


Running Water


Sky View



Macro Makeup and Poolside Assortments: Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge, Week 20

My odd ball photos for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge were taken in the comfort of my own home. I guess that makes me an odd ball since all this stuff is mine.

Eye Shadow

It’s pretty and sparkly and something I haven’t used in a long time. What is it? Blue eye shadow taken with the macro lens on my iPhone. It looks so much better in the packaging than it does on my face.

Mascara Brush

Is it a strange creature from another world? A gross hair brush? No, it’s a mascara brush. I took this macro photo with my iPhone.

Red Umbrella

I was relaxing under the red umbrella and decided it was an interesting photo opportunity.

More Fun

This is a rule when visiting my house. What else is there to do in the heat of a Florida summer?

Weird Creature

As an added bonus odd ball photo, this is a strange creature from another world. I think I saw him creep off the mother ship that landed in my yard the other night. Now he lives on my gutter. Kinda snugly, isn’t he?


A Moth, Beer, Evil Sand, and a Wooden Eye: Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge Week 11

So you don’t think I’ve completely abandoned my blog, here are some odd ball photos for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge Week 11. Since I’m a fan of macro/close-up photos, I included a couple in this group. Enjoy the scenery! I’ll be back with some weird short stories soon.


No, it’s not a fish! It’s a tiny moth resting on my basil plant leaf. From afar, he looks sort of faded purple and is about a quarter of an inch long. With my iPhone macro lens, his true colors are revealed.

Lemon in Beer

This is a refreshing and delicious lemon floating in a mug of beer. Taken with my iPhone macro lens.

Evil Sand

Here’s an evil sand sculpture on the beach in Florida. He must have brought the oppressive heat and humidity with him.

Eye of Aspen

Don’t stare too long into the eye! This is a knot on an aspen tree in Colorado. I felt like the trees were watching me. (Cee’s photo of the face in the tree inspired me to include this one.)





Weekly Photo Challenge: All About Perspective

For The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge, we are supposed to show perspective. The eye can be fooled.

The first two photos are of a red-shouldered hawk at a local park. She’s posing so perfectly. I wonder why?

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Faces: Macro iPhoneography

I have faces on my mind; all kinds of faces made of glass, plastic, stone, metal, and paper. They’re everywhere, always watching. Luckily, these faces can’t talk or move. Well, at least they haven’t yet.

I took these random macro faces around my house using my iPhone.

Bottle Man

Glass Bottle Stopper

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A Penny, Sand Balls, Godzilla, and a Floating Flower

The weekly photo challenge for the Daily Post was to show OBJECT. Here’s my interpretation with some of my usual macro photography.

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Macro iPhoneography

Just having a little fun using my iPhone macro lens. Don’t mind me, I’ve gone a little magnify crazy. Enjoy the startlingly close-up scenery!

To the Sunset of 2013…and the Dawn of 2014

My blogging holiday hiatus is almost finished, and all I can say is, “Whew! Glad that’s over!” I feel like I’ve neglected my faithful followers for the last few weeks. For that, I apologize and hope you all understand. I’ll be back soon. So in the meantime, enjoy a few iPhone photos I took using a nifty little clip-on macro lens that my wonderful husband gave me for Christmas.

May the new year find you in fine fettle and be filled with good fortune. Cheers!

White Flower Macro iPhone

A Taste of Florida’s Fall

Fading Bougainvillea Bract

Fading Bougainvillea Bract

Even though it’s still warm here on the Florida Gulf Coast, we have a few falling leaves. I took some close-ups to bring out the texture and color. From a distance they look like unremarkable dead leaves, but they’re really kind of amazing when you stop to look. This is about as “fall-ish” as we get.

Yellowing Polka Dot Plant Leaf

Yellowing Polka Dot Plant Leaf

A Jump, a Crawl, and an Inch

I wanted to share a few jumpers, crawlers, and inchers that like to hang out in my yard. It’s a never-ending parade of critters. Everybody likes insects, frogs, and lizards, right?

Festival of Flowers: Canna Lily

An untamed canna lily infiltrates the garden…

This fiery canna lily (though it’s not a true lily) popped up along the fence, an escapee from the neighbor’s yard. Although the placement is very haphazard, I don’t have the heart to remove it. The flowers are far too beautiful.

I find the fruit charming. The outside is covered in a spiky pulp that turns a purplish brown as it ripens. I took a photo of the green fruit split open with the seeds exposed. They will eventually turn black. The seeds are sometimes used as beads in jewelry and, in Zimbabwe, they’re used in gourd rattles, called Hosho.

Canna plants are quite the robust over-achiever. The smoke from burning Canna leaves is said to have insecticidal qualities. Maybe I should try burning them to ward off those pesky bugs that love me so much. The plants also have a high tolerance to contaminants, so they’re used to extract pollutants in wetland environments. [source]

Click here, Festival of Flowers: Week 14, if you would like to share a flower photo or even if you just want to see some of the other spectacular blossoms for this week. Time is running out for this year. The Festival goes on a seasonal hiatus in only 12 more days, September 27th.

Festival of Flowers: Hibiscus

A burgeoning hibiscus bud unfurls overnight into a beauty…

For this week’s Festival of Flowers, I chose the lovely state flower of Hawaii and the national flower of South Korea, Republic of Haiti and Malaysia.

With over 10,000 species, it is not only extraordinarily beautiful, it’s edible, practical and medicinal. Some hibiscus species are used in herbal teas, as a vegetable, as a natural alternative for food coloring and for paper-making. It’s also said to be a natural diuretic and may help lower blood pressure. [source]

I took the bud photos in the evening and the opened flower the next morning. I don’t know the exact species of my hibiscus, so I probably won’t eat or drink it. I’ll just enjoy watching it grow.

You can check out the other contributions and link up here: Festival of Flowers: Week 13. Be sure and thank Jackie for sponsoring this flowery weekly challenge.

Festival of Flowers: Week 12, Bromeliad

A lovely billbergia bromeliad flower…

They bloom in the fall and often in the spring here in Florida. I think they get confused by our weather patterns. I have masses of them growing under and climbing the trunks of several large live oak in my yard.

If you would like to join the Festival of Flowers: Week 12, please visit and link up.

Flower Friday: Pink Purslane

Pink Purslane…

Succulent creeping tendrils and stunning rosy blooms.

This is my contribution to Flower Friday. If you would like to join the fun, visit Festival of Flowers to link up.

This plant is more than just an exotic weed that invades your groomed lawn and sprouts up through cracked sidewalks. It’s a hearty, edible flowering plant that makes a delicious accompaniment to salads, soups, stews and even omelets. It contains surprising amounts of beta-carotene and Omega-3 fatty acids. After I took the photograph this morning, I nibbled on a leaf. It has a lemony sour taste with a hint of saltiness.

It’s usually found in milder, warmer regions, hence the reason it’s so prevalent in my neck of the world, Southern Florida. It grows like a wildflower, if given the chance.

“Part of the reason for its evolutionary success is that a single plant can produce up to 52,300 seeds. What’s more, purslane seeds can survive for up to 30 years in undisturbed soil.” Source

Beautiful! Edible! Tolerant! What else? It has medicinal properties. European cultures have used it to relieve arthritis and inflammation, and Chinese herbalist reaped the benefits of improved circulatory and respiratory function. Research has shown it can aid in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

It’s a magical plant! So, the next time you see one, don’t just toss it in the mulch pile or ignore it. Eat it!

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways (Aloha Lily)

Here is another attempt at the weekly photo challenge from The Daily Post. A landscape and portrait shot of the same subject.

This is an aloha lily leia with a perfectly posed water droplet. Beautiful pineapple shaped spikes teeming with tiny, pink flowers. It’s one of my favorites.