Backyard Friends

butterflyyard_07_2012

All week butterflies have been gracing my backyard. I'd no sooner grab my camera and they'd be gone. Today, this lazy fellow was most co-operative! I love how sharp his/her antennas are and how it appears to almost have tail feathers. I think this Monarch Butterfly qualifies as my entry into this weeks 
"Your Sunday Best Photo Challenge"
Follow this link to view other photographers best photo submissions for this week.

raccoon_07_2012

Usually things are pretty quiet in our backyard - well unless Kodee is sounding off at a squirrel or raccoon. This poor Mom made a huge mistake this spring and chose to have her babies in a neighbours garage. They tried to capture Mom and babies together but the Mom escaped. The babies were old enough to be set loose in the country. I can't say I miss the line of baby raccoons following Mom along my fence line as in previous years, but I do feel sorry for her. She was frantically searching for them for a long time.

laurenstreerobin

Wildlife seems to be having a rough time around our house this year. On our front lawn we have a huge Manitoba Maple tree. When my daughter was young she found the beginnings of a tree - all 2 inches of it at my parent's farm. She planted it in a margarine container to bring home. My Dad warned me you couldn't kill   them and one day it would be huge - not to plant it. Did I listen - no and now 20 year later it takes up 3/4 of my front lawn! The quote to have it removed was well over $800 - yes Father did know best. This robin took up residence in it this spring. Good spot I thought - it sure beat the nest it tried to build over my patio door last spring or so we thought. The nest had a few babies in it but the next morning we found the nest on the ground and one baby bird dead.

Ladybug2012_Pickering

I having a lot of fun with my two new lenses; the 15-85mm and 85mm. The more I shoot close ups the more I want a true macro 100mm lens! If you enjoy macro photography, I know the flowers and vegetables by Barbara Leven will inspire you. Also watch this video produced by B&H Photo Video.  During the filmed seminar, Barbara not only shows her artwork but she also discusses what lenses she uses and what steps she takes in post production  using photoshop.




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Participating in Macro Monday, I Love MacroYour Sunday's Best

9 comments:

HellaS said...

♥ :-)

Hella

Stewart M said...

Hi there - very nice insects - the ladybird (ladybug?) is one of my favourite garden insects.

Stewart M - Australia

Gunilla said...

Wonderful photos! I love the lady bug shot.

Nancy Claeys said...

These are beautiful -- another lens I want now! Lol.

Thank you for sharing at YSB this week! xo

Jan n Jer said...

Awesome shots...just love macro

Pat said...

Poor, frantic mama raccoon!

MixedMolly said...

Love the detail you captured in the butterfly picture.

sophie...^5 said...

Lovely photos...we have butterflies everywhere also...as if by magic one landed on my hand today...teal/orange head with grey wings...re: trees...listen to Daddy..trees DO grow!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

You have some camera.

All your pictures are magnificent.

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