Often times in nature you come across something that looks as though it was created with leftover pieces. It might have the body of one specie and the face of something quite different. So it is with the hummingbird moth. It has the body of a large bee, the wings of a hummingbird, and the mouth parts of a moth. I’ve been fortunate to have these guys visit my garden year after year, and today I went out several times to watch and photograph them. The following are images taken with their favorite plant, the bee balm.
One of my photo passions is shooting cars, and not just any ole cars. I love the classics in all stages of wear and that includes some of the new introductions that are sure to be classics. My friend just got himself a beautiful car and was kind enough to let me shoot with him and experiment with lighting. It’s a totally new area for me, but boy howdy, does it offer some great new ideas!
The Big Leaf Magnolia outshines most everything else in the yard this time of year, and it’s not just its location that draws such attention. No, it’s the huge, showy, white blossoms that command front and center stage. I often stand beneath the two foot long leaves and gaze at the undersides of the buds in their infant to senior stages. Today, the rains came as I stood under her behemoth elegance and I listened as drops danced and played on leaves like water slides until they finally made their way to the ground. One day of full blossom is all that she gives her creamy white stars but pure elegance could never last longer than one sunrise to one sunset.
I feel so blessed to have the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium so close to my neighborhood and, the newest addition is finally open. The Heart Of Africa is a 43 acre African savannah housing zebra, giraffes, lions, wildebeests, gazelles, and an assortment of other African wildlife. The crowds overflowed into the newest exhibit which is good for the zoo but sometimes trying to the photographer. None-the-less, the trip was worth while and a huge success story for the zoo and the visitors. I can’t wait to get back and get to know the animals as they adapt to their Columbus/Africa home.
She finally arrived after a long stay by Old Man Winter. He must have had engine trouble or something, poor wind in the baffles maybe, but his stay was getting rather overbearing. No matter. Spring is here and showing off her dazzling new colors as usual. Here are a few images from her collection found in my yard.