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Shawn McClure
Photographer, Engineer, Mayhem Maker, Space Lord
Photographer, Engineer, Mayhem Maker, Space Lord


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Not Eclipsed Yet -- Fort Collins, Colorado
Your streams are about to be inundated with eclipse photos, so I thought I'd post a non-eclipse sun photo for some preemptive contrast. :) I even caught a few sun spots in this one, which you can also see via NASA's sunspot website:

Each of these "little" sun spots is larger than our Earth, for scale (!!).

Cheers, and enjoy the coming eclipse, for those of you in North America...

#Sun #SunSpots

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In The Net Of Life And Time -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"We patronize the animals for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they are more finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other Nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth."
― Henry Beston

A beautiful but wary mule deer doe spies me taking a photo of her and draws up in surprise as she tries to decide whether to run. I was peeking around the corner of my office building to take her photo, so I stayed stock still and waited. After a few moments, she decided I wasn't terribly dangerous and started munching on the grass again. I took a few more shots and then slowly slipped back behind the building and left her to her lunch. :)

For #WildlifeWednesday curated by +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus, and #WholeWildlifeWeek curated by +Dick Whitlock, +Sandy Schepis, +Diego Cattaneo, and +Anette Mossbacher, and #hqspanimals for +HQSP Animals...

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The Song Never Ceases -- Bingham, Illinois
"A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease."
-- John Muir

A lone tree in a remote corn field on my family's farm in southern Illinois as a summer storm blows in...

For #TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday ) Curated by +Christina Lawrie , +Allan Cabrera , +Ralph Mendoza , +Kim Troutman and +David R Robinson, and +TreeSilhouette Wednesday / #TreeSilhouetteWednesday, and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Dorma Wiggin, and #hqsplandscape for +HQSP Landscape...

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Greater Angle-wing Katydid ( Microcentrum rhombifolium ) -- Bingham, IL
I found this large, elegant lady clinging to the northern wall of my mom's house in southern Illinois, enjoying the first rays of the rising summer sun. I think the intricate patterns on her wings are incredible - essentially indistinguishable from the patterns on an actual green leaf. :)

From the Encyclopedia of Life (

"Greater Anglewing Katydids (Microcentrum rhombifolium) are found in the southwestern and eastern United States, except for most of New England. They are found in forests, in shade trees, in shrubbery, and along fencerows. Ovipositing females glue their eggs along the margins of leaves. There is one generation annually, with adults present from July to October (except in Florida, where adults are present year-round)."

"One of the calls of the Greater Anglewing, a single lisping note, may require some experience to distinguish from calls of several other katydids in its range. However, the other call, a 3 to 5 second series of soft ticks (produced by both sexes) that resembles the sound of two pebbles being rapidly tapped together, is very distinctive and heard once is easily recognized."

For #MacroMonday, and #hqspmacro for +HQSP Macro, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and +All Things Green / #AllThingsGreen curated by +Cicely Robin Laing...

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Shafted -- Osage, Arkansas
"The overarching issue, as I see it, is the elitism of America's political system; the fact that regular, ordinary Americans aren't considered in policy debates or legislation, and regularly get shafted by the powers-that-be in Washington."
-- Jerry Springer

A rusty old driveshaft in a dilapidated old garage in a dilapidated small town in northwestern Arkansas... ;)

For #rustysunday +RustySunday with +Gary Posner, and +#MetallicMonday curated by +Thomas Raschbacher...

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Audacious And Improbable -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“Out of the void and vastness of the cosmos, life emerges; audacious, improbable. You and I are here. No other miracle is needed.”
― John Mark Green

A finely detailed, fern-like plant makes an unlikely but highly successful home in a niche of sandstone in the rocks around Horsetooth Reservoir above Fort Collins...

For #hqspmacro for +HQSP Macro, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and +AllThingsRed / #AllThingsRed curated by +Liz C...

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Almost Always -- Bingham, Illinois
"He nods, as if to acknowledge that endings are almost always a little sad, even when there is something to look forward to on the other side."
-- Emily Giffin

A sunset shot of the cornfield and windmill mailbox in front of the house on my family's farm in southern Illinois, taken last week...

For #hqsplandscape for +HQSP Landscape, and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Dorma Wiggin, and +SilhouetteSaturday curated by +Naila z, and +Sunset Saturday / #SunsetSaturday curated by +Dennis Hoffbuhr...

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Expecting The Unexpected -- Bingham, Illinois
"I'm looking for the unexpected. I'm looking for things I've never seen before."
-- Robert Mapplethorpe

A brown shield bug peeks from between the bottom petals of a yellow zinnia in southern Illinois... He was very shy about posing for the camera, and quickly hid beneath the petals after I tried to get even closer.

I took a break from social media over the past few weeks in order to recharge and enjoy some travel and vacation. Thank you very much to all those who have +1'd and commented on my posts in my absence - I greatly appreciate it.

For #hqspmacro for +HQSP Macro, and #hqspflowers for +HQSP Flowers, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and ++In Praise of Polllinators curated by +Dusty Gedge, and +BugsEveryday / #BugsEveryday curated by +Chris Mallory...

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The Courage To Continue -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
-- Winston Churchill

A brave little spider with only four legs perches on a three-leaf clover. He had obviously tangled with something that he had barely escaped alive from, but nonetheless appeared to be soldiering on. I wish him the best of luck.

For +Spider Sunday / #SpiderSunday curated by +Lerato Majikfaerie and +Kimberly Hosey, and #hqspmacro for +HQSP Macro, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann...
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