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


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Incidental To Everything -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"There is unspeakable beauty and potential to be found in nature. It entices me and is an invitation I just have to accept."
-- Jil Ashton-Leigh

Water droplets on a spiderweb on a very foggy morning in northern Colorado...

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Bold Jumping Spider ( Phidippus audax )
This fierce little guy was munching on his dinner (another spider) in a corner of my garage door last summer. He calmly watched me take several photos while continuing to munch away. If you zoom in on this you can see my reflection in his eyes. Since he was on the face of the garage door, my reflection appears perpendicular to him - my head is on the right and the camera lens is a smaller bulge on the middle bottom. :)

Like most jumping spiders, bold jumpers hunt alone during the day. Phidippus audax actively watches its prey with its sharp vision. It then sneaks up on its victim and pounces on it. When bold jumping spiders jump, they release a line of webbing for security. This ensures that if a leap fails, there is a safety line that will catch the spider before it falls. Jumping spiders have much better vision than other spiders and are alert for prey and predators.

For +Spider Sunday / #SpiderSunday curated by +Lerato Majikfaerie...

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Lost Treasure -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“Not a single bee has ever sent you an invoice. And that is part of the problem – because most of what comes to us from nature is free, because it is not invoiced, because it is not priced, because it is not traded in markets, we tend to ignore it.”
-- Pavan Sukhdev

A honeybee gathers pollen from the tiny flowers of a pink sedum plant in northern Colorado this past summer...

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Widening The Circle -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."
-- Albert Einstein

A tiny shield bug nymph snacks on the pollen from a yellow yarrow plant in my front yard...

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Walking The Walk -- Keenesburg, Colorado
"The hardest walk you can make is the walk you make alone, but that is the walk that makes you the strongest."
-- Unknown Author

A Bengal Tiger patrols his territory at the +The Wild Animal Sanctuary near Keenesburg, Colorado...

I've posted several times regarding the Wild Animal Sanctuary, but it's truly an amazing place and an incredible effort that is worth supporting, and the message bears repeating: This unique sanctuary was founded to help deal with the world's "Captive Wildlife Crisis". There are an estimated 30,000+ captive big cats, bears, wolves and other large carnivores living in substandard conditions throughout the U.S. In fact, after illegal drugs and weapons, the exotic animal trade is the third largest source of illicit profits in America - and in the world - today. The sanctuary rescues animals from these captive and often abusive situations and gives them a very large, natural-simulated habitat and world-class veterinary care. Their stated goals are "to prevent and alleviate cruelty to animals which are abandoned or that are subject to deprivation or neglect by providing care and boarding for such animals" and "to rescue and provide life-long homes for large exotic and endangered captive wild animals, and to educate the public about the causes of, and solutions to the World’s captive wildlife crisis".


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Deep Learning -- Bingham, Illinois
"You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters."
--Saint Bernard

A small mushroom growing from the base of a fallen maple tree in southern Illinois...

For #FungusFriday / +Fungus Friday curated by +Shawn McClure, and +ShroomshotSaturday #shroomshotsaturday curated by +Patti Colston, +Sabeena LoBello and +Patricia Kristensen...

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The Treasure House Of The Mind -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Memory is the treasure house of the mind wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved."
-- Thomas Fuller

A Painted Lady butterfly on a cone flower in the hazy light of a late summer evening...

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Remembrance -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“We are homesick most for the places we have never known.”
― Carson McCullers

A tiny bloom on an alfalfa ( Medicago sativa ) plant in my front yard...

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A Thousand Little Beauties -- Bingham, Illinois
"Nature doth thus kindly heal every wound. By the mediation of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly objects become radiant of beauty. There seem to be two sides of this world, presented us at different times, as we see things in growth or dissolution, in life or death. And seen with the eye of the poet, all things are alive and beautiful."
-- Henry David Thoreau

Though I'm not 100% certain, I believe this is an example of False Turkey Tail fungus ( Stereum ostrea ), which mimics the true Turkey Tail fungus ( Trametes versicolor ), but which lacks pores on its underside. If anyone can confirm or deny this ID it would be greatly appreciated. :)

For #FungusFriday curated by +Shawn McClure, and +ShroomshotSaturday #shroomshotsaturday curated by +Patti Colston, +Sabeena LoBello and +Patricia Kristensen...
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