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

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The Phantom Dream Of Never-Fade -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade."
-- Gertrude Jekyll

A pair of pink anemones in the last light of evening...

For #FloralFriday / +FloralFriday theme created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and #hqspflowers for +HQSP Flowers, and #hqspmacro for +HQSP Macro, and +FLOWER POWER / #FowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray๏ปฟ...๏ปฟ

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Waiting Behind The Dark -- Fort Collins, Colorado
โ€œIt was dark now, and broodingly sluggish. Like something supine waiting to spring, with just the tip of its tail twitching. Leaves stood still on the trees. An evil green star glinted in the black sky like a hostile eye, like an evil spying eye."
-- Cornell Woolrich, Angels of Darkness

For #hqsplandscape for +HQSP Landscape, 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...๏ปฟ

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Houston, We Have Liftoff -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it."
-- Jacques Yves Cousteau

A honeybee takes off from a flower just before sunset over the Rocky Mountain front range in northern Colorado...

For +Bee Thursday / #BeeThursday curated by +Dorothy Pugh, and ++In Praise of Polllinators curated by +Dusty Gedge, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru...๏ปฟ

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Western Small-Footed Myotis Bat ( Myotis ciliolabrum )
This diminutive little guy was hanging from the wall in a little used entrance-way into my office building, and I very quietly took some photos while he was napping. He did wiggle his ears a bit while I was watching, so I think he was keeping tabs on me. I believe this is a Western Small-Footed Myotis, but it might also be a California Myotis ( Myotis californicus ), two species that are often mistaken for each other.

This bat is widespread and common in the western United States. In Colorado it occurs statewide in suitable habitat. It seems to be most common in the canyon country of the Western Slope and in rocky areas of northeastern and southeastern Colorado.

Despite its wide occurrence, little is known of habitat preferences of this species, although it is known to inhabit rocky areas and is more common at lower elevations. Summer roosts are highly variable and include buildings, mines, under bark on trees, beneath stones and a variety of other sites. The small-footed myotis is a year-round resident of Colorado. It hibernates in caves and mines alone or in small groups. Despite its small size, it is known to hibernate in open tunnels at low temperatures and low humidity, a situation one would assume is stressful. It sometimes hibernates near other bats, including Townsend's big-eared bat, at elevations to 9,500 feet.

For #BatTuesday, and #WildlifeWednesday curated by +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus, and #hqspanimals for +HQSP Animals...๏ปฟ

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Deus Ex Machina -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Consciousness isn't a journey upward, but a journey inward. Not a pyramid, but a maze. Every choice could bring you closer to the center or send you spiraling to the edges, to madness."
-- Arnold, from WestWorld

For #hqspphotoart for +HQSP Photo Art curated by +Paul Howard...๏ปฟ

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In Fairest Colors Dressed -- Bingham, Illinois
"Among the changing months, May stands confessed the sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed."
-- James Thomson

A shot beneath a large Mayapple plant ( Podophyllum ) in the woods of southern Illinois... These beautiful white blossoms are hard to see beneath the expansive Mayapple leaves, which form a spreading canopy of green about a foot and a half off the forest floor during May and June. So you have to get down on your hands and knees to see (or especially to photograph) the actual flowers.

For #hqspflowers for +HQSP Flowers, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru...๏ปฟ

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Ochre Sea Star ( Pisaster ochraceus ) -- Oregon
I found this large beauty clinging to the underside of a barnacle-encrusted rock in an outer tide pool on Cannon Beach, Oregon. Ochre Sea Stars are relatively large sea stars, with five arms and a rough surface, the short spines on the upper surface arranged in wavy patterns. Most of them are either orange (ochre) or purple, quite a dramatic difference, and there is still no good hypothesis to explain this color polymorphism. Purple types are more common in Puget Sound, orange types on the outer coast, but they are mixed in many areas.

Ochre Sea Stars are one of the more important intertidal animals. The species has been called a โ€œkeystone species,โ€ as its presence or absence significantly affects the entire community in the intertidal zone. Ochre Sea Stars are voracious predators on smaller animals, and among the very abundant animals on which they feed are mussels. Although their motion across the sea bottom is fairly slow, they do move about when searching for prey. A sea star envelops a mussel with its arms and, by applying many tube feet to each valve, is able to pull the shells slightly apart, no easy feat.

For #WildlifeWednesday curated by +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus, and #WholeWildlifeWeek curated by +Diego Cattaneo, +Sandy Schepis, +Anette Mossbacher, and +Dick Whitlock...๏ปฟ

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Being Alone Well -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement."
-- Alice Koller

A solitary tree catches the last rays of the setting sun as the clouds from a springtime storm gather along the front range of the Rocky Mountains in northern Colorado...

For #TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday ) Curated by +Christina Lawrie , +Allan Cabrera , +Ralph Mendoza , +Kim Troutman and +David R Robinson, and #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...๏ปฟ

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As Far As You Can See -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see."
-- Winston Churchill

A red beetle posts a lookout at the tip of a blade of grass on a grassy hillside near my office building in northern Colorado... This isn't the greatest photo, technically speaking, but I liked the way this little fellow was keeping an alert eye out, almost like a sailor perched atop the mast of an old sailing ship, waiting to sight land for the first time. :-)

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 #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray๏ปฟ, and #GrassTuesday +Grass Tuesday: Curators +Margaret Tompkins...๏ปฟ
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