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

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Blue Morpho Butterfly ( Morpho )
The amazing thing about this butterfly is that it looks like two entirely different butterflies depending on whether or not its wings are opened or closed. Just Google "blue morpho butterfly" to see what I mean. And both butterflies are absolutely gorgeous, what's more. :)

Blue morphos are large, brilliant blue butterflies that live in the forests of South and Central America, and also in parts of North America. Due to their striking looks and size, they are one of the best-known butterflies, and a favorite rainforest species. When threatened, both males and females release a strong odor from a gland between their front legs. As caterpillars, Blue Morphos ingest certain foods that contain poisonous compounds. It is thought that this may cause them to be poisonous to predators as adults. The lifespan of the Blue Morpho is around four months. Most of their time is spent feeding and reproducing.

Butterflies have taste sensors on their feet. :)

For +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Cicely Robin Laing and +Sharon Jeannette, and ++In Praise of Polllinators curated by +Dusty Gedge, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki +Andi Fritzsch and +Leanne Cole, 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...
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Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared To Dream Before -- Illinois
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."
-- Edgar Allan Poe

A dramatic sunset over the westernmost field on my family's farm in southern Illinois a few summers ago... This is straight out of the camera except for some cropping and straitening.

For #TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday ) Curated by +Christina Lawrie , +Allan Cabrera , +Ralph Mendoza , +Kim Troutman and +David R Robinson, and #TreeSilhouetteWednesday +TreeSilhouette Wednesday curated by +Charles Fromage, +Andrew Sowerby, +Steve Alfano, +sebastian hesse, +David D and +Bhattacharya P., and +Sunset Saturday / #SunsetSaturday curated by +Dennis Hoffbuhr, and and +AllThingsOrange / #AllThingsOrange curated by +Nina Piccoli, +Lauren Kelly, and +Kenneth Williams, and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Dorma Wiggin , and #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Albert Vuvu Konde +Patrick Nolan +Guy Verkroost...
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By Its Own Light -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“Even if, by some especially unfortunate fate or by the niggardly provision of stepmotherly nature, [the good will] should be wholly lacking in the power to accomplish its purpose; if with the greatest effort it should yet achieve nothing, and only the good will should remain (not, to be sure, as a mere wish but as the summoning of all the means in our power), yet would it, like a jewel, still shine by its own light as something which has its full value in itself.”
― Immanuel Kant

Droplets on grass after a quick summer shower in northern Colorado...

For #GrassTuesday / +Grass Tuesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki +Andi Fritzsch and +Leanne Cole, 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, and +Monochrome Arty Club / #MonochromeArtyClub curated by +abhishek chamaria, +JR Snyder Jr, +June Penn, +Seth Mayer, and +Steve Tang, and +Monochrome World / #MonochromeWorld curated by +andi rivarola, and +All Things Monochrome / #AllThingsMonochrome curated by +Charles Lupica and +Bill Wood...
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What We're Willing To Find -- Bingham, Illinois
“Maybe life doesn't get any better than this, or any worse, and what we get is just what we're willing to find: small wonders, where they grow.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, Small Wonder

A small, slender white mushroom "towers" above the moss around it on a shady hillside in the woods of southern Illinois. Below this steep hillside was a pretty little creek overhung with drooping, leafy boughs and the heavy lushness of spring. The deep, full smell of damp leaf mold and deep forest wafted warmly about, and a variety of bird chirpings and insect buzzings were the only sounds. I thought this little mushroom had a pretty nice perch, all in all. :)

For +Fungus Friday / #FungusFriday curated by +Shawn McClure and +Leonie H, and #shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday curated by +Sabeena LoBello and +Patricia A, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki +Andi Fritzsch and +Leanne Cole, 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...
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Serious Rabbit Is Serious -- Fort Collins, Colorado
This skeptical fellow regarded me quietly and soberly while I took a few portraits, wiggling his nose whenever I adjusted my position. He let me approach slowly to within about six feet before he finally decided he'd had enough and scampered off to a more interesting location. There are dozens of rabbits living in the many thick and cozy copses of ( ahem ) Rabbit Brush ( Ericameria nauseosa ) around my office building, and I'm hoping to photograph a few baby rabbits whenever they start to make their timid and furtive appearances this year. :-)

For #WildlifeWednesday curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak, and #WholeWildlifeWednesday curated by +Diego Cattaneo, +Sandy Schepis, +Anette Mossbacher, and +Dick Whitlock, and #hqspanimals for +HQSP Animals curated by +Andy Smith, +Nicol Eh, and +Shannon Adelson...
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Touchdown -- Second Beach, Olympic Peninsula
“And earth was heaven a little the worse for wear. And heaven was earth, done up again to look like new. ”
― Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone

A rock on a black sand beach in the Pacific Northwest...

For #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine & +Jon Kahn, and +NatureArtThursday / #NatureArtThursday curated by +Trisha Standard and +Dane Clingan, and +#PacificNWfriday curated by +Bob Harbison...
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Sunshine Of The Mind -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.”
― Luther Burbank

Another quote I like is “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows" by Helen Keller, which is very nice but not always true, especially if you're photographing flowers from the underside. ;)

For #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas Photography +Francine Vanlé and +Patrick Nolan, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki +Andi Fritzsch and +Leanne Cole , 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...
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Green Grasshopper Nymph -- Fort Collins, Colorado
I found this young grasshopper (and dozens more like him) in the lush verdure ;) that lined my side yard last summer. He (or she) and her siblings had quite a warm, sunny, secluded playground in which to learn how to grasshopper. One of my cats used to eat these (and seemingly enjoy eating them). :-)

For #MacroMonday, and +BugsEveryday / #BugsEveryday curated by +Chris Mallory, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki +Andi Fritzsch and +Leanne Cole, and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray, and #JoinInDaily by +Johnny Wills (today's theme is "At least 80% Green")...
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The Real Reason -- Rocky Mountain National Park
“It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B.
It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.”
― Cheryl Strayed

This is a view of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park from somewhere along the Dream Lake Trail...

For +NationalParksMonday / #NationalParksMonday curated by +Juan Pons, and #MountainMonday / +Mountain Monday curated by +Michael Russell, and +Mountain Photos / #MountainPhotos curated by +Baki Karaçay, and #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Albert Vuvu Konde +Patrick Nolan +Guy Verkroost, and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Dorma Wiggin...
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