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Photographer, Engineer, Mayhem Maker, Space Lord
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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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Perfectly All Right -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change: Yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is."
-- Paulo Coelho

A black and white image of a tall, pink rose in my backyard... There's something about the contrasts within the petals of a rose that seems to lend itself more naturally to a monochrome treatment than a color treatment somteimes, and that's coming from someone who usually prefers color photos over black and white. :)

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 #hqspmonochrome for +HQSP Monochrome, and +FLOWER POWER / #FowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru...
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The Memory Of Leaves -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“To hear never-heard sounds,
To see never-seen colors and shapes,
To try to understand the imperceptible
Power pervading the world;
To fly and find pure ethereal substances
That are not of matter
But of that invisible soul pervading reality.
To hear another soul and to whisper to another soul;
To be a lantern in the darkness
Or an umbrella in a stormy day;
To feel much more than know.
To be the eyes of an eagle, slope of a mountain;
To be a wave understanding the influence of the moon;
To be a tree and read the memory of the leaves.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

A cluster of cottonwood leaves back-lit by the sunset in a shady nook in my backyard one autumn...

For #leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday curated by +Mehdia Ridder, 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...
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Nothing To Hide -- Bingham, Illinois
"When it comes to art, it's important not to hide the madness."
-- Atticus

For #WhateverWednesday / +Whatever Wednesday!!! curated by +Cicely Robin Laing, and +AllThingsRed / #AllThingsRed curated by +Liz C, and #hqspphotoart for +HQSP Photo Art curated by +Paul Howard, 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...
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Take Me To Your Leader -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“Bugs never bug my head. They are amazing. It is the activities of humans which actually bug me all the time.”
― Munia Khan

I came face to, umm... face (?) with this large grasshopper as I was taking photos in a field of sunflowers one autumn. He appraised me silently and stoically while I snapped his photo, then silently and stoically watched me walk away. I could feel those cold, dark alien eyes on me for quite some time... ;-)

For #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...
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Higher Elevations -- Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
"What is the elevation of the soul? A prompt, delicate, certain feeling for all that is beautiful, all that is grand; a quick resolution to do the greatest good by the smallest means; a great benevolence joined to a great strength and great humility."
-- Johann Kaspar Lavater

A view of the Continental Divide from the Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, taken last fall...

For +Mountain Monday / #MountainMonday curated by +Michael Russell, and +NationalParksMonday / #NationalParksMonday curated by +Juan Pons, 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, and #usaSouthwestTravelers
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This Is Not The Spider You're Looking For -- Fort Collins, Colorado
I found this little crab spider as I was putting my grass clippings in the yard waste bin. He was crawling around the rim of the bin, and as soon as I approached, he ducked down into this spread-eagle position on the outside edge of the rim, as if to flatten himself into invisibility. I grabbed my camera and snapped a few shots, then relocated him to a cozy little corner so that I could dispose of more clippings without harming him. :)

For +Spider Sunday / #SpiderSunday curated by +Lerato Majikfaerie and +Kimberly Hosey, #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...
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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...
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Waiting Behind The Dark -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“It 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...
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