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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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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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