Day of the Cicada

 

 

  I don’t know what the overlap is between sports fans and fans of this blog, but apparently some Cleveland fans were so happy with the season finale of Basketball over the weekend that some people got Monday off work. One such person was my friend, Alyssa, who invited me along for an afternoon of berry picking and wine tasting. The best part? Every moment of the rural excursion was juxtaposed with the soothing sounds of the majestic cicada. But, the wonder of these creatures was not limited to the auditory. They clung to almost every surface, littered the ground, flew straight at the moving car window, and occasionally tried give us their insect-cuddles . We must savor these moments, as it will be 17 years before we are graced with their magnificence once again.

Returning To Twin Lakes

I had more yard work to do, but I brought my DSLR this this time so I don’t have to rely on my camera phone. I lucked out, since the birds were feeling friendly. Normally they hang back at the tops of trees and close to the water, but today they stuck close enough to the road that I could get clear shots with my 24-70mm and 50mm.

Of course, I shot more than just the red-winged black birds.

And, because all of you just love toads:

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Deer in the Fall

The deer came wandering around the back of the apartment again. Since so many leaves have fallen off the trees, I was able to get some of the clearest shots I ever had of these guys.

Funny story, I accidentally formatted the card with these photos (as well as the Cat Day photos) before I realized that I hadn’t moved the files to the computer. After a mild freak-out, I remembered from an episode of the awesome This Week in Photo podcast, that a formatted card isn’t wiped clean; it’s just set to allow for new data to be written over the old. I went poking around online for some free recovery software. I eventually came across Ease US Software, which did the job well enough, didn’t cost me anything, and didn’t riddle my laptop with with various super viruses (that I know of). And thus concludes all of my plugging for this particular post.

New Fawn

I’ve been taking advantage of the summer weather while I still can. As a result, I now have a huge backlog of photos that need to be edited.  These were taken of the new fawn in the woods behind our apartment.

 

A new fawn has been showing up in the woods behind our apartment. It was so fulfilling to watch the little ones grow up last year.

A new fawn has been showing up in the woods behind our apartment. It was so fulfilling to watch the little ones grow up last year.

This image, being shot with an off-brand 24-70, came out a bit murky. I did my best to get it all cleaned up, and create enough contrast between the fawn and the forest.

This image, being shot with an off-brand 24-70, came out a bit murky. I did my best to get it all cleaned up, and create enough contrast between the fawn and the forest.

Moth Montage

I decided to take a much overdue photo walk today and noticed, among other things, a group of moths in a flower bush. I took enough photos to experiment with the editing. Normally, I only choose one from a series, but I can’t seem to pick a favorite from these. So, I decided to post them all and let you guys decide. Tell me which one is your favorite in the comments below. 

Six Month Retrospective

Wow, it’s been about half a year since I started this site. So, I thought that a quick retrospective would be interesting, so I rounded up a handful of some of my favorite photos thus far. I have a ton of ideas I want to try, unfortunately, life has a habit of getting in the way. I hope that the best is yet to come.