First of the Season

_C1_6315.JPGSummer has begun, temperatures are high and the days following the solstice Monday are getting shorter. But those long summer evenings are still plenty long. With a lot of negative stuff in the news lately, I offer a few pieces of summer from its first week.

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_C1_6202.JPG(Look for a story in the paper this weekend about these horseback riders.)

Happy summer, and thanks for looking.

Dan

iPhoto

IMG_0008.JPGFor those celebrating Easter, I hope you had a good one. Among the eggs and the family and the garden shopping these past few days, I also marked the occasion by trying out something a little different. After sticking with a cranky old iPhone 4 for around five or six years, last week I switched to a newer model with a pretty decent camera on the back. This is some of what I caught with it, mostly around downtown Fayetteville yesterday.

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IMG_0187.JPGNot too bad for a 5-ounce machine, though for anyone keeping score at home, a couple of minor marks against: Its zoom is almost worthless, and it has a habit of making everything in the frame in focus, which can clutter things up. Putting the camera through its paces was still a fun little trial.

Thanks for looking! Here’s hoping that below-freezing nonsense is finally done for the season.

Dan

By Nature

IMG9232Just a few photos this time, and just a few words. The environment’s on a lot of minds these days, thanks to a papal encyclical on climate change and some wacky worldwide weather. One thing I hope to convey with all of my ramblings is that “the environment” isn’t a far-away thing in all of those forests and rivers and national parks. It’s also the air you breath in cities and the dirt you walk on in yards. The veins in the purple elephant ear leaf above are as much a part of the natural system as the streams and rivers they resemble.

Anyway, that’s enough didactic-ness for now. Please enjoy this photographic sample of the life cycle of butterflies and moths, including the most massive caterpillar I’ve ever seen, courtesy of Springfield’s Butterfly House.

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Have a good one,

Dan