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I love this guy!

Posted in friends, Photography, Pups and Dogs, Snowscape with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by sambissell
Watching for Squirrels

Watching for Squirrels

His name is Monroe. But many folks know him as Poof, but my son, Spencer, and I can’t remember how we came up with that name…it certainly stuck though!

Ready

Ready

Spence and I got him when he was about 6 months old or so. He’s about 6+ now.
His markings were a lot more pronounced when he was a pup.

Handsome Fella

Handsome Fella

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Always Magical and Mystical for Me

Posted in Everlasting Love, Me, Mysticism and Magic, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2008 by sambissell
Autumn VisitorAutumn Visitor
While writing the last post, I let my dog, Monroe, out through this glassed-in area adjacent to the living room. This area is a poorly-constructed “greenhouse” made by the previous owner. I leave the outer door open because it makes no difference whether it is open or closed, in relation to heat.
When I let Monroe out, I heard this fluttering and looked up to see the shadow of what I thought may be a Hummingbird Moth, considering how much noise it was making, stuck between the wispy curtain and the glass…but Hummingbird Moths wouldn’t be around this time of year since they have a specific purpose that is way before this. So, I pulled back the curtain and found this trying its utmost to get through the glass.

I put my hand up to direct towards the more open area of glass, which I was able to do, and with a bit of determination, tried to direct it further toward the door out. Instead, it landed on my hand for a moment, looked at me, then lit out for the glass…and then behind the curtain again. Not to be put off easily, I made another attempt to move it back toward the open glass and door again. Although I was able to direct it, I also managed to delay it somehow and it plummeted rather abruptly. Climbing back onto my hand, it took a rest there. And remained there for the duration of the rest of this occurrence.

Visitor 2

As always, I had my more portable camera in my pocket, so I started taking close-ups of it. It didn’t seem to mind one bit and actually seemed to pose for me, walking around on my hand.
In the photo above, you can see that it has 2 white furry things sticking out in front of it. I don’t know what these are called….nor do I know whether this is a moth or butterfly. Buzzybeegirl will know….and when I find out, I’ll post what she says here as an update to the post. In any case, it made a great deal of effort to work on both of these white furry things…then the one on the left began to hang down, more and more, as can be seen in this photo…

Visitor 3

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You know, sometimes I can just be……………………….out there

Posted in Botanical, Electrified, HDR, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2008 by sambissell
StriationsStriations
In the last blog (Plugging a hole…), I pointed out that I had forgotten Anna in the previous blog to that (Recent Electrifications…).
One would think that after I had spent so much time writing the previous one (I tend to edit A LOT), that I would have remembered that i actually did remember to include in her the list of wordpressers I’m impressed with because of their photography (and prose).
Well, writing the second one just plugged her a bit more, I guess.

Darkness Falls - Timnath

Darkness Falls - Timnath

Anyway, I spent the weekend with some folks I hadn’t seen in a couple of years. Paul and I went to college together back in……well, back there somewhere…..and he, his wife, Barb, and son, Rob, came out for the weekend from the Bay Area. We drove up through Longmont and saw another old college friend, continued on to Timnath, where they knew a terrific lady from back in the day, then back to Ft. Collins, where we spent the evening with another pair of college friends. Old home weekend.

In Timnath, which is a tiny spit of a town (Pop. 238 in the 2003 census, I believe), it was Founders Day with tents set up on Main Street, selling all sorts of homemade nick-nacks. Main Street in Timnath is all of about 2 blocks long, which would be expected for a population as massive as theirs is. Consequently, the choice of handmade goods was pretty slim…interesting but slim. The town itself is not short on character, though, with buildings that have stood the test of time and are still going strong…well, most of them anyway. Continue reading

Plugging a hole that slipped by in the last blog….

Posted in Nature, Photographers, Photographic Commentary, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2008 by sambissell

Just a quick one here, folks……….. in the last post, I meant to give mention to another blogger, whose site I find incredibly enthralling, if not for the photographs she has taken, then for her prose. Anna’s Bee World is the work of buzzybeegirl, who is a graduate student at the University of Arizona. I’ve mentioned Anna’s blog before but her most recent one is about moths…excuse me, it’s about caterpillars and what they become. I highly recommend that you check out her work– incredible closeups — of these beautiful creatures. The beauty she exhibits in her closeups, I find, is just astounding. Take a moment or two and go see for yourself!

Visitor at Dawn (Cabbage Butterfly, Pieris rapae)

Visitor at Dawn (Cabbage Butterfly, Pieris rapae)

I sent her an email a couple of days ago, asking about a couple of run-ins I had had recently. Originally, I just thought they were butterflies…but, after I had seen her recent post, it seemed natural to assume they were moths. She concluded, of course, that they ARE butterflies.
The “run-ins” I had with these 2 butterflies came at a time for me, this summer, which meant a great deal to me. On somewhat of a make-shift “walk-about” in July, I discovered some very deep and intrinsic details about my inner core. I’ll leave it at that and let you read an explanation of the butterfly’s power, below.

Guide and Friend (Skipper Butterfly, Hesperiidae family)

Guide and Friend (Skipper Butterfly, Hesperiidae family)

Simply put, butterfly symbolism is about transformation or, better still, the never-ending cycle of self-transformation. By determining where you are in each or in all of the stages — egg, larva, cocoon, or birth — you understand where you are and each symbol can teach you where you are headed for the next stage in your transformation. The clearest message of the butterfly is that you are either about to undergo, or are already undergoing, some sort of change in your life, whatever it may be. For a clear description of the symbolism of butterflies (or any of the other beings in Native American medicine), refer to the work of Jamie Sams.

Have an excellent weekend! I know I will!

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