1420 Photos Picture of the Day

July 22, 2019

Red and Green Apple

Taken June 5, 2019 with Canon Rebel t6

Sundays Quote and some butterflies

July 21, 2019

I only have one quote for you today! Sorry about that! I didn’t sleep well last night, so I’m going to take a nap! At least a short one!

How did butterflies get their English name?

No one knows for sure, since the word has been in the English language for centuries. The word was “buterfleoge” in Old English, which means “butterfly” in our English today. Because it is such an old word, we don’t really know who or when someone said “That ‘thing’ over there is a ‘butterfly’.” One story is that they were named so because it was thought that butterflies, or witches that took on the shape of butterflies, stole milk and butter. (Someone else wondered if the word was really meant to be “flutter-by” ). In other languages, the word for our fluttery friends has no such derivation as “butter” + “fly”. One can only speculate on why the English language uses such an unlikely name.

https://www.kidsbutterfly.org/faq/general/8

fascinating facts about butterflies

What is unique about butterflies?

The scales, which are arranged in colorful designs unique to each species, are what gives the butterfly its beauty. Like all other insects, butterflies have six legs and three main body parts: head, thorax (chest or mid section) and abdomen (tail end). They also have two antennae and an exoskeleton.

www.uky.edu/hort/butterflies/all-about-butterflies

What can Butterflies do?

Most adult butterflies drink nectar from flowers through their tongues, which function much like straws. A minority of butterflies almost never visits flowers, instead gaining sustenance from tree sap, rotting animal matter, and other organic material. Butterfly caterpillars almost all eat plant matter.

https://www.naba.org/qanda.html

AND A DRAGONFLY!

Fun Facts About Dragonflies:

  • Dragonflies don’t sting and generally don’t bite people.
  • They have been around for 300 million years. …
  • When first hatched, the larva or nymphs live in the water for around a year. …
  • People in Indonesia like to eat them for a snack.
  • Having a dragonfly land on your head is considered good luck.
  • https://www.ducksters.com/animals/dragonfly.php

Hope everyone is having a great day!!

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi

CAREFREE SATURDAY 11

July 21, 2019

I just want to be happy! Is that too much to ask? Rhetorical question there… It seems like, every time I get to my happy spot, someone brings me down! All I want is to be as happy and carefree as this little frog!!

Anyway, sorry about that! Most of my day yesterday was happy and carefree! It was so hot that I didn’t do much of anything…get in the pool, eat some lunch, get in the pool, work on the computer (editing, uploading to PICFAIR and my portfolio/PICFAIR pages), get in the pool again, eat dinner, take a shower, go to bed. Can’t sleep so I get in the pool again! That’s when I find this little frog and take some pictures!

Finding the little frog made my day!! He (or she) doesn’t care about my mood, or my tears… he’s just happy to be alive!

Other than this little frog, I didn’t take hardly any pictures! A couple of butterfly pictures down by the pool and that’s it! I’ve got so many photos to work on, it’s not even funny! But, that’s a photographer’s life… right?

I didn’t get as much done as I had hoped, my computer was being slow. I blame it on the heat! (Whenever something doesn’t go as I think it should, I blame it on the weather…too hot, too cold, the sun’s not shining, it’s raining! Anyone who knows me, know this about me! And now you do to! 🙂 )

So, that was my day yesterday! Really not too bad, just a little gloomy! And really hot!! The heat wave should be over tomorrow (Monday)… did I mention we don’t have air conditioning! The furnace gave up the ghost last winter. We have a wood stove, which I am paying for, which doesn’t help us during the summer! Ceiling fans and the pool… that’s what is getting is through! Close up the north side of the house and open the south side (this doesn’t always work though!). I’ll be blogging on this at some point! Soon, I’m sure.

*All photos in this post were taken with my LG cell phone camera last night!

Hope everyone has a great day! Stay cool out there!

You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.”

  • Mandy Hale

Picture of the Day

July 21, 2019

Toad on my shoulder

Taken July 4, 2018 with LG cell phone camera

Raindrop Reflections

July 20, 2019

Today, I figured I’d do something a little bit different – A Common Phrase With Historical Origins! The info is still coming from THEFACTSITE.COM, just a little bit different!

Well, I guess it’s not all that different, but just different than what I normally post! Just one fact and one strange quote!

Hope you enjoy…

“Close, But No Cigar”

“I had always thought this saying stemmed from the failed CIA assassination attempt on Fidel Castro where they tried to plant some exploding cigars in his person, which would blow his head off when he lit them up.

“As the CIA failed to get the cigars into Castro’s possession I had always assumed this is where it came from: close but no cigar.

“However, I was massively wrong as I found out this weekend.

“It stems back from the 1800’s and more specifically from the traveling fairs and carnivals that were common across America at this time.

“Back then, the prizes for the fairground games weren’t big cute teddies, but rather cigars or a nice bottle of whiskey. You see where this is going?

“So when you were at one of these fairs on, say, the coconut shy, and you nearly knocked that high and mighty coconut off its lofty platform but just missed it, then the carnie folk would shout “Close! But no cigar!””

(thefactsite.com)

So, now you know where the phrase “Close, but no cigar” comes from!

I hope every one has a great day and stays cool!

“He who sees nothing strange has never looked at a lobster in the face.”

—Auguste Villiers

Picture of the Day 33

July 20, 2019

Smile!

Taken June 22, 2018 with LG cell phone camera

Black and White Dragonfly

Nov 5, 2019

This is by far my most popular photograph I have posted yet, so I decided to repost is today!! I have no idea what makes it so popular or interesting…but I have to say thank you!!

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“Dragonflies symbolize the change in perspective of yourself. ”

~Anonymous

Could it be that I have changed? My perspective of myself has changed?

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”

~ Aristotle

The Dragonfly

Having flown the earth for 300 million years

dragonflies symbolize our ability to overcome

times of hardship.

They can remind up to take time to

reconnect with our own strength,

courage, and happiness.

Tomorrow is national stress awareness day, national nachos day, and national saxophone day!

Hope you have a great day, night or evening,

where ever you may be!

Thanks for stopping by!!


I caught this image of a dragonfly today…just as I snapped this shutter he took off. I’d like to know what you think…

I didn’t have it on the action setting or anything.

Thanks!

Hope everyone is having a great day!