Archive | August 2015

Swarm of the Dragonflies

Swarm of the Dragonflies

Swarm of the Dragonflies–like miniature helicopters in flight

With the rain we had yesterday for a good part of the morning and then it stayed cloudy all day, the dragonflies were in a frenzy last night. It was hard to capture them, but you can see a ton of black dots on the clouds, all dragonflies. I couldn’t see them on the camera when I was trying to get a shot, only with the naked eye.

If you click on the image and then click again, you can get the larger picture. How many do you count? That was just a small amount of them. I cropped it because the picture would take too much time to load.

Have a great day! Don’t you think that would make for a cool book title, by the way?

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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When a Vulture is Eyeing You… And…the Art of Conversation…Is it Dying Out?

Vulture with a Mohawk

Vulture with a Mohawk

I had some fun with this. Used fisheye and lomo on it.

Taken at our local zoo. I know they’re opportunistic feeders, but they have them all over the place there and it’s kind of Edgar Allan Poe, you know?

Beware.

More fun with Photoshop

More fun with Photoshop

This was a fun shot that showed what happens when you go out to dinner with family…. Who would have ever thought that meals out would end up in this form of socialization?

Truly, though, they’ve gotten better about it so that when we go out to eat, we talk. lol Like in ye old days. 🙂

Have a great day!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Sometimes the Amateur Photographer Looks Like a Clown but Gets it Right, Anyway…

Yellow, Yellow Butterfly!

Yellow, Yellow Butterfly!

I took the puppies out and naturally, I see a beautiful butterfly and I’m sure it’s a monarch, but it disappears. It’s really rare to see one, so I was disappointed I’d missed it.

So when I’m trying to corral the puppies to bring them inside, I see this beautiful gorgeous yellow, yellow butterfly. I’ve never seen her before in my gardens. So I rush inside, get my camera with the macro lenses, and the tripod, and chase the butterfly all over the garden.

Poor butterfly.

But I’m determined to get a shot. I never managed to use the tripod. The butterfly moved every time. Sooooo, I held the camera on the tripod and took the hand-held shots. I couldn’t get any closer than this either.

And….wouldn’t you know, there were crunchy leaves all over the patio, so I’m trying to watch the butterfly and miss crunching on the leaves, which didn’t matter anyway. I’m sure the poor thing saw this hulking human predator anyway, so it really didn’t matter.

Even so, I got her. Isn’t she just beautiful? My Facebook fans tell me she’s a tiger swallowtail!

She made my day!

Have a great day!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Jaguars and Cougars and Tigers and Lions, Oh My!

Jaguar waiting for turtles to grow bigger

I took these shots at the Omaha Zoo. Jaguars often pace, and these were just perfect!

Jaguar Comfortable

Jaguar Comfortable

White Tiger Portrait

White Tiger Portrait

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The lioness was sitting right next to the window, first time that she was wide awake.

Cougar, ears to side, they have over two dozen muscles in their ears that help them to focus on sounds and show their expressions

Cougar, ears to side, they have over two dozen muscles in their ears that help them to focus on sounds and show their expressions

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Cross-eyed Tiger

Cross-eyed Tiger

Love the big cats!

Have a great day!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Photographing Subjects–I Can’t Decide

Some photographers are really excellent landscape photographers, or they do fantastic portraits, or animal shots, or macro shots, or…well, the list goes on. And then there’s me.

Like reading, like writing, like photographing, I love everything. I love to see the beauty in all photos no matter what subject a particular photographer loves to create. I can’t draw worth a darn, but when I played around with it, landscapes were my thing.

Crathes Castle Trees like soldiers standing tall and straight--shot from Crathes Castle upper floor window

Crathes Castle Trees like soldiers standing tall and straight–a narrow blanket of golden leaves leaving a marching trail beneath them–shot from Crathes Castle upper floor window

But in photography, I love it all. The same with writing. I love to create Highland medieval romances, and English medieval romances, and wolf, jaguar, cougar and bear shifter romances, and psychic romances, and vampire romances, and romantic suspenses, as long as they have romance, mystery, intrigue, adventure, humor, and most have a body count.

My editor on my wolf stories said of my second book, “Your body count has gone way up.” That was my most successful book for a long time. lol

In my third book, I tried to be nice. Fewer dead bodies. Wasn’t half as successful. 🙂

But I love doing a mix of things. I couldn’t imagine not trying to capture a bee on a flower or a water droplet on a rose petal or a line of thunderclouds or a cougar close up or the vines growing on a castle wall or the North Sea pounding at the shore line beneath a Scottish castle or fall colors anywhere (because we don’t have much of it here), if I have the chance to do it.

Raindrops on a shrub at Crathes Castle

Raindrops on a shrub at Crathes Castle

Water droplets on a plant at Crathes Castle

Water droplets on a plant at Crathes Castle

I love to capture life as I see it both in my writing and my photography, and so I guess that makes me eclectic. Maybe eccentric. But happy too.

Ancient stone wall, black and white cows, fall colors

Ancient stone wall, black and white cows, fall colors–Scotland

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Shaggy Highland Cow and Fall colors reflected in the glassy river

This scene with the black and white cows could be from anywhere, except for the ancient stone wall in front. Can you imagine the Highlanders who built this wall so many eons ago? Why they built it in the first place? What they were protecting? I loved the cows, the hint of color in the foggy forest, but the ancient wall covered with moss and lichen the most. I love history and for writing and reading, I love it the most also.

I started writing jaguar Christmas, and I have the first 1,000 words! 79,000 to go! 🙂

Have a great day!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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View from Eilean Donan Castle–a Blue, Blue World of Fog and Mystery

Eileen Donan Castle view

Eileen Donan Castle View

Don’t you love the view? The water? The mountains from the castle? Blue and more blue. Mysteries beyond. It draws the eye deeper and deeper and deeper, one layer of mountains at a time. As you can see it is cloaked in a light fog from the closest hills to the farthest mountains.

Have a wonderful day no matter what day it is. I called my daughter on Saturday, who is a dietitian for a school district, and she informed me she was at work. Okay, school personnel don’t work on Saturday. So I was thoroughly confused. “Is this Friday?” I was hopeful it was and I still had an extra day to make word count.

“No, Mom, it’s Saturday.”

“Okay. Good, I thought I had messed up my days somehow.” lol

But, I will say I finished Covert Cougar Christmas! And after finishing it, I cut out more bears for orders, and then pulled out my notes for Jaguar Christmas, so I can remember what story I pitched, brainstorming I did on it, and get started.

So whatever day it is, have a great one! 🙂

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Shadows and Reflections

Shadow on Hill and Reflection in Water

Shadow on Hill and Reflection in Water

Shadows and Reflections on Water

Shadows and Reflections on Water

When I was in Scotland, I took hundreds of pictures, until my battery died, and I was so disappointed. I couldn’t take pictures again until after we returned from an island, and I never had pictures of the island or the ruins we saw there. Ugh.

But I’ve never shared tons of these pictures because I had so many, shared lots, and then that was it. So as I was looking over some of them, I found some interesting shots.

These are shadows reflected on the hills from another hill, and both the hills and shadows reflected in the water. The water is so glass like, it’s hard to tell in the bottom shot that it was actually a reflection and not just ground.

But aren’t they beautiful?

I thought they turned out nicely, considering we were in motion at the time. 🙂

I love water, so take lots of pictures of water. I also love hills and mountains and trees. Since Scotland has it all, I had fun!

But I also want to make my stories as accurate as possible. One of the things I wanted to see was trees for wolves to run in. But so much of the landscape is uninhabited, that they could really run all over the place and never be seen. 🙂 ❤

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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