The details

You know that old saw about stopping to smell the roses? Photography can be something like that, except you lean in with your lens, absorbing all the details. Suddenly there appear all those wonderful bits of life and texture that on regular day are as invisible as the quantum world.

Fall gallery

Gadzooks! We’ve been off WordPress for a month? Here’s a gallery for a little catching up on some of October’s sights.

A little yellow

A good day for all things yellow on the mountain today.

Weekly photo challenge: (Agri) Culture

Whether driving a combine, raising catfish and show horses, or selling honey at the farmers market, in Arkansas, about one in six folks is employed in some facet of agriculture.

More views of culture than you can shake a stick at:
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/photo-challenge-culture/

Including:

Way station for a long journey

Every October, we look forward to the monarch butterfly migration. Two weekends ago, I spent a couple of hours in one of the gardens, ripping out the overgrown mass of foot-high grass and weeds, as well as the dried brown coreopsis and black-eyed Susan stems that were now wrapped tightly by a white morning glory-type vine.

In the midst of the mess were giant goldenrods and bunches of a woody-stemmed, white baby’s breath-looking flowers, all lassoed and pulled to the ground by the little white trumpet vines. A few bug bites and a lot of sweat later, the undergrowth was cleared away and the nectar-bearing goldenrods and white mystery flowers freed and staked to stand tall as a way station for the monarchs’ annual southward migration.

Today, they came to the mountain.

MAKING A PIT STOP — This monarch spends time gathering nectar for its long journey south.

Weekly photo challenge: Journey

“Journey” is a perfect theme for Easter weekend. It’s a time of hope. It’s the end of one journey and the beginning of another for catechumens and candidates entering the Catholic church. For those celebrating Passover, it’s a journey celebrating deliverance.

There were many journeys on the mountain this week. Flocks of birds whirled in great sweeps from tree to tree. Hummingbirds returned from their central American winter sojourn. On a smaller scale, carpenter bees, bumblebees, butterflies and moths buzzed and fluttered from flower to flower. All of it a great reminder of the renewal of life from the dead of winter.

Be sure to check out the other intriguing,beautiful and challenging  interpretations of “journey” at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/weekly-photo-challenge-journey/.

Be sure to visit:

http://advenus.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/weekly-photo-challenge-journey/

http://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/journey-weekly-photo-challenge/

http://digitalcatharsis.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/weekly-photo-challenge-journey/

http://mostlymonochrome.wordpress.com/

http://windagainstcurrent.com/

ON THE MOVE -- Flock of birds moves westward on a wide orbit from and to the same tree.
CLEARWING -- Bee colored clearwing moth visits the lavender.
IN SEARCH OF NECTAR -- Clearwing about to uncoil his proboscis for lavender nectar.
IF I WAS A CARPENTER -- Carpenter bee buzzes the lavender.
LADY IN THE LAVENDER -- Painted lady's body covered in pollen specks.

The bee’s knees

The ancient art of beekeeping has become cutting edge again, for various reasons. Some people like the grow-your-own aspect of food, others find working a hive to be a meditation, yet others simply like bees.  These are shots taken with Jon Zawislak, an apiarist with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, at his hives.

Single bee
Single bee atop his hive.
Bees busy in their frame.
Bees work their honeycombed frame.