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The Fun Of Furniture Shopping

Completely non-photography related again, but it’s been a super busy weekend after moving into a new place on Friday and needing to completely furnish it.  You don’t realize how much you need until you’re starting new…everything from cleaning supplies to basic food supplies like spices and ketchup and cooking oil to the much more expensive furniture…there must be about a million different styles of couches, beds, mattresses, etc. and none of it is exactly cheap.  Anyway, it’s been a busy few days.

More Butterflies

Another photo from the butterfly sanctuary in Mexico.  It was crazy how thick the air was with butterflies, every direction butterflies everywhere, up in the sky, flying all around you, all over the trees and grass, monarch butterflies everywhere.

Sky full of butterflies at butterfly sanctuary in the state of Michoacan, Mexico

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Mocked By A Hummingbird

It took me forever to get this photo.  This humming bird came by several times a day to have a snack from the plant just outside the window.  But he was quick, very quick, and any movement from inside the window sent him flying away in an instant.  I couldn’t count how many times I had the camera in hand and pointed in his direction and the humming bird darted away before I could get a picture of him.  Finally, I managed to get this shot which turned out quite nice, especially considering how futile my previous efforts had resulted in.

Humming bird with motion frozen as he prepared to eat from a plant.

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France: A Photographic Journey

I made this video a while back with photos I took during my travels in southern France.  The area is incredibly beautiful and I had so many photos that I wanted a way to share a lot of them at once so I put them together in this video.  The music playing is by the band Hypercell, fronted by the very talented J.Lynn Johnston.

The Land Of The Monarch

Monarch butterfly, that is.  This photo was taken at a monarch butterfly reserve in the state of Michoacan, Mexico.  When you arrive at the entrance of the reserve there are virtually no butterflies around.  A guide accompanied us into the reserve and led us along a trail which we followed through the woods.  After 20-30 minutes of hiking we arrived at a large open meadow with butterflies flying everywhere.  I excitedly pulled out my camera and started taking pictures.  Our guide, who only spoke Spanish, which I do not speak, insisted that we keep moving.  He said (or so I’m told) that we needed to keep moving, that we were wasting our time here and that we should keep moving until we get to the good area. I was hesitant to move on so quickly because it was so beautiful.  However, we continued hiking and a while longer arrived at our destination.  I was amazed, as you can see from the picture below the air was thick with butterflies and the trees and shrubs were covered in them as well.  There were more trails which continued deeper into the reserve. They were off limits because the ground was literally covered in butterflies, no dirt to be seen, just a covering of black and orange.

Monarch butterlies flying through the sky and covering the trees and shrubs

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