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O SOLITUDE! if I must with thee dwell,

Let it not be among the jumbled heap

Of murky buildings; climb with me the steep,-

Nature's observatory - whence the dell,

Its flowery slopes, its river's crystal swell,

May seem a span; let me thy vigils keep

Among the boughs pavillioned, where the deer's swift leap

Startles the wild bee from the fox-glove bell.

But though I'll gladly trace today these scenes with thee,

Yet the sweet converse of an innocent mind,

Whose words are images of thoughts refined,

Is my soul's pleasure; and it sure must be

Almost the highest bliss of human-kind,

When to thy haunts two kindred spirits flee.

 

John Keats

 

Taken At Roche

 

Spotted at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

WWT Slimbridge is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust near Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England . Slimbridge is halfway between Bristol and Gloucester on the estuary of the River Severn. It was opened on the 10 November 1946 by the artist and naturalist Sir Peter Scott. The reserve was the first WWT centre to be opened. A 40 min drive from Cheltenham...

A lovely day spent with Pen and Tony, thank you very much guys xx

 

The Look

Poem

 

The heron's the look of the river.

The moon's the look of the night.

The sky's the look of forever.

Snow is the look of white.

 

The bees are the look of the honey.

The wasp is the look of pain.

The clown is the look of funny.

Puddles are the look of rain.

 

The clouds are the look of the weather.

The hand is the look of the glove.

The bird is the look of the feather.

You are the look of love.

 

Carol Ann Duffy

   

Nana - Chouchou White Gloves   @Suicide Dollz

 

u10+ : 0721

add add add ... 

  

感想を言い逃げする友人にインスパイアされて:)

いつも素敵なSSを撮られる方で、俺が尊敬する一人です

感じたことを言葉にするのは苦手なのでいつもこっそりFavだけ残してくるんですけど

凄く刺激を受けてます

いつかご一緒できたらいいなと思っております:D

Half of his neck band is shaded by the Pride of Madeira plant, but it looks sort of chic that way - kind of like a single glove. I drive by a bunch of these plants every day, but I never noticed them until after I saw how much they attracted the hummingbirds at Huntington Central Park. Bees like 'em, too. I just noticed that there's one in this shot, when I looked at it in original size. Now that I know it's there, it's plain as day.

 

View On Black | View Large On Black

Foxglove, a bee's eye view; the second of three flower macros. I set myself an exercise of wandering around a garden for the morning to get over one of those 'creative lows' - do you feel them sometimes?

 

Thanks for your all your comments and faves! ;-)

issuu.com/fashiontellersl/docs/fth-dreamsmaycome_final

Model: BloodyMistress Serenity

Photographers: Pierre Webb

Style:

Hair: Xena (edited) by Baiastice

Dress: Galaxy Queen by NO

Gloves: JEssamine by Belgravia

Wings: Bee by Reasonable Desires

Leggins: Flirty Leather Laced up legging (recoloured) by Sakide

Shoes: Ava OTK boots by Leverocci

Head Jewelry: Osiris by Posesion, Necklace: 7 by Deity

Accessories: Idol glasses by Posesion

Make- Up: Meta Red by Nuuna

 

See the World of Dreams:

issuu.com/fashiontellersl/docs/fth-dreamsmaycome_final

 

<3

@ Collabor88 [ T A X I ] [ T A X I 2]

Collabor88 Prom is open! My dear friend Aki of {anc} is my "date" for this round, YAY! I made a bee costume and he made wild flowers. We created our own world in our booth, come check it out! :D

 

My Collabor88 items:

*katat0nik* Bee Costume

Original mesh & textures

3 Female sizes included

Try a demo before buying

  

Aki's Collabor88 items:

-Garden- by anc "spray" wild flower

10 {colorful} colors

10 {shabby} colors

5 mesh shapes for each color

  

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Credits:

Drool: *katat0nik* (black) drool (LobAutumny gacha) [ T A X I ]

Hair Bow: *katat0nik* (red) School Ghoul Bow [ T A X I ]

Hair Flowers: tomoto, wa corsage [ T A X I ]

Skin: [PinkFuel] Doll V2 Vamp - Pure (ltbrow) [ T A X I ]

Hair: tramF1228 (tinted) [ T A X I ]

Gloves: [CerberusXing] Soul Grips (gray) [ T A X I ]

Eye Makeup: violetta. -F Kitsune makeup 01 [ T A X I ]

Eyeliner: Lovely Disarray - Mistress Eyeliners : Angular Fade w/ Lumi [ marketplace ]

Lips: violetta. -mebina lips(OR) [ T A X I ]

Eyes: (*ANGELICA) PURE EYES mirkwood [ T A X I ]

   

Model: Skye McLeod Fairywren

Skin: Amaterasu by Essences

Aviation Hat with Hair: "Aviator Ace" (Thunderbolt Brown) by Remarkable Oblivion (Sad November)

Hipster Bag (coffee) by Remarkable Oblivion

Messenger Bag by HOC Industries

Flight Jacket: Brook (Black) by DeLa

Shearling Boots by the Chez GiGi Store

Tank Top: Two Bee Short Tank by B-Styles

Pants: Beltless Leather Pants by Alessandra

Black Gloves: LightStar

Eyes: Glass mesh eyes by IKON

Eyeshadow: Autumn Brown by Izzie's

Lips: Cinnamon Lip Creme by M.O.C.K.

Black & White Cross by cae.b

Long Silver Cross: Bare Rose

Sim: Airbase Iron Cloud Caledon Middlesea @ maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Middlesea/168/16...

The sun did shine for a while

and the birds and bees were out in force, a pleasure to see :0)

You should wear gloves !

Working with the New Orleans Opera allows me access to randomness. This is a tribute to a Joanna Newsom song.

 

lyrics:

 

From the top of the flight

Of the wide white stairs

Through the rest of my life

Do you wait for me there?

 

There's a bell in my ears

There's a wide white row

Drop a bell down the stairs

Hear it fall forever more

Hear it fall forever more

 

Drop a bell off of the dock

Blot it out in the sea

Drowning mute as a rock

Sounding mutiny

 

There's a light in the wings

Hits this system of strings

From the side while they swing;

See the wires, the wires, the wires

 

And the articulation

In our elbows and knees

[makes them jerk in the breeze]

Makes us buckle and we couple in endless increase

As the audience admires milkymoon

 

And the little white dove

Made with love, made with love

Made with glue and a glove and some pliers

 

Swings a low sickle arc

From its perch in the dark

Settle down

Settle down

Settle down my desire

 

And the moment i slept

I was swept up in a terrible tremor

Though no longer bereft, how i shook

And i couldn't remember

And then the furthermost shake

Drove a murdering stake in

And cleft me right down through my center

And i shouldn't say so

But i know that it was then or never

 

Push me back into a tree

Bind my buttons with salt

Fill my long ears with bees

Braying 'please, please, please,

Oh you ought not!

No you ought not!'

 

And then this system of strings

Tugs on the tip of my wings

Cut from cardboard and old magazines

Makes me warble and rise like a sparrow

 

And in the place where i stood

Is a circle of wood

A quarter to which you chop and you stack in your barrow

 

And it is terribly good

To carry water and chop wood

Streaked with soot, heavy booted and wild-eyed

 

As i crash through the rafters

And the ropes and the pulleys trail after

And the holiest, holiest belfry burns sky high

 

And then a slow lip of fire

Moves across the prairie with precision

While somewhere with your pliers and glue

You make your first incision

And in a moment of almost unbearable vision

Doubled over with the hunger of lions

'Hold me close', cooed the dove

Who was stuffed now with sawdust and diamonds

 

I wanted to say 'why the long face?'

[slowly slip away with your long face]

Sparrow perch and play songs of long face

Burro buck and bray songs of long face

Sings 'i will swallow your sadness and eat your cold clay

Just to lift your long face

And though it may be madness, i will take to the grave

Your precious long face

& though our bones they may break & our souls separate

Why the long face? Milkymoon

And though our bodies recoil from the grip of the soil

Why the long face?'

[it was not my mistake,

It was not your miskate;

There is a bell beneath the lake

And verily the spell begins to break

And verily the spell begins to break]

 

In the trough of the waves

Which are pawing like dogs

Between pale-faced and grave

As i write in my log

And then i hear a noise from the hull

Seven days out to sea

And it is the damnable bell

And it tolls, i believe, that it tolls

It tolls for me!

And it tolls for me!

 

And though my wrists and my waist

Seem so easy to break

Still my dear i would have walked you to the edge of the water

 

And they will recognise

All the lines of your face

In the face of the daughter, of the daughter, of my daughter

 

And darling we will be fine

But what was yours and mine

Appears to be a sandcastle that the gibbering wave takes

 

But if it's all just the same

Then say my name, say my name,

Say my name in the morning so that i know when the wave breaks

 

I wasn't born of a whistle

Or milked from a thistle at twilight

No, i was all horns and thorns

Sprung out fully formed, knock-kneed and upright

So enough of this terror we deserve to know light

And grow evermore lighter and lighter

You would have seen me through

But i could not undo that desire

 

Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh desire

Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh desire

Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh desire milkymoon

 

From the top of the flight

Of the wide white stairs

Through the rest of my life

Do you wait for me there?

 

...and he went "Wee Wee Wee!" all the way home...

 

Model: Skye McLeod Fairywren

Flying Pig: WPF Francis Bacon by MadPea

Skin: Amaterasu by Essences

Aviation Hat with Hair: "Aviator Ace" (Thunderbolt Brown) by Remarkable Oblivion (Sad November)

Hipster Bag (coffee) by Remarkable Oblivion

Messenger Bag by HOC Industries

Flight Jacket: Brook (Black) by DeLa

Shearling Boots by the Chez GiGi Store

Tank Top: Two Bee Short Tank by B-Styles

Pants: Beltless Leather Pants by Alessandra

Black Gloves: LightStar

Eyes: Glass mesh eyes by IKON

Eyeshadow: Autumn Brown by Izzie's

Lips: Cinnamon Lip Creme by M.O.C.K.

Black & White Cross by cae.b

Long Silver Cross: Bare Rose

Sim: Airbase Iron Cloud Caledon Middlesea @ maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Middlesea/168/16...

There's a bell in my ears

There's a wide white roar

Drop a bell down the stairs

Hear it fall forevermore

 

Drop a bell off of the dock

Blot it out in the sea

Drowning mute as a rock;

Sounding mutiny

 

There's a light in the wings

Hits this system of strings

From the side while they swing;

See the wires, the wires, the wires

 

And the articulation

In our elbows and knees

Makes us buckle as we couple in endless increase

As the audience admires

 

And the little white dove

Made with love, made with love:

Made with glue, and a glove, and some pliers

 

Swings a low sickle arc

From its perch in the dark

Settle down

Settle down my desire

 

And the moment I slept I was swept up in a terrible tremor

Though no longer bereft, how I shook and I couldn't remember

 

Then the furthermost shake drove a murdering stake in

And cleft me right down through my center

And I shouldn't say so, but I know that it was then, or never

 

Push me back into a tree

Bind my buttons with salt

Fill my long ears with bees

Praying: please, please, please,

Love, you ought not!

No you ought not!

 

Then the system of strings tugs on the tip of my wings

(cut from cardboard and old magazines)

Makes me warble and rise like a sparrow

And in the place where I stood, there is a circle of wood

A cord or two, which you chop and you stack in your barrow

 

It is terribly good to carry water and chop wood

Streaked with soot, heavy booted and wild-eyed;

As I crash through the rafters

And the ropes and pulleys trail after

And the holiest belfry burns sky-high

 

Then the slow lip of fire moves across the prairie with precision

While, somewhere, with your pliers and glue you make your first incision

And in a moment of almost-unbearable vision

Doubled over with the hunger of lions

'Hold me close', cooed the dove

Who was stuffed, now, with sawdust and diamonds

 

I wanted to say: why the long face?

Sparrow, perch and play songs of long face

Burro, buck and bray songs of long face!

Sing: I will swallow your sadness and eat your cold clay

Just to lift your long face

 

And though it may be madness, I will take to the grave

Your precious longface

And though our bones they may break, and our souls separate

- why the long face?

And though our bodies recoil from the grip of the soil

- why the long face?

 

In the trough of the waves

Which are pawing like dogs

Pitch we, pale-faced and grave,

As I write in my log

 

Then I hear a noise from the hull

Seven days out to sea

And it is the damnable bell!

 

And it tolls - well, I believe, that it tolls - for me!

It tolls for me!

 

Though my wrists and my waist seemed so easy to break

Still, my dear, I would have walked you to the very edge of the water

And they will recognise all the lines of your face

In the face of the daughter of the daughter of my daughter

 

Darling, we will be fine, but what was yours and mine

Appears to be a sandcastle that the gibbering wave takes

But if it's all just the same, then will you say my name:

Say my name in the morning, so I know when the wave breaks?

 

I wasn't born of a whistle or milked from a thistle at twilight

No, I was all horns and thorns, sprung out fully formed, knock-kneed and upright

So: enough of this terror

We deserve to know light

And grow evermore lighter and lighter

You would have seen me through

But I could not undo that desire

 

Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh desire

 

From the top of the flight

Of the wide, white stairs

Through the rest of my life

Do you wait for me there

 

Sawdust & Diamonds

~Joanna Newsom

Foxglove tube like flower, growing on long stalk is also known as fairy's glove.

its a favorite of the honey bee, and is entirely developed by the visits of insects.

Thursday November 18th 2010

 

There has been snow on the ground here for almost a week now and I had yet to pick any of it up until tonight. Despite the cold i had to shoot outside, and even tho the snow is almost all ice now i was able to fine some tossable stuff. It took me a bit to get the focusing right but after that i was tossin snow like a crazy person. I cant wait for Winter break and I am so excited for Thanksgiving and getting to be with my family and Kit! Its been an insane week but somehow ive been able to push through and have my photography as something that is like a reward and a break from my other work. But most of all i am most thankful for my best friend, without her i would not have made it through this week well. I am so lucky to have her. I love you Kit.

 

Strobist:

430EX II into shoot through right

Promaster 5600 into light sphere behind

PT-04s

Little known fact but this converted Pig Sty is where the young Bee Gees,Barry ,Maurice and Robin lived for a year before hitting the big time,Barry didnt really like it here as there was a nest of bees in his room and he couldnt sleep for all the buzzing but Robin told him dont worry man its just your Hive Talkin, but Barry wanted them gone and asked Maurice if he might borrow his gloves to throw the nest out,but his hands were too small so Barry asked Robin if he could use his and asked him How Deep is Your Glove? Robin said mate you cant leave it would be a Tragedy and at least living here we are Stying Alive...okay sighed Barry,You Win Again bruv.........

OK, this isn't for this swap, but I thought we needed something to look at! :)

 

This mini quilt has been stuck in my head and begged to come out. Measures about 12" square.

A glimpse of my lighting setup for this shot.

 

Model, MUA & Theme: Nella M

Nikon D800

Tamron 28-75 @46mm f/8

Alien Bees B400 30 degree honeycomb

B400 bare

B800 + softbox with grid

 

All rights reserved

...someone else.

 

My 100th photo on this flickr site! :)

 

haha i forgot to sharpen it when i was editing...flickr sharpening actually had a purpose today!

 

Saturday summers, when I was a kid

We'd run to the schoolyard and here's what we did

We'd pick out the captains and we'd choose up the teams

It was always a measure of my self esteem

Cuz the fastest, the strongest, played shortstop and first

The last ones they picked were the worst

I never needed to ask, it was sealed

I just took up my place in right field

Playing...

 

Right field, it's easy, you know

You can be awkward and you can be slow

That's why I'm here in right field

Just watching the dandelions grow

 

Playing right field can be lonely and dull

Little Leagues never have lefties that pull

I'd dream of the day they'd hit one my way

They never did, but still I would pray

That I'd make a fantastic catch on the run

And not lose the ball in the sun

And then I'd awake from this long reverie

And pray that the ball never came out to me

Here in...

 

Right field, it's easy, you know

You can be awkward and you can be slow

That's why I'm here in right field

Just watching the dandelions grow

 

(whistle a variation of Take Me Out To The Ballgame...)

 

Off in the distance, the game's dragging on

There's strikes on the batter, some runners are on

I don't know the inning, I've forgotten the score

The whole team is yelling and I don't know what for

Then suddenly everyone's looking at me

My mind has been wandering; what could it be?

They point at the sky and I look up above

And a baseball falls into my glove!

 

Here in right field, it's important you know

You gotta know how to catch, you gotta know how to throw

That's why I'm here in Right Field, just watching the dandelions grow!

 

i love that song.

Dachs has a cool skeleton av! The mouth moves when he types, and he can remove & hold his skull :D

OOPS I have blurry textures on me D: booo

 

maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/KANASAN/149/127/29

 

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Coming May 1 @ Oneword

Roses: *katat0nik* Blackout Eye Roses

 

Coming May 1 @ Dark Style Fair

Body Bruises: Clemmm - Body Filth

Knee Bruises: Clemmm - Damaged Knees

Bow Garters: . Quirky . Adorabow Garters - Noir

Garters w/chain: . Quirky . Mowsie - Garters - Black

Wrist Cuffs: . Quirky . Mowsie - Cuffs - Black (Silver)

 

@ Black Fashion Fair

Choker: .Quirky. Cryptic Candy Collar - Worship - Noir - White

 

@ OPORUTO

Hair Bow: *katat0nik* (skull) Texture Change Bow

 

@ The End

Bat: [CerberusXing] Savage Bat (Belt)

 

@ Wayward Hunt HUNT ENDS MAY 1

Finger gloves: Clemmm - Bandaged Fingers

 

OTHER AWESOME STUFF:

Mask: *katat0nik* (love) Missing You Mask

Dress:*katat0nik* (devil/average) Toy Playgirl Dress

Scarf: *katat0nik* (black) Bee Fitmesh Scarf

Boots: *katat0nik* (black) Toy Boots

Hair: ""D!va"" Hair "Miso" (MVW NORWAY 2014)(Platinum)

Gloves: Clemmm Bandaged Hands - BLACK

Sock Cuffs: *H+K*flower ankle socks

Eye makeup: Schadenfreude Stygian Circe Eyes, no brows

Eye tattoo: NEO** : Pastel Horror - Cross black

Ears: EAR_ver-A [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5

Skin: [PinkFuel] Doll V2 Vamp - Pure (ltbrow)

Septum: Anatomy - 3

 

Strobist: AB 800 in PLM 1/8 power camera right, AB800 in stripbox 1/32 power above subject, SB900 1/32 power pointed at backdrop, SB900 in firefly beauty box 1/16 power lower camera left. PW trigger.

 

ladychriss.blogspot.it/2017/01/my-master-is-back-home.html

 

♥ My Master is Back Home... ♥

 

Pose:: SenseS :

Couple 03

: SenseS :

 

Her :OutFit: **RE**

Juliett Bra + Corset + Garter + Gloves + Mask + Panties + Shoes + Bag

Hud many Colors and Styles - Black - RARE

The Epiphany

 

Decor:

{Q-Essentials}

Packing Light Decor

Bathroom Shutter Utility Shelf With Towel

Four Hoots

{Q-Essentials}

::HAIKEI::

Save room for my love_gacha {1}

Save room for my love_gacha {2}

Save room for my love_gacha {3}

kustom9.com

I'm Old Fashioned GACHA / {4}

Lazy Sunday gacha {5}

A faint glow gacha {5}

A faint glow gacha {3}

:HAIKEI: ( the store is under the sea )

Zaara [home] :

Ikat dhurrie rug *multi*

Zaara [home]

.:Bee Designs :.

Mon Amour Vintage Box 3

Ivory Gacha Jewerly box

.:Bee Designs :.

~Libertine~

floor messy cloth 2015 (texture change)

~Libertine~

Trompe Loeil

- Zophia Bed White Messy {A}

Camden Cove + Surfboard

Trompe Loeil

  

Bee ~ Catford ~ London ~ England ~ Thursday June 16th 2016.

  

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You can also buy my WWT card here (The Otter image) or in the shop at the Wetland Centre in Barnes ~ London ~ www.wwt.org.uk/shop/shop/wwt-greeting-cards/european-otte...

 

Have a Fabulous Friday Ya'll..:)

 

Crystal Precious

Dirty Dishes Glove Art

(framed under glass)

 

5th annual Vancouver Int. Burlesque Fest

May 6-9 at Queen Bee Luxuries table

  

[explore #192 on 24.12.08]

 

buon natale

merry christmas

joyeux noel

feliz navidad

fröhliche weihnachten

vrolijk kerstfeest

shinnen omedeto

kala christouyenna

 

quest'individuo è proprio frighissimo :D

 

[notasi la watermark natalizia :P ]

 

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COMING SOON

Dresses, scarves, boots, hats:

*katat0nik* Honey Gacha stuff (@ The Arcade)

 

Other stuff worn:

LEFT

~silentsparrow~ Weenie - Cody (@ The Arcade)

[LJ] Artisan Cookie (Extra) - Peanut Butter (@ The Arcade)

*(OO)*YUKI_Rabi Rare (mesh head)

Schadenfreude Vampig Piggie Wiggie

Wasabi Pills Lory Mesh Hair - Iceberg

Schadenfreude Low Torn Black Miami Fishnet Leggings

CLEM's - Black Hand Bandages

 

MIDDLE

Schadenfreude Bat Wee Beastie Ring (worn on wrist) (@ The Arcade)

*(OO)*YUKI_Rabi Rare (mesh head)

.Quirky. Winter Socks - Teal

.Quirky. Winter Socks - Pink Cuffs

~Tableau Vivant~ Hallie hair

 

RIGHT

.Quirky. & .Lovely.Disarray.- Little Death Dealer - Gloves, Nails (@ Creepy Kawaii)

.Atomic. Slouchy Knee Socks - Shell (@ Collabor88)

. Quirky . Cryptic Candy Collars - Pink (worship)

D!va Hair "Tomoko2" (type A)(Platinum)

*(OO)*YUKI_Rabi Rare (mesh head)

 

Decorations:

.TMC. Owlz Gacha = bread owl (@ The Arcade)

+ILO+ Rickety Fence A

MP689-Rem 870 Shotgun V.7rnd

 

Poses:

[LA] SPRING: Fence - Multipose

The poses came built into a fence but I took them out so I could use a different fence...Nice poses.

 

B800 into Large softbox front

B800 into Beauty Dish from behind

 

The reflection is Real, no Photoshopping...

 

*if you Fav Me, Drop me a comment*

Here is the full body shot. The dress and gloves of course by the amazing GizzA, Wrap Me Shoes by Precious Restless of Vita's Boudoir, Arm Decorations by Solidea Folies, and a combination of two hats, one a Neon Pink Hat by Vitabela Dubrov and the "With Bees in Her Breath" Hat by Split Pea (Melatonin Hax), freebie pink umbrella from BaOba (petalos Clary), pink Tom hair from Boon, lashes from Miamai. This outfit was shown in the first issue of Trend Magazine -- thank you Leandra Breen for the opportunity!

 

A special thank you to Natzuka Miliandrovic for this beautiful photo. I love it, Nat!!

as Bettie Page. Spokane, Washington.

This is so unlike me.... My first shot SOOC since, probably, the second day of getting my camera. Its not great - the background is a bit boring but hey... gotta try these things. lol... (just cropped in PS)

 

Uncropped exif info:

File type: JPEG

Creation date: 23/11/2010 12:42

Last modification: 23/11/2010 12:42

Make: Panasonic (www.panasonic.com)

Camera: DMC-FZ35

Software: Version 1.0.0

Dimension: 4000 x 3000 px (12 MP, 4:3)

Focal length: 4.8 mm (equiv. 27 mm)

Aperture: F2.8

Exposure time: 1/320"

ISO speed rating: 80/20°

Program: Shutter Priority

Metering Mode: Pattern

White Balance: Auto

Focus Mode: Auto

Image Stabilizer: On, Mode 2

Noise Reduction: +1 (High)

Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode

 

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From last July. Bee beetle (trichius fasciatus) on foxglove. Seemingly rare in the uk but the Highlands seem to be a stronghold.

It is too cold to walk in the woods today so I will be lazy and repost this photo taken three years ago given that it is essentially identical to what I would find if I were braver and went outside. At this time of year we often have very cold but bright and sunny days and there is as much snow hanging now on the branches as I have ever seen. Forgive my laziness please - I'll give you a more contemporary view when it gets above -25C. It also provides me with an excuse to post one of my great uncle's poems again ... I am probably his biggest fan :) Uncle Will, as my father called him, was a minor Welsh poet relatively well known in the U.K. who had a resurgence in popularity in the 1960's with the 'Hippie' movement. His poem entitled "Leisure" is his most famous and he has gained some notoriety as a 'nature poet' although I'm not sure if he were alive today that he would agree with the title?

 

WINTER'S BEAUTY

 

Is it not fine to walk in spring,

When leaves are born, and hear birds sing?

And when they lose their singing powers,

In summer, watch the bees at flowers?

Is it not fine, when summer's past,

To have the leaves, no longer fast,

Biting my heel where'er I go,

Or dancing lightly on my toe?

Now winter's here and rivers freeze;

As I walk out I see the trees,

Wherein the pretty squirrels sleep,

All standing in the snow so deep:

And every twig, however small,

Is blossomed white and beautiful.

Then welcome, winter, with thy power

To make this tree a big white flower;

To make this tree a lovely sight,

With fifty brown arms draped in white,

While thousands of small fingers show

In soft white gloves of purest snow.

 

W.H. Davies

It was grown from seeds and after two springs, she has finally bloomed! :D

 

"O Solitude! if I must with thee dwell, Let it not be among the jumbled heap Of murky buildings: climb with me the steep,-- Nature's observatory--whence the dell, In flowery slopes, its river's crystal swell, May seem a span; let me thy vigils keep 'Mongst boughs pavilion'd, where the deer's swift leap Startles the wild bee from the foxglove bell." - John Keats

It is an unlucky bee or butterly that visits this flower! These spiders, by the way, have

a very painful bite if you accidently touch one, the swelling can be from 7 to 10 inches in diameter. They're not supposed to be aggressive. They don't spin webs, but hunt their prey, and can jump, also can 'spit' venom for up to 3/4s of an inch. When this guy wasn't on top of the flower, he was on the other side! When I think of how many times I have gently grasped a flower without seeing just the other side.... Last year, there was one living in our cucumber plants. This year I will be wearing gloves when I pick cucumbers.

 

Green Lynx Spider - Peucetia viridans

 

A closeup of this spider:

www.cirrusimage.com/spider_green_lynx.htm

Bee landing inside a fox glove flower - in my back garden. Took a setting of 1/500 to get the motion pattern on the wings. My cliche saturday submission for 18/6/11.

for those who have asked, here's 10 things about me. i'm not sure it's all that interesting. oh well, here goes ;)

 

- went with sony/minolta camera because of old lenses from college. of course these are the same lenses that i don't ever use now.

- i have really bad local reaction to bee, wasp, hornet stings. when i get stung in my hands, it swells up and looks like a clown glove. so why do i do nature macros? hm.

- i played viola until the end of high school. i started playing the viola only because in 6th grade the teacher placed all the kids for violins already.

- i don't wear jeans. not sure why not, i like loose and baggy i guess

- i like to make my own music. little musical sketches. one of these days i'll use them as muzak for photo cd's.

- i've been told that i do really good impersonations (e.g. beavis and butthead, cartman of south park, etc). so much awesomeness, i know right?

- i was the only asian kid in my grade school of 300. i learned all my english from my public school education from scratch.

- i've worn glasses since the 5th grade. i thought squinting was cool at that age. seriously. (silly)

- i double majored in college. i've used neither.

- my favorite character growing up was snoopy. in high school i got the chance to play snoopy in a production of you're a good man, charlie brown. did it blind on stage since they didn't want me to wear glasses and there wasn't contacts at that time.

- my favorite color is blue. if that isn't obvious from my photos ;) (but not this one hehe)

- dark chocolate for me please!

Here's a peek into my "GeoPack", my Geocaching Bag. It's an XPS Camelback bag. I rarely use the hydration part of it, preferring to use it as a medium-size, albeit very manageable, backpack for short treks into the woods and longer day hikes for urban caching. See the notes or check the blog posting for full information about all our implements.

Summer morning on Little Hump Mountain with elderberry blossoms in the foreground, bee balm just behind them and in the distance, blackeyed susan flowers color the hillside a bright yellow. Grassy Ridge Bald and Roan Mountain seen on the hoizon.

 

You can't tell it from the golden morning light but the temperature on Little Hump Mountain this morning was in the low 40's. I was glad to be wearing my fleece jacket, vest, gloves and toboggan on this typically cool, damp, breezy morning in the Roan Highlands. Of course I did not need them on the sweat-inducing hike up to the mountain.

This beautiful dress is the result of a talented collaboration between Solasnagealai of Blue Moon Enterprises, and Bee Dumpling of The White Armory.

 

Joining together to form a new designing brand called Silver Moon Designs.

 

Seen here is " Simbelmyne" which is a traditional white and champagne mix.

Worn is the model rigged for Maitreya (gown + gloves and flexi sheer cape+skirt)

 

My model is wearing Catwa Annie Head on Maitreya Body with Rosie Skin by Elysium.

 

"Marian" by Calico Hair is just the perfect medieval style to wear with this gacha highland crown from Junbug.

as Bettie Page. Spokane, Washington.

as Bettie Page. Spokane, Washington.

as Bettie Page. Spokane, Washington.

Bumble Bee on a fox glove

It's been a wet April this year in NC and all the rain has grass plants and trees growing at an alarming rate. My back yard looks like an overgrown jungle, so I've been outside tackling it on and off this month.

 

Last Summer I got the worst case of poison ivy it took steroid shots to finally clear it up, the most miserable itchy rash ever. So now I'm on high alert for the horrible plant and it's friends poison oak and poison sumac. Yesterday I found poison ivy and poison sumac right where Caleb plays ball. Boy they are devils they hide and camouflage themselves with other plants. Wearing long pants, long sleeve shirt and gloves and still it gets me, but hopefully not as bad as before. So I am going to go out with the Roundup and kill those suckers today. We used to whine about nettles in Ireland but nettles have nothing on these treacherous plants.

 

It's pretty here in NC today but it's supposed to rain again this weekend so I better get r done today. :-)

 

In this shot the Wisteria is growing wild just like everything else around here but it's pretty and the bees love it so I do too. :-)))

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