Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Looking Behind a Fence

Welcome to my blog!  As an educator and full time staff member, I am privileged to witness a myriad of natural wonders that unfold daily at the Virginia Living Museum.  I delight in the small, often overlooked natural treasures that I discover "off the beaten path"--those out-of-the-way places, tucked away in our gardens, or perhaps in the quieter areas of the Museum's exhibits.  For example, this week, as I wandered past the Children's Learning Garden, along the backside of a fence I happened upon a newly emerged black swallowtail butterfly perched right next to its chrysalis!

As the butterfly gradually pumped its wings and got stronger it fluttered to nearby lantana flowers before meandering along the treetops and out of my view.

As an amateur photographer, I like to focus on "up close" or macro photography.  At present, I use a Nikon Coolpix P80 camera, usually set on "automatic" and mostly use the "macro" mode.  The photos I use on this blog are all photos that I have taken myself.  And, other than cropping, adjusting the image size and an occasional tweak of the color balance, I don't do too much to edit the photos.

I hope to post a new entry to this blog about every two weeks--more often if anything spectacular shows up.  Feel free to send me comments--I look forward to some feedback!


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