A Year In Photos: Plants and Animals

2015 was the first full year that I had a camera to work with, and some photos didn’t make it; so, to complete the picture (pun intended), I began a short Year In Photos series in January—broken into parts because there are too many in mind to put into one post.

So without further ado, part 2: organic life.

And nothing was more stunning in my vision than the HD flower photos. …Unfortunately, the camera app’s color tone setting is automatic (not optional)…

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Dandelion, driveway.  Good focus; not so good color accuracy. (May 16, 2015 4:19 p.m.)

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Wildflower, side of house. (June 26 5:21 p.m.)
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USM: Portland.  This plant almost looks like it’s glowing… possibly due to the non-human spectral sensitivities of the camera… (June 30 3:52 p.m.)
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USM: Portland, various and obviously non-native. (June 30 3:55 p.m.)
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(Aug. 13 4:13 p.m.)
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USM Portland, sunflowers. (Aug. 13 4:13 p.m.)

Discovered a few less-common plants around the household property…

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Wild raspberry (low quality, sorry). (July 4 5:18 p.m.)
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Mushroom, driveway. (Aug. 30 3:02 p.m.)

We all need to appreciate the subtle beauty in the greens…

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Really captures the dirt.  (The color tone’s a bit green, though.) (May)
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I have no idea what this is. (June 30 6:24 p.m.)
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Fortunately, the app does panoramas, horizontal and vertical.  Capture whole trees! (July 2 5:01 p.m.)

…On the subject of trees, I captured quite a few bark photos…

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Close-up. (June 26 5:24 p.m.)
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Mossy. (July 4 5:22 p.m.)
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(July 5 3:55 p.m.)

But the collection of organic life photos wouldn’t be complete without the animals. …Sadly, there weren’t many.  They move; the plants don’t.  The first image in the list I could find was a tick I had to remove from my flesh.  But there’s no quality source image, so I’ll just put a link to the post here. …The arachnid photos were more of the spiders.

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Don’t get too many of these around here.  The image is dpi to-scale. (June 27)
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Long-legs. (July 25 6:54 p.m.)
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Partially hidden in the shade. (Aug. 6 2:34 p.m.)

…Don’t forget the plant-eaters…

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Caterpillar. (May 27 5:41 p.m.)
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Praying mantis (probably; someone suggested it’s a grass hopper) (Aug. 21 6:01 p.m.)

…And the plant-eater -eaters (birds)…

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Sea gulls tend to eat human food left around, though… (Aug. 17 4:18 p.m.)

2015 was also the year I saw a humming bird for the first time.  It was strange, alien— this …buzzing object in front of me.  But I had the phone turned away, trying to record thunder (unsuccessfully).  Imagine that, a humming bird during a thunderstorm.

Well, that’s it for this installment.  Next up will be ‘inanimates’— all new uploads. …And if you want to be a fly on the wall, envious of my pictures or process, I have only this to say: be careful what you wish for.

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Fly on the wall. (Dec. 22)
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