Rock, Flowers, Snake

Yesterday I had the most views I’ve ever had in one day since I started this blog; 48 visitors and 314 views (that’s more than 6 views per visitor). I’m not sure if it has to do with my Viable Paradise acceptance (fellow attendees checking out the ancient relic who will share a week with them) or some other anomaly. Regardless, no more likes or comments than I normally get, so I think it were automated searches or some other web crawler ticking up the counter.

Totally unrelated, I took photos of rocks in my yard, flowers in my yard, and a snake in my yard.

June 2015 Rocks and Flowers and spiders

June 2015 Rocks

I have medium to large rocks separating the yard proper from the road. The rocks have interesting textures, and I occasionally go out and photograph a few.

June 2015 Rocks

June 2015 Rocks

June 2015 Rocks

June 2015 Rocks

The thinking here is to eventually create texture files . . . good plan, but it has yet to be carried out.

I’ve let this Salsify plant live in the hopes of capturing one of the seed balls, but the flower is also not bad.

June 2015  Flowers

June 2015 Flowers

June 2015  Flowers

June 2015 Flowers

By the way, as usual, click for larger view, or go to SmugMug gallery HERE for full-size versions.

Can’t think of the name right now, but . . . 

June 2015 Flowers

June 2015 Flowers

These next ones are Chives . . . 

June 2015 Flowers

June 2015 Flowers

June 2015 Flowers

June 2015 Flowers

June 2015 Flowers

June 2015 Flowers

This still-small crab spider tried to keep its backside toward me. It was successful, and I wonder if it thought that by it not seeing me I would not be able to see it.

June 2015 Flowers and spiders

June 2015 Flowers and spiders

But, back to the rocks . . . sometimes when I head out to get the mail I spend a few minutes searching for interesting rocks for me to eventually photograph.

June 2015 Rocks

June 2015 Rocks

June 2015 Rocks

June 2015 Rocks

June 2015 Rocks

June 2015 Rocks

June 2015 Rocks

June 2015 Rocks

By the way, have you ever heard of the Night Witches? Me neither, but it’s an interesting article. Worth a read, I say.

Here are some of the flowers we bought for our pots.

June 2015 Flowers

June 2015 Flowers

June 2015 Flowers

June 2015 Flowers

June 2015 Flowers

June 2015 Flowers

June 2015 Flowers

June 2015 Flowers

And here’s another view of the baby crab spider . . . 

June 2015 Flowers and spiders

June 2015 Flowers and spiders

Although not especially giddy, I can’t help but be somewhat affected by the enthusiasm of my fellow VP19 attendees. Understand, I am looking forward to it, but I am somewhat surprised at the effusive anticipation they express. 

Many see it as a turning point in their lives. I suppose it could be for some of us, but I also think that most of them being a lot younger than I am (I’m curious if I’ll be the oldest one there) has a lot to do with it; if it is a transformative event, it will have far longer consequences for them than it will for me. 

Here; another rock and a surprise.

June 2015 Rocks

June 2015 Rocks

June 2015 Rocks and what I think is a Familiar Bluet

June 2015 Rocks and what I think is a Familiar Bluet

June 2015 Rocks and what I think is a Familiar Bluet

June 2015 Rocks and what I think is a Familiar Bluet

I actually managed a good closeup after chasing it around for a bit.

June 2015 Rocks and what I think is a Familiar Bluet

June 2015 Rocks and what I think is a Familiar Bluet

Where is the snake, you ask? Why, in the rocks, of course. It blended in pretty well (this is a close-up).

June 13, 2015 Snake

June 13, 2015 Snake

It’s a common Garter Snake. Not a small one either.

I knew it was around, so I found him relatively easy . . . but even if I had not been looking, I might have noticed the other end of it.

June 13, 2015 Snake

June 13, 2015 Snake

This next photo is a compilation of a number of shots. The original can be seen at full resolution in the SmugMug Gallery.

June 13, 2015 Snake Skin

June 13, 2015 Snake Skin

There is no particular point to the post; I just had some photos I played with and wanted to share.

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26 Responses to Rock, Flowers, Snake

  1. Love the flowers Emilio :)

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  2. Inspiring selection of captions there. Must have taken you a hellish long time to think of them.

    The night witches article was good. Really enjoyed it. Good captions too ;)

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    • disperser says:

      Some time ago I had stopped(mostly) putting caption on the photos because WordPress would “lose” them. However, recently I’ve taken to adding a description to the Meta Data when I download the photos from the camera, and it shows up as the caption when the photos get to WordPress.

      I usually delete it, but I’ve noticed it helps space the photos apart from each other (I usually do that manually) and so now I will likely leave them in there.

      As for originality, I would have thought my unique style of prose would suffice for most people; was not thinking I needed to exhibit cleverness with the caption but will keep it in mind.

      And yes, the Night Witches article brought to light yet another chapter of WW II I was not familiar with.

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  3. oneowner says:

    I shoot rocks, too! And flowers! And no model release required!

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  4. sandra getgood says:

    You have an interesting yard….
    ..and the ability to make see what we would otherwise miss. I particularly liked that little spider, and I’m usually not particularly fond of spiders. But I liked that one.

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    • disperser says:

      Thanks; the spider was especially shy; no matter the angle I would try to photograph it, it would turn away, mooning me.

      . . . cheeky spider . . . (yes, that’s a pun of sorts)

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  5. I’ve been hoping to see a snake to photograph but we don’t have too many around here. We had a rubber boa in our yard 3-4 years ago but it crawled in a hole before I could get my camera to photograph it. Haven’t seen a snake since. They have rattlers in eastern Oregon but I’m not going to go in search of them.

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    • disperser says:

      I’ve been trying to capture it whenever I see it in the open, but it’s surprisingly fast. Plus, even when I’m right over it as it “hides” in a shrub, it has an ability to disappear. I’m looking right at it, and then it moves, and even though I keep an eye on the surrounding area, next thing I know it’s under another shrub ten feet away.

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  6. Ranger says:

    As always great photos. Particularly liked the garter snake. Interesting it says that they prefer to be near water, do you have stream near you? Also slightly horrified that the record for live births from one garter snake is 98. Imagine carrying that around for 3 months!

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    • disperser says:

      There is no stream near us, and the nearest body of water is about a half a mile away.

      We’ve had a wet spring, and that might account for its presence here, but I’ve seen them in previous years when we had droughts. However, everyone here waters their lawn, so water would not be a problem.

      . . . and I can’t imagine carrying even one, be it human or snake. And I won’t mention to Melisa that there could be 100 baby snakes running around.

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  7. Eddy Winko says:

    Giddy, great word, has to be a favourite of mine, it just sounds right for it’s meaning.

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  8. What beautiful captures, Emilio! :-) Love flowers! And the rocks! :-)
    Butt, maybe that crab spider realized her photo would end up on the internet, so she was giving you her best side! ;-) :-P
    Love the FB bug! He is so long and so handsome! :-)
    Glad you are looking forward to VP! Maybe the giddy will come after you get there. ;-) Or you could just leave the giddy to giddy-people. :-)
    It’s weird…we had snakes when I was a kid…held them, caught lizards for them to eat, etc. But, now I’d prefer the snakes don’t come near my house. But, once in awhile, one does.
    HUGS!!! :-)

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  9. disperser says:

    I’m not particularly fond or afraid of snakes, but like with every wild creature, I prefer not to bother it or have it bother me.

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  10. ATaylor says:

    Great pictures.

    You could be very well be the oldest at the workshop in the fall, but it looks like a lot of us are decidedly middle-age. I think some of us are giddy at the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people.

    Personally, most turning points in my life were only realized in hindsight. This could be one, it may not.

    Look forward to meeting you in the fall.

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    • disperser says:

      Thanks; it’s my other interest.

      As for the workshop, don’t get me wrong; I look forward to the experience, but I almost feel guilty that my reaction to being accepted is less . . . not sure what the word is (I should ask a writer). Let’s just say that reading some of the responses surprise me with their incredible energy and excitement.

      Again, I expect to learn something about my writing and writing in general, and perhaps it’s just my nature to moderate my expectations. On the other hand, I don’t think a five-day class is all it will take for me to write publishable material and actually have it published. But that is exactly the expectation put forth by some past attendees, and that is the undertone I read in the posts from VP19 attendees. That is also the tone I hear from attendees to other workshops.

      Damn. It sounds like I’m dissing the workshop. I am not. Almost everything I read and heard about it is overwhelmingly positive. But by the same token, I don’t want to raise my own expectations to the point where I might be disappointed if I don’t walk away as another Hemingway in the making.

      My muted response may also be due to the fact I’m older, and I’ve learned few things ever live up to the hype. Plus, this is my first ever writing class/seminar/workshop/group and I don’t know what to expect. Listening to interviews and podcasts confirms the positive experience, but no one (that I know of) has put into words the specific transformative factor(s) responsible for the supposed leap in writing ability/marketability.

      What I do understand very well is the camaraderie of a (relatively) small group and the benefits of mutual support and encouragement. Most attendees remain in contact, encourage each other, help each other, become beta or alpha readers for each other, and essentially form a community. Perhaps not for everyone, but for many who previously attended.

      As I said, I look forward to the experience, I look forward to absorbing whatever can help me in my craft, I look forward to meeting others with the same drive and aspiration, and most of all, I look forward to someone quantifying my writing (be it good or bad).

      So, yes; looking forward to meeting you as well . . . I don’t think the above would have fitted in a Tweet.

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  11. PiedType says:

    I keep expecting to see ancient pictographs on that first rock …

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  12. Are those rocks with the rust colour indigenous or have you brought them in to decorate the garden? I like your garter snake. Amelia

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  13. AnnMarie says:

    The lovely chives and artistic rocks are great inspiration, not so the spider and snake. Creepy crawlies are not my thing.

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    • disperser says:

      One must learn to embrace the totality of life’s experiences.

      . . . then again, I don’t like most people, so I’m probably not the best source of that kind of advice.

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