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Blue Morphos

While in South Dakota, I went to a Butterfly House and Aquarium. I have many, many pictures, but blue morpho butterflies have been my favorite since I was little. They’re so vibrant. I had never seen so many blue morphos in one place before! Unfortunately, these four pictures were the only clear ones I could get, as they insisted on constantly flitting about the place. And I’m pretty sure the last three pictures are of the same butterfly. Which is fine by me. I was happy to have at least one poser.


Winter Leaves


Thorns and Spheres

I know I said a couple weeks ago that the Midwest is completely dead during the winter season. Well. Nature proved me wrong, as it so often does.

Clouded Rays

Bookmark Contest 2011


I was rummaging through some old papers, and I found this, so I decided to put this up for Sketching Sunday. I drew this back in 2011 as a part of a bookmark contest for our local library. The theme was “Picture It,” so I went with the imaginings of a young lady as she read her superhero story. Unfortunately, I didn’t win or place. Nevertheless, I was proud of it. Especially with how the rocks turned out.

The Butterfly Dragons


“I just wish they weren’t so afraid of the camera. It’s the only way I ever get to see them,” Aesilver lamented. She sighed and propped her chin in a hand, rose gold hair settling around her long, pointed ears. Her elbows rested on the wooden railing also supporting her camera, but she jutted her hips enough that her decorative bells jingled.

“What are you even talking about?” Calena tossed her lavender bangs from her face, trying to get a better view of the simulated lush environment. Her dangling earrings clinked in response. “This is a botanical gardens. There are no creatures here. You’ll need to go to the zoo.”

Aesilver threw her head back. “Were you not listening to me at all? It took the hover tram two hours to get here. I was explaining the whole way.”

The other elf shrugged. “I guess I tuned it out. All I want to see is the diamond flower. It’s supposed to be the only living plant left in existence.”

“Mm. It is a pity the humans decimated the plant life. Everything is artificial now. Even the animals can only be found in zoos anymore. But that’s to be expected from a race who only values currency.”

Calena played with her holographic phone. “Don’t knock it. Currency is what keeps us living like the princesses we are. Now shut up and tell me what it is you’re trying to find, so we can go look at the diamond flower.”

“The butterfly dragons!” Aesilver lifted the slender camera to her silver eyes. “Be quiet so they’ll come out.” After a few moments of silence, she gasped. Repeatedly smacked her friend’s arm.

Two dragons, no bigger than a fairy butterfly, flitted about the richly colored flowers. Searching for synthesized nectar. Their dainty bodies were patterned exactly off the insects, and there was nothing fearsome about them. In fact, they were thought to be extinct. But they could occasionally be seen in the botanical gardens by a lucky visitor.

Leaning over the railing, Calena squinted. “I don’t see them.” She swatted away the other’s hand. “Stop hitting me.”

Aesilver held the camera display in front of her. Eager to see her pictures. As she scrolled through, she frowned.

“Oh, no…what?”

“I didn’t get any of them.” Her rose gold lips pouted. “We’ll have to wait until they find the courage to come out again. I don’t know why they didn’t show up in any of the pictures. I had it on rapid capture.”

Calena groaned. She allowed her head to fall onto the railing, lavender braids falling around her porcelain face. “We are going to be here forever!”

Ice Lichen

Today’s Photography Tuesday brings us ice crystals off my Wrangler from a blistering cold of a morning. The way they formed reminded me of lichen, and lichen is one of my favorite things to photograph. 

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