The Fly

Every now and again the mister and I enjoy a good cheesy sci-fi movie.   The 1958 Original Version The Fly certainly falls in that category.   I can’t help but remember that high-pitched squeal Help Me! Help MEEEEE!

Perhaps a little less scary, but equally intriguing – this macro shot I took of a fly on my Asian Pear tree.


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lovely little drops

I headed out early this morning with the macro lens looking for inspiration.  The dogwood trees are just beginning to bloom, in my Virginia Garden.

Light misting and dew formed lovely little drops on the tips of the buds.  I captured the dogwood blooms and trees in the background in these drops.


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not just a weed


Macro shot of raindrops on thistle leaves. A magical look into the world of details. I took this photo on March 3,2012 in my Virginia Garden.

You might think of thistles as thorny weeds, but many varieties have lovely flowers and some, like the artichoke, are edible. The milk thistle produces seeds from it flowers that have medicinal properties. Many thistle species belong to the large plant family Asteraceae, which includes not only asters but also sunflowers and other cultivated flowers. Courtesy ehow



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not so patiently

For three years, I waited not so patiently for the transplant I received from my father to bloom.

Finally this past week I was rewarded.

Some folklore from Wiki

Several legends surround the hellebore; in witchcraft it is believed to have ties to summoning demonsHelleborus niger is commonly called the Christmas rose, due to an old legend that it sprouted in the snow from the tears of a young girl who had no gift to give the Christ child in Bethlehem.

In Greek mythologyMelampus of Pylos used hellebore to save the daughters of the king of Argos from a madness, induced by Dionysus, that caused them to run naked through the city, crying, weeping, and screaming.

During the Siege of Kirrha in 585 BC, hellebore was reportedly used by the Greek besiegers to poison the city’s water supply. The defenders were subsequently so weakened by diarrhea that they were unable to defend the city from assault.