I took these butterfly pics at Deep Cut Gardens, a park in NJ, with my telephoto lens on my Canon T1i. Aren’t butterflies SO beautiful and photogenic?
Photographed my ME
I live near two lakes by my house, and I always see dragonflies flying all over the place. When I first bought myself a Canon, I decided to take a ride over to the lake. I told my husband that I would not leave until I took two photos of the dragonflies. This was quite difficult since dragonflies fly around so rapidly. I managed to take two good photos and I wanted to share! Enjoy!
I know that readers are not mainly interested in reading posts about my pets, but I had to share some photos of my cat, Moe, whom I might add is very photogenic and who loves to get his photo taken. I swear, when I take his photograph, it’s like being at a photo shoot. Moe is an indoor, outside cat and comes and goes as he pleases. Therefore, when it is nice and sunny outside, I love to take pictures of him lounging around in the sun.I know what some of you may be thinking, “Who the heck names their cat, Moe?” (unless of course you are a fan of the three stooges). In my eyes, it is not much of a cat name. To make a long story short, when I first adopted Moe, we thought he was a she. I know. I know. How do you not know whether or not your cat is a girl or a boy? I mean, come on, it is obvious! right? wrong!! The people who we adopted him from said he was a girl, and from what we saw, he definitely was a girl! So, at that time, I decided to name her Molly.
A month had passed, and we noticed that Molly’s demeanor was much more masculine and it was clearly apparent that she was a boy. I know that this whole story may sound a bit stupid or unbelievable, but I guess Moe (Molly at the time) did not start “developing” until he was a month or so older. I then decided to name him Moe, so I was not fully changing his identity too much.lol. Usually, you can tell the sex of your pet right off of the bat, but this was not in Moe’s case. Either way, I love Moe just the same. Girl or boy.
What I have found and learned from being a cat owner is that taking care of a cat is much more easier than taking care of a dog. Moe is a very independent and self- sufficient cat. He pretty much takes care of himself and comes and goes as he pleases. Dogs cannot leave the house without getting hit by a car (this happened to my dog–unfortunately).
I know that cats usually stay either indoors or outdoors, however, Moe chose to have the best of both worlds. When he wants to come in, he meows by the front door. The best is that he does not require a litter box, (because his bathroom is in the woods) and he takes very good care of himself. Now this is all his choice. He is also kind of OCD when it comes to cleaning his coat. Moe’s fur is the cleanest and softest coat you will ever feel! He likes things so clean, that you can find him cleaning our dog’s ears. It is too funny!
On another note, my husband and I have nicknamed, Moe, the “litter police” because he likes to collect litter from around our house and he places it in a neat pile on our stoop. Then he sits on the stoop and stares at you until you pick it up and throw it away.I give the little guy a lot of credit for caring about the environment. The only unfortunate thing about Moe is that, occassionally, he can be found hunting baby animals in which he proudly drops off on our front stoop as a “gift.” I mean, I appreciate his thoughtfulness and all, but really, who wants to see a dead baby rabbit, possum, bird or chipmunk on their front stoop? It totally grosses me out.
One time, Moe exhibited what I would like to call non-cat-like-behavior when he decided to be “giving” with his food that day. It was about 5 in the morning and he had actually brought a “friend” home. Since my cat is what I would like to consider very high-maintenance, he only associates himself with other good looking cats. Oddly, Moe enjoys sharing his food with this stray cat ,which is a very rare breed, and very clean and goodlooking. You never find Moe hanging around with the grungy looking stray cats, only the good looking cats such as himself. I just found it to be quite odd that he shared his food so willingly.Maybe he feels that it was the closest thing he will ever be to a father? Who knows.
During the winter, Moe still wants to go outside. You would think that even on the exceptionally cold days he would want to come inside. No, not him, he is too independent. He chooses to stay warm by sitting directly on the top of the hood of my car. I mean, how strange is that?? How often do you see a cat sitting on the top of the hood of your car?
Sometimes I wonder how he survives outside because he lacks common sense. Recently, it was much more colder than usual and he decided to hide under my car to get more heat, and, as a result, he received an extremely bad burn directly on the top of his head from my exhaust pipe. The poor little guy came running in, whimpering with steam coming directly off the top of his head!He was walking around with a little bald spot, which was both sad and cute at the same time. But this is the life that he wants to live. lol.
Anyway, enough of my rambling on about Moe, I hope you enjoy his pics. Just wanted to show you how beautiful he truly is! (: (they are under photography section)
Last summer, my friend (who is also into photography) asked me to accompany her to a park in New Jersey called “Deep Cut Gardens” to take some photos. At first, I was a little hesitant to go because I didn’t think that I could get any great photos.
When I think of parks, I think of little kids running around screaming, a germ infested playground, a sandbox filled with children, gossiping mothers,miserable babysitters, proud parents, soccer moms, soccer games, ice-cream trucks and ice cream wrappers etc. etc. Oh, and lets not forget that this was in the middle of August and it was nearly 93 degrees outside. So, this was not very tempting at the time!
Then I thought, heck, why not, I could add some photos of families to the good ole portfolio. When we arrived there, I was in awe. It was not like any other typical park, nor was it like any other park that I had ever been to previously.
This park was amazingly beautiful. I mean STUNNING! If you ever have a chance to visit NJ, you must visit Deep Cut Gardens. It is 54 acres of beautiful trees, flowers and green houses. A photographer’s dream! I could not stop snapping photos!
I have attached the link, so check out the photos on the website. I am also attaching two photos of mine that I had taken when I was there.
Enjoy! I hope you embark on the journey to Deep Cut Gardens! It is absolutely gorgeous!
My husband and I currently took a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo, and I decided to bring my camera. Although I am a teacher by day, I love to do photography as a hobby. I especially love taking photos of animals. I was hoping to take some pictures of some interesting animals while I was there.When I came across this animal, I was saddened to read that the Red Panda is an endangered species due to poaching for their fur amongst other reasons. When I saw him, I just wanted to take him home! I fell in love instantly!
I am sure some of you have read or heard about this type of panda before, however, since I do not get out much, I have never heard of this cute little guy. Well, it is not everyday you get to see a Red Panda, so you could imagine how excited I was and photo happy. You would have thought this panda was famous. I felt like I was the papparazzi.My husband was actually getting embarrassed. He’s like “Alright, enough photos, you’re embarrassing me. There are other animals here.” As he was pretending he did not know me.. lol
Anyway…. I decided to look up some information about the Red Panda and here is what I found:
They generally are found in the slopes of the south of the Himalayas and the mountainous forests However, currently the red panda is classified as endangered, with an estimated population of fewer than 2,500 mature individuals. Their population continues to decline due to habitat fragmentation, combined with poaching for their fur, and their low birth rate and high death rate in the wild.called the lesser panda, fire cat, and fat fox (http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Red_panda)
Well, I hope you found the Red Panda as interesting as I do. He was so cute, I just wanted to take him home. Check out my photos and let me know what you think! If you want to go check him out he is at the Philadelphia Zoo.