Going, going, (almost) gone!

13 10 2008

It’s late in the gardening season, but the Monarchs are still out in full force, flitting from butterfly bush to butterfly bush. I just photographed this one in the front yard a few minutes ago as he worked his way around this cone of flowers, full circle, then flew away when neighborhood kids went (loudly) by and startled him. I’d like to trim back this bush and put the garden to bed for the coming winter, but as long as the Monarchs are around, I’ll have to postpone my pruning duties. I also saw an American Painted Lady.

Check out the Monarch butterfly poster I designed this past spring for Happy Tonics to use as an educational tool to show what native plants will be grown in the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary being developed in Shell Lake, Wisconsin.

You can learn more about Mary Ellen, Happy Tonics, and the Monarch Butterfly Habitat at http://www.happytonics.org/. In addition to utilizing photos from my own archives, other images were provided by Happy Tonics, Jeff Evans (http://evansimagesandart.com), and Brian Loflin (http://www.loflin-images.com/).

Learn more about Monarch butterflies at this site: http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/

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The big three-oh

7 09 2008

30,000 hits, that is (insert celebratory music and confetti here). I celebrated my one-year anniversary on wordpress.com last month and tonight the counter hit 30,000. To celebrate this milestone, I offer my top eleven most-visited posts of all time with the number of hits:

Concrete leaf casting — 1,149

Crafty room divider screen — 806

Color Magic Rose — 715

Spotlight on Abbie — 518

Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth — 456

About — 426

Bionic Woman = Cover Girl — 267

Gigglebean with parrot and sugar glider — 257

Mina Lobata (Spanish Flag) — 233

Napa, Sonoma, and Bodega Bay — 172

Just how many hats does one girl need? — 170

I get such a kick out of reading the “Search Engine Terms” on wordpress.com. These are terms people used to find my blog (or rather, led them to my blog—sometimes I can’t even see the correlation!).

These are just a few of the more recent amusing ones (exactly as they appeared):

poems of loss and bubble (huh?)
beautiful but destructive (alas)
graphic things that say sophia (again, huh?)
yellow ducks foot passion flower (dang, ya’ll, one more passion flower to add to the garden!)
color things (that generic a search and you still found my blog?)
panel screen room divider fish (divider fish…now that’s a concept)
forced bulb flower frog (this, I gotta see)
crochet action photoshop (crochet + Photoshop—now that’s some multi-tasking I could get into!)
spot aquarium heather (I’m looking, I’m looking)
missouri walking stick bug poison to hum (poison to hum?)
green rubber trees logo letterhead & name (now that’s a design concept!)
nat the bug (pat the spider)
hearing loss horse (that would require a rather large hearing aid, fer shure)
little green bug flies fast (most of them do)
honorine + sex (what an interesting combo!)
pinwheel peace (we’ll take it in any shape it comes in, won’t we?)
incredibly beautiful (oh, you don’t mean it)
very fine photo (why, thank you!)
hardly seems (I’m with you on that)
sears photo studio pregnancy (oh, please tell me you didn’t)

Thank you to first-time visitors and all the frequent visitors who stop by to peruse and leave comments. And a special thanks to those of you who refer visitors from your blogs to mine. Muchas gracias, mis amigo(a)s!

Bionic Woman = Cover Girl

7 04 2008

This past Saturday I had the honor of photographing Abbie, who drove down from New Jersey just to be photographed for the cover of the next issue of Hearing Loss Magazine. She brought along her cousin, Patty, who ended up being my right-hand woman during the photo shoot (kudos, Patty, for your art direction, wardrobe selections, and for organizing the wardrobe rack for me!). After getting the requisite cover shots out of the way, we moved on to the “Vogue” sessions. Even though she swears she has never modeled, Abbie took directions beautifully and was such a joy to photograph. The last photo shows Abbie with her cousin (and my extraordinary assistant), Patty. Thanks, Abbie & Patty, for a wonderfully creative day!

Check out Abbie’s blog about her cochlear implant journey here:

Learn more about the Hearing Loss Association of America here:

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