When I got home today, I thought to myself "I should go take some pictures." It was a beautiful, sunny, not-too-hot afternoon, and some of my favorite flowers are in bloom right now.
Now, it can be a gamble for good photos when I tell myself that I "should" go take some pictures. Even when I have a specific idea or concept that I'm trying to capture, it's still pot-luck, but the "I should do this" thought tends to stifle creativity and my photographic "eye." Still, I thought I would give it a try. After all, practice only makes you better. Armed with my tripod, I set out on a little photo safari just across the road. I was rewarded for my efforts.
Ohio DNR website for helping me with the ID - it would seem that a butterfly field guide may be the next one to add to my ever-growing collection of field guides).
I'll be honest, dragonflies gross me out a little bit. I don't know why, they just do. However, I became less grossed out by them when we were on vacation up in Michigan a few weeks ago and we actually witnessed dragonflies hatching at lake's edge. I even let one walk around on my hand. Maybe it was the physical contact that helped make them less gross - after all, I didn't get cooties from it or anything! Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of the hatching.
To think, I almost didn't go outside to take any pictures today! I'm glad I listened to my gut and just got out there.