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near failure on 365

so my 365 projects has more become a ‘maybe once a week project’. I hope to pick up the photo taking more and more as i go. here are the photos i have taken over the past 2.5 months


there be dragons… made entirely of mosquitos

this weekend was to be a camping weekend.

may is terrible for camping. the temperature is lovely, but many insects share this sentiment. mosquitos, in particular, are around in droves. i don’t know why i ever think it’s going to be better than completely awful.

despite the liberal use of bug spray, 20 minutes of  hiking into bon echo’s backcountry left my arms covered (i mean covered) with mosquito bites. An executive decision was made and the camping weekend abruptly turned into a cottage weekend. we all but ran back to the car and drove the extra hour to the nearby family cottage. at the cottage there were plenty of bugs (as evidenced in the photos below) but the most conspicuous were dragonflies. which is alright by me as they are the kings of the insect world. i had a moment of panic when i thought i had found a asian longhorned beetle, but it turned out to be a white-spotted sawyer beetle. phew.

i’m still really itchy though.

05-31-14 to 05-01-14


new camera – new post

i picked up a new camera this week. save for travel photos, i have neglected my photography in recent years. in large part this is because i have grown sick of lugging around a big DLSR. i  figured i would try out a compact systems camera for a change of pace and picked up the fuji x-m1. so far i’m rather happy with the results. i think i’ll try to take photos daily again. another camera, another 365 project.

trees will likely feature heavily as i’m attempting to expand my tree identification skills and because trees are awesome. bella will also feature heavily, because she’s bella (see below for evidence)

here is 05-27-14-05 to 05-29-14


things i saw today… part deux

The conference and preparing for my presentation occupied most of my time over the past two days, so I have no photos to post. Today, however, field trips were on the CAG docket and i opted for the cape spear to north head hike (a section of the east coast trail)

it rained.

a lot.

or at least what felt like a lot. i and several of the others turned back mid-point, afterwhich the rain (naturally) all but stopped. While stupendous vistas were ruled out by the thick fog, it brought it its own type of beauty. though most of the jaunt was too wet and windy to bring out the camera, i still managed to get a couple of shots. see below