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Caterpillars Story

This is the story of a caterpillar’s trip across a what Kousa Dogwood blossom.

I like to post images in series or multiples of 3, essentially trying to tell a little short story. That’s why I was excited to find 3 halfway decent images of this caterpillar crawling across this white Dogwood blossom. When I discovered the caterpillar initially, it was sitting at the edge of the dogwood bract essentially where the middle image above shows the caterpillar. I got a couple images of her just sitting there, like trying to decide what she wanted to do. As soon as she started crawling across this bract and over the dogwood flower bunch in the middle, one couldn’t stop her if they wanted. Hmm, makes me wish I’d of slowed the shutter speed down because she raced across those white bracts. I was surprise that I didn’t find any racing streaks. Might be interesting to seeing a blurred caterpillar racing across? Maybe next time.

The story of 3, I hope you enjoy.

Peace

~V

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Marijuana Flower

These are images from the very start of my effort to document different strains of cannabis. The first two I get to create digital images of are the Gorilla Glue #4 and Jack Frost strains. I tied the freshly harvested buds  up under the lights in my studio to let them dry for the next 5 – 7 days. I’ll be taking pictures and documenting along the way. Just like drying any plant. These ladies really have changed the smell around the studio these days. Two large buds cut straight from the plants. The images in this slide show are from the first 3 days of the process. Can you guess which strain is which? The labels are in the captions. Sit make and click on one images to start the slideshow. Some of these images appear somewhat blurry, but pretty decent none-the-less.

If you want high quality digital images of your plant, contact me for rates – kindmuse@gmail.com

Check out these cools images on Fine Art America…

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Enjoy responsibly…

Peace

~V

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Flower Photo Compilation Video 2015

Here’s a video slideshow I put together of the best flower photo images I created throughout 2015. These images were originally posted on my 2 Quote A Flower blog, where I combine original flower images with inspirational quotes from every day people. Visit the blog by following the link above and be sure to become a follower today for daily inspiration over the next year.

The video consists of 74 image and is only approximately 5 1/2 minutes. Hopefully you have a large monitor to view these on, and be sure to set the quality to High Definition.

I want to thank Portland based musician Jon Ransom for arranging the music that accompanies this video. His mellow guitar instrumental music in this video perfectly accents the images you get to see. For more information and music created by Jon, visit his bandcamp page.

Peace

~V

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First Crocus

Vince Ferguson - First Crocus - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – First Crocus – Digital Image

First Crocus I’ve seen this year! I found this wonderful flower bunch while walking down the street this morning. In fact, every year for the at least the last 3 years, this little bunch of flowers in this exact spot has been the first sign I see that signals the beginning of the Spring Flower season. Time to get my camera ready for picture taking.

Why do I take pictures of flowers? Well, first, I just like preserving as many of the amazing varieties of flowers that are out there. But, secondly, for my 2 Quote A Flower blog. if you haven’t visited yet, you should check this blog out by clicking on the link above.

In the mean time, please share with your friends, and prepare yourself for another season of flowers.

Peace

~V

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Calla Lilies in Winter!

These orange, yellow and red Calla Lilies are perfect for viewing on a cold, Winter day.

I haven’t posted any flowers on this blog lately, and I was going through some of the best flowers that I found over the last year and found these Calla Lily images. These aren’t GREAT images, but they are okay. I wish they were a little more in focus. But I’ve cleaned them up a little bit and hope they are as presentable as can be.

When I came across these Calla Lilies, I had never seen any color other than white. I guess there are all sorts of colors, and being a flower photographer, I can’t wait to see different colors. These orange and red flowers are perfect to view on a Winter Day like today.

I hope you like, please share with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V

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Cute Chickadees

In case you missed my previous posts this year regarding this wonderful bird. Here’s another opportunity to check them out. I had a couple opportunities to photograph Chickadees this past year, once at the Heron Haus Bed and Breakfast in Northwest Portland, and another time at Oswald West State Park on the Oregon Coast. Here are some leftover images that haven’t made it onto this blog yet. You can check out the other images by following the links provided above. I hope you like, please share with your friends and family.

Peace

~V

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Small Business Saturday! Here’s How You Can Help This Small Business!

You can help this Small Business on Small Business Saturday. I’m asking for no money, just a little bit of your time.

Followers of this blog with know about the Photographer’s Social Website called Viewbug.com. I’m a part of this Photographer’s social network, where other photographers can receive feedback on images they post, helping them to become a better photographer. Viewbug also enables sponsors to develop photo contests that members can join to win prizes and recognition.

I’m honored that six of my images this year were nominated for the first ever Viewbug Image of the Year Contest. And now, after 2 weeks of public voting, 2 of my initial 6 images have made it into the top 10% of images being voted on. This is way exciting news, and I’m honored that so many of the images I create are being recognized in this way.

It’s not over yet! Voting is still happening on the Viewbug Image of the Year 2014. Can you stop by and help vote? You do not have to be a Viewbug member to vote, just click on the link and you’ll be taken to the voting platform, where you’ll get a chance to vote on all images in this competition. The four images that did not make it into the top 10% yet, are still available for voting as well. Maybe, If I don’t win top recognition, at least I’ll get more images into the top 10%? The four images that have not yet made it into the Top 10% are posted below for ease of reference. I appreciate whatever help you have time to provide. Be sure to visit the voting link today.

Peace

~V

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Freakin’ Awesome!

Vince Ferguson - Chickadee - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – Chickadee – Digital Image

Freakin’ Awesome! Special Announcement!

I just got word that this image took Second Place in the Lifetouch Region 8 Merit Image Contest – Fall 2014! Woohoo! This contest is open to Lifetouch Region 8 employees only, so the field of submitters are all awesome photographers in their own right. I know, I work with many of them.

If you’re a regular follower on this blog, you’ll remember last April I was awarded first place in this same image contest? Check it out here. And over the Summer it was announced that I was a Finalist in the Best in Photography 2014 contest through Photographer’s Forum Magazine. So, it’s been a banner year so far for me this year, and the year’s not even over yet! So, enjoy the images posted on this blog, share with your friends and know that you’re looking at images created by an award winning photographer! I’m so humbled that I get to say that!

It’s a great story surrounding the creation of this image I call Chickadee, you can refresh your memory of it by visiting the Charming Cheerful Chickadees.

Peace

~V

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Harvest 2014

As I’ve probably said before, one of my favorite things to do is walk around my neighborhood and find things that will make cool images. This week’s post features images from such a trek. Pumpkins in the neighborhood! The first image is of some pumpkins left over from last year. Now that’s what I call a Rotten Jack. The second two images are this year’s crop of orange squash.

The pumpkin is a squash, which is a vegetable. Yummy pumpkin pie is a great Autumn tradition. But pumpkin soup with a little curry included makes a delightful treat. The pumpkin is native to North America, with the earliest seeds ever found for this interesting vine was found nearly 10,000 years ago near present day Mexico City. It’s become a tradition to carve drawing into a pumpkin and lite them providing a lighted path to follow as the days grow shorter approaching Winter. An astonishing 1.5 BILLION Lbs of pumpkins are grown, predominantly in the US State of Illinois, but also in Indiana, Ohio and California. The pumpkin has been historically pollinated by the Squash Bee, which is currently experiencing a decline in population, due to pesticide use in growing pumpkins. Imagine a Halloween without the pumpkin? It may be coming soon.

Please share this post with your friends and family.

Peace

~V

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Rocky Butte Falcon

Well, these aren’t awesome images, but they are pretty good, and very telling of the fact that I need another zoom lens. These images are blurry because I’ve zoomed in and cropped them from the original image that I created with my camera. I was at Rocky Butte in Portland, OR to find images of the Super Full Moon rising on the horizon behind Mount Hood. But the clouds on the horizon interfered with that endeavor, by blocking out Mount Hood. Still got some good images that I’ll probably share here one day, but this Falcon was flying around and these are the best images I could find. It was fun watching her flying around probably looking for dinner.

I hope you enjoy these images also, please share this post with your friends and companions.

Peace

~V

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Sensational Sunflowers

Well, I’ve certainly accumulated a good amount of Sunflower images this Summer. It seems that, like Dahlias and Zinnias right now, Sunflowers are all over the place? And the bees seem to really like Sunflowers? That’s probably normal, I just don’t remember actually seeing so many bees swarming around the Sunflower in the past?

The sunflower is the official Kansas State Flower. The only reason I know that is because I spent some time living in Kansas a few years back. These images are not from Kansas, they are indeed found while out on my several walks around Portland, OR so far this Summer. Hope you like these images and why not have a few Sunflower Seeds while viewing.

Please be sure to share with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V

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Stargazing Lilies

Stargazing Lilies have to be my favorite in the lily family? They are extremely beautiful and is a hybrid Lily in the Oriental group. The flower first came into existence in 1974 and California lily breeder Leslie Woodriff is credited with have founded this flower. It’s toxic to cats only and can cause many uncomfortable ailments for them. I always look forward to seeing this flower in the late Summer. I always seem to remember where the Stargazing Lilies are in my neighborhood. I like returning every year to see what kind of changes happened over the previous year. These flowers don’t really change much.

I hope you like this week’s post, please be sure to share with your friends and family. Look for more great images of flower at my 2 Quote A Flower blog, or by visiting back next Friday.

Peace

~V

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Charming Cheerful Chickadees

I was out at Oswald West State Park on the Oregon Coast a couple weeks ago. My friends and I needed to take a break from the Summer Heat in Portland, so headed to the coast for our regular hike, where the day reach a crisp high of 62 degrees. It was a great comfortable hike. I’ve been out to Oswald West before, in fact, two of my great friends got married to each other on Short Sands Beach in the park, nearly a year ago. Here are a couple posts that I made last year featuring images from that wedding – Rings and Feet. It’s one of my favorite places on the coast. I’ve explored the North side of the park many times, so this time, I wanted to head South and explore that area for a bit. There are many old growth evergreen trees in this section. The trail we were on is part of the Oregon Coast Trail System, which I guess is a trail that follows the entire coast of Oregon. Towards the end of the trail, the trees give way to an open prairie on top of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This is where we undoubtedly got a little too close to a nest of chickadees?  Because, all of a sudden there’s all these chickadees flying around us, and one in particular just chirping away, keeping her eye on us. It allowed me to take several pictures of these charming birds. Here are two of my favorites. Hope you like also?

Be sure to check out my previous post of Chickadees by visiting the link, just click on the word.

 

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Bees Love Purple Poppies

Most of the images of flowers that I find and create, believe it or not, I find simply by walking around my neighborhood in Portland, OR. I like to walk around different neighborhoods around town on occasion, but obviously my neighborhood gets more visits from my camera than many other neighborhoods. It’s just easier to go for a morning or evening walk within the neighborhood, then it is to get out to other neighborhoods, or even to flower farms, which I still like to do, but don’t get to do very often.

One of my favorite places to visit in my neighborhood is the Portland Nursery on SE Stark Street. Obviously, wouldn’t they usually have great flowers to find images of? In between the street and the parking lot, they’ve created a beautiful flower garden filled with many, many different varieties of flowers. That is where I found the images in today’s post. On this particular morning this one grouping of purple poppies was receiving a lot of attention from the local bees, so within about 10 minutes, I had so many images of flowers and bees, I didn’t know what to do with them. It was kind of overwhelming going through the images upon my return home. But go through them I did and found these images that I think are well deserved to be presented out to the public. What do you think? Like this post if you like the images and be sure to share with your friends and connections.

Be sure to visit some of these other great posts I’ve made in the past featuring the beautiful Poppy Flower…

Colorful Poppy Stamens

Perfectly Perfidious Poppies

Precious Poppies

Summertime Flowers, Pt. 2

Peace

~V

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Summertime Swallowtails

I was reading a book in Laurelhurst Park the other day, at one point I looked up and saw this Swallowtail Butterfly flying around nearby. At first, I didn’t realize I had my camera with me, because I was so engrossed in the book I was reading – The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by Haskell, David George unknown edition [Hardcover(2012)] After a time, I finished the chapter I was on, looked up and saw the Butterfly again. It was at that time that I remembered, I brought my camera with me, since I was hoping to find some images of the many squirrels that roam the park. Ha, it was time to try and find some good images of the solitary Swallowtail swarming around the brush. These images are so-so, I know, but decent none-the-less.

I hope you like this week’s images, please share with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V

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Incredible Iris Macros

Here are a few of my favorite macro images from the beautiful Iris flower. These images were created this year during my walks around the neighborhood. I always feel like I’m invading the privacy of the very pretty flower. The flower in itself is pretty, but many of them magically become be more gorgeous when a petal is moved ever so slightly to reveal the hidden stamens and carpels. Plus the colors depicted in these particular images really brings out the natural goodness of these beauties.

Be sure to come back next week for more images of flowers and other odds and ends found around Portland, Oregon. Remember to share this post with your friends and connections.

You can also find prints of these image by visiting my Viewbug profile titled Emerald Studio Photography.

Peace

~V

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Chickadees

The Black-capped Chickadee to be exact. This little garden bird can be found all over North America. It’s a very common bird found roaming around the backyard or garden just about everywhere. This little bird is the state bird for both Maine and Massachusetts. I found these guys bathing themselves in a rock fountain, in the back yard of the Heron Haus Bed and Breakfest in NW Portland.

The third image in this little collection is actually a close up cut out of the second image in this collection. While looking at these images at home after I found them, The second image in particular didn’t require a lot of touch up, but at one point while looking at it, I zoomed in to find the third image in this collection. I thought it was looking pretty cool – I went from a cool landscape image of a bird bathing into an abstract painting. The burred flapping wings add to this abstract nature.

I hope you like these image also, please remember to share this post with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V

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Sand In Abstract

A friend and I were out at the beach a few weeks back. Any chance to visit the beach is a pleasant experience, we were challenged on this particular visit by the wind blowing from off the coast. It made for some unpleasant stinginess as the wind picked up the sand and blew it into our face. It made wanting to lay on the beach a difficult experience. However, turning and unpleasant situation into a positive, I was able to find some decent images of the wavy sand, cool shadows, and footprints in the sand. I hope you like? Please share this post with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V

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Precious Poppies

Be sure to visit the other Poppy images on the Emerald Studio Photo Blog

Colorful Poppy Stamens

Perfectly Perfidious Poppies

Summertime Flowers, Pt. 2

Thanks for stopping by to check out these images. Be sure to share this blog with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V

 

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More Resplendent Roses to Review

Vince Ferguson - Rose Panoramic - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – Rose Panoramic – Digital Image

I found more Rose flower images yesterday during a brief hike through the Kings Heights Neighborhood and had to share just in time for the Rose Festival 2014. The image I want to present is not the yellow rose above, the new rose images are below, if you are viewing this in Facebook, click on the link to see the image. I hope you like, be sure to share with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V