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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 budsĀ  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

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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