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Trying to Read

August 19th, 2008 · No Comments

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The trouble with the book that I’m reading is that it makes me stop reading so I can go out and see the nature around me. The book, Digital Nature Photography Closeup by Jon Cox, inspires me to capture the beauty that lays out of doors. I could read only a couple of pages before it inspired me to see what’s out there today.

This morning I picked it up again while I was sitting at my dining room table applying ice to the painful bee sting that I got yesterday. At the time it seemed like a good idea.

But I needed to start working on my article due tomorrow, which I have to finish today, because tomorrow I hope to make a long hike in the Rockies. Today, like most Tuesdays and Thursdays this summer, my schedule is to get my exercise in my resistance training class. Of course, just like you can’t be too or too thin, you can’t be too fit.

First, I walked around Tantra Lake in my continuing and so far fruitless search for the elusive turtles. After going to the drugstore for some hydrocortisone anti-itch creme, I walked around the lake again and didn’t even see any frogs.

So I walked over to the undeveloped University of Colorado property next door. I headed straight to the lake there, because I was sure to find insects.

I found lots of these pretty blue bugs that I have seen every time I go to that lake. But I still don’t know their name:

Pretty, But Nameless

Pretty, But Nameless

The surprise was this butterfly with two sets of wings. These butterflies stay in the air so much that I have not been able to get a shot of them before. Today I got only this one shot. But it was enough:

Four Wings

Four Wings

From now on I’m going to have to read the nature photography closeup book only after dark. I’m less tempted to go out then.


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