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#In Focus Friday – The Praying Mantis

This week we’re going to focus in on the Praying Mantis, an insect species for which I have a great deal of esteem—which is what happens when you give a fifth grader a library card and tell him he can ready any book he likes. I found one with a praying mantis on it and read it cover to cover. Good times.

Unfortunately, I have only had a few occasions with them in the wild, including the one we spotted on our house this past week.

#InFocusFriday – Blue Jay

We had a great opportunity to observe this Blue Jay this past week as well, prompting a second “In Focus Friday” post for the week. We’re trying some new things over here as we try to get our bearings. These photos were also taken around our new home and I was genuinely excited to have an opportunity with a Blue Jay where I could get such clear and beautiful images!

#InFocusFriday – Mississippi Kite

We had a lovely opportunity to photograph our resident Mississippi Kites this past week. We’ve enjoyed watching them as we first worked on and then moved into our new home. The property features some nice perches and is adjacent to several hundred acres of woodlands making it as perfect a home for us as it has been for these raptors. We know that they’ll be migrating away for the winter so we plan on enjoying them while we can and hope to see them again next year!

End of Year Wildlife Print Flash Sale

Over the past two years we have had the opportunity to visit some amazing spaces and photograph so many beautiful plants and animals—it has been a wonderful experience and we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it! Along the way, we decided to print our favorite pictures and, after being stunned …

Rebecca

On May 22nd, we found out that Simon would be coming early. The following is a brief retelling of the 11 days Rebecca spent at the hospital ensuring that, while he was making his debut early, it would be the best debut we could give him in the circumstances.