Tell me a Story: June 2017

It is so hard to believe that we are halfway through the year already.  For this months blog post, I wanted to do something different.  After all the rain the wetlands was not a place I wanted to visit.  Hot, sticky and mosquito’s come to mind.  So I decided to go to the Butterfly House…, sticky, mosquitos!!! Add to the equation birds that poop on you.  It was a fun day.  I had to go and wash my shirt and ended up leaving my cellphone in the bathroom.  Thank you Lord for honest people.  All in all it was an eventful day.

Here are just some of the many images I took of the butterflies.  For this shoot I took 4 lens and ended up only using the Macro.

I hope you enjoy some of nature’s beautiful creatures.

Tree Nymph




Piano Key


Piano Key


Butterfly selfie


White Morpho


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail


I think this is part of the Longwing family


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail


Thank you for joining me for this month’s Tell me a Story.    This is a circle blog.  Please take time to visit my fellow blogger LUPJi Photography | North Virginia Events Photographer and see what he has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

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Share Six: January 2017: Music

Hard to believe that it is 2017.  The past year just flew by. Katherine of Cobert Photography has chosen Music as the theme for January. Tough one for me.  I am not a musician, we have no musical instruments in the house and I have not been to any events recently where music was involved.  Unless I photograph Richard setting up his playlists for his phone to play through his new blue tooth speaker. There is nothing musical about that. However, I was reminded of an event we had a couple of years ago when I first started out taking photos.  So I pulled them up and went through a re-edit process.

One staff luncheon we were treated to a hour of musical delight. My work colleague and her husband are musicians.  Jane does a lot of “Elvis” cruises with a prominent cruise line, and Dave is a quiet soul, whom if you met him, would not make you think that he had this stunning voices that range from Elvis, to Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, to my all time favorite UB40.  They also have a ministry of visiting the elderly and singing to them.  I love that this brings great joy not only to Dave and Jane but also those that they minister to.  Jane mentioned to me at the time that they do not have an opportunity to change their costumes, so they interchange with hats and sunglasses, scarves and such items.

Here is my share on the topic Music.  I look forward to seeing yours.

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They started off with an all time favorite of mine “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole. With the piano music starting out, almost big band in the background, add the smoothness of Dave’s voice and the pure joy on their faces and you know that you are in for a treat.

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Then moving on to “Fly me to the Moon”, by Old Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra., and I am reminded of the days when I pulled out my mother’s vinyl LP’s and enjoyed this type of music.  I loved the feeling of being brought just a little closer to my folks memories in that moment.

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“You’ll never find” by Lou Ralls has Dave’s voice dropping to a crooning and you are drawn into this jazzy style of music with a bit of an upbeat background.  Throw in a little bit of Stevie Wonder with this song “You are the sunshine of my life”, and your feet are tapping and your head is nodding, and the audience’s faces have lightened up and their smiles are beaming.  Looking at Dave and Jane, you can surely feel that this is what Dave is feeling.  Jane is in fact a bundle of sunshine, who will light up a room as she walks into it.

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The highlight of the day was when Jane picked up the saxophone and treated us to an amazing rendition of “Moonglow”  Wow!! Big Band and sax  – what can I say.  What a pleasure to listen to.  I knew she played the sax but it took my breath away.  She was amazing.

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One of my all time favorites was and Elvis Presley song.  I am really familiar with it sung by UB40.  “I can’t help falling in love with you”  With the deep voice of Elvis, add the sunglasses and the sparkly jacket and I am there rocking side to side and just loving hearing this beautiful song.  I am reminded that my version that I grew up with had a slightly reggae feel to it.

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“Take my hand, my whole life to because I can’t help falling in love with you”                     (Elvis Presley & UB40)

What a coup!  Young and old, we were all entranced in the performance, the versatility, and the love that these two amazing people share.  It is definitely time to stop by and listen to them again.

Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six.  This is a circle blog. Please take time to visit my friend Kim of Kim Sidwell Photography and see what she has for you this month.  Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on their page as well.

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Now it is your turn. Don’t forget to like us on facebook at Share Six and come and share your images on the theme Music throughout the month of January.  A new theme will come out on February 6.

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We look forward to seeing your images on the theme Music