Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Tortoise and Mosquito

The last two weeks have been extremely hectic for me with so much going on. However, I finally received my new camera and have been having a blast taking as many nature photos as I can. The other day I neglected my house work and thought I would go outside and just enjoy the weather, take a little walk, and take some photos. I didn't even make it to the woods, when I saw a tortoiseshell turtle slowly making his way down the hill. He was kind enough to stop a while and let me photograph him.

The mosquitoes were horrible, and I should have sprayed myself down with some Rosemary and Lemon Balm to protect me from their bites. When one landed on my hand as I was photographing the turtle, I thought I would try out my super macro function on my camera. I was really impressed with the way the photos turned out.


  1. Wow, great shots. You can even see the skeeters on the tortoise! Excellent macro feature.

  2. What a refreshing post.;) It is not very often that one stumbles upon a turtle where I live. In fact, never.;)
    Beautiful photography.
    Thank you so much for your visit and kind comment,

  3. hello Kelly! It's been a while! Your really good taking those nature shots. Your site is so refreshing everytime I visit. Didn't know rosemary and lemon balm keeps away mosquitoes I'll do that especially to my kids! thanks for the post Kelly!

  4. I'd say the macro is excellent, but then, it's the photographer that makes it happen!

    Great shots!
    Sorry to hear about your chicken mis-adventures and all the replanting. Ugh!

    How do you take the rosemary and lemon balm and make it into a repellant?

  5. Those are great shots. I can see why you were pleased with the mosquito shot..Wow!! Hugs

  6. Toni, all i do for the mosquito repellent, is take about 6 or 7 or more lemon balm leaves, and quite a few rosemary (about a half of cup). I then pour about a cup of boiling water over the fresh herbs and let it steep for about 20 to 30 minutes and then pour in a spray bottle. You can keep it in the frig in the spray bottle too.
    Sometimes, if im just outside long enough to take care of the herbs, i pinch off a lemon balm leaf or two and rub on my face and arms to keep the mosquitoes away.
    Thank you all for the comments!!

  7. Kelly,
    thanks for the repellent recipe - I'll have to give it a go.

  8. Hello Kelly, this my first visit to your lovely Blog. In answer to your header's question, YES! I always listen to Nature. The photos are great, you have some talent! I'll be back :0) Have a great weekend.


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