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.








9 comments:

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

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  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,
    xo

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  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!

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  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?

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

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  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!!

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

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  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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Sometimes, when a bird cries out, or the wind sweeps through a tree, or a dog howls in a far off farm, I hold still and listen a long time.
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