What Came First, the Picture or the Post?

I've taken on average over a thousand pictures a month since the beginning of the year when I bought my new camera. Of course, many of these pictures have been deleted; ah, the beauty of digital! Some pictures I take with a post in mind, such as the pictures of no-knead bread in various stages to accompany the recipe. Other times I shoot just for the sake of taking pictures, only to find that a post develops from a single picture, or a series of pictures tell a story, like the magic tent.

Then there are other pictures that are just completely random. Pictures that capture a moment or convey a message or just make me laugh. Some of these pictures make their way to flickr, while others stay on my media card, taking up space while I wonder what to do with them. Well, it is time to make room on my media card (after all I've a thousand pictures to take this month), so I've decided to just share some random photos today.

happy face, dirty window

See the smiling face? I really need to wash my windows, but how could I destroy such precious art?

what's up chicken butt

Sorry Jenny, I just couldn't help myself. I had to take a picture of your butt. You have beautiful tail feathers.

saving it for later

My brother-in-law's stogy, which he no doubt finished smoking on his way home.

more bugs mating

I know bugs deserve privacy too, but once again, I couldn't help myself.

menage a-trois, lizard style

OK, obviously I have a fascination with the private lives of critters. The other day I was laying on the hammock, minding my own business, when I heard a rustle in the weeds. I called to Avery to bring me my camera, then the kids and I spent several hours watching the lizards conduct their business. Another fine homeschooling moment.

I have a strong feeling my mom has her feet pulled up off the ground after seeing the last picture - sorry Mom! Aren't you glad they aren't snakes?

To all of you who patiently read and thoughtfully commented on my recent posts about being sick and yelling at my poor child, thank you! It hasn't been the best week, but your kind words certainly made it better. I promise more interesting topics in the future, at least until the next time I get sick. Have a wonderful weekend friends!


  1. You and I must think alike, I saw similar bugs "going at it" and I would have taken a picture except they flew away too quickly! (fingers snapping)

    The random ones are special ones and I have a bunch, too, that I am not sure what to do with. Too cute to delete and not exactly print-worthy.

    Wish I was there to watch the lizards with you!

  2. I too tried to take pictures of dragonflies mating, as well as bumble bees. I failed. About yesterday's post, I love what you said about those who have never yelled. Brilliant. I strive to pass Go and be that perfect mom but am not her. It is a good thing to strive for. Glad you're feeling better.

  3. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos. It's good to know that I am not the only mom who's windows look like that. :) Blessings.

  4. oh. i forgot. i need to start implementing a two month disc for photos....before i know it december will be upon us and i will have a trazillion photos and feel completely overwhelmed. thanks for the reminder.

  5. Those are great random pictures....how do you get so lucky to be in the right place at the right time to catch so much animal "business time"? That is cracking me up!

    Happy weekend, and Happy Mothers Day to you!!

  6. AnonymousMay 10, 2008

    There were 3 lizards in that picture. I have to ask, how do you turn that into a homeschooling project??? Well you see kids sometimes friends are invited. Sorry I had to. You can delete me if you need to.


  7. AnonymousMay 11, 2008

    You certainly have an active backyard!

    Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

  8. AnonymousMay 12, 2008

    ahahahah, you make me laugh. These are adorable. I'm glad you take pictures just for the sake of taking them.

  9. Great post! Although I worry about you some times, I don't remember telling you about the "birds and the bees" quite that way....I think your teaching methods are great!

  10. AnonymousMay 14, 2008

    Yes, my feet were up! If there are snakes in the future, please warn me before you post.


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