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A Short Trip To The Reflecting Pool

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Emerald Ripples 91121a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Cool waters flow gently from my mountain and gather in a special place on the edge of my property. I’ve come to think of this spot as my own personal reflecting pool. Now most reflecting pools are synthetic structures of cement, steel or plastic and hold the water captive. Perhaps a fountain that provides a small show at certain times of day is placed in pool and people cast in their small coins to make wishes. But my spot is nature’s handiwork. It ripples and flows. It’s alive and free to come and go as it pleases. In place of a fountain a good spring feeds a small cascade that leaps into the flow. Moss and ferns gaurd it’s boundaries and each season casts it’s tones across the surface. As the season changes from summer into fall the changing leaves with their brilliant hues show up as a blaze on the rippling shoals. And there’s always a form of life here. Sometimes I spot a Heron stalking in the shadows with the water around his legs and sharp eyes that look for the smallest disturbance in the patterns of ripples that indicate his prize is near. The rains will rearrange the stones and causes the ripples to change slightly so that I always have a new flow to explore. Songbirds gather in the shallow pools to bath and play and sometimes even the crows can be found searching the stream for shiny objects to adorn their nests. Butterflies gather on the soft edges and sip the cool water along with their precious salt. And I come here to find a little solitude and enjoy the light as it wades through the ripples.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

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Provisions And Faith

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Far Horizons 91321” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The little skipper butterfly sits quietly on his purple flowers and looks out towards the realm of green laid before his eyes. From his perspective the world has no end. All that he sees is a universe with no borders nested in a small eternity. Because he knows the world was made for him he has confidence that when he launches himself into the air he’ll most likely encounter his provisions that were prepared for his life. His peace comes not from his foreknowledge but from his heart. He has no ancient history or maps made by his forefathers. He simply trusts that his maker has already put everything in place. As the breeze builds up he’s not carried by the wind. Instead he opens his wings and catches it. In spite of his tiny size he wrestles a force of nature into submission and seeks his fortune in faith that it’s already waiting to be found. May we learn such a simple truth our blessings are waiting to be discovered.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

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WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️

Changes

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Silky Dogwood 90521” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The sun sleeps in a little more each day and goes to bed earlier each night. We tend to associate the changes in season with the changes in the weather but that’s really not how it works. The angle of the sun and earth changes slightly and the wavelength of light triggers small changes in everything. The dogwoods are among the first to give us a clue. Their leaves began to turn blood red and signal that their fruit is ripe. The Elderberry like flowers have given way to bright blue berries. The silky dogwood is a native of the Appalachian Mountains but one that’s unfortunately overlooked. The berries are edible but unlike most other dogwood berries they are blue instead of red. Rumor has it that they’re also quite tasty! But tonight my thoughts are about the signal that they send as to the closing of Summer and the time of harvest. And while we expect summer like weather in the next few days the morning is a little cooler and the nights are less humid. The color of the wildflowers is also shifting to yellow and the blue asters are starting to pop up. They say that the only constant in life is changes and so I guess that if you’re seeing changes then it means you still have life to enjoy them.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

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WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️

Forage Friday #124 When In Doubt.

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Ghost In The Woods 91021a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Please remember that Forage Friday is presented as trivia and not to be mistaken for medical advice.

⚠️ I have not positively identified this particular mushroom.⚠️

The old saying is when in doubt, leave it out. I’ve said before that mushrooms are a bit of a weak spot in my knowledge base. The ones that I have experience with I know well. I’ve been able to pick them and smell them and confirm that there’s no dangerous lookalikes or that they exhibit some feature that separates the specimen from all other possibilities. However, I’ve not yet gone after oyster mushrooms. Which is a little odd because they’re one of the top choice forage mushrooms out there. However, most of my knowledge of mushrooms is theoretical. I know that in addition to being edible and flavorful that oyster mushrooms can eventually remove petroleum from the environment. But I just haven’t taken the time to positively identify some and get to know them. Foraging anything new should be approached like a first date. It’s always best to get to know that person before you make any long term commitments. And in the case of mushrooms there’s a good possibility that you’ll spend the rest of your life with it. The danger is that the wrong choice could make the rest of your life a measure of minutes.

In September of 2004 an incident involving the lookalike of oyster mushrooms, the Angelwing mushroom was responsible for a string of deaths in Japan. The 59 victims that died had a history of liver problems and in those cases the rest of their lives worked out to between 13 and 29 days after they first noticed that they were sick. Which leads me to observe that anyone can have an underlying issue that makes a wild edible toxic to them but not others. Up until then the Angelwing mushroom was considered safe to eat and so older references don’t have a warning or if they do it’s not a strong one.

But there’s something going on here that makes me think that this is a oyster mushroom and not an Angelwing. That’s what it’s growing on. You see, the hazardous Angelwing mushroom grows on conifer trees and especially hemlock. The huge mushroom in our photo is definitely growing on a maple tree as seen in the next photo.

Image Titled Ghost In The Woods 91021b.

The small twig emerging from the right of the photo and behind the tree is covered in maple leaves. It’s growing out of the same tree as the mushroom and oyster mushrooms favor hardwoods.

Ghost In The Woods 91021c.

As we can see in the above photo this mushroom has gills and a pretty stout looking stem as well as a pinkish tone. The gills stop at the base of the stem which means it could be an Elm Oyster Mushroom and they are known to grow on maple trees. Elm Oyster isn’t a true Oyster Mushroom but it’s not toxic either. The fungus was growing in a state park and in a spot that was only accessible to me through my lens so I left it alone and didn’t collect any samples for closer study but if you think that you have a positive ID please drop a comment and give me your opinion.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

Click the link below to jump to the Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe.https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/guide-to-mewe/embed/#?secret=GJGnIQEVHc

Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️

The Mini Airshow

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Mid Air Standoff 91021” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Never ignore the small lives that share our world. It took over 100 years of development to produce a fighter jet with the capability of maneuvering like a hoverfly. And even then I believe that the hoverfly could probably teach the F22 a few moves. What I witnessed in the insect world wasn’t as much of a fight as it was two minds with the same great idea attempting to occupy a spot that was too small for both of them. If was really a lot like two people who keep bumping into each other in the tiny aisle of a Walmart. They just had a hard time staying out of each other’s way. They would both land on the top flower but soon one would nudge the other a little and both would spring into the air and fly a dazzling pattern only to end up on the same spot again. Hoverflies may look like bees but they have no sting and no weaponry if any kind that I’m aware of. So they rely on evasive flights with zigzags and tight circles. They can even do high speed 180s that would produce crushing G forces for a human pilot. They’re really marvels of engineering. The wings of a hoverfly beat at 120 beats per second. Compare that with a hummingbird who’s wings top out at only 80 beats per second. The land speed works out to just under eight miles per hour but when you consider that in terms of body length it’s pretty impressive for a creature that’s only about 1/4 of an inch long. That means that the hoverfly can cover over two million times it’s body length in one hour. Usain Bolt is currently the fastest sprinter in the world at 28 miles per hour or 960 times his body length.

Eventually the little hoverflies each found their own flowers to enjoy and the mini airshow ended. But those tiny wings are amazing!

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

Click the link below to jump to the Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe.https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/guide-to-mewe/embed/#?secret=GJGnIQEVHc

Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️