A Day With The Salt Miners

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Salt Miners 40621” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

As my big blue truck eases gently to the wide spot on the country road the air suddenly fills with golden wings. I had tried not to disturb their work but I guess that I had overestimated their tolerance for incursion. However, a few dedicated individuals continue to diligently siphon the mud for a precious mineral prize. The Swallowtail butterfly actually has an economy of sorts. Like many West Virginia natives they are miners. The male spends several hours per day collecting salt and storing it in special organs to use as a dowry for his mates. And though I spotted a few females waiting on the edge of the forest for a male to make an offer all of the ones working in the mud are males. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail male is always yellow but the females are black with even darker stripes that you can only see in the right light. And as rudimentary as their economy is it takes more than being the highest bidder to win the approval of the females. The male will have to also pass a rigorous test of aerobics to prove that his genes are worthy of being passed on. She will lead the courtship dance. She’ll test his speed and agility by leading him on a merry chase in the wind. I’ve even seen them engage in what fighter pilots call a “High yo-yo” where the lead flips into a loop and ends up behind the pursuer. But it all starts on the edge of a puddle where the male can mine his currency.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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The First Butterfly Of 2021

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Sunshine And Sweetness 91120” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The loving glow of the new light washes over my mountain breathing life into the surrounding forest. Today was one of those special Spring days when the birds didn’t just sing in the morning but kept their jubilation throughout the entire day. They didn’t really come to feeders much but they were close by. Occasionally I see movement out of the corner of my eye and glance up from my work to see which one of my forest friends had come to visit but saw nothing. Bright yellow flash made me think that maybe the Goldfinch had finally gotten their warm season colors but I was wrong. It turned out to be a Tiger Swallowtail. The first Butterfly of 2021! It’s one of signs that I’ve been looking for. Now most years we get a little cold snap around Easter and sometimes it even snows. But don’t worry about the Butterfly. It actually has its own antifreeze and it will simply sleep until the weather warms back up which is usually within a day or so. But the sighting is a very strong sign that the days of warm breezes and green leaves are not so far away. There’s a few blooms open for her to feed on but if you want to make life easier for the early butterflies set out some overripe fruit. Butterflies are particularly fond of rotting bananas and oranges but they’ll come to just about any of the fruit that’s past it’s use by date. I wasn’t fast enough to get a photo this time so I’m using one from my archives.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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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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Thoughts On Time.. It isn’t really changing.

Hello Friends!Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Tiger In Gray 91420” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

I’ve never really been a big fan of changing the clocks. In the grander scheme of things it doesn’t really do anything except for changing the schedules. The arch of the sun doesn’t change. But they tell us that they have changed time. Now, I actually own and know how to operate a solar clock and I’ve recently acquired an hourglass. On my observation when aligned properly the solar clock does not yield to man’s laws and flow of sand through the hourglass is just as steady. Time as a natural force has not even noticed the decrees of world governments. Time as it exists in this world is set by the hand of God himself. In past articles I’ve referred to time as a river. We can only touch one little piece of it for a moment. Yes we can cup a little water in our mortal hands and we can even drink it down but we cannot truly hold it indefinitely. Our hands will dry and our bodies will process that which we’ve swallowed. We cannot own it. We can only use it for a while. We can dam up a river and say that we’ve conquered it but the river will only laugh as it fills the reservoir and escapes. It’s the same with time. We can only hold it for a limited moment and use it. We can use it for ourselves or we can use it for someone else but we cannot hold it back. Eventually time will escape our grasp and if we chase after that lost moment we’ll only miss the one coming behind it. One of the reasons why I chose a butterfly for tonight’s Feature Image is because their lives are generally temporary. Some live a few years and others only a few weeks. At the adult stage the Swallowtail butterflies only live about 2 weeks. In spite of all its beauty it’s grasp on mortal time is weak. Perhaps that’s why you don’t really see them resting for long. They don’t have time to waste in concern of things that they can’t control. So tonight I only have one simple thought to share. Do what you will with the clocks but don’t waste your precious time. All we really have is the moment in which we exist.

Thank you for spending this moment with me!

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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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!

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September Gatherings On Muddelty Creek

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Shared Sweetness 90820” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

The gentle September sun washes over the marsh as I step out from the big blue truck. The melodic calls of the Red-winged Blackbird are notably absent from the soft breezes. Instead I hear the drone of grasshoppers on the edge of water where they can enjoy the tall grass. The swamp roses have shed their pedals and brilliant red orbs have begun to appear in the thorny branches. The Silky Dogwood now sports blue fruit among the reddish leaves all throughout the water’s edge. But God is not finished with the season of growth yet. Amid the fresh spires of cattails the Joe Pye weed is in full glory. The sweet smell of the bloom brings in the butterflies from all directions. They float in on sunbeams resembling shards of stained glass. The bountiful harvest of sweet nectar is gathered by all without jealousy. The bright yellow Swallowtail and spectacular monarch butterflies seem to enjoy fellowship with Pipevine and Spicebush alike. And deeper into the untamed wilderness I see blues and sulphur butterflies along with painted ladies and skippers. All have come to the delta to partake in celebration of last days of summer.

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A Short Visit with a Tiger Swallowtail

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Ironweed 90420a ” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

The September sun smiles on an open field in the bottom-lands after a rain. The humid air is saturated with the smell of the ironweed. At first you only notice a single set of wings soaring in on the thermal eddies rising from the blacktop. Gentle tilts of the wings direct the Tiger Swallowtail towards it’s treasure. The Ironweed has just started coming into full bloom. The aroma has driven the butterflies into a frenzy and they’re coming from all directions. The Tiger Swallowtail circles over the engine of the big blue truck while gathering altitude before gliding down and coming to rest on the purple flowers. The old pasture has become a sea of purple and yellow flowers exploded into a grand finale of the summer season. I could spend the whole day photographing the butterflies and to my joy the honeybees are out in what seems to be full force gathering for their winter stores. But the road ahead calls me forward to my next destination.

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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Lastly, 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 photographer

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