A good match: WPC

The first thing that jumped to mind for this week’s photo challenge was colour combinations that match or complement each other. As a graphic designer I’ve come across some horrific colour parings and some stunning ones. You may think but there’s only so many ways you can pair colours up, and this is true, but it’s the subtle variations in tones and hues that make the colours match. Or not.

Maybe that’s why I have such a problem with paint colours. My husband says I should go into the DIY store, buy the first colour of paint I like then throw it in the bin, then go buy another colour as I nearly always repaint over the first choice I make. I can’t help it, what looks good in swatches and trials never looks how I imagine it will look in a whole room. *sigh*

Anyway I thought I would go through my stock photos plus also take some new photos with matching colours and do a big lovely post about colours…. this is SO not happening! Not only am I running out of time, but work (real work that pays money) is once again getting in the way of online fun.

So here is my one pathetic photograph about matching colours – orange and yellow in this case. 2 colours that only nature can do justice to side-by-side. That was to have been the second part of my post; the colours that match/complement each other in nature. Maybe I’ll save that idea for a future post.

If you think this post is a bit rambly then don’t get me started on fonts!! My daughter got a wedding invitation in this week with six different fonts…. 6 DIFFERENT FONTS!!! *shaking my head*

Orange and yellow – a good match (macro of tulip petals incase you were wondering)

A Good Match

Critters and beasties

Was going to title this ‘Critters and Varmints’ but I think a varmint is more of a furry creature. Critter is a great word though, it covers just about anything from cute tiny robbers (raccoons) to giant mice (opposums) and big hairy spiders. You will note though that I haven’t taken any pics of spiders. I don’t like things that can attack me before I shoot them. With a camera obviously. It’s a bit over-the-top to blast a spider with a shotgun. Not that I kill them anyway, I always try and throw them outside, but sometimes Dawg gets to them first and eats them. He’s a big critter-eating critter.

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He tried to spend the winter indoors last year when I brought the Hibiscus bush back inside. I would have been happy with that except he decided not to hibernate and hop around the living room. Bye Froggy. I hope you survived after I took you back outside (I buried him in the mulch)

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Tomato Worm

Warning! You may never eat tomatoes again after finding this giant critter in your plants šŸ˜¦ I refuse to pick tomatoes now. I make the other minions in my family do it for me.


I think it’s a grasshopper anyway. It’s cute. Check out the smile for the camera!


I think this might have been the prototype for the Stealth Bomber…

Praying Mantis

Green and purple – he was so nice to pose against the gladioli for me.

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Was just a wee toaty one though. It was cute.


Just love the sound of the crickets and the tree frogs in the evening here. Don’t like them so much when they try and come in the house.


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Not a Cockroach – Dung Beetle maybe?

At least I think it’s a cockroach. Whatever it was it was dead (hence the funny angle) I’m not too keen on cockroaches (even when they’re dead!)

*Edited – Dung Beetle is the new ID. Cockroaches/dung beetles, they’re all too big, too ugly, too scarey!


These are so hard to photograph. I got lucky here with this one.

Funny story – I don’t mind bugs, but I hate slimy-wormy-sluggy-things. Maggots give me the heebie-geebies. But one time back in Scotland in the kitchen of my first flat I ended up standing on a slug. It squished right between my toes. I can still picture my husband looking at me going “What the heck?!?” as I’m prancing around the living room squealing like a big girls blouse whilst rubbing my foot across the carpet. Kind of like a bull does before he charges. Not a happy memory.

I’m currently trying my hardest to capture a photograph of the Fireflys (or Lightning Bugs as they’re called around here) Every eveningĀ they are fabulous when they fly up close to you and they fly pretty slowly too, but so far I haven’t been able to shoot one. Again, with a camera.


Photo 101: Nature and leading lines

It’s a Shell – that’s as far as the identification goes I’m afraid!

Thought a lot about this one and how I could incorporate leading lines in a land that’s as flat as Illinois. I went and stared at some trees for a while (yep, I am that nutter) then looked around at the bare earth and uninspiring outdoors and was stumped. Eventually I had an idea and went round to mum’s house and stole a couple of her shells. She’s not in town at the moment so she won’t miss them…. unfortunately she’s not getting them back either as the dog thought they’d make a tasty snack and ran off with them!!! Bl**dy dog!

So this is my nature shot with leading lines. Take me to the beach now please….