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My Butterfly

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A composite made of one of the butterflies I captured last year on the kaleidoscope butterfly bush. 🙂 <3

Terry Spear

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Sometimes Shooting in Idiot Mode is the Best for Me!

Okay, so not really idiot mode. They don’t have automatic mode for nothing. But yeah, sometimes, I just have to go back to shooting like that and skip the manual because, ack, it’s not working for me!

Case in point–I read what the experts are saying they use for settings on capturing great butterfly shots. Done. Disaster. All completely ruined, overexposed shots. No fixing them.

So I went to auto, and yep, it worked! Could they have been better in manual? Maybe, but not the way I’d set my settings. 🙂  And I think I have dyslexia when it comes to figuring out how to set things. One of these days it will be automatic for me. But right now, it’s totally trial and error.  And lots of error! 🙂

butterfly-orange-900-017Hope you are having a great weekend!!! 🙂

I need 68,000 on Double Cougar Trouble! And I need to think up the story ideas for the next 3 wolf books. 🙂

AND, if you didn’t know, A Very Jaguar Christmas is releasing on Tuesday!!

AND,  Enchanting the Highlander is only 99 cents right now. Five brand new stories. After the first week of release in November, it will be $4.99, and then at the end of November, no more. We will be unpublishing Kissing the Highlander and Enchanting the Highlander then. So be sure to get yours if you want the set before then. 🙂 After that, you can still buy the individual novellas though.

Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

Terry Spear

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Capturing Wings on Speed!

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butterfly in flight 4000, 3f, dusk 003 900 bokehI think I’ve got it!! Okay, so you know how fast hummingbirds move, but this butterfly flips around so fast, I couldn’t capture him at all. I used 200 ISO, 4000, 16f, and it looks like he stood still just for a moment.

butterfly in flight 4000, 3f, dusk 007 upside down, text 900x600He was upside down, right side up, you name it!

Have a super great day! I’m off to write and then going to a ladies’ luncheon. 🙂

Terry

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Sugar Baby Watermelons!

watermelon 005 (640x427)watermelon 001 (427x640)watermelon 002 (640x427)watermelon 007 (640x427) watermelon 008 (640x427)Five of them! Have you ever been looking for something–constantly, and never see it right in front of your eyes? I’ve been checking the watermelon plant over constantly, and I only just saw the 5 watermelons on the plant, when they had to have been growing there for a few days. Aren’t they the cutest, hairiest little things? I’ve never grown them before–can you tell?–which is why I didn’t know exactly what would happen. I thought the flower would produce the watermelon like with tomato plants or bell pepper plants, but instead, the watermelon is behind the flower and then the flower dies off.

The same thing happened with my other bell pepper plants. All of a sudden, they are filled with peppers!

bell peppers (2) (640x495)bell peppers (640x427)And the tomato plants keep producing.

tomatoes (640x427) (2)I’m still eagerly awaiting the kaleidoscope butterfly plant to burst into bloom.

kaleidoscope butterfly bush (640x427) (2)It’s supposed to be all different colors. And I wait, and I watch, and I wait, and I watch….

And of course if I’m taking pictures of something, Max has to check it out too. Must be something really important.

max and the butterfly bush (640x427)And I was excited to capture a shot of my first butterfly–a black swallowtail. Now, it wasn’t easy. He was flying so fast and not sitting still on anything and I was whipping my camera around, trying to focus on him. So first shot out of four (the other three, he was gone), and I caught a blurry one of him. But still cool because I could identify him. Maybe he’ll land sometime and I can get a better shot. There are a couple of others I’ve seen. One looks like a Monarch, and the other, not sure. It was all orange, probably had some markings, but moved too fast.

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I’m off to revise more on Between a Wolf and a Hard Place. 65 pages done, 140 to go. So making progress. 🙂

Have a super wonderfully magnificent day!!!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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A Plane High Above

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A Plane High Above

My subjects wouldn’t stay put today. The plane flying overhead kept moving and the sun was in my eyes, so I kept losing him. I didn’t even know if I caught him in one frame.

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A Flighty Butterfly

And then there was the butterfly, up and down and all around. I finally caught him high above on the gazebo. See the moss? That makes it cool, castle like.

I’m still trying to get word count on Jaguar, 1500 words to go, but even after I reach that goal, the book isn’t finished, and guess what??? Billionaire edits came in and they’re due on Oct 30. So I’m still trying to finish Jaguar, and I’m really getting there. If I don’t by the end of the weekend, I’ll stop and work on Billionaire, and send it in and finish Jaguar.

But I was outside with the puppies and had taken my camera with me because of course I see interesting things and by the time I run the puppies in and my camera out, all the interesting things are gone.

Isn’t that always the way?

Okay, I’m going back to work. Have a super great day!!! I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Truly!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Morning Glories and the Butterfly

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Do you see it? With the golden cornstalks behind the ligustrum, the purple morning glories and the butterfly sipping from the flower?

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Drawing closer.

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A surreal picture of the butterfly, wings spread. Isn’t it cool? Oh, yeah, some would say it’s just a blurry butterfly. But to me, it’s beautiful.

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Do you see the beauty in the center of the golden cornstalks?

Okay, I’m off to work on more student lessons! And then it’s off to work on A Silver Wolf Christmas. I was ahead yesterday, which I’ll use today because of having to critique so many lessons. I had to water, which is the reason I saw the butterfly, then had to get the camera, and take pictures, and yes, any excuse, right??? And I haven’t started on proofing Jaguar Pride yet, but that’s next too. AND I’d love to work on more bears. I need more hours in a day! 🙂 <3

Do you ever feel that way?

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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When I Get Stumped….

Tawny Emperor Butterfly

I ask my Facebook friends. I love it. It’s amazing how great everyone is at finding answers for you. I was busy writing, of course, and I actually am excited to stay that I reached 10,000 words on Call of the Cougar today, after revising a lot of it to go in a new direction, which I often do, but I came across the picture and shared it, wondering if it was a butterfly or a moth.

Some said a moth, had to be. Others thought it was a butterfly. I found one picture that was close, but another friend was like, “No, not quite the same.” So she kept searching, and I kept writing, and then she found it!!!

Well, I’m happy to say that this pretty little fellow is a Tawny Emperor Butterfly.  So thanks to Alicia Jespersen and all her research!

Now,  what’s interesting to note is that they fly really fast. You’ve seen slow moving butterflies, these don’t fly that slow. So I was just lucky to catch this one on the jasmine in various poses. Can’t find the other pictures of this one.

But also what was interesting and what cinched the deal for me was that they love rotting fruit. And so if you want to attract one of these to your habitat, when they normally stay away from inhabited areas, they will come. And that was it!

My pear trees were full of pears and they were dropping constantly and I was having a time keeping after them. So not only were the yellow jackets having a feast, and getting drunk on the fermenting pears, the butterflies were too. Only I didn’t realize that they were butterflies and not moths.

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Back to writing. Going to two conferences practically on top of one another, so need to keep after it because otherwise, I’ll be busy. Oh, and the blog tour coming up for A Hero of a Highland Wolf. I swore I wasn’t going to go to as many conferences next year and am already booked for 4. The 5th one I might not do.

I need time to write, don’t you agree???

Terry

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