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The Natural Side of Disc Golf

A disc communes with cacti.

Because I’m a photographer, disc golf is more than just a sport to me.

Beautiful purple flowers make their presence known.

Although I love documenting my younger son playing, I’m thankful there usually are distractions that make me glad I’m using my Nikon 105mm macro lens.

I don’t want to know what these cicadas were doing before exiting their shells.

When the guys played at the Roy G. Guerrero disc golf course recently in Austin, the 105 got a workout shooting drives and putts as well as plenty of nature. The course features lots of trees, a bunch of exoskeletons hanging off leaves, and a few wildflowers.

Several butterflies try to blend in with a tree.

We saw lots of non-colorful butterflies.

I see you!

Most were on the trees.

Large and in charge among the wood chips

While some rested on the ground trying not to get hit by flying discs.

A green bee on a thistle

Among those few wildflowers were beautiful thistles. This one attracted a green bee (I had never seen one before).

A skipper on a thistle

Skippers also liked the purple hues.

Skippers and thistles go together.

I came away from the course with an appreciation for all it had to offer . . . in terms of disc golf and nature!

One-Word Wednesday

A cicada leaves us a present on our front-yard tree.


The exoskeleton’s side view . . . still looks creepy.

Bug One-Upmanship

A huge bug crawls up the outside (whew!) of my front door.

“Check out this bug!” I said to my younger son last Saturday morning. “It’s huge!”

The bug continues its climb around my front door (which obviously needs a paint job!).

He took a look and clearly was not impressed.

“You want to see a bug that’s a lot grosser?” he asked. “I’ll show you one in the backyard!”

So I grabbed my Nikon dSLR, which already was equipped with the Nikon 105mm macro lens, and followed him outside to the brick wall.

“I want to touch it, but it’s just so creepy,” he said.

A cicada leaves his calling card.

What my #2 son was pointing at was, indeed, gross-looking. But I still had to chuckle.

“That’s an exoskeleton,” I told him. “It’s what cicadas leave behind after they molt. It’s empty inside.”

I think I won this particular round of bug one-upmanship (hey, sounds like a game show!). I’d rather touch something that used to host an insect than a bug that’s big, scary, and still moves any day! No matter how much it creeps me out.

Photo Gawk

A green spider casts a wide web.

Yesterday’s post was about the beauty of my recent photo walk.

The green guy was kind of cute but kind of creepy.

Today’s is about the beasts that I spied through my Nikon 105mm macro lens. Too bad there were so few.

A skipper rests amid colorful flowers.

Some of the critters were cute.

A cicada exoskeleton remains on my neighbor's house.

Others definitely were not.

Another exoskeleton was left behind on the underside of a frond.

I can’t say I’ve seen the cicadas that emerged from these exoskeletons, but I sure hear them. Very loudly!

As disappointed as I was that there were so few beasties during my photo walk, I knew that when I got back to my house one of my favorite insects would be waiting to greet me.

One of my dragonflies poses on a rose.

Yep, Li’l Blue D-Fly welcomed me back home with open wings! S/he’s one creature that’s much more beauty than beast.