When Fashion & Nature Collide: June Edition

I am so excited to share June’s Edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide! This month is packed with stunning photography, amazing art and fashion features that will truly inspire all!

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On the third Wednesday of each month, we celebrate the beautiful collision between nature and fashion. Keep in mind, my focus will be to share a detailed background of my critter photography, featured in the current edition. I highly recommend you visit the other three posts, from The Arty Plantsman (botanical photography), LisMorePaper (Artist) and 3C Style (Fashion) to present you with “When Fashion & Nature Collide” in its entirety.

With that being said, I hope you enjoy the fourth edition of…

When Fashion and Nature Collide: June Edition

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Critter Photography Features

 

The Black Garden Ant and Daffodil

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The black garden ant (lasius niger), also known as the common black ant, lives in large colonies containing 4,000 – 7,000 workers and 1 queen. The queen can live up to 15 years, while the worker ants live to around 4 years of age. These garden friends are 9mm long, have a black glossy color, and a slight brown stripe on their abdomen.

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Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Nature Photography by Roda

 

The Blue Morpho Butterfly 

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This stunning butterfly is among the largest in the world, with wings spanning from 5-8 inches. It is found in the tropical forests of Mexico, Central America and South America.
The undersides of the Morpho’s wings are a dull brown, with many eye spots. These provide camouflage against predators.
Unfortunately, the Blue Morphos have a life span of only 115 days, which means most of their time is spent eating and reproducing.

 

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Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Nature Photography by Roda

The Bumble Bee on Lavender 

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Bumble bees are medium to large hairy bees that belong to the genus Bombus. Bumble bees are among the few bees native to North America that are truly social, with a queen and workers.
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Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Nature Photography by Roda

 

The Bee and the Dandelion

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Keep in mind, Dandelions serve a very important purpose – bee food! If you are considering spraying harsh chemicals on your lawn, please consider the safety of the bees. These tiny creature are so very important! Think about it…bumbles humbly and diligently work each and every day, and for what? Us! All of their labors are for others…
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Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Nature Photography by Roda

 

The Bumble Bee & Zinnia

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Bumble Bees are eusocial, which means they are truly social. They live in a hive with a single reproductive queen and multiple sterile workers.  Unlike honeybee queens, a bumble bee queen lives for only a single year. This cycle keeps bumble hives much smaller than hives of honeybees. Most mature bumble bee colonies consist of fewer than 200 bees.
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Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Nature Photography by Roda,  T-shirt design 3CStyle & Lismorepaper  *Stay tuned for a future updates on how you can purchase this amazing t-shirt!

 

The Bumble Bee and Zinnia

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Recent studies have found that bumble bees can not only fly at cold temperatures, but they can also fly at extremely high elevations.  How does 500 feet higher than Mt. Everest sound!  How scientific!
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Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Nature Photography by Roda

 

The Chinese Praying Mantis

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Praying mantises are a wonderful addition to your garden, due to the fact that they eat insects!  We are lucky to have two species that live in Michigan: the European and Chinese praying mantis.  Their egg masses overwinter and hatch late May or early June.  They are most noticed in the Fall, once reaching their adult size.   
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Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Nature Photography by Roda

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For a look at the big picture of “When Fashion and Nature Collide”, don’t forget to visit the rest of the team:

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The Arty Plantsman

3CStyle

Lismorepaper

Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss the 5th Edition of “When Fashion and Nature Collide”, on July 18th. Did you miss a past edition? No worries…

March Edition

April Edition

May Edition

 “There is something magical about being nestled among a field of wildflowers or resting on a fern covered forest floor, waiting for gifts from Mother Nature. For me, it is not just about photography…it is about being one with magnificent creatures, up close and personal.”
~ Roda

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Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…
♥Roda

*For more nature inspired photography by Roda, visit…
Nature’s Lens

©Growing Self & Nature’s Lens, 2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of any material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Growing Self & Nature’s Lens with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. All photographs belong to Growing Self & Nature’s Lens.

Ramblings From Roda

img_4328Something happens to my brain, when I am preparing to go on vacation. I clean everything, to the point that the kids ask if the Pope is going to be visiting Indigo Acres. My very “Type A” personality becomes type AAA.  My normal busy days quadruple with tasks and chores.  I could give the energizer bunny a run for her money! I’m tired and filthy, to the point that if I were a bath and body scent, it would probably be titled,  “Weedy Poo”. Welcome to my life!  I love it!

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To my defense, an amazing lady stays at our home and runs Indigo Acres while we are away. She is a saint! I want to make her stay here as smooth and relaxing as possible. I don’t leave our “Staycation” very easily, and honestly ask myself if the work to prepare for a vacation is worth it.  Knowing she is here, taking care of our critter family, does set me at ease. But why the serious push?

Honestly, I know the answer to my own question.   By the time I am on vacation, finally relaxed, it’s time to get back on the plane and return home.  The last thing I want to do is hit the ground running, as soon as I return.  Reentry can be painful!  I am determined to keep balance. Although going on vacation means family time and lots of photography time for me, it also is a time for renewal and restoration. When I return home, knowing that the human and animal houses are clean, means that I don’t hit that brick wall of reentry. I ease back in, with balance.

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This is probably the last family vacation we will take for awhile. My oldest leaves for college next summer. (Let’s not talk about that right now) This is one of the many reasons why I’m going to embrace this time and enjoy every moment. I know that once I’m sitting on that airplane, my mind will clear and, although I will think about the animals, my main focus will be on my human family.

As much work as it is to prepare for leaving over 100 critters, I will embrace the gifts I receive from the journey.  I can honestly say that I am always filled with gratitude, when I return home to Indigo Acres. Our little farm is truly magical. Returning with a restored state of mind and balanced attitude, creates even more daily bliss. What a precious gift!
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We’ve spent the past four years creating our “Staycation” here at home. But, I have to admit, taking a break from daily life allows me to appreciate it, even more, when I return.   So, while I am unplugged and enjoying an amazing adventure in the Rocky Mountains, I will rest.  My blog will rest, too.  But, I will have lots of stories and photography to share, when I return!

Over the next week, remember to take some time for you. Unplug and Just Be. It will be the greatest gift you can give to yourself…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda
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Mark Your Calendars!

One week from today, the fabulous four will, once again, celebrate the beauty of fashion and nature!  You won’t want to miss the June addition of When Fashion and Nature Collide, next Wednesday, June 20th!

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The Arty Plantsman

3CStyle

Lismorepaper

June is going to be incredible!  But, while you are counting the days until next Wednesday, why not check out our past editions!

March Edition

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April Edition

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May Edition

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“There is something magical about being nestled among a field of wildflowers or resting on a fern covered forest floor, waiting for gifts from Mother Nature. For me, it is not just about photography…it is about being one with magnificent creatures, up close and personal.”
~ Roda

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*For more nature inspired photography by Roda, visit…
Nature’s Lens

©Growing Self & Nature’s Lens, 2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of any material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Growing Self & Nature’s Lens with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. All photographs belong to Growing Self & Nature’s Lens.