When Fashion & Nature Collide: May Edition

Spring has finally sprung in West Michigan!  The fruit trees are beginning to bloom and the bees are buzzing!  Nature is a constant inspiration for not only my art and photography, but in my daily life.  Just walk outside…the smell of Spring…a bird’s love song…it doesn’t take much and my senses explode!  Today, take a moment to be still and notice nature’s breathtaking beauty…

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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 third edition of…

When Fashion and Nature Collide

May Edition

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Critter Photography Features

Buff Laced Polish Hen:Photo Mar 28, 5 40 32 PM There is something magical about the polish chicken! I instantly fell in love with this breed, not only for their unique style, but for their quirky personality. These birds are extremely friendly, but can be a bit wacky, due to their limited vision.

Paintings of this stunning bird date back to the 15th century.  Although these birds travelled throughout Europe and England, they did not find their route to the United States until the early to mid 1800’s.

The polish hen is not always a reliable layer, but our sweet Flo lays a nice sized white egg, almost every day!

These amazing birds are my favorite, here at Indigo Acres!  They sure know how to spread joy and make a bad hair day look fabulous!

 

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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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Box Elder Bug: (Boisea trivittata) is a North American species.  It is found in trees such as maple, ash and boxelder, feeding primarily on developing seeds from the trees. They will also feed on leaves, if necessary.

These bugs are strong-smelling and will release a pungent scent upon being disturbed. At this point, the Box Elder Bugs are not classified as pests, but they can do damage to growing fruit, in the fall, as they prepare to overwinter.

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

 

Blue Morpho Butterfly: 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.  Photo Feb 28, 2 11 01 PM

This vivid, iridescent blue coloring (of the male) is an illusion from the microscopic scales, on the back of the wings, which reflect the light.  The undersides of the Morpho’s wings are a dull brown, with many eye spots.  These provide camouflage against predators.

 

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These beautiful creatures have smell receptors on their antennas and taste sensors on their feet. 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

 

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Meet Mama

Partridge Plymouth Rock Hen:  This rare and dual purpose breed truly stands out among the flock.  Look at those rust and teal feathers…wow!  These hens are strong layers of large brown eggs.  They are cold hardy and excellent mamas!

This breed enjoys free-ranging and are extremely friendly.  A Partridge Plymouth Rock is a must in a backyard flock!

 

 

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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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Western Conifer Seed Bug: (Leptoglossus occidentalis) this species is from the coreidae family, otherwise known as the leaf-footed bugs or stink bugs.  It is native to North America, west of the Rocky Mountains.  The Western Conifer Seed Bug is known as an invasive species in parts of Europe.

These beautifully artistic creatures are able to fly and make a buzzing noise when airborne.  Their main defense is to spray an offending smell when disturbed.

The Western Conifer Seed Bug spends its days feeding on sap of developing conifer cones.  This little “sap sucker” causes the seeds to misdevelop, thus labeling it as a minor tree pest in North America.

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

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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This incredible cartoon of our team was created by Lisa! Don’t we look fabulous!!

The Arty Plantsman

3CStyle

Lismorepaper

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Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss the 4th Edition of “When Fashion and Nature Collide”, on June 20th. Did you miss the March and April Editions?  No worries…

March Edition

April 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

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Tapping at Your Soul…

I can say for certain that Spring is finally here! The grass is growing and there is a beautiful hint of green, among the trees.  There is something magical about those tiny leaf tips, painting the world with life, once again.  Today, a gentle rain is falling…  What is it about the soothing sound of rain that fills my soul with peace?

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The magnolia tree is in full bloom, which is another sure sign of Spring!

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But, my favorite sign of Spring is baby animals!  Now that the daytime temperatures are above 60 degrees, the ducklings are able to venture out of their heated hoop house to enjoy some outdoor play time.  Once fully feathered, they will be transitioned out to the adult flock.

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Ducks love a beautiful rainy Spring Day!

On rainy days like today, I am filled with gratitude.  I am in love with my life.  I would not change a thing! (Ok, unless that means adding more critters!)   To live life filled with passion…what a beautiful gift.  It is an inner pull that waits until I am ready, but keeps tapping at my soul until I answer.  I love the tapping of passion.  I listen to the tap, tap, tap and when I am ready, I answer!

What passion is tapping at your soul?  Listen to it…take a risk…answer the call…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Silver Laced Polish Chick

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

Living in the great lakes state of Michigan means many beautiful sunrises and sunsets!  There is nothing better than a gracefully painted sky, over wildflower fields and blue waters…

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Good morning!
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The forest awakens…
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The Stillness of Lake Michigan
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Sunsets and Wildflowers
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The Golden Hour

I so enjoy a fresh sunrise, just as much as a passionate sunset.  These are the moments that make my soul bubble with joy…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Rise/Set – Weekly Photo Challenge