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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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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When Fashion & Nature Collide: April Edition

Here in Michigan, we are ready to pack up our winter coats and pull out our Spring wardrobe!  But, Mother Nature has not been on our side and does not seem to want to let go of Winter, just yet.  It looks like our temperature will reach the 50s this weekend, so it is time to pull out my sandals and put away my smartwool socks, for a few months.  I can hardly wait! Feeling confident and comfortable, in my clothing, always makes me feel extra fabulous! As I always say, JUST BE YOU!

Nature is a constant inspiration for not only my art and photography, but in my daily life. Nature is inspiring! Just walk outside…the smell of Spring…a bird’s love song…it doesn’t take much and my senses explode! Mother Nature’s inspiration is endless… we just need to slow down and take the time to notice.

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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 second edition of…

When Fashion and Nature Collide

April Edition

Critter Photography Features

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Damselfly – Damselflies are one of my favorite critters to capture in the garden.  They are truly fairies in disguise!

These beautiful insects are of the suborder of Zygoptera, in the order Odonata.  They are very similar to dragonflies, but are smaller in size. When at rest, most species fold their wings along their body.  Damselflies eat small, soft-bodied insects like aphids and mosquitoes. Bonus!  These stunning creatures are found on every continent except Antarctica.

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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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Asian Lady Beetle – This small beetle  (coccinellidae) ranges from 0.8 to 18 mm in length and is commonly yellow, orange or red, with black spots on their wing covers.  This species is native to Asia, but became established in North America, in attempt to control the spread of aphids and scale insects. What a gardener’s friend!  These adorable little critters are welcome in my garden any day!

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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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White-Tailed Deer – These medium-sized deer (Odocoileus Virginianus) are native to the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America. The deer’s coat is grey-brown throughout the fall and winter and then turns reddish-brown, in the spring and summer.  This deer can be identified by the white underside of its tail.  The white- tail deer will raise its tail, signaling that a predator is near. The males regrow their antlers each year, beginning in the Spring.  They will then shed their antlers, once all females have been bred, between December and February.

The white-tailed deer lives in forests, but can easily adapt to life in a more open space.  They are almost entirely herbivores, but will eat small critters, if necessary.  We have a large white-tail deer population in our area.  This photo was taken from the upper deck of our home.  These beautiful creatures enjoy snacking on our gardens.  Even with protective fencing, they will scale a 6 foot fence, if hungry enough!

 

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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:

Darren – https://artyplantsman.wordpress.com
Dominique – https://3cstyle.com
Lisa – https://lismorepaper.com

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Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss the 3rd Edition of “When Fashion and Nature Collide”, on May 16th.


“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…
https://natureslensbyroda.com

©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.

 

 

When Fashion & Nature Collide: March Edition

Fashion is such a beautiful form of self-expression.  Although, I do enjoy clothing, I admit that I am not a poster child for the latest fashion craze.  If sandals, embroidered floral jeans and “I  my donkey” tees are in style, then I am golden!  I do find it interesting to learn about current trending styles and colors, but I will always be true to myself.   Feeling confident and comfortable, in my clothing, always makes me feel extra fabulous! As I always say, JUST BE YOU!

Nature is a constant inspiration for not only my art and photography, but in my daily life.  Nature is inspiring!  Just walk outside…the smell of Spring…a bird’s love song…it doesn’t take much and my senses explode!  Mother Nature’s inspiration is endless… we just need to slow down and take the time to notice.

On the third Wednesday of each month, you will experience 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 will reblog 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…

When Fashion and Nature Collide

March Edition

Critter Photography Features

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Silver Sebright Bantam Chicken

Sebright Bantam – The Sebright is a breed of chicken named after its developer, Sir John Saunders Sebright. This fantastic little breed, weighing only 20 oz., is one of the oldest recorded British “true” miniature breeds. Most bantam breeds have a corresponding full-size version, but not the Sebright. This little one is in a class all alone! Through a very selective ornamental breeding process, this beauty was created in the 19th century.
Sebrights are gorgeous creatures that have slate blue skin and non-feathered legs. Their feathers are laced around the edges with black and have a base color of either dark gold or silver. Their combs, ear lobes and wattles vary from bright red to mulberry. The hens are not prolific egg layers and only produce 60-80 creamy-white eggs each season. Sebrights are extremely friendly and very social birds, while retaining a strong flying ability. This breed is generally hardy and is a beautiful addition to any backyard flock.

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

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Spotted Cucumber Beetle on a Chrysanthemum

Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica Undecimpunctata) This colorful beetle is native to North America. Although it has a major cute factor, it is known as a serious pest to gardeners and farmers. In adult form, the spotted cucumber beetle damages leaves of many crops. During the larval form, this pest is known as the southern corn rootworm. It spends its days tunneling through the roots of tender plants, eventually killing them. Adult beetles are greenish-yellow and have six large black spots on each side of the sheath. They make their home throughout southern Canada, continental USA and parts of Mexico. Although this is a stunning insect to photograph, I highly recommend keeping a close eye on your veggies, if the spotted cucumber beetle comes to visit!

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Spotted Cucumber Beetle 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:

Darren – https://artyplantsman.wordpress.com

Dominique – https://3cstyle.com

Lisa – https://lismorepaper.com

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Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss the 2nd Edition of “When Fashion and Nature Collide“, on April 18th

“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…

https://natureslensbyroda.com

©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.