I spy with my blue eyes....a beehive on a wire

    This summer I found a beehive growing in a strange place. I don't know if this is actually common but have you ever seen a hive grown on a power line (whatever cable it may be).

     This is the first time I've seen one grown on a cable but I have seen them other places before but what interested me was how much this one has grown from June 26th to July 7th when I took these pictures. Granted I wasn't standing in the same exact spot and the lighting was different on both days but this is the same exact hive.

I spy with my blue eyes....a bee hive on a wire; a blog post with photos to compare hive growth. #idaho #idahome #bees #beehive #nature #photography #bloger #NS90 #wildlife

I spy with my blue eyes....a bee hive on a wire; a blog post with photos to compare hive growth. #idaho #idahome #bees #beehive #nature #photography #bloger #NS90 #wildlife
I matched the cable size in these photos as close as possible so you can see the difference.

     I wondered how big the hive would grow but it hasn't changed in size since so I figure it's done by now. I had this big plan to take a few more photos of it growing huge but nope, hasn't grown since. Oh well, it was fun anyway.

     Were the bees bad this summer for you too? We had a bunch of angry bees, really angry ones. I had to keep retreating inside because they liked landing on my legs. Bumblebees, sure I don't mind those so much anymore but anything else, eek no, I'm not sticking around for that.

Disclaimer; I have no idea what kind of bees these are but I do know that the song I just found and have been listening to the last few days and while writing this is kind of funny. Black Honey by Thrice. How weird that I'm listening to a song about bees while writing a post about bees. That wasn't planned, I only realized it when trying to come up with this disclaimer.

Sunrise photos 9/13/2018

     I caught the sunrise this morning and took a few photos I wanted to share. I should have worn a sweatshirt, it was thirty seven degrees outside. Not too bad just a little too chilly. I'm so glad it's September because that means hoodie weather! Fall is my favorite season, the weather gets cooler and it rains.

Sunrise photos 9/13/2018 by Maridan Valor
That pink :)

Sunrise photos 9/13/2018 by Maridan Valor
I love how the one tree stands out.

Sunrise photos 9/13/2018 by Maridan Valor
Opposite mountain had a faint pink halo above it and fog below.

Sunrise photos 9/13/2018 by Maridan Valor
My favorite.

Disclaimer; I did not paint the skies for if I had they would be purple, copper, and silver.

I accidentally hugged a bee

     True story, absolutely true. I'm so glad it wasn't a wasp or a hornet or the yellow jackets of my nightmares. A bumblebee is much safer.

     Waiting around between spots where I was taking photos on my walk, I felt something on my fingers at my side. At first I thought it was the hem of my shirt so I grabbed it, probably shouldn't have. Since my shirt did not feel like a fuzzy caterpillar I knew what it was, a bumble bee and probably the one I photographed earlier not far from where I was standing. Unfortunately I don't have any bee photos for you today since those turned out too blurry to know what I took thanks to the odd angle and timing I couldn't see the screen to readjust the automatic focus but I do have a ladybug photograph and a few other things I saw to show you.

I accidentally hugged a bee; true story and some nature pictures by Maridan Valor
Can you see me? What am I?

I accidentally hugged a bee; true story and some nature pictures by Maridan Valor
I've never seen this part of the river before.

I accidentally hugged a bee; true story and some nature pictures by Maridan Valor
Ladybug, wild flowers, summer into autumn colors.

I accidentally hugged a bee; true story and some nature pictures by Maridan Valor
Red roots? Anyone know what these are from?

I accidentally hugged a bee; true story and some nature pictures by Maridan Valor
I like this rock.

I accidentally hugged a bee; true story and some nature pictures by Maridan Valor
Looks like fall in august to me.

Disclaimer; the bee was not hurt, it flew away. I just think it wanted to snuggle on my fingertips for a little while. I guess even bees need a hug every once and a while. But not wasps or hornets or yellow jackets. They're evil, lol.

The Night of the Strawberry Moon

     Sky clear-ish with some clouds on the very night of the strawberry moon. I couldn't believe it, normally on a night where I want to see the moon we usually end up with clouds. I felt lucky that the sky was clear enough I could see the moon or part of it when it showed up so I waited...and waited and waited.

     The moon didn't show up until after one in the morning and I only got a photo of it because I checked out the window one last time. I almost didn't get a picture of it but it wasn't pink. How is it other people had photos of a pink moon, was it that they got it earlier after it rose into the sky? I really don't know but here's the moon and a slide show video of the clouds I photographed that night after finally getting my camera to take actual night pictures other than the moon.

The Night of the Strawberry Moon; a blog post about trying to get this photo.
I love how big the moon looks. It makes me want one of those moon lamps.

Note; there are six photos in the slide show style video.

Disclaimer; I only have a point and shoot camera, a GE and I really want to take pictures of the stars. Is it even possible to get without the grainy appearance I get when I try to take night pictures?

Sun and trees photography

         How about today's subject is...trees with the sun? Okay it's one of my favorite things to photograph and I thought I'd share some sunshine since it is raining here today.

     I've been busy lately, got new indoor plants, some of them have died for no reason so I've been trying and failing to get answers to the cause. My attempts to propagate succulents from leaves is kind of touch and go. a couple have at least one root, the other leaves look healthy but no roots yet and it's been about two months. I'll share more about my plants on a future blog but for now here's some pictures of the sun and trees.

Sun and trees photography; "I always want to live where there are trees." by Maridan Valor
"I always want to live where there are trees."
This is actually true. I went somewhere once where it was all wide open spaces...
Never again, I have discovered that if I don't have forests nearby I hate it and feel so uncomfortable.
I've been to the beach, love that so if there was a spot int he mountains where the forest and ocean met...yeah not possible but It would just be amazing.
Thought I'd make a quote, what do you think of it?

Sun and trees photography
Love photos like this

Sun and trees photography
Now if only there were rainbows of light....

Sun and trees photography
Ooh getting there, loving the color spots.

Sun and trees photography
Now it's starting to get dark out.

Sun and trees photography
I think I'll put it back now :)
Disclaimer. Staring at the sun will hurt your eyes. Touching the sun to move it requires vast amounts of training and specialized suntan lotion to prevent injuries so don't try it at home.

Eek! a mouse!

     Mice seem to be out and about more this year. I managed to spot one out in the yard, a little thing. I think it's a young deer mouse (If I'm wrong let me know in the comments, I had to search up photos) and it was trying to dig around behind some garden rocks. The day was warmer than usual, it seemed to be young still so it was tiring out. No It was fine, it was moving around fast and disappeared after we went inside and showed no signs of being injured or poisoned, just needing a nap and not caring about the strange humans taking photos.

     I luckily got to take some pictures of it all while my camera was acting up out of the blue. Between my card saying it needed to be formatted, my camera freezing up and my near panic attack that my camera was going to die and I wouldn't have anything to take pictures with except a battery hog camera I got when I was fifteen so 2005 (it was not the newest or the best then either). Somehow I managed to take some decent pictures despite the camera issues, even having to go inside and grab my older backup memory card.

Eek! a mouse! by Maridan Valor  #Idaho #mouse #photography #nature #blogger
Little mouse ignoring the strange human just inches away.

Eek! a mouse! by Maridan Valor  #Idaho #mouse #photography #nature #blogger
Tiny little mouse napping without a care in the world.
If I wanted to, I could have easily picked it up without moving my feet.
Don't do that though, don't touch wild animals,
not only could you get hurt but they can carry diseases.

Eek! a mouse! by Maridan Valor  #Idaho #mouse #photography #nature #blogger
Like my shoes? My old falling apart shoes I slipped on without socks?
I was actually standing back a bit to take this photo, leaning over with the camera facing myself.
Would this be considered a shoe selfie?
Mouse in the rain. I think this one comes from the dark woods.
Something is definitely off with this one but I just can't tell what it is.

Disclaimer, my lens got as close as four or five inches from this mouse, it totally didn't care. Now if only a bear would wander up our street for a photo op. Moose, crows, ravens, squirrels, anything for a nice photo shoot like this one and it would be a dream.

Mostly Black and White Cat Photos

     Lately allergies and weather haven't made me feel like taking photos but just the other night I was inspired by my cat on the end of my bed. Don't know why I suddenly had to take photos of my almost 15 year old cat that I take a lot of photos of but some of them turned out pretty good and mostly in black and white. with a little editing I'm really happy with the results.

Mostly Black and White Cat Photos; by Maridan Valor of Night Sea 90
I'm liking this black and white image of my cat Frisky.
She's 14 almost 15 and laying on the foot of my bed for these photos.

Mostly Black and White Cat Photos; by Maridan Valor of Night Sea 90
I couldn't resist this shot for some reason.
Can you see her claws or is the photo too dark?

Mostly Black and White Cat Photos; by Maridan Valor of Night Sea 90
More paws and claws.

Mostly Black and White Cat Photos; by Maridan Valor of Night Sea 90
Purple blanket, purple wall....What is with the alien beam on my wall?
Maybe cats really are from another planet.

Mostly Black and White Cat Photos; by Maridan Valor of Night Sea 90
I like this pop of color. I hand erased bits of the black and white to get the blanket and her eye.
I don't have fancy editing software so it all has to be done bit by bit and a lot of tweaking.
On the bright side, no two pictures are edited exactly alike.

Disclaimer; Allergies have winning lately, haven't even felt like crafting much less doing anything for my birthday month. I am totally into indoor gardens right now. I bought 8 houseplants for my room and am looking for flower pots to put them in. Might be buying cheap pots and customizing them with my room colors. Let me know if you've found any interesting ideas on decorating flower pots.


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