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~Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate

The ¬†Daily Post – Photo Challenge – Week of May 2, 2015 –¬†“Intricate.

Hubby and I like to hike and on occasion we come across a Golden Orb Spider. They create a huge and intricate web.

Banana Spider
This photo was taken at Lake Louisa State Park, near Clermont, Florida.
A Side View
These two photos were taken at Ray Roberts State Park near Dallas, Texas

Golden Orb

The following photos are Milkweed Seeds. I took these photos while visiting a local park where I live. I think they have an interesting and intricate form.

Milkweed
Milkweed
Bursting Milkweed Pod
Bursting Milkweed Pod
It looks like the silk from a spiders web.
It looks like the silk from a spider’s web.

The featured image is a photo I took at another local park located off Highway 34 as you would travel west from Loveland to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. It is early morning rain drops on a spider’s web. The header photo are two Lady Bugs doing what they do to create more Lady Bugs! Photo taken in my yard.

I hope you enjoy my Intricate photos.

~Nature’s Bouquet~

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Nature’s Bouquet

After drinking a Kona, 

We went for a walk,

Not until I spotted them,

Was there much talk.

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I was delighted to see berries,

 Hanging on lime green trees,

It made me so giddy, 

I nearly fell to my knees.

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The sun highlighting them perfectly,

It was still early,

Their beauty was enough,

 To make a girl  girly.

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Never before,

Have I ever seen,

This color so beautifully displayed,

Except in my dreams.

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Why, my favorite color, 

There is no logic,

Purple of course,

Is simply magic.

Purple Berries
American Beautyberry
Lime and Purple
Lime and Purple Dance well together.
A Purple String of Berries
A Purple Necklace of Berries
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Does the color look like wine?
Beautiful
Beautiful

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These are called American Beautyberry.¬†Callicarpa dichotoma¬†‘Early Amethyst’ (Purple Beautyberry)

I  have never seen these before!; what a treat!

All Photos: SkyeRiver Photography ©Sheila de Laneuville

“It is the Journey that Matters in the End”

~Forest Wonders~

Heart of Hearts
Heart of Hearts

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Open  your eyes and you will see,

Amazing sites all for free.

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Mother nature provides a show,

A bounty of wonders that slowly grow.

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Show your respect,

She is fragile, in many aspects.

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Marvel at her beauty and works of art,

Celebrate her creations with love in your heart.

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I took these photos, this week, in Ray Roberts Lake State Park. 

All photos: SkyeRiver Photography ©Sheila de Laneuville

Enjoy the Journey!

~Tennis Balls on the Forest Floor?~

Tennis Bals on the forest floor.
Tennis Bals on the forest floor.

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Big, brainy, lime green, balls.

Just lying on the forest floor.

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Have they fallen from the sky,

No matter, how deeply I try;

I can’t begin to offer a guess,

What could have made this mess;

Just lying on the forest floor.

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How, who, what placed them there,

If they have a purpose, please share,

Everywhere I look, I see more,

A rather unlikely decor;

Just lying on the forest floor.

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Big, brainy, lime green, balls,

Just Lying on the forest floor.

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Brainy Lime Green Balls
Brainy Lime Green Balls

I took these photos, this week, at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

All photos: SkyeRiver Photography ©Sheila de Laneuville

These are called Osage Orange or “Hedge Balls”. Information below taken from the web:

Osage Orange¬†(Maclura pomifera) is a relatively small, unusually twisted, and frequently multitrunked tree with a small natural range in northern Texas, southeastern Oklahoma, and neighboring parts of Arkansas that roughly coincides with the historical home of the Osage Indians. Because they and other native groups used its wood to make bows, French explorers called the tree “bois d’arc,” and it is still sometimes referred to colloquially as “bodarc” or “bodock.” The range of the¬†Osage¬†orange expanded dramatically between 1840 and 1880 when, before the development of¬†barbed wire, it was seen as the best and cheapest way to control livestock on the Great Plains. When planted close together and appropriately pruned, its branches and¬†spiny¬†thorns make a nearly¬†impenetrable¬†hedge able to turn away any animal larger than a bird or a rabbit. While it remains common in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska and present even in many eastern states, Osage orange fell from general use as cheaper fencing materials became available in the late nineteenth century.

Enjoy the Journey! 

~A Tangled Web She Weaves~

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A tangled web she weaves,

Inviting those she receives,

Doesn’t take long to grieve,

You see, no one gets to leave.

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A Tangled Web she Weaves
A Tangled Web she Weaves
A Side View
A Side View
A Beautiful Spider
A Beautiful Spider
Looks like a youger one
Looks like a youger one

We saw these beauties as we were hiking along a trail in Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

All photos: SkyeRiver Photography ©Sheila de Laneuville

Enjoy the Journey!