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07 July, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday...or...What Is It?

IMG_7198 Can you identify this object? Is it the starship Enterprise, traveling at warp speed through the outer reaches of the universe, boldly going where no man has gone before? lol No? But you have to admit that it does look like it!! Perhaps the fact that I am joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday will give you a hint!



IMG_7201 It is actually the inner workings of one of my purple wave petunias taken in digital macro by my Canon Power Shot SD 630! It was a very sunny morning, thus the light streaming in from behind in the first shot. Isn’t it amazing?? I am definitely exploring strange new worlds with this camera!



IMG_7098 So I don’t guess that there’s any way I can convince you that this is some kind of alien space craft that has soft landed on the surface of a strange new purple planet?? No? lol It’s actually some sort of very fat moth/butterfly that was visiting my petunias! Isn’t it a beauty?? Do you see the insides of the petunia just beyond its head?



IMG_7219 And I don’t guess you will believe me when I tell you that this is a rare new breed of man-eating orchid that has recently been discovered in the deepest, darkest jungles of Africa? Hmmmm…I didn’t think so.



IMG_7205 Does this view help? I’ll give you a hint! Those of you who are cat fanciers and grow your own will know exactly what it is!!



IMG_7129It’s catnip in bloom! And here is Baby Kitty checking it out to see if it’s ready. Judging by the look on his face, I would say that it is! My staff loves to chew on this stuff!



Outdoor_Wednesday_logo_thumb[1] Thanks for dropping by and playing my guessing game! I hope you enjoyed it! Please be sure to drop by Susan’s beautiful blog to see some wonderful outdoor shots and find out who else is playing along! I’ll see you next time! A la prochaine!

56 comments:

  1. Debbie, these are just absolutely unbelievable. Jim just had a fit over them. He said you are really becoming a professional and you should enter these photos in some of the contests. I just love them. Really great. Hope you are having fun. Hugs, Marty

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  2. What a fun post Debbie! You are becoming quite the photographer! Maybe we'll see you at the Rockport Art Festival next year. I've never seen catnip in bloom, what a neat looking plant. Is this part of your staff's benefit package? Hugs, Kat

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  3. Oh Wow Debbie .. those certainly are amazing shots.. It's so fun playing around getting those shots huh.. My Daughter laughs at me all the time for taking so many different shots of the same object lol "Seriously Mom do you really need 40 shots of a glass of lemonade" hahaha She'll understand one day. To answer your question about my post for OW.. Yes! That's a raccoon riding on the back of a wild hog.. it's amazing the things you capture with those game cameras. That wasn't one that my husband had show up.. although he'd been in hog heaven if it was.. someone had emailed him that and I snagged it to show. His luck consists of getting only pictures of the turkeys and deer on his hunting property.
    Have a great week..
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  4. Debbie that is the coolest camera EVER! You're a great photographer!

    Would you believe we just recently bought Chestnut a catnip scratch mat. He is in kitty euphoria now. I feel bad I never had any for him before now. I have photos of it i should post. LOL!

    Baby Kitty is tooooo cute! :)

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  5. Debbie!!! I didn't know I could vote for you and your awesome blog? You get my vote right now my friend! :)

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  6. Those are amazing photos -- I know that you're loving your new camera -- what fun!

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  7. Debbie,

    This is just fantastic!! A little creepy, but fantastic.

    Enjoy playing Dora the Explorer!! Just kidding, I am sure we are going to be seeing some gorgeous pictures from you!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  8. Incredible pictures!...Christine

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  9. I have a Canon Powershot A720 IS and I LOVE m macro setting. I think I have taken more macro shots than any others and have more pix of flowers, praying matids, insects, insect eggs, turtles, spiders etc. than children. They sit still longer! That first shot has splendid lighting, wonderful. Have you tried uploading any to picnik.com? It is a free site that allows you to crop, add text etc. and save. Very fun!

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  10. Incredible pictures! That is some camera you have. You may have to enter some contests, if you have not already done that.

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  11. Hi Debbie! Oh, what wonderful pictures! I want one of those cameras! Lovely lovely shots! Now that Baby Kitty is so cute tasting the goods! I've entered your tiny name in my giveaway!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  12. Debbie, LOL! I love it. This is so much fun to see what you come up with for OW each week. And look at that sweet Baby Kitty. I've got a kitty shot coming up in my post for OW!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  13. Debbie-These are incredible and could certainly pass for something alien. I am lucky to get people's heads in my pictures--your photography is truly awesome!

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  14. Wow, your camera takes amazing pictures, the pictures are so crisp & sharp.

    I have never seen a cat enjoying catnip before. It looks as if Baby Kitty thinks it is pretty tasty! Nice pics, Nicole

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  15. I really need to get out my instruction book and see what my camera might do. Your pictures are super. Sally

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  16. Amazing pictures. I love the kitty!

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  17. Awesome photographs! What an amazing camera...wish I had it at the pool with me tonight! :)

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  18. Hi Debbie, these are extraordinary pictures. What a talent you have! My kitty has been after me to plant some catnip maybe I will.

    Have a great evening, Bonnie

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  19. So beautiful! I wish that I had such a camera! Beautiful. I feel a little calmer just from looking at the pictures.

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  20. Amazing pictures and your kitty is so sweet!

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  21. How Cute is that! I love your new talent with the camera and my kitties do the same thing! I planted catnip this year and I can't keep them out of it! My hubby says what did you expect? DUH! Sometimes I'm a little slow! Hugs, Cindy @ Applestone

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  22. Looks like you are having fun with your camera..
    Great pics, very alienish..:)

    I don't know what half the things on my camera are!!

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  23. Hi Debbie,
    You have definitely gone where no man has gone before. Those pictures are great. How fun to see the detail. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.
    Maryrose

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  24. Debbie, awesome photos! I just purchased a new camera this afternoon, but not one like yours. I'm going to get an upgrade soon! Keep taking these fantastic shots. You are most talented.

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  25. Debbie, Your pics are absolutely beautiful. You should enter these in some sort of a contest. They are outstanding. Great job. I loved the one with the moth best. I have signed up to follow your BLOG, as I have to see more. Please pop over and say "hi". I would be so honored if you felt inclined to follow mine as well. Country Hugs, Sherry

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  26. Very fun and cool photos.

    While there is an awe factor in the first set...the kitty takes the cake for CUTE! I just LOVE that little tongue!

    Great timing on your shot.

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

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  27. Great photos!! Love the one of the kitty. :-)
    Glenda

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  28. Great photos! I love the how the kitty is testing out the catnip!

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  29. Ms Debbie--

    Its such a delight to find a fellow camera lover. Sometimes i think i would just simply pitch the biggest fit if i lost my camera.

    Its so important to me and certainly shows me how in love with yours you are... wow -- is all i can say about the hot shots u captured!

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥

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  30. Wooza, girl! That's some camera! Gorgeous shots.

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  31. WOW!!! AWESOME photos, especially the kitty licking the cat nip. Thank you for sharing.
    Sue

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  32. Debbie, what a cool camera. It sure does show things in a different light. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Wowie Zowie that's a great camera and a great photographer behind the lens! I also love the shot of your oh so happy kitty!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!
    Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

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  34. You are really making me want a new camera! Your flower pictures are just incredible! It's amazing what is out in nature if you take a moment to look.

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  35. I don't know if I've ever seen a woman enjoy the zoom on her digital camera quite as much...! LOL

    hey... we're enjoying it with you, so go ahead... have a party!

    happy summer!

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  36. This was a really fun post Debbie. Your photos are amazing and the kitty looks like he's a little high on the nip.



    Kathy b

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  37. your camera is amazing!!!! my poo kitty doesn't like catnip, i planted some and he just waltzs by.

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  38. Wonderful photos, but it's hard to beat the cat enjoying catnip in the garden. You started my day with a big smile. Blessings...Mary

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  39. What a great job you did on the pictures. You are quite the photographer.

    Kitty looks like she, or he has been into some wacky weed.

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  40. Well, I take enough photos close-up of the inner workings of a flower to know it was some sort. It is indeed beautiful to see what is inside the little world of a growing plant, isn't it? And also interesting to watch the winged creatures partake of it. Especially funny to see you cat look as though it is on a trip. And I don't mean a road trip either!
    Brenda

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  41. Wow those macro shots are amazing! I just got a new camera and haven't harnessed all its power yet! Baby Kitty is so cute!!!

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  42. Debbie - sorry about the English - twins are here and I'm in a hurry, but I ALWAYS love your blog, so I gotta say - WOW! Holy cow! Well done! I knew it was a flower, but wow - and wow on the bug, too. C'est formidable! Linda

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  43. That camera is a winner! I've never seen catnip before. What beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing. Happy OW.

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  44. Amazing photos! I'm giving Kitty a STANDING OVATION! Love that photo!

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  45. Wow, that's some amazing picture taking! Great job!

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  46. Hi Debbie, what great close up shots!
    ~Ann

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  47. What a beautiful view. You are getting some amazing photos.
    Cheri
    www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

    come on over I have a month long GIVE AWAY

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  48. Absolutely amazing! I really had no idea what it was in the first pic - it did look like some type of outerspace thing! Great pictures!

    Manuela

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  49. HI Deb...Marty told me that you were friends from RMS. We had a wonderful time...I now have met 3 bloggers from around here. It is so much fun! Thanks for visiting today.

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  50. Hi Deb, this is amazing, I love flowers and to see them from this point of view is amazing, you are almost making me want to get out my camera's instruction book, not that it would make any sense to me,hehe. Love you, Kathysue

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  51. Hi Debbie
    I'm going to wish you a Happy Pink Saturday since you have soooooo much pink in your OW post.
    Have a great weekend.
    Love Claudie
    xoxoxoxo

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  52. Debbie, thee photographs are incredible! I think you've found a new calling! Those could be sold as art! (If Baby Kitty doesn't eat all of your plants before you photograph them-he looks so cute!) laurie

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  53. So Fun! Of course you have a cute kitten thrown in too!

    xoxo,
    Cathleen

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  54. Debbie,
    These are some neat shots. Pretty soon you will be doing the cover shot for some swanky publication!
    Cathy

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie