This is just a glorious morning sunrise, with the sun filtering through the tree branches to barely touch the iris blossoms. It was always wonderful to wake up on our sailboat and see the early morning sights before anyone else began to stir. Vibrant colors like this always make me happy.
A rose is a rose is a rose – Gertrude Stein. This is the first digital photo I ever took with a Sony camera, and I was enthralled with the quality and colors it produced. It was early in the morning, right after a rain storm came through the area. I couldn’t have asked for a better subject for my first photo.
Like many other critters in the animal kingdom, the juvenile stage of the Eastern red-spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) is brightly colored to warn off potential predators, due to the saturation of the juvenile’s tissues with tetrodotoxin. We spotted (heh) this little beauty as we were day hiking in the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia.