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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #148 – Spots and Dots

I like this quote that Leya cites in kicking off this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge:

In one sentence, I’d describe myself as indescribable. But, I wouldn’t end it with a period. I’d end it with three dots. – Jason Schwartzman

I like the quote because, as anyone who’s read a lot of my comments should know, I use ellipses (…) a lot. I use them often incorrectly, but I persist because, well, …

This week’s theme is Spots and Dots, and Leya wants us to have fun with it. I cannot resist fun.

First up, a spotted and dotted leaf on spotted and dotted ground.

I know! I’ve clinched the challenge! I could stop right here, but I have more.

This is one of my favorite photos and some of you have already seen it featured on my blog: A morning glory with raindrops.

I’ve also shared this photo before: Sawfly larvae. I believe it was last spring when we came upon a small pine tree that was covered with these larvae. We were fascinated by them, having never seen them before. Unfortunately, they are known to decimate trees, particularly young pines.

This critter may well be a White-Marked Tussock Moth caterpillar of the “look but don’t touch” variety. Apparently their fur is covered with chemicals that can cause allergic reactions. Good thing I instinctively do not try to pet anything that is not a cat or dog. Still, I think this caterpillar is lovely with its orange dots and white spots. Occasionally I see them among my potted plants. I was chauffeuring this one to a tree in our yard.

Okay, these are not really dots or spots unless you want to say you spot some turtles in the water. In the years of B.C.B.R. (Before COVID, Before Retirement), I used to frequent this pond near my former office building. These bathing beauties (as I love to call them) would often be sunbathing at the pond’s edge. As soon as I came into their view, plop, plop, plop! One by one they would plop into the water and linger there until I had gone around the bend and out of sight.

Thank you, Leya, for this week’s fun challenge! If you, my Dear Readers, wish to participate in this challenge, don’t forget to link to Leya’s original post and include the Lens-Artists tag.

Y’all stay safe, healthy, and happy!

28 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #148 – Spots and Dots

  1. Well, Marie – you spotted perfect spots and dots for this challenge – and I bet i had almost as fun as you had! A good eye you have – loved every bit of your post. Favourite? The White-Marked Tussock Moth caterpillar of the “look but don’t touch” variety. Never seen such a thing! Intuition form you super.

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