Seen on the Street category archive
Some random pictures from our visit to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens yesterday:
Sunday, we went to the Neptune Festival to see the sand sculptures. It was well worth the effort.
In past years, in addition to the entrants in the sculpture contest, “unofficial” sculptures have lined the beach along the boardwalk, but unusual amount of rain we had in September kept them from appearing. The pictures taken below were all taken under the “big tent,” so I have had to tweak them a bit with the Gnu Image Manipulation Program; otherwise, they would look flat and dull.
This was struggling to get off its back and on its feet on the deck yesterday. I think it’s either a long-horn beetle (that’s lost one of its horns) or a red oak borer.
He’s a very affectionate cat. “Affectionate cat” means either a cat that is hungry or a cat that is willing to accept affection.
This black swallowtail was fluttering about the flowers yesterday.
Editor’s Note: These pictures were taken with a Fuji FinePix S3200 and edited in the free and open source Gnu Image Manipulation Program, commonly referred to as “the GIMP,” which is available for Linux, MacOS, and Windows. My benchmark in editing the images was a simple one: Does the blue of the sky and the green of the leaves look like it did when we were there?