I took two of my big life-size Masterpiece dolls, Hannah (originally Annecke) and Christopher, outside this afternoon for photos. Hannah is 40 inches tall, about the size of a 4-year-old, and Christopher is a 34-inch 2-year-old. Hannah arrived with braids, but she’s had her braids taken out and she now has a ponytail.
It was very bright, very hot, and very sunny today, so it seemed like the perfect day for Hannah and Christopher to try on their “new” bathing suits (only a dollar each on clearance at the children’s resale shop). Christopher also got an alligator tee shirt. I put the kids out on the pool steps for their pictures. A location with less direct sun–or this spot at a different time of day–probably would have worked out better. Settings were f/13, 1/160, ISO 160.
Hannah helps Christopher take off his shirt. Settings were f/13, 1/100, ISO 160.
Then Hannah helps Christopher smooth out his hair. Settings were f/13, 1/250, ISO 160.
Hannah and Christopher. Settings were f/13, 1/200, ISO 160.
I love this baby Brown Anole looking at me with those big eyes. Settings were f/7.1, 1/400, ISO 200.
Another shot of the baby anole. Settings were f/7.1, 1/320, ISO 200.
This young anole was climbing up a dead branch on the big tomato plant. Settings were f/7.1, 1/160, ISO 200.
This bug with very distinctive markings spent much of today on the door of my shed. When the sun hit the door, the bug finally started moving around and departed–I guess it prefers the shade. I hunted around on Bug Guide for awhile and finally had a tentative identification: an Ivory-marked Beetle. I asked What’s That Bug about it and maybe tomorrow I’ll get a confirmation. Settings were f/7.1, 1/320, ISO 200.
A pretty little damselfly. It may be a Citrine Forktail–I’ve been seeing some of them around lately. The ones I’ve seen have had more yellow and orange coloring, but I learned that older females can turn a blue/gray color, like this one. Settings were f/7.1, 1/250, ISO 200.
The damselfly busy with a flower spike in the grass. It would touch the flowers with its legs, and then bring its legs to its mouth. This is a tiny damselfly, only about an inch long, so getting this photo was a challenge! Settings were f/7.1, 1/250, ISO 200.