Rose Curculio

O dandelions, how can they not love you?

O dandelions, how can they not love you?

A mid-morning walk in a humid Mill Creek Ravine. It’s not actually humid outside, but miraculously we had rain on Saturday and Sunday, and this morning (Monday) the ravine was still misty and wet. Beautiful, yes. Lush. Gorgeous. All the usual late May words. I mean, June.

Mill Creek Ravine (without the black bars)

Mill Creek Ravine (without the black bars)

My camera is on the fritz. The aperture doesn’t fully open or close anymore, so there are black bars on the photos unless I extend the lens. I think it’s time to trade up anyway. It’s always frustrating when I can’t get a clear or sharp focus. The positive about a good point and shoot is that it’s very portable. And it has given me some excellent photos over the last four or five years. But…I take a lot of photos, and if I have to buy a new camera, it might as well be a good one. Until then, narrow cropped photos.

A rose by any other name would probably be unpronounceable

A rose by any other name would probably be unpronounceable

At the end of the walk I toured the rose garden at Louise McKinney. Only a few roses are open, but they were exceptionally beautiful. Turns out I captured a Rose Curculio, or rose weevil, in one of the shots. Very happy about this. I love weevils, although this guy is something of a pest. And if I had a better camera, maybe the weevil would have been in focus. Hopefully it’s not operator error, although that’s always a possibility.

The mighty Rose Weevil

The mighty Rose Weevil

Rose opened

Some other bug…

White Rose 1 White Rose 2

10:15 to 12:07/18C

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