Mysterious Insect

I’m posting in hopes that someone can identify the insect in this photo. I took this picture as I was entering a mall in my neighborhood a few days ago.

I was startled when I saw this bug on the front door because it was over 2 inches long and appeared to be able to bit or sting. In spite of the “danger” the photographer in me took over and I grabbed a few shots with my iPhone.

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I guess I got too close because after I took this photograph it immediately flew away. After waving my arms wildly in self defense, I looked around to see where it had gone, but it was nowhere in sight.

I continued into the mall and thought that this was the end of my encounter with the mysterious insect.

Fifteen minutes later while I was talking to a clerk he pointed and asked “is that huge thing on your shoulder real!”

This big bug had been calmly sitting on my shoulder as I walked through the mall.

I was able to brush it away and it flew up into a light fixture.

I’m still amazed that I wasn’t stung or bitten.

If you know what type of insect this is and if it does in fact sting, please leave a comment.

I’m curios to know if I was ever in any danger.

Happy Mother’s Day

“No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you – life” – anonymous

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Morning Tree

This tree is not far from my house.  I photographed it one morning on my way to work.   The sky was blue, the sun was rising and there was mist on the ground.

Morning Tree with Dramatic Sky

I liked the way the scene looked in my viewfinder.  I hope you like it too.

Rosebud

I have posted roses before, but I wanted to try something different. I took this close-up photo before the rose was in full bloom. At this stage they are not as pleasing to look at but I thought it would photograph well.

Rosebud

They bloomed beautifully, but unfortunately I did not get to take any more photos.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photo of the rosebud before the bloom.

Twisted Tree

I saw this twisted tree while I was in Delaware. I don’t know what kind it is, but I found it to be quite interesting to look at and photograph.

Twisted Tree

If anyone can identify it please leave a comment.

Crashing Waves

My company had an event this weekend in Cape May, NJ. After lunch I decided to go down to the beach with my camera to grab a few shots.

The sky had started to darken because of an impending storm and the surf was quite rough.

I watched the waves as they crashed into rocks for a few minutes. The dark sky made the scene appear almost black and white.

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I got fairly close, set up my tripod and began shooting.

I converted these 2 photos to black and white in Photoshop because it seemed to match the mood.

Please let me know what you think.

Mr. Bill

Mr Bills Resturant is a Southern New Jersey landmark known for its large portions and delicious desserts.  It is also famous for the 12 foot tall statue of Mr. Bill that looks a lot like Alfred E Newman. 

 I have passed it many times on my way to Atlantic City, but have never stopped.

 Mr Bill

Yesterday I decided to pull over and take take a photo.  I have never eaten at Mr Bills, but I heard the food is very good.  If  any of my fellow bloggers have, please leave a comment.

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