Susan Orlean The Orchid Thief


Lewis Ginter botanical gardens


flower against sky


world is full of possibility


dandelion close up


Dogwood trees macro

 Do you know what kind of bug this is??? 

It looks like a praying mantis, but it’s about the size of a nickel. What do you think?

Bugs and flowers aside, my daughter came home for a visit last week, so I’ve also been happily focusing on family. :)


What are you taking a closer look at lately?

Tell me, I’d love to know!!

family R C







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52 thoughts on “Whittling the World Down to a More Manageable Size

  1. Patricia Tilton

    Beautiful pictures of spring. You really know how to see through a lens. Looks like a praying mantis (baby) or a small grasshopper?? Anyway, I loved your photos.

  2. CJ Burright

    Love the flower pictures – which is exactly what I’ve been focusing on: my garden, getting the weeds out, deadheading, and planting veggies. Nothing like sun, fresh air, and flowers after a long, long, winter. Happy Monday to you too!

  3. Name

    People from my past keep falling into my lap (or so it seems) I’m enjoying old HS buds & childhood friends on FB. Its amazing! I’m loving it. I always enjoy your posts & give mom a kiss & a hug from me.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Re-connecting with old friends has got to be one of the best things about all this technology! Since I moved a lot, I always thought saying goodbye to someone was kind of a forever thing. Not so true anymore! I will send my mom your hugs and kisses. :) Thanks, Pat.

  4. kath unsworth

    Love the photo’s Coleen you have a keen eye for the beauty of nature. I too enjoy bugs and also like to draw them. The small world down there is fascinating to me and my family.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Oh I hear you about the blogging distraction. I have trouble weaving different creative endeavors and often have to separate them like two misbehaving kids. LOL

  5. Susanna Leonard Hill

    What gorgeous photos! So beautiful and spring-like! And so true about the importance of looking at things closely. I need to whittle a whole lot of things down to a manageable size!

  6. Amy

    That is a green assassin bug nymph. Am I a nerd for knowing that? haha Love the photos, as usual! I’ve been getting a closer look at my backyard lately. Spring has sprung!!

  7. Name

    Great pictures. I’m still waiting for our spring color to arrive up here in my neck of the woods. Going to be a short spring, I’m afraid. Have fun with your family!

  8. Inion N. Mathair

    Coleen I loved this post! Perfect spring post to bring in the glorious feeling flowers give us of the first burst of sun that sticks! As for your daughter; Enjoy her my dear! It’s always a grand day when a mothers child comes home!! Inion & I would love to leave something inspiring but unfortunately we’ve been cooped up in our writing room so the only thing we’ve been taking a closer look at is our book! lol. Sharing these beautiful pics now in hopes of passing the beauty to others! 😉 <3

  9. Patricia

    My guess on the bug is – baby praying mantis. Or maybe a stick bug, but they’re usually brown.

    Love the photos. You have such a clever hand with a camera. I hope you enjoy every moment with your daughter.

    What am I focusing more on? Me. In a good positive way.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt
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    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      I love that you clarified your focus, because sometimes I can focus on the stuff I do, etc with not such a great attitude. Thanks for the reminder, Patricia. :)

  10. Karen McFarland

    So glad you got a chance to visit with your daughter Coleen! Those are moments we cherish. Lovely pics by the way. And I do believe it’s a pray mantis. I think most everyone I know is downsizing their life. I am no exception. Although, it did feel good to post a blog. Thank you for your support! Take care! :)

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      The busy and exciting things can be awesome, but there’s definitely relief in taking it all down a few notches! Thanks, Karen. :) And I always love your blog posts!

  11. Dianne Fallon

    Hi Colleen-
    Susie sent me over. Thanks for checking out my blog. I love these spring photos (although it feels barely like spring up here in southern Maine). Also love the idea of taking a “closer look”. I am working with a similar theme, the idea of “tiny travels,” but right now the only thing I am looking closely at is all the dust in the far corners of my house as I prepare for a short visit from a Japanese exchange student!

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      An exchange student–how exciting! As for the dust, I say sprinkle a little glitter over it. 😉 Maybe we can start a trend. Thanks for coming by, Dianne

  12. Susielindau

    That is a baby praying mantis. Our toads woke up and were croaking last night! This spring is amazing!
    Thanks for bringing this to the blog party! I hope you met some of the new guests and hit the dance floor!

  13. Pat O'Dea Rosen

    I love the quote and your photos, Coleen. What does it say about me that my favorite photo is of the dandelion puff? Those things are miracles of transformation.

    Like you, I’ve been focusing on family as my mother is visiting me in Texas.

    Your husband and daughter have the same smile. Nice!

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      I’ve got a dandelion puff on my window shade in my office. They make me think of wishes and hope!! Hope you’re enjoying your family, Pat. :)

  14. Alarna Rose Gray

    I like the narrow focus of your lens, Coleen! I, too, have been focused on family of late. It’s been pretty hectic, but in a way, I’ve been grateful to spend some time on things that matter in the 3D world.

  15. Chris Edgar

    It looks like a lot of different bugs got the opportunity to do a photo shoot on that one particular white flower — you had them all sitting in separate containers waiting for their photo ops, right? We’ll wait for the behind the scenes footage. Anyway, great pictures!

  16. Name

    Hi Coleen! Thank you for asking. I’ve been focusing on getting my new website up and going and you are featured on the ‘Creative Talent’ page and I’ve also blogged your image at Slate Agency! Keep up the great work and thank you for being such a positive energy in my life.

    In spirit,

    Toni Slate xoxoxo

    P.S. I added your “freedom” banner to my ‘Balance and Energy’ page (scroll down a bit).

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