I Have Stars In My Eyes – My entry for the Blog Photo Challenge: Shape

I Have Stars In My Eyes – My entry for the Blog Photo Challenge: Shape

The theme for the Dutch Goes the Photo Challenge for this week is Shape. I did not set out to post Stars – the photo theme revealed itself to my while I was going through my images.  The star shaped folded paper, flower petals, sun rays, bulletin board post, a favorite basket, and an iconic night light in our town are my submissions for this photo challenge.  I know now that I have Stars in my Eyes!  Enjoy!

Stellated Dodecahedron by Ben, © Carol Labuzzetta
Star Poinsettia on a Bulletin Board at School, 2016


Asiatic Lily, 2015
Front Yard Clematis
Clematis, 2015
Haleakala Sunrise, 2015 © Carol Labuzzetta
Shape Changing Origami by Ben
Star Basket and Homemade Limoncello, 2016
Upon Return to Home, 2015 Star Hill, Holmen. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2016

Thanks to Dutch Goes the Photo Blog for the inspiration to find some meaningful shape in my photography!

Photo Challenge: Exotic – Scenes from the Na Pali Coast of Kauai & Confused Water.

Photo Challenge: Exotic – Scenes from the Na Pali Coast of Kauai & Confused Water.

I ran across another photo challenge today and thought I would participate. The challenge, posed by DutchGoesThePhoto, is to post photographs exhibiting what is Exotic to you.

I immediately thought of the most exotic places I have been and the Hawaiian island of Kauai was at the top of the list. Here you will see a series of beach scenes taken on a family vacation to this island in July of 2013. The beach, Hanakapi’ai, is located on the Na Pali coast of Kauai and can only be reached by hiking to it through a rainforest or jungle, as my boys called it. There are no access roads and the hike is somewhat difficult. It also can be very muddy and slippery as you cautiously make your way along a narrow trail perched several hundred feet above the shore. The hike is worth it once you get to this beautiful beach, but one must also take care to heed the warnings of danger along the way.  The photos are from various spots on our hike, getting closer and closer to the water.



The water here is very dangerous, and although you can see, and we did see, people swimming in the surf, it is highly recommended that you do not swim at this beach. In fact, it is prohibited! People have died here. The surf is what the Hawaiian’s refer to as confused. Perhaps, it is the lava formations jutting out into the turquoise waters that form dangerous rip tides and under-toe currents. Or, perhaps it is because the fresh water from the mountains actually meet the sea water of the ocean at this beach. It might also be that there are no reefs at this particular location on Kauai to break the power of the ocean waves. In any case, one can just feel the extraordinary power of nature in this truly exotic location. If one value’s their own life, it is a place to heed the warnings and just appreciate the beauty by looking at the water. But, it is exotic enough to warrant a visit, for sure.




WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme, The Chrysalis

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme, The Chrysalis

When this challenge was first posted, I was at a loss as to what I could share. Then, I remembered the thousands of photographs I have taken of the various stages of the Monarch Butterfly’s life cycle. My favorite stage is the third stage, the pupa, or chrysalis! I have been raising monarchs for 14 years now and I still take photographs of all stages, but most frequently the chrysalis. It is the stage where the miracle of metamorphosis takes place, during which the chrysalis has many different appearances depending on how close it is to the next stage: that of the butterfly.  Enjoy my variations on a theme: The Chrysalis for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. All photographs are mine and subject to copyright. Thank you!



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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

Below are my selections for my entry into The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge: Silence.

Cypress Grove at  Iowa State University.
Moon Set on Haleakala Volcano, 12/25/15.
The Silence of a Cemetary.
Blow Hole on Maui, Silently you wait and watch.
Wind power: Some wish these were more Silent. I like them the way they are. 
Rainbow over the West Maui Mountains, 2015. Appearing in Silence.
No Audience at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Silent.
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Silent &  Empty: Where there once was life.
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered in Wisconsin, New York, Holland, & Bermuda

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered in Wisconsin, New York, Holland, & Bermuda

Weathered, ramshackle barn in Western New York. 2017.


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Spring Fog Weathering the Coulee, 2017.
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Weathered Rocks on the Shore of Lake Michigan in Door County, 2016.
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Old and Ornate Government Building in Delft, The Netherlands, 2016.
The Pier at Scheveningen gets weathered from the North Sea in Den Haag, The Netherlands.
The Maid of the Mist is Weathered in Niagara Falls! 2008.
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Tobacco Bay, Bermuda. limestone rock formations have weathered with time. 2017.


These are my submissions for the Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: Weathered.

Thanks for visiting!

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

Milkweed busting through the ground in spring. 
four tiny larvae 2017
Four monarch caterpillars, showing growth – instars. 
A brotherly competition. How big is your paperwhite?

Amaryllis Bulbs in various stages of growth. 2016.
Successful growth of Meyer Lemons, 2017.


Monarch Caterpillar with end stage growth
Milkweed and Zinnia Seeds Starting to Germinate. Growth!

Inspired by the: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth


WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favorite Photos

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favorite Photos

Below are my submissions to the end of the year WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for 2017: Favorite Photos.



Minnesota Sky on July 31st, © Carol Labuzzetta
first tag of the 2017 season
Tagged 25 Monarch Butterflies this year. One of the last to go this fall. © Carol Labuzzetta
Bermuda House and Lighthouse from the Harbor, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
Inside the Light House after climbing over 180 stairs. The Lens. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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Coneflower on the Prairie. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
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On I-90.  A Huge Cow on a Trailer. Only in Wisconsin – The Dairy State! © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, South Hampton Bermuda, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
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Horseshoe Bay Beach Bermuda at Dusk. Pink Sand and Sky. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
Wide Open Spaces. New Amsterdam Prairie. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
The Sky. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
A Street in St. George, Bermuda. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
Grandma’s African Violet lives on well after she is gone. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
Bountiful Blueberry Harvest, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
Monarch eggs were found plentiful in my own backyard, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
Monarch Chrysalis,© Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
End of the Year on the Deck, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.