Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sweet Dreams

“Sweet Dreams”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Cades Cove, Tennessee is a magical place. If you have never been, I highly suggest it. 

There is an 11-mile loop through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You never know what you will see, but it probably will be a black bear. I’ve also seen deer, turkeys, coyotes, a bobcat, and other wildlife.

This little fellow enjoyed filling his tummy until he got plum tired and took a nap in the crook of this tree. After a short snooze, he was right back at it! 

He picked a good tree right off the loop road where he put on a show for all those passing by. 

Monday, September 17, 2018


Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Georgia is my first male monarch butterfly that I have raised from an egg. It has been a rewarding, yet arduous process. 

He wasn’t doing very well and wasn’t thriving. He would lie on his side and not do anything. I turned my guest bathroom into Georgia’s spa. I warmed the room with a small heater, cut up fresh orange slices, and made some honey water for him to feed on.

He got much stronger, and I released him two days later due to all the rain from hurricane Florence.

He was tagged with a special tag from Monarch Watch. This tiny tag can be used to track their migration to Mexico. If found, the tag should be reported through the Monarch Watch website.


I now have an inkling of an idea of how it feels to have lived in the depression. Milkweed, their source of food, was a rare commodity. I purchased one milkweed plant in the spring and a female monarch laid a billion eggs on it. I had to drive out-of-town to buy more because none could be found in Athens.

Those four plants I bought also had a billion eggs! This cyclical cycle played out over and over again leading me back to buy six more plants.

There were times that I did not know if I would have enough to feed my babies. I adopted three caterpillars to a friend and helped feed her monarchs from my plants knowing I may not have enough. 

Scraps of leaf bits fell into the pots, and I would scrounge up what I could to put in the center of the caterpillar cage to create a smorgasbord of food.

Another friend helped by giving me some of her milkweed, and she knew where I could adopt out some of my caterpillars. In total, I adopted out 26 caterpillars.

My friend that I adopted three caterpillars to knew someone which led to her bringing me two young milkweed plants. I now know I will have enough. The Lord provided milkweed right when I needed it!

Note how he has his head turned to look at me. I have never seen a butterfly do that!

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Location: Athens, Georgia

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

In Remembrance

“In Remembrance”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

The terrible memories of 9/11 are part of our past as a nation, but they do not define us. I wanted to honor all those lost by posting a photograph of a lily. 

Lilies symbolize so many things. The calla lily has been associated with faith, purity, and holiness.

Location: Athens, Georgia 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


Judy Royal Glenn Photography

A great blue heron was in search of an early lunch as he scoured the water’s edge. The brim didn’t have good luck for the day.

Location: Rome, Georgia

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

I’m the Leader!

“I’m the Leader!"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Recently, two bucks and a doe were frolicking around in the fields of Cades Cove, Tennessee. But, rut season was near and these bucks were gently testing each other by locking antlers.

One buck firmly stated, “I’m the leader!” The other buck pulled back and concurred. 

Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I love watching the horses in the fields of Cades Cove, Tennessee. The ironweed made the sight even more beautiful. Not until I got home did I notice the beggar’s-lice tangled in his mane. It gave him a nice hairdo. 

Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Friday, August 24, 2018

What’s all the Fuss?

“What’s all the Fuss?”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

A friend of mine from Tennessee invited me to stay at her house. When in Tennessee, the must thing to do is to go to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

This little black bear cub was foraging with his two siblings and momma bear in a field. He was causing quite a stir amongst the visitors. He stood up on his hind legs wondering what’s all the fuss?

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet!

“Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet!”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

For some strange reason, when I look at this photograph, it reminds me of Elmer Fudd saying, “Shhh! Be vewy, vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits.” There is one exception—I would not hunt rabbits.

This little fellow was not far from my camera, and he felt comfortable enough to walk towards me. It kind of blew me away!

Location: Watkinsville, Georgia

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Juvenile barred owl

I stopped by a friend’s house to chat with him and his wife one evening. The sun had already set, and we visited in the dim light of their front porch.

He told me a barred owl and its baby had visited the night before and sat in their trees as the "baby" called to its "mom." While I was standing there, he saw the owl fly to the same tree. 

It was super dark, and I could barely see the outline of the owl. I asked him if he had a high-powered flashlight. He rummaged through his house and then shone the light on him so I could photograph the owl.

Intermittingly, its mom was on a branch over my car. Crunch! The two-foot limb she was sitting on fell unto my car. There was a major issue—the car was brand new, and I only had it a week.

Thankfully, the branch was rotten and did not weigh much. It spared my windshield by a hair. A few small scratches now decorated my car, so I called out, “Stupid owl!” The owl was just paying me back for shining a light on her baby.

I don't even like to use the word stupid. That's just what came out!

Location: Watkinsville, Georgia

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Exquisite Jewels

“Exquisite Jewels”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

The chrysalis of the monarch butterfly is a sight to be seen. It is beautiful with exquisite yellow and black looking jewels near the top.

 After I spoke at the Friends First Friday group about hummingbirds and the Hummingbird Trail, I went on a treasure hunt. Shelly, the Director of Horticulture, told me there were three monarch caterpillars in a garden bed recently planted. 

I flagged down another curator and we hunted for the treasure but came up empty. Instead of looking for caterpillars, I started looking for chrysalises. B-I-N-G-O! 

Isn’t it beautiful?

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 

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Monday, August 6, 2018


Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Ma told this white-tailed fawn to eat his veggies but did not warn him about the thorns! I don't think he was really eating the plant but thought it made for a good story!

Location: Berry College, Rome, Georgia

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Set Free

"Set Free"
A time-lapse transformation of a black swallowtail caterpillar into a chrysalis. (Photographer Tips)

This time-lapse shows the incredible process of a black swallowtail caterpillar transforming into his chrysalis. It is such a neat process to watch. Make sure the volume is on as I set it to music!

For photographer wanting helpful tips for photographing a time lapse, I will share a few of my observations. Knowing when the caterpillar is almost ready to break out of his caterpillar shell can be a guessing game unless you know a few helpful hints.
Here is the timeline of events for this caterpillar:

1) He purged his food - it basically looks like diarrhea. 7/25 @ 5:22 p.m.
2) He started attaching to the bamboo stick 7/26 at 9:15 a.m.
3) He began the visible transformation of his chrysalis @ 5:21 and was finished transforming @ 5:25

Hints to know when the transformation is about to begin: The first thing I begin to notice is the caterpillar's sections began to elongate. He began to wiggle more and more moving the sections fo his body up and down. The top clear band at the top of his head will begin to show the green chrysalis underneath. It looks like a bumpy sponge.

The bottom sections of his body will appear a tad thinner as the chrysalis moves up. The key evidence for me to know if it is almost finished is a white ligament type structure appears on the side of his body. I don't know what this is called. I am making a big assumption to guess this aides the outer shell of the caterpillar to be moved down. The caterpillar's shell will split near the top and once the shell is shed, it falls off.

For shooting, I used a light to illuminate the caterpillar and also used a very cheap flash with limited controls. I took a photograph every 10 seconds for the duration using the in-camera time-lapse setting. 

I started shooting once I saw the body elongate and more consistent movement. I can't remember my exact settings. I know I shot @ f/7.1.

In the distance, I used a colored green cloth and attached it to a foam board for a nice background. I used Final Cut Pro X to edit the time-lapse. 

This is only the third chrysalis I have watched transform. I am still learning myself. If I can help you, please leave a comment:) 

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

New Beginnings

"New Beginnings
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Little did I know this day would change dramatically for me. All I wanted was a few black swallowtail caterpillars from my friend. I left her house with five and accidentally bought one when I purchased parsley for them to eat.

So much of my time and attention have gone into these little fellows as I have cared for them in my house. I wasn’t planning on them staying in my house. That’s just how it worked out.

I bought parsley, and dill, and put them into an enclosure surrounded by tulle so they wouldn’t wander around in my house.

Two caterpillars have successfully turned into a chrysalis. I tried doing a timelapse for the first time and actually captured good footage of the transformation. The video will be published later.

 The hard part was having to bury two in my front yard. I know they are just caterpillars, but it was difficult knowing they died.

I have two caterpillars that still haven’t transformed. I am looking forward to watching them transform into a chrysalis and watching the other turn into a beautiful butterfly. God’s nature is so amazing!!  

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Monday, July 23, 2018


Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Meet Cedar, a great horned owl. He is a part of Callaway Garden’s Birds of Prey program. Callaway educational program features birds that cannot be released in the wild because they have been injured or have been imprinted by humans.

Cedar and his sister Juniper fell from a nest and were orphaned. I photographed Juniper previously, so it is neat to photograph Cedar. I am very thankful Callaway provides them such a great home.

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Location: Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia