Tag Archives: insect

Searching… 113/365

Searching... 113/365

…because that is what they look like they are doing…like eyes wide open searching through the grey…

Face First...

…yep…another bee face first in the pollen of a Cosmos flower…this time I think I did a better job of getting some depth of field, making more of the bee sharper and in focus…

Moonrise… 114/365

Moonrise... 114-365

Simplicity…about as complex as I want it at 5:30am…an image I am thinking of entering in “Competitions on the 24/7” group in RedBubble with the theme “Morning Madness” but I am not sure yet…might have to stretch it a bit to fit it into the madness part…

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Digging In… 106/365

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If the light looks a little strange on this one, it is because it was flipped upside down…It gives one less of a headache this way I think and my daughter insisted it looked better…so there…I liked this one for the way the legs seem to blend in with the stamen of the flower…as though he was really digging into it…

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These macros were not as easy to capture as some out there make it look…these little guys move…a lot…more than I thought they would…but then I guess “busy as a bee” was not coined by accident…These were the sharpest of the lot, but I am sure if I worked longer at it and shot more megabytes of images I would have captured an even better one…or maybe I am my worst critic…maybe…

Gratuitous Flower Shots:

(because you all asked for it….or maybe because I happened to take these as well today…anyway…)

 
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Yep, more of the Mexican Sunflower shots, except this time from the back of the flower rather than the front… I am finding out (by accident on the first one “Cosmos”) that a lot of flowers are just as interesting from the back of the flower as they are from the front.  More subtle, but I like the organic symmetry.  

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I also took this opportunity to play around with Lightroom 2’s new graduated filter feature…the above desaturation was created using it…a nice little feature added from the beta version I was crashing…I mean using…

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Another Damselfly… 85/365

Another Damselfly... 85/365

Yep, it’s another Damselfly, but given the abundance of them in my yard and the fact that they make for great macro practice, I have a feeling this will not be my last…so there.

Meanwhile in another part of the blog…I want to take a moment and thank everyone who makes a regular visit to my blog and for all of the great comments I have received as well. You all have brought a lot of excitement to this project for me and have also introduced me to your exceptional talents as well.  For most if not all, I have added your site or blog to my blog-roll, and I highly recommend everyone get a peek at some of the other great artists I have met and commented back and forth to over the last few months.  Again thank you all for your comments and support and as always…

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Sunday Night…

A little bonus post for you all tonight…a collection of images on the CF card from earlier today as well…

Dragon’s-Wort…

Dragon's-Wort

Otherwise known as Tarragon…I never knew this herb had such a cool second name…

 

We gave birth to a Moth…

We gave birth to a moth...

My daughter found a “cool looking” caterpillar and decided to keep it in one of her many insect habitats.  It almost immediately went to work turning itself into a moth and about a couple of weeks later, here it is.  I was not there to see the actual rebirth of the moth, but I think this shot is early enough that the wings were still wet a bit.  It never cam much farther out than this before other chores called me away.  I am pretty sure it has flown out of the habitat now and it wandering the neighborhood looking for lightbulbs to bounce off of…

Watermelon

Watermelon

The first watermelon we have seen so far from the sole plant in the garden…

Inchworm…

Inchworm

My daughter found this little guy and wanted me to capture it…who am I to argue…

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Pale Damselfly… 46/365

Pale Damselfly... 46/365

I was playing around with layers and Lab color in Photoshop and came across a combination that gives the color a pale, creamy look and I am not sure if I like it or not yet but it does give that less saturated look I prefer in images.  I will have to keep experimenting with different colors to see how they react to it and if I get consistent results, I will post the technique… Until then…

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The Smile of a Dragonfly… 41/365

The Smile of a Dragonfly... 41/365

OK, so I was able to sneak a few in before we headed off.  This guy was a rather willing model, letting me get almost close enough to touch.  Occasionally, he would head off to grab something to eat, but he would always come back to his post…

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Stained Glass… 35/365

Stained Glass... 35/365

 In between thunderstorms this beautiful lady decided to visit my garden…

It was a tough decision for the image of the day…

TOIL…

 Toil

I watched this little guy drag this fly carcass a couple of feet. The amazing thing about it (as if that was not enough) was that it would try, fail, walk away for a sec, then come back and try again until it found the right location to grab on and drag it for the long haul. Trial and error in the insect world…

Ant at Work…

Ant at Work Composite

This is a blending of 11 images I took while I watched the persistent ant drag the fly across my driveway…

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