The 180 came back last week and this weekend was my first time out with it. Saturday was a big disappointment. Pretty much every image was not very good as a result of everything coated with so much dew that crisp detail was impossible although I didn’t recognize it at the time and not until I could review the images in LR. At first I thought the lens was not focusing properly and would have to return it to Canon. But yesterday, even though it was dewy the images were as I expected and that came as a relief.
At first, as I walked through the grass, ferns, and brush, in the Lawrence Swamp wet meadow, tiny grasshoppers were jumping ahead of me but were all landing on the ground below the plants where I couldn’t shoot them…probably would have continued fleeing anyway. But I noticed a bit of yellow atop a stunted blueberry shrub…everything gets brush cut down in the autumn so the meadow does not change to forest…and found this Goldenrod Crab Spider-Misumena vatia amidst the dew drops on a leaf.
As I watched it became more mobile and crawled about the leaf until settling below for a candid face on shot.
As I was getting the above shot a Red-legged Grasshopper- Melanoplus femurrubrum landed on a small oak and I moved on to that. This one did not want to have its picture taken, I guess, because it kept scuttling around the stem to be opposite me. I ended up holding the cable release to its full extent and walking around to the opposite side which caused it to move into full view of the camera and a side portrait.