Category Archives: Western Massachusetts

10.01.2022 Too Close for Comfort Spidurday?

Dark Fishing Spider-Dolomedes tenebrosus Who sees my little friend?  Look closely if you dare.  🙂 Most often I find these in the wood pile but it was chilly last night so this one must have sought warmer shelter.

Posted in Amherst, Closeup Photography, Insects, Nature Photography, Western Massachusetts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

09.29.2022 Glamour Shot

Gymnoclytia sp.  A Tachinid fly.  These parasitic flies lay their eggs most often on the larvae of another insect, very often caterpillars, which dooms the host.  The adults feed on nectar.

Posted in Amherst, Closeup Photography, Insects, macro photography, Nature Photography, Western Massachusetts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 36 Comments

09.24.2022 Brickyard Baubles

Pretty soon these will be frozen jewels as we approach colder weather but for now it’s still warm and lovely to see an upside down world in drops of rain.  

Posted in Abstract, Amherst, Closeup Photography, macro photography, Nature Photography, Western Massachusetts | Tagged , , , , , , | 25 Comments

09.23.2022 Frog Friday-maybe the last?

We are starting to get a few nights in the 30’s although not a frost in the immediate future.  But that might be chilly enough to trigger hibernation. This past Monday I visited one of the more reliable locations for … Continue reading

Posted in Animal Behavior, Fauna, Nature Photography, Western Massachusetts | Tagged , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

09.22.2022 Wood Splitter’s Delight

Well maybe not all wood splitters but this one was happy to find these and get a nice shot of the two peacefully, I think, coexisting under the bark of some of my firewood that I was prepping for the … Continue reading

Posted in Amherst, Closeup Photography, Insect Behavior, Insects, Nature Photography, Western Massachusetts | Tagged , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

09.21.2022 Waterfall Wednesday

We had very little rain this past summer and many of the brooks here were actually rock landscapes.  But last week we had a little bit and Murphy Falls had this trickle of a cascade flowing for a more intimate … Continue reading

Posted in Intimate Landscape, Landscape, Nature Photography, Waterfalls, Western Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts Waterfalls and Cascades | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

09.21.2022 Wordless Wednesday-Hickory Ridge Golf Course Gone Fallow

Posted in Amherst, Landscape, Western Massachusetts | Tagged , , , , | 15 Comments

09.20.2022 Two-fer Tuesday

This time both in one post. This Dogwood Sawfly larva-Macremphytus tarsatus was wandering about on the tarp while I was splitting firewood.  I was almost as excited as I was with the snake.  Different day though.  We do have a … Continue reading

Posted in Amherst, Closeup Photography, Insects, Nature Photography, Western Massachusetts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

09.19.2022 To or to not?

Cloning?  So this discussion happened a little while ago but that was about something that was not in the real world but within the camera.  In this case it is quite real. I went back and forth about the cell … Continue reading

Posted in Black and White, Landscape, Nature Photography, Western Massachusetts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

09.19.2022 Ssssssneaky Sssssssnake Sssssss

While stacking some wood I had just split I felt eyes upon me.  When I looked up I saw Eastern Garter Snake-Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis I’ve been bringing the camera out with me when working in the yard and it came … Continue reading

Posted in Amherst, Animal Behavior, Closeup Photography, Fauna, Nature Photography, Western Massachusetts | Tagged , , , , , , | 27 Comments