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08.02.2022 Complaining does sometimes get you somewhere

So I have complained about not seeing many butterflies this year.  I do believe their numbers are down just as is the case with most insects worldwide. But as often happens, once I open my big mouth something shows up.  … Continue reading

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08.01.2022 My morning with Butorides virescens

AKA Green Heron. I decided to walk the rail trail this morning looking for frogs.  It was overcast which would be good at cutting down the glare that is sometimes unavoidable on a sunny day with a wet frog. Even … Continue reading

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07.31.2022 Hooray for Holcocephala

I’ve been hoping for robber flies all summer and finally saw one yesterday.  It’s quite a looker with those big goo goo googly eyes. I was pretty happy with that shot but shifted around the Showy Tick-trefoil plant and got … Continue reading

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07.30.2022 A special find for Blog Post #2300

Fourteen years ago I found one of the most beautiful caterpillars I’ve ever seen in our yard dining on some goldenrod leaves.  That happened again yesterday morning after a brief shower. Brown-hooded Owlet-Cucullia convexipennis.  I hope this one survives.  The … Continue reading

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07.30.2022 Suspension LIft Bug

High water is nothing to worry about for this guy. Stilt Bug-Neoneides muticus on Boneset. I made almost the exact same image a few years ago also on this same flower.  7D Mark II, 100 macro, Canon MT-26EX twin flash. … Continue reading

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07.28.2022 Crossed Blades in Brickyard 2

Third in the series.  It was a good morning for dew drops. It was too breezy for stacking but I think the out of focus blade works better than had it been sharp.  Aside from not liking to alter nature … Continue reading

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07.27.2022 Wordless Wednesday-Dew Drop Roller Coaster

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07.26.2022 Nature’s Artistry

Of course, art is in the eye of the beholder and is only meaningful as such to humans.  Everything else is about mating and survival for the insect. Leafhopper- possibly Prescottia lobata.  Another new species for the yard and me.  … Continue reading

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07.25.2022 Macro Monday-Crossed Blades in Brickyard

While in Brickyard yesterday, my main goal was intimate scenes of grass and dew drops.  There was a lot to work with and this is the first of a series. 5D Mark IV with 180 macro and 2.0 teleconverter at … Continue reading

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07.24.2022 Today I learned a new behavior and the word for it.

While photographing in the yard Friday afternoon, I noticed a Goldenrod Crab spider with it’s bumblebee prey and made several photographs. (Note, this is not Nature at its prettiest but all part of the grand scheme of things.) Through the … Continue reading

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