Morning, Mourning Cloak

This AM, my daughter’s cat Cali started meowing mournfully before the front screen door. She desperately wanted something outside. As a formerly outdoor/indoor kitty, she suffers when birds or bugs come close by door or window. First look, I didn’t see the object of her torment, with appropriate name: Mourning Cloak. The butterfly genus is…

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Monarch Caterpillar

Down the backstreet (Maryland Ave.) in our neighborhood is a mini-wildlife refuge that I call the Butterfly House. Few front yards offer as much foliage, and variety of it, for bugs and birds. But mainstay is milkweed and other plants that attract Monarch butterflies. Two nights ago, while taking a brisk photowalk, I captured a…

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Flickr a Day 269: ‘Spider’

That scream you just heard is my wife as she came to the website. I should have warned her about our featured arachnid. Dominic Wade shot self-titled “Spider” on Aug. 30, 2015, using Fujifilm FinePix HS11. Vitals: f/5, ISO 100, 1/125 sec, 32.7mm. “This was a challenge to photograph”, he says. “The spider is tiny…

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Flickr a Day 221: ‘Comma Butterfly’

All Rights Reserved is the copyright barrier this series cannot cross. Let me show you what I would rather feature from the photostream of Marilyn Peddle if licensed Creative Commons: Hedgy is cute, eh? Instead, we present self-titled “Comma Butterfly”, and I saw plenty of the Eastern variety and also the Question Mark while growing…

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Flickr a Day 175: ‘The Ladybug’

This series doesn’t feature enough large-as-life closeups. So we remedy that misstep today. “The Ladybug”, says Steffen Ramsauer, “is from my garden”. What a gorgeous poser she is captured with the Canon EOS 550D and EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens on June 2, 2012. The Canon prime is excellent for close-up shots like this one…

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Katydid Does

This morning, a Katydid temporarily took up residence on our screen door. I used it as opportunity to test the iPhone 3GS auto-macro mode. Pics were all crap. But this one (and others) taken with the Olympus PEN E-P1, using the natural macro scene mode, are quite good (See my Olympus PEN E-P1 gallery for…

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Bugs!

I started photographing bugs; snapped this baby praying mantis through bushes. Bad angle, bad lighting. I’m shooting with Canon EOS 20D dSLR and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens. My main lens is the EF 135mm f/2L USM. Right now, these are my only lenses, as I transition from zoom to prime lenses. In…

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Where Do They Go?

Every few nights I come down into my basement office—oh, about a half our after the lights go out—and kill crickets. Those pesky varmints are a real pain. Occasionally, though, I’ll catch one about before the lights have gone out and kill it. Last night, like other times when I squashed one, I was too…

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