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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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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Luna Moths

On the afternoon of June 14, 2004, something quite remarkable happened in my Kensington, Md. backyard, about which I briefly posted on that day. My wife urgently called me from my basement office. Beautiful butterflies had taken up residence on my daughter’s snow sled, which she had dragged out and left for some inexplicable reason. I…

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Flickr a Day 76: ‘Common Green Lacewing’

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Surely, this isn’t the green photo you expected. But I couldn’t resist this wonderful closeup (e.g., Macro shot) taken with little more than a digital compact—Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, which zooms from 24-840mm. Yikes! Meet the lacewing, one of my favorite insects growing up in Northern Maine. Martin Cooper, who joined…

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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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Porch Light Stays Off Tonight

I am so work-stuff busy today I have no free time. But something happened in the backyard that warranted my taking a camera break and later a posting break. My daughter brought out her sled for some odd reason (hey, it is like a million degrees here) and left it outside. Apparently, the purple and…

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Cicada Nation

Washington, D.C., is now capital of the Cicada invasion. These bugs are everywhere, looking every bit the survivors of some prehistoric meteor that wiped out all other ancient species. Saturday, while driving through an impending thunderstorm, my wife commented on how the wind whipped up so many leaves the road was barely visible. Those were…

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