Hand held at 600mm. Distance was about 150-175 feet.
Canon 5Dsr - Canon 300 2.8 II - Canon 2x III - 1/1328 - f/14 - ISO @ 1000.
Nice speckled trout and BIF.
Gary, specimens on the way.
Mark Sturtevant wrote:
👍 The shiny beetle is the dogbane beetle. I used to see hundreds of them as a kid back in Iowa but over here I don't think I have seen a single one. Strange.
They should be in your area. They are common over much of US.
I fed them to tarantulas, the bolus(food wad) left was very pretty.
Thanks all for comments.
This is a little web weaving spider. It is about ... (
The Golden Nature Guide has the Pirate spider eyes similar.
They sneak up on and bite the web's owner, then eating it.
Your weather still wet? We have had a streak of cool, sunny days. About to end with heat. Well, it is summer.
I have been out every other day or so. Plenty of interesting subjects.
Have been trying a 500mm lens with 20mm of tube. It is allowing close shots from a couple of meters to about 20m. My problem is focus. Need new glasses. Have started to bracket my focus, that helps.
A box of specimens will go out soon. Shipped wet, with a bit of hand sanitizer in a small screw cap containers. You may find use for the containes, so keep them.
The other thing I am working with is flash. I have a bracket to get a small flash at the front of the lens. So far so good. Now need to fine tune. That has gotten rid of most of the shake problem. The flash is under $40 to my door. It is fast recovering, only two AA batteries, and nice and light.
The rig is not unwieldy like a lot I see. A picture, then up and out. Never know what may be waiting.
Good day, Gary.
Taken with tablet, terrible photos. Since day one I have been disappointed.
A park and butterfly garden.
A lot of activity.
dont know the name ,will post in bugguide if no one knows.the spikey things moved all directions
If kept on black walnut or star gum will grow. Very impressive insect. This looks to be first instar.
I'm humbled by your kind response. Each of the po... (
How soon do you want them?
This is another view of my preserved Queen European Hornet. It is yet another practice session with lighting and settings as I make tweaks to improve.
The thought occurred to me that each specimen, each new subject, will have it's own set of ideals, simply because of the variables.
I think Mark said something in that vein a few posts back.
My experience has been through a microscope. Shadow and bright light would bring out unseen features.
The ability to stack allows a picture that is IMPOSSIBLE in real world, we do not see that clearly.
That makes each of your sessions unique. The detail incredibly new.
The bug has been around for a couple of days but always hid when I came out with my camera until today.
Your bug, rather than a milkweed or other plant feeder, I believe this to be one of the assassin bugs.
They are somewhat of a mimic. Longer, more raptorial front legs hold prey, longer beak.
Confine it with a small insect to find out. They bite man, and it is painful.
Even pea shooters can take out a target, so this comment is just childish.
And anyone with a modicum of art history knows that male penises were deliberately downsized during the period to "prove" that sex wasn't the point, or that it din't become a "point" of insult, just as hands and feet were often sized up to enhance the "power" of the model.
Pardon me. Not my purpose to offend.
Too many points for lacewing to argue. These still look a bit beefier than the little beasties hiding in flowers.
There are a lot of this form of Neuropteran larva living on tree trunks with lichens and moss. They use debris for camo and are predacious.
I lived at the edge of a damp woodland and it was all mossy and shady.
Mushrooms, good wild eating were there. Some good, some delicious.
Look for insects?
Get a chair, sit and watch. Look for movement. No hurry. Camera ready?
A cold one to help the wait.😋
Flies are easy to trap. br A two liter plastic bo... (
See Home Science Tools.Deluxe insect and butterfly net.
Thank you for the kind words and all of the support and education you provided me. There are a variety of flies here (I suspect elsewhere also) so when I see one that I haven't photographed I try to catch it which I find to be enjoyable. A battle of wits and determination although it probably doesn't say much of me when I am outwitted by a fly!
Flies are easy to trap.
A two liter plastic bottle with four holes, large enough for flies, one inch from bottom and equidistant around bottle. Appropriate bait. Flies enter low and then will fly up to leave. Catch some and refrigerate or freeze to get specimens. Vary the bait. A dead mouse or bird attracts many flesh eater's. Road kill is a good source of flies. You need a net, I will send a link to the one I use.
Killing in alcohol will take care of the germs on the fly.
An interesting read is "A Fly for the Prosecution".
Sunny here, so up and about. Never know what awaits.