Sunday Stills has gone buggy! I think I got lucky this week and found mostly pretty bugs…
Some sort of brown spider… I see them in the garden a lot; we usually call them Daddy Longlegs but I think they might be something else. Anyone here a spider expert?
One of the numerous ladybugs farming aphids in the thistle plants around the compost piles. I didn’t even notice until later, when I loaded the pictures, that he had tiny dew drops on him.
Found a male Stream Bluet resting – hunting? – in the middle of the mud puddle that serves as the tadpole pond.
Red-Shouldered Ctenucha. I’d never seen this moth before; I thought it might be related to the Cinnabar moths, since some of the young caterpillars are munching on the leaves above it, until I looked it up and discovered it had a bright blue body (this guy kept his wings closed while I was watching).
Female Twelve Spotted Skimmer
Male Twelve Spotted Skimmer.
Male Variegated Meadowhawk. The dragonflies really seem to like this particular post, which is in the middle of one of our field gates, though I’m not sure why. I went out a couple times today armed with the camera and hung around for awhile but nobody wanted to pose. I saw at least five or six zooming back and forth over the hay field but couldn’t keep them in the frame long enough to get a decent shot of them in flight!
A young Orb Weaver and her – his? – catches.
A Twelve-spotted Skimmer enjoying his perch. This post must have been a favorite because he kept circling back for a landing whenever I got too close.
This week’s challenge is the color pink. It just so happens that one of our pink rhodies, Mary Belle, is blooming…
Mel’s nose is mostly black but he does have a small patch of pink inside his left right nostril. He wasn’t too happy about the camera being stuck in his face….
Found this cute little guy lurking in a flat of tomato plants.
Interesting challenge, I wish I had more time this week to get pictures of more corners. Here’s my lonely corner:
Any guesses on what it is?
Is it really a new year already? Seems like just yesterday we were heading out to cut the first hayfield of the summer.
Thanks to Linda at Colorado Farm Life for another great challenge! The end-of-the-year challenge are always, for lack of a better word, a challenge. I usually have several favorites from each time I got out shoot, so it’s tough to pick just one from the whole year, but this year I had a top three (usually it’s more!) to narrow it down from.
Speaking of haying, I discovered this Goldenrod crab spider and his catch while I was out checking the hayfield we were about to lay down for tansy. These spiders blend in incredibly well. If not for the moth and the tiny splash of red on the spider’s body, I never would have even noticed that someone was using the plant as his hunting ground.
I haven’t yet given much thought to my photographic aspirations for this coming year…. As always, there is so much to learn about photography, it is a never-ending learning curve. Sometime this year – for graduation, perhaps – I hope to upgrade to a DSLR. I’ve got my eye on the Canon EOS Rebel T3i (600D)…
Hope everyone is having a great New Year’s Day!
A shot from the archives to add a touch of summer to the winter weather…
This week’s Sunday Still’s challenge is bokeh. My first time authoring a challenge, I’m very excited to see what everyone came up with! A big thank you to Linda and Ed for the opportunity to submit our ideas for future challenges. I recently became
obsessed interested in bokeh once I realized how much depth of field really effected a photo, and how much better the SX20 handled shallow depth of field than my previous camera. Now I could pretty much consistently get the blurred background when I wanted, not just occasionally. Push the limits of your equipment, you might be surprised at what you learn and what your camera can do!
For an added mini challenge, the next time you’re watching your favorite TV show, especially if the characters are outside, see if you can spot the bokeh in the background.
Barn cat “helping” by walking into the frame is optional…
Some moss on the rock pillar at the bottom of the shop stairs.
One from the archives (yikes, I cut off part of the left flower!), when I didn’t quite understand bokeh and how to create it.
Had our first hard frost of the fall last night; it actually got cold enough to freeze the puddles and leave a thin sheet on the water buckets. It snowed about an inch the night before, then the sky cleared…
Found this poor guy hiding on a fence post – he must have been freezing! (pun not intended).
Another great challenge! The the trash bin can really force you to look at your composition and your exposure. The camera may be a “point & shoot,” but if you put the time and thought- the situation allowing – into the photo, it becomes more than just a snap shot.
(Dog and deer repellent) Classic snap shot – gets the job done but leaves quite a bit to be desired.
All the same elements, different angle and more visually appealing composition.
I actually like this shot, but the background, especially the the electric wire running through the bottom of the frame is distracting and detracts from the photo.
Since the drop and the barb are the subject, they should fill the majority of frame. I like the lens flare as well, I think it works for with the drop and sun rays.
It’s the middle of October and the strawberries are still going strong!
Despite it officially being fall and heading into the rainy season, there was a surprising lack of fog or rain to get some water/dew drops!
Raiding the archives:
Crazy week, didn’t get a chance to check the Sunday Stills blog for the challenge until yesterday. But, I did get a picture of the resident mosquito that likes to hang around the computer.
Found this cool partial spider web on a fence post on my way out to do chores yesterday morning.
Pitch on a firewood log.
Some sort of pollinator… not exactly sure what it is.
Loaded-down honeybee on a blackberry blossom.
Got so busy last week that I missed Sunday Stills! At least there’s always next week. 😉
When I first saw the bee, I thought it had gotten too cold to fly, since it was pretty overcast. But then I noticed the white spider – practically the same color as the rose – with a death grip on bee’s neck. Without the two red stripes on its back, it blends in incredibly well. Did a quick Internet search and found out that the spider is a Goldenrod Crab Spider, which is either white or yellow, depending on what color flower they are hunting on, and they can change between the two colors.
Macro Monday, fall edition! You know that fall is here and winter’s just around the corner when everything is covered in little ice crystals…
Our second frost of the year, hardly a killing frost, but cold enough to make you reach for a scarf and clean off the wood stove that sits all summer for a nice little fire.
Excuse me, Maks, but that’s not what the camera strap is used for…
Of the volunteer Bachelor Buttons that came up in the garden this year. It’s almost like two flowers in one, with the petals looking like a flower.
Frogs! Spring’s definitely here when the tadpoles start hatching and you see the occasional frog in the mud puddle, despite this decidedly spring-like weather that seems to be plaguing Oregon and Washington lately.
I didn’t just see one frog, but two!
A couple of weeks back when I was out at the barn doing my evening chores, I saw a brown and green frog in the puddle, but by the time I returned in a couple of minutes withe the camera, he was gone.
This one kept insisting on climbing up on my thumb, so I let it have its way…
Thinking no one can see him. Either this frog is oblivious, or that fly is pretty stupid.
Bees. The weather’s been so nice and actually spring-like the last couple of days and the bees have been out in full force. Yesterday the Transparent apple tree in the yard was humming, there was so many bees it!
I would have put more picture up today, I’ve got a nasty computer virus that I’ve got to take care and reinstall Windows. Now I wish I’d put more of my archives on disc sooner so I don’t have to spend most of the day doing it!
G for green… Mom found this little guy when she was putting the plastic cover back on one of our compost piles earlier this week. She hurried down to the house to get me so I could take a some pictures while she kept the dogs from trampling all over him.
Looking right at the camera! (this is not cropped at all…).
Back in the blogging saddle after a somewhat long absence! I’m done with finals and into the second semester, so I should be back for a while… At least I hope so.
The Common Hazelnut, Corylus avellana.
Wow, I think this is the hardest challenge Ed has ever given us, at least for me. Only two pictures! I’ve taken so many photos during the year, and I have so many favorites! Due to the virus the computer got on Christmas Eve, all the pictures taken before that were on disc, so I didn’t have time to go through all of them, so I finally settled on these two, both from late in the year.
This probably one of my favorites of all the frosty barb wire that I’ve taken. It’s the desktop background, too!
I love love love this one. It’s one thing to get a really good picture of one hawk, but two, the other one swooping past, is pretty rare for a amateur photographer.
If you mock a weatherman for not being able to predict weather out of a wet paper bag enough times, then they predict a big storm – which of course you don’t believe them – that knocks the power out. I knew I should have just scheduled my Stills post Saturday night! And since I to do so, today will be a late SS/Macro Monday post.
Regular old post-growing moss.
Sunday Stills Challenge:
As it turns out, I did manage to find a horse to photograph… my own! Not that I was worried about finding any. =)
Just coming back from a ride. Nick was so patient and hardly moved a muscle while I snapped away and asked him to pose for me.
This is one of my favorites, I took it this summer right before I went for a ride. I just love the look on his face.
“I’m afraid currency is the currency.” – Lord Cutler Beckett, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End
ISO: 64, f/stop: 4.8, Shutter speed: 1/250
As soon as I got the challenge, I immediately thought of the $1 gold coins. The one on left is the older version, and the one with Andrew Jackson on the front is the new version, from either this year, or 2008.
The all-seeing eye… ($1 bill)
I love this eagle!
How do they make the 100 in green look so bumpy??
I think this is a really cool idea! Got every quarter except for Montana.
Since I never did get around to answering my comments on the last Macro post, I’ll just answer the question on this one.
“What the heck is that thing?” Well, it’s a Chinese Chestnut. Very prickly, but the nut is very sweet, and well worth scraping the bitter skin off. The sweetness of the nuts seems to vary tree to tree. The cows and Nick love to munch on the leaves when they can reach them.
My new shoes! The 2″ heel took a little getting used to…
Macro Monday time again! Food and trees with super wicked thorns make an interesting mix, but what the heck?
This is the common Hawthorn tree. Their berries turn the most beautiful shades of red and black as they get ripe. A little history: the fruit, called a haw is used to make jelly, jam, wine, syrups, and add flavor to brandy.
The plum/peach pie that Mom made yesterday.
This Sunday’s challenge is fencing. I must confess that a couple of these will be from the archives. I got some really great shots last summer of some our fencing that would be kind of hard to duplicate.
This one and the picture below are from the archives. I love the stripes on his/her wings; don’t know what kind it is, though.
Experimenting with Aperture and ISO…