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….
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!