Summer allows me the luxury of early morning hikes. I’ve been carrying my 85mm Nikkor Micro Lens and working on some macro shots. These are handheld shots, so I’ll give myself a little credit for some patience and willingness to sort through a lot of bad photos. Both of these shots are within 2′. The Rainbow Bluet (I think, they take on so many color phases, I find them hard to identify with certainty) was occupied eating breakfast allowing me to move in close. The Eastern Red Damsel played tag with me but still gave me couple of good shots. I call them “wisps in the breeze.” they are so small they are virtually transparent. Spotting them is like catching the winds movement. The camera aids the eye in bringing so much more wonder into view.
Eastern Red Damsel
More Friday Friends.
Who are you, and what are you doing here?
I stepped off the trail into a clearing to get an open capture of the setting sun when large movement caught my eye. I’d been there awhile watching the celestial show when this guy appeared and entered into a stare down with me. Or at least I thought it was me he was interested in. When I turned around to walk out; a rather large doe occupied the trail behind.
This week’s Friday Friend
I gave a vintage feel to an early summer evening gathering of these Swallows. They’re headed south for the winter but sure to return and build theirs families again next spring.
Yellow Tiger Swallowtail on Ironweed
Friday Friend and Floral.
A Summer Breeze
Another Wordless Wednesday
Southern Spreadwings in Competition
The mating process of Damselflies and Dragonflies is fascinating theater if you pause to just watch for awhile. It also varies from specie to specie and can be quite violent. I’ll leave any explanations to the experts. This pair is about to be broken up, but eventually the female will oviposit into the lush vegetation available.
I’ve only seen this damselfly in the warmth of the harsh light of mid-day sun. Its been a challenge to me to get the photo right. There’s plenty of room for improvement, but I’ve learned a lot more about Lightroom photo processing!
This weeks Friday Friends.
Green Heron on the Lookout
A rather obscure little pond produces some viewing treasures for that very reason. A Green Heron scouted the pond from the tree tops before flying in to snap up some tadpoles or other delights. Later, it took a gap in the brush for me to look through and spot it on this branch. An Elderberry Bush concealed me with its lacy white crown – a spot to keep an eye on latter this summer. A perfect Friday Friend and Flower combo.
Damselfly at First Flight
Hiking at first light, I captured this damselfly soon after it emerged from the wetlands. Still largely translucent, not much of its characteristic color and marking are on display.