I love that! .. the detail is incredible .. how did you get her to sit still long enough? A buggy friend of mine taught me a neat trick for photographing insects .. Just pop em in the freezer for about 30 seconds .. doesn't harm them .. just slows them down!
X, this guy was totally still. I wanted to sit in the chair, almost did until I saw it. LOL
After I took a couple shots I tried to gently move it, no luck. I tipped the chair and tapped the arm, no luck. So I flicked it off. I saw it again the next day, in the watering can.
Persistent little devil.
oh wow, talk about up close and personal. that is an amazing shot.
X, i love your shot of the squash bugs. i haven't thought of taking shots of mine, except maybe gunshots. i am squishing squashs from morning till night. the sunflower without its glorious petals makes the shot even more eerie to me. great job.
Well Tracks .. I was a bit miffed about all those bugs having affairs all over my sunflowers .. the party lasted 2 nights. I used the seeds for planting .. not eating on that one. LOL
Kell, those are really stunning! I love to do macro stuff. I finally got a new camera. My father sent me his old one a Sony that will do macro better than what I have now and has much more latitude fine adjustment. As to the bugs .. yes they do stink if you mess with them .. nasty stink.
kell, those close-ups are fantastic. i think that last shot are the nymphs of some kind of squash bug, that's what mine look like at first. there are a lot of different kinds depending on where you live. they are related to stink bugs and when you squish them, they shoot out stink at the back end just like the stink bugs. stink or squash, they are bad bugs.
I'm always amazed at the diversity of life in my garden. Insect eggs fascinate me. I remember coming across what looked like tiny perfect drops of shiny gold, 5 in a row, 3 rows side by side and slightly off kilter so it formed a parallelogram under one of my brug leaves awhile back. I've only seen them once and keep looking for more. It made me wonder if insects could count in some primitive way.
Thanks folks. I absolutely love this camera. It's a Sony DSC-H1. It's called Super SteadyShot 5.1 Megapixels. It has a 12 X Optical Zoom on it. I love that the viewfinder is 2.5". I have another Sony DSC-W5 with a 3X Optical Zoom, that I was perfectly happy with, until I bought this one. The 12X Zoom has spoiled me terribly.
I have been using my back yard (and my sister's) to learn how to use it. I love zooming in on lizards and bugs and other critters.
edited to change top left to top right. I do believe it's coffee time when I can't tell the difference! :-)
I finally learned to always take my camera with me when I went outside .. got tired of trudging back into the house to get it when I found something in the greenhouse just opened up or elsewhere. Took about a month, but now it goes with me.
I don't use a tripod, although I probably should. I have tried it when taking photos of clothing for eBay, etc. then I end up taking it off the tripod. I'm more comfortable without the tripod. A lot of times, the setting on the camera makes all the difference. There are about a half a dozen settings or so. When I take photos of anything that might possibly move, I use the "little golfing man" (I call it the LGM) setting, which is amazingly quick. The bad thing is that the LGM setting isn't too good for night time because of the quick shutter speed.
I've been hearing a chirping every night for weeks and looked and looked for the source. Last night I finally found it. I took this photo last night of a very tiny frog (about 1" long") that was sitting on one of the upper leaves of my waybigo Schefflera (sp?). Took a few photos to get a good one. I had to use a flash, which I hate to use. I'm used to taking photos of my grandbabies and they all hate the flash, kinda like me.
I have found that the best way to get good pictures is to just use the camera... constantly. Try different settings. The worst that will happen is that you will have to delete some. The best thing about digital photography is that you don't have to wait for developing to see if you took good photos. Ain't modern technology grand!!!???!!!
I'm still trying to get some photos of our flying squirrel that visits each night. When I do, I'll be sure to post them.
I agree, Janet. I love my digital camra. I need to read my manual though so I have a clue about it what it can really do. Your froggie is so cute. We used to have little ones like that when we had a little pond. They were so loud for such a small thing.
Your fly is called Fly Beauteous X. So fancy! Sorry Janet, yours is Plain Jane in comparison. LOL.
gldandrews, your bee is sure having a good time! LOL
HAHAHAHA Kell... I agree. Mine was definitely a Plain Jane variety.
I noticed that my comment about him was edited out. My apologies to any that were offended. That wasn't my intention.
Does anyone know what this prehistoric looking fella is. The "eyes" on his back aren't is eyes. He has a little bitty head. I was watering one day and he crawled out long enough for me to get his photo. I took several photos but the camera had a really hard time focusing because he blended with the tree slab table.
Wow, you guys, these photos are wonderful! I love seeing all the frogs, especially.
UniQueTreasures, I'm glad you posted about your camera. We're researching prosumer digicams for one with a long zoom and image stabilization. I want to get a DSLR, possibly an Olympus Evolt E330 because it has "live view" available: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/E330/E330A.HTM We still want a prosumer model with a powerful zoom, though, for Howie to use.
Nice shots, Victor.
The sun has finally come out after sooo many days of rain.
So have the critters. I missed a pair of butterflies but there were plenty of Bumble Bees enjoying the blackberry blossoms.
Here is one that was enjoying the sun, preening.
Thanks, Andy -- yours are nice, too, though! Out of a gigabyte's worth of shots, I ended up with perhaps 6 I thought were worth keeping. Neighbors should by now be used to seeing me taking hundreds of flash photos of a plant...in broad daylight. LOL
I have enjoyed browsing through all these lovely "Critter Photographs". Here is one from Australia. This is a Mole Cricket (Gryllotalpa monanka), a burrowing species that I recently found under a log in our local Morwell National Park.
The knee is coming along fine and I am more comfortable during and after long walks than I was before the surgery. I have done several walks of up to 7 kms, but am waiting for the spring before trying anything further,
Yeah, that's big for a cricket...At least around these parts.
Here's a sowbug/pillbug (Porcellio scaber?) I photographed on a rock I picked up from our yard. I've not seen a mottled one like this before. Most are dark grey. Sorry it's not better...It was trying to hide. ;)
Those get everywhere. Porcellio scaber is introduced here in Australia, but has become very common, both in our garden (under almost every flowerpot) and also in Morwell National Park, where I find them under bark on the Eucalyptus trees.
So that's what it's called, western columbine! It's one you don't see around here, but our house had it growing in the yard when we bought it and so does the next-door neighbor. My mom and I have always called it "old fashioned columbine", so it's great to finally know what it is.
Thanks Magpye for identifying my click eyed bug. I had lost "this" forum for a while so I apologize for the delay in responding. I just found it again today and am so happy I did. This is one of my favorite places here at DG. So many Great Photos folks!
Crab spiders are my favorites! They blend in with their surroundings...unless they're bold like this guy. I bet he started out in the petal's white section, well-concealed and ready to strike on his prey.
Here are some shots I took of a robber fly on a hosta leaf. I just spent an hour looking up what insect this is! I know I could have just posted it, but I like IDing them myself when I can. This is a good tool: http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740
I watched this fella land on our little building outside and "hot foot" it across the metal roof. It was comical watching him dancing in a "joint legged" semi-bounce. He danced himself over to the lattice over the deck and stayed there for about 15 minutes. I took this photo (along with about 20 others of him) from inside of my house at a distance of about 25 feet.
I'm not sure what kind of bird he is yet. I'll have to look him up.
At the same time he was up there enjoying the view, I spotted a squirrel on the same lattice about 3 feet from him. Both seem to be oblivious to each other. This photo is a bit dark, but I was glad to have gotten both of them in the same shot. :-) Those beams of the deck are a favorite place for our squirrels to hang out.
guest were destroying almost all my small landscape trees last winter,. Called for an Oklahoma state trapper from the wildlife department. i expected they would re-locate them...they didn't even suggest it
MagPye has brought to my attention that the link I provided for my garden tour wasn't the whole enchilada, but instead, just a slice of it. Here is a link that should show you the whole sheebang. Thanks again MagPye for your help. You're a SweetiePie!
My yard has has a population explosion with baby lizards in the past month. I have to laugh because my sister and I both have the same identical reaction whenever we see the newborns... "Oh Schweeeeeeeeeeeetie!" Needless to say, ALL of the lizards turn their heads to look when I say that because they all think I'm talking to them. They are all named Schweeeeeeeeeeeeetie! Sure beats having to remember hundreds of names! I always thank them for eating bugs and sharing their garden with me. Gotta make them feel at home, yanno!
I went out back this morning and found this turtle. Our privacy fence goes all the way to the ground, so this guy must have snuck in when hubby took the dogs out back of the fence to run. There's a drainage ditch behind my back fence so we get some strange creatures in the yard now and then.
This little table sits right outside of my French Doors.
We used to have a couple of rescued turtles when we had a pond back there. Haven't seen one in years though.
I guess this one's had enough of this photo session. I went back in the house for a minute and he vanished. The ground cover in our islands is really thick right now and I didn't look real hard. I hope he sticks around to visit. I'd like to watch him get bigger. And yeah, his name is Schweeeetie too! :-)
I'm pleased to say we have 2 of these little critters. this is the larger one, not quite 2 inches long when I snapped the pic a week ago.
It is still in the same Day Lily patch today, getting bigger, fast.
Wow, fantastic! We have a similar animal the Sugar Glider, a little flying possum, that we have occasionally seen in the garden, but never the remotest chance of a photograph.
Lucky you and great pictures.
Great pics! Years ago we had an 'up-close-and-personal' with a flying squirrel. It got into our kitchen thru an old stove vent. A friend of ours captured it and kept it as a pet for a while. Used to let it out and let it glide around his apartment. He did release it back into the wild. Neat little animal. That's the only one I've ever seen til now.
jackieshar Texas/Okla central b United States (Zone 7b)
This poor little Catbird chick fell out of a tree only a few feet away from me.
The adult birds went crazy when my dog, Sarah got too close.
I snapped this pic and put the bird back in the tree.
It soon jumped back down and hopped to the brush at the side of the yard.
The parents worked together, one made a racket near me and Sarah, while the other urged chicky along.
Sarah was very good and 'stayed'.
Janet, I like that one. Great colors, good shot too.
I had fun with a tiny bee deep inside a Daylily today. I have 4 nice shots on this link in the Photo forum. http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/629734/
Here is one of them.
Thanks Andy! Your link provided me with another Forum (Photos) to watch. There are so many that I haven't even seen yet. I get absorbed in one and can sit here for hours just looking at all of the photos. I can't believe I hadn't seen the PHOTO Forum yet! Now, I'll never get anything done around here! HAHAHAHA
I posted this same message on the photo thread, but wanted to share it with you folks here as well.
I have spent the better part of this morning watching this beautiful hummingbird in my back yard. Some of these photos were taken outside. Most were taken from inside the house. I had a really hard time keeping my hands still enough to get good photos when I was outside. I've put the best of them into this collage.
Several years ago, before we had a digital camera, we had some pretty red hibiscus in the front yard. I had one of those hummingbird feeders that has suction cups and it was attached to my front glass door. Using my cheapo camera, I tried to get some good photos, but none ever turned out to my liking. One day I walked outside and plucked a hibiscus and put it behind my ear (Hawaiian style) and just stood there. Several times the hummingbird would come up to that flower within inches of my face. My whole family was astounded that the bird would get so close to me. I tired it with red silk flowers and had the same results. Oh how I wish I'd had a camera so someone could have taken a photo back then.
I hope you will enjoy this ruby throated green hummer as much as I have.
Click the image for an enlarged view.
jackieshar Texas/Okla central b United States (Zone 7b)
There are just too many forums here now. The Photo forum was an early destination for me, I like pics. There seems to be less activity there in the past few months.
It's so easy to post pics anywhere on DG, I post my pics where ever they fit. To the detriment of the Photo forum.
Like this shot. Last year I would have posted this in Photos, now it's here.
They sure did GW, the chime was hanging on my garden swing until the wasps took it... I thought the fence would be better for both of us. They are'nt bothering anyone so I figure let them do their thing.. :)
Time for some new critter photos. We've had so much rain lately. Sometimes at night I see snails on my Lantana. I found this one crawling or should I say sliming his way around. I'm sure glad I don't have to carry my house with me whenever I go places.
I'm never sure if snails are good or bad for plants.