I must say that I have seen some stunning photography on this site. I really enjoy looking at all the pictures. I would love to see your best critter pictures.
My best are of some stink bugs I found one night on my sunflower and an anole nestled on the ginger plant.
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.
You want bugs - check out Rich Swanner's many offerings. He can host his own forum on shutterBUGS. His shots are amazing.
rescued a dumped puppy and gardening, my whole boring life in a nutshell! keeps me busy though. give sarah my best.
Those are really terrific andy! .. i hope you were using a zoom when you caught that snake. I don't really mind snakes .. but I don't think I'd like to be THAT close!
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.
just out of pure curiosity, do you all kill the bad ones, ie grasshopper, after they've had their pictures taken, or do you let them be? lol
What made you ask that, Track? Was it the one missing antenna on the Grasshopper? LOL.
I generally leave them alone, unless they are really bad, like the caterpillars.
I just love all these pictures! Those dragonfly shots are incredible! I like the grin too!
Gosh I need your camera UniQueTreasures. Which kind is it? I wouldn't even be able to see your little guy from 15 ft.
Some of these are so cute I want them for pets.
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! :-)
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Oh Victor! He's beautiful!
I love the way his wings are colored. Great Pic!
I rarely go out in my yard anymore without mine.
So I have a bajillion photos of my hibiscus? Who cares??? Only *I* know that they are actually different flowers on different days. I am always seeking to improve the pictures I have.
Thanks for sharing your voyerism! :-)