On Halloween it was fairly warm for this time of year. We have a butterfly bush on the south side of the house that has done very well this year, and it is the last thing in the neighborhood still in bloom. As a result, it was mobbed by butterflies. I decided to use the macro lens, in part out of laziness since it was already on the camera. The bush was mostly covered in skippers, but there were a few nymphalids about. A Question Mark disappeared before I got a crack at it, but others were more compliant. The first 93 images were discards because I had the camera set at -2 EV — they were all too dark.
|Red Admiral||Red Admiral, up close|
This one was fairly cooperative, and a good specimen.
There were three of these hanging about, two of which were good specimens. I was pretty happy with this shot. The little skipper in the corner is a bonus. I really should use the macro lens more. It’s the best glass I have; it’s just not very forgiving.
Last Friday I was sitting my office, looked out the window and saw a big buck running across the lawn. I grabbed my camera and ran out the back door. I managed to get this shot. Too bad I forgot to zoom in.
My more expert friends say it would score at least 120, and is at least 3.5 years old. Too bad I never see them like this when I’m hunting. This is from the Missouri Bigfoot Photography Club–distant blurry photos of wildlife are required.
A guy from the lock and dam called and said he had an albino-orange spider he wanted me to look at. Since my former student works there as a park ranger, he brought it up to my office. It’s not an albino, and I’ve seen this one before. Maybe four years ago a student brought me one. I preserved it in alcohol, but the orange color went away. This time I wanted to get some good pics of it, and set it up in my insect studio at home.
|Orange spider||Hanging by a thread|
In spite of having a “sitting duck”, I didn’t get the results I wanted. It really is a beautiful animal. Spiders are harder than I expected. With a little online research I identified it as. They are not that uncommon. Their coloration and pattern vary a lot. They look like this toward the fall when their abdomen deflates somewhat. The rest of the summer they have a very distended, almost spherical abdomen.