Posts tagged “Insect photography

Uninvited (Two Photographs)

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I am sure that at some point in the life of every photographer, something unexpected showed up in the frame. This is particularly true in nature, where the concept of intrusion, trespass, and photobombing is unknown to insects and other beasts. In this case it was welcome, often it’s not.


Dusky Wing and approach to Butterflies (Two Photographs)

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My criteria for butterflies making good subjects is beautiful eyes, they’re doing something special (e.g. mating) or some detail distinguishing the butterfly that is interesting. In this case the interest is in the proboscis.


An Interest in Insects

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Those who have followed my work for a while know of my interest in insects. Strange and wonderful creatures. Regrettably, in 2019 the opportunities to photograph them did not present themselves as often as in previous years. I am hopeful that the coming year will be better. This winter you will see what shots I was able to get. In this case it’s a mimic fly, also known as a hover fly.


Good Luck and a Moth (Three Photographs)

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Takes a bit of good luck and a great spotter to see these hummingbird moths. We were visiting a garden and a friend who was there let us in on his good fortune. These moths move quickly and often, but they have a landing pattern that is almost predictable. They seem to step onto the flower, which often slows them down in the pre-landing stage long enough for a great shot. I have shown a photo of the back of this moth simply for the beauty of it.


Fabergé Naturel (Two Photographs)

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The jeweller Fabergé made jewelled eggs for the Romanov Tsars, each of which opened revealing a miniature surprise, like a train. This butterfly’s position in the midst of the foliage reminded me of those eggs.


A Grasshopper

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It was a bad year for grasshoppers and a lot of other animals. In places where I might have seen hordes of hoppers I saw but a few. It’s a sad thing to know how much trouble our environment is in.


A Plant Bug and Contrast (Two Photographs)

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Sometimes colour matters, but where we can be creative black and white has its place. Here I have produced a slightly oversaturated shot and used that as a basis for a black and white, a more arty approach to a common bug.