P52 13/52: Grass Spider

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On the move…
P52 13 of 52 Grass SpiderNikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 micro lens| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Film| Hand-held

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P52 44/52 Gulf Fritillary

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Week 44! Can you believe there are only 8.5 weeks of 2014 left! The year has flown by.

This Gulf Fritillary was fearless! It came to my Lantana while #1 Grandson was out in the yard playing. I had my camera nearby so grabbed it and captured quite a few images of it. I made this image yesterday afternoon.

Gulf Fritillary

I wish more critters, and insects were as brave as this one.

Nikon Df| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 w/1.4x TC = 420mm| Hand-held

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P52 40/52 Praying Mantis

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I haven’t seen a Praying Mantis in a couple of years so I was really stoked to see one near my front door yesterday.

This is a smart bug. He wasn’t too far from the light…hoping for moths I bet. 🙂

P52 40/52 Praying Mantis

Nikon D700| AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/18g| Hand-held| Lexar Professional Digital Film

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Life in the Garden

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Life in the Garden

Most the flowers in my yard have been long gone, but the Lantana continues to grow and bloom! The Fritillary still comes by to sip on the Lantana, and yesterday I had a Skipper of some sort stop by.

Growing under, and around the Lantana I have some wild Scarlet Pimpernel. Most consider this a weed and pull it out, but I let it grow. I like its tiny flowers. They’re only as big as my little finger’s nail.

Scarlet Pimpernel

Change is definitely in the air around here. There are fewer and fewer Finches coming to the Feeder this week. I think they’re beginning to move on. Here’s a male House Finch perched on the feeder. I really like this feeder. It really is Squirrel proof! ( This was shot  through a double glass window so it’s a bit soft).

House Finch Male

The Anna’s Hummingbirds are still around, but I haven’t been able to get a decent image of them from my window. 
I’m going to get myself a blind during the off season so I’m ready for them next Spring.

 It’s a Holiday week-end ( Labor Day on Monday) here in the States I hope to get over to the coast, or to some favorite birding places to see if any of the winter birds are starting to arrive. It’s also He-Man’s birthday tomorrow so, I’ll be in the kitchen baking the cake he’s requested: Chocolate cake with custard filling and vanilla frosting. 

I hope you all have a great week-end.

Images made with:

Nikon D700 w/ Nikkor 105mm Micro lens, and

Nikon D300s w/ AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 w/Nikkor 14eII Teleconverter

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P52 28/52 To make a prairie…

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To make a prairie~ Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee.
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
~Emilly Dickinson

Image taken laying on my belly in my front yard at the beginning of evening Golden Hour. The clover is popping up in patches here and there…I sometimes think we should let it take over. Though most consider it a weed, and blight on the lawn (He-Man included) I like it!


Addendum: Woo-whoo! I’ve passed the halfway mark of my Project 52! It’s actually gone by pretty fast.

Nikon D300s| AF-D Nikkor 105mm @f9 + Kenko 20mm extension tube| Hand-held

Just Buzzin’

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Busy BuzzerI’m not really sure what type of Bee this is. Is it a Bumble Bee, or Bee Fly, or something else? He/she got an early start to the day along with the Honey Bees, and me on this particular morning.

Taken in May 2014.
Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f4 lens w/Nikkor 14eII 1.4x Teleconverter| Hand-held

Busy Bee

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Honey BeeI found a swarm of busy bees early one morning last week busy at work Pollen Gathering.

I thought they must have just begun their day’s labors as they didn’t have any pollen on their bodies yet.

I like the faint motion of the wings in this image.

Hope you’re having a great week-end!

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4| Hand-held