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Photography has lead me to become more interested in so many things. Parts of life I never really thought about that now I have a little more knowledge of and understanding of because photography guided me there. Butterflies were never more than a passing interest for me before photography. I didn’t know much about them. I still don’t know a lot. The only butterfly I could probably identify would be a Monarch… Read More

Grasshoppers are a pretty common insect. There are times of the year when Grasshoppers feel ubiquitous as they spring and jump from the ground with every step you take. Often times photographing a Grasshopper requires getting lower to the ground because that is where the Grasshoppers are. But on this occasion the Grasshopper was atop the fence around our flower garden. It was cool that the Grasshopper stayed put while I was… Read More

I photographed this Dragonfly at Watkins Glen State Park. If you know anything about Watkins Glen State Park a Dragonfly is not what most people are phjotgoraphing when they are there. Watkins Glen State Park is most known for its amazing gorge filled with beautiful waterfalls. Just google it, or better yet type in my archive search and you will likely see some photos of it. This is a link to one… Read More

I mostly manage to miss out on opportunities to photograph caterpillars. They are not a subject I often think about intentionally planning to photograph. I even often manage to miss out on photographing the most predictable to find caterpillar, the Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar. Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars are found in fairly specific time of year. This makes it easier to know when to look for them. The next question is where to look… Read More

We most often think of butterflies like the Spicebush Swallowtail as being found on flowers. Maybe sometimes a butterfly would be found on another plant or on the ground. I thought it was interesting to find this Spicebush Swallowtail on the pavement. The asphalt background is similar in color but dissimilar in texture to the Spicebush Swallowtail. I think that makes for an interesting photo. Especially when combined with the colors on… Read More

The Monarch Butterfly might be one of the first butterflies a person would think of in our region. Monarch Butterflies are often found on flowers particularly Milkweed flowers. However, I think I have photographed Monarch Butterflies on non-flower subjects more than any other butterfly I photograph regularly. I really like how this composition turned out. This Monarch Butterfly is featured on a nice and clean background as it sits on a milkweed… Read More

When I go out photographing anything I try to always be open to other possibilities. I don’t want to miss out on creating images of something nice because I was so focused on one thing that I missed out on everything else around me. I head out to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge to photograph birds. But there are opportunities for all kinds of other photography if you are open to it. While… Read More

I will photograph just about anything. Even if I do not actually know what the subject of my photograph actually is. This happens to me a lot with insects. I know a fair amount and I have used field guides to learn about and identify insects. But there are so many different insects that it quickly become a daunting task. So I know that this is a tiny little green insect. I… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 286. In photography things don’t always go to plan. Especially in photographing any type of wildlife. There is the simple fact that sometimes despite any planning your planned subject just doesn’t show up. But sometimes things work out. Today while outside mowing the lawn I saw a praying mantis. I stopped and photographed it with my Samsung S21 Ultra. The mantis did not seem to be… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 259. Today I set out with my macro lens. I walked along the edge of a field with bushes. I was looking at the leaves and flowers. Finding subjects to photograph. I began to notice all the pollinators moving amongst the flowers. There were bees, hornets, wasps, and a cool looking beetle. The bees were moving too fast. It was challenging to compose and image and… Read More

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