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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 love doing new things. I take my passions and direct them at something new and off we go. Exploring new places and seeing new things out in nature revitalizes me. My photography provides me a guide to doing that. Having goals and objectives in my photography inspires me to go places I probably would not have gone otherwise. When the opportunity to photograph the Sharp Top 25k/50k arose I was excited… 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

It seems like butterfly species either feature bright colors or are completely drab. The Great Spangled Fritillary finds a happy medium. I love the subtle orangy brown color. And the black patterns across the wings make it more interesting. It is bright but nor showy. One feature of the Great Spangled Fritillary that I find interesting is the difference in the underside of the wing. Often butterflies have similar but diminished colors… Read More

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is probably the most brightly colored butterfly I see where I live. Look at all that color. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is one of my favorite butterflies to photograph. They are beautiful and brightly colored. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is relatively common. That means if you like photographing butterflies and you would like to photograph an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail then you can probably find one in the time… Read More

I really like the Eastern Comma butterfly. The Eastern Comma has nice subtle coloring and shading. My favorite feature of the Eastern Comma butterfly is the unusual shape of its wings. Most of the butterflies we think of have large rounded wings in comparison to their bodies. The Eastern Comma on the other hand has almost the opposite of that wing shape. The shape of the Eastern Comma wing is almost like… Read More

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