The Big (photo) Dump, the bugs
I am continuing to clean out the folder I have of photos that I have taken the past few weeks on my hikes, either around home or while I was in the Pigeon River Country over Labor Day weekend. This one will be all insects, so if you’re squeamish about bugs, please move on to the next one. 😉
I’ll start with a dragonfly, nothing special, but I did line up an orange flower in the background so it showed through the dragonfly’s wing.
Then a butterfly that perched on my kayak rack.
And a bad shot of a beautiful butterfly on virgin’s Bower.
I really wanted a better shot of this one, but it didn’t stick around. So here are a few of a preying mantis that “attacked” me one night.
It was huge, the largest I’ve ever seen I think.
I wasn’t hiking when I took these, it was as I was coming home from work and just happened to have a camera with me.
It was hard to see in the dark until the flash fired.
Next up are three of a grey moth that I saw on the side of a maple tree.
The only reason I noticed it was because the color pattern of its wings were a mirror image of each other.
It shows up a little better in these last two.
Then there was this caterpillar.
With al the tufts and colors, it was hard finding the right angle to shoot it at.
Then it’s back to dragonflies, like this green one.
And this blue one.
And then this brown one, I love the way the colors play on its wings.
How about a fuzzy orange caterpillar?
But where’s its head?
You can just make out its head in that one. Back to a dragonfly again.
They seem to come in a never-ending combination of colors.
And here we have a ….. I’m not sure what it is.
Is it a flock of beetles?, no, that’s not it, gaggle of beetles?, no, that’s not it either, I guess you just call it a mass of beetles. Then there was this thing, I have no idea what it is, it looks like it escaped from the set of the old Star Trek TV show.
It must have been from outer space, my camera would not focus in on it.
It must have had its anti-focus force-field up.
I’ll finish up with a more normal caterpillar.
That’s it for the bugs, I can hear the large sigh of relief coming from a few of you out there. That reminds me, I need to say thanks to every one who takes the time to read these escapes from reality of mine.