Where did the summer go?
It’s the first week of autumn, but you wouldn’t know it by our weather here. We had a few cool days to give us a taste of fall, then it has warmed up to summer like temperatures during the day. We have had cool nights, great sleeping weather.
I’m running out of things to photograph, at least without putting several images that look quite alike in the same post. There are days when I don’t even see any robins, and there will be a few around all winter long. Even the flock of goldfinches has thinned out. With fall arriving, I’ve seen no new flowers starting to bloom. But, Mother Nature provides, for a few early summer flowers are producing a few flowers, like this sulphur cinquefoil.
And, there’s always a few squirrels around to practice on.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a photo of a woodchuck, so this seems like a good time for one.
There’s still asters blooming, and they are attracting bees.
But to tell you the truth, I’ve shot too many bees already this summer, my heart just wasn’t in it as I tried for a better shot.
I found this bug on the railing of the bridge over the creek, and thought that it was kind of cute, it reminded me of Gonzo the Great from the Muppet Show.
I found a few apples growing in front of asters, and liked the color combination…
…but couldn’t get the type of shot I wanted.
Earlier this summer, I decided not to photograph subjects on the pavement unless I had to. For one thing, it doesn’t look natural, and for another, it makes it hard to get the exposure correct. But, for a praying mantis, I decided to make an exception.
The mantis spotted me, as you can see, and moved into the grass, which I thought was going to be a good thing.
I chased the mantis around for a good ten minutes, trying to get a good photo.
The mantis didn’t move very fast, but it was well aware of me and did all that it could to thwart me, so I gave up.
Flowers are easier.
Until there’s an insect on them.
I’m going to try not to shoot anymore upside down spiders from now on.
There’s still plenty of these around, ever since most of the summer resident birds left the area.
A few more summer flowers are getting their second wind.
I’ve been shooting a few fall color photos as practice for my trip up north this coming weekend.
As if I haven’t been posting enough images of hawks lately, one morning Bruiser the red-tailed hawk decided to have some fun with me.
That’s from his second pass over my head, at about twenty feet. For his first pass, he came out of nowhere, and I didn’t have time to make any adjustments to the camera, so those images were terrible. He was turning directly over me, making it extremely hard to keep him in the viewfinder.
These were all shot with the Beast (Sigma 150-500 mm lens) at 150 mm, he was that close to me.
He finally gained some altitude on his third pass.
There for a moment, I thought that he was going to snatch my hat.
The heron that has taken up residence is still around, but the kids whose fishing poles the heron stole, stole them back from the heron, so now it has to fish like a normal heron.
The woolly bear caterpillars are predicting a mild wither, I hope that they’re right.
And, I hope to get a better photo of one before the snow flies. 😉
The dragon and damselflies are fewer and farther between.
As are the butterflies.
To wrap this one up, a few images of pink asters that I tried out both the LED panel light and the EX 320 flash unit on, as the asters are severely backlit at the time when I walk each morning.
It’s much easier to get one right at a time.
But I kept trying for all of them.
However, I settled on this one as the best of the lot.
I’m doing this post after a day in the Muskegon area, so I’m sorry if it isn’t up to my usual standards. I have a lot of stuff to do this week, so I zipped through this post in a hurry. I have to have my Subaru serviced, and I’d like to put in a few job applications this week, and that’s on top of everything else I normally do each week. I also have photos from yesterday at Palmer Park, and today from Muskegon to finish sorting.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!