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Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Happy Easter everyone!  The Easter Bunny made a visit to a little sparrow that is just outside the front-door.  The eggs were even decorated!


Sunset in the Marin Headlands

Marin Headlands Sunset

The day in the Marin Headlands let us have a nice, golden, somewhat hazy sunset.  Off in the distance you can see an old army lookout station with a bit of graffiti on it.  I’ll post a close-up of that in a couple days.  The light on the iceplant worked really well for this shot.  I just wish I had a round aperture and possibly an ND filter to really bring this image home.


Duck Creek at Sunset

Duck Creek at Sunset

Other than the stifling humidity, it is great to go feet from the house and have tons of vegetation, creeks, and fun things for the kids to do.  I wasn’t able to get out to see a sunset in the fields, but the creek did very nicely.  I love how the water caught the light.


Variable Checkerspot

Variable Checkerspot -  Euphydryas chalcedona

A happy little butterfly on a happy little flower.  I’m pretty sure this is a Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona).


California Quail

California Quail

This little quail was on the trail sitting on a branch as we were walking by on the way to the farm.  He was sitting in a very picturesque spot until I brought the camera out, and then he started scooting down.  I managed to get a couple shots before he went into the underbrush.  I didn’t realize just how colorful a quail is.


Thistle and Honeybee

Honeybee and Thistle - Apis mellifera - Silybum marianum - Schizaphis graminum

One of my new recent favorites!  Today, I took the kids hiking through the hills in San Antonio Park with some friends to visit Deer Hollow Farm.  The flowering thistles were drawing my attention but not delivering in any shots, no matter how much I encouraged them.  Along the hike, my friend mentioned the bee on a nearby thistle.  Needless to say, that was followed by several clicking sounds coming from my camera.

I love the pollen on this bee, the colors, clarity, aphids and spider web.


When I Grow Up I’m Going to Be Different

Ladybug Larvae

What we have here is a small little creature that will grow up to be a lovely ladybug.  Yup, it’s a ladybug larvae.  I captured this guy (or lady) on a park bench yesterday.  As usual when I see insects this size, I immediately flipped over my lens and setup for a reverse-lens macro shot.  If I recall correctly, I took thisat about 135mm with the lens propped up against the arm of the bench (I was lucky that I had something to brace against).  This means I was able to be really still in comparison to many of my other RLM shots.  This image still has focus issues which I’ve decided to blame on the  minuscule DOF.  This was shot at 1/320, so camera shake should have been minimized.  Oh how this taunts me into getting a real macro lens.


Well Hello, Daisy

Well Hello, Daisy

Today I bought a circular polarizing filter.  So naturally, what is the first thing I do to break it in?  Take it off the camera and do some reverse-lens macro shots.  It’s what you would have done, right?  That’s what I thought.

What we’re looking at here is a little daisy that was growing in the grass field of a local school.  This was taken at 135mm focal length.  Isn’t this shot one that is required of anyone taking flower photos?  I thought it was, so I made my attempt at it.

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Snowy Tree in Tahoe

Snowy Tree in Tahoe

The title says it all.  This was taken back in February while taking a weekend break to South Lake Tahoe.  This shot hasn’t sat well with me (why it hasn’t gone on the site until May), but has gone over well with the family (which is why it’s here at all).  Usually it is the opposite, they don’t like it and I do.  🙂   Let me know what works and what doesn’t.  Maybe I’m missing something.


Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bee

Lavender attracts three varieties of bees and the paper wasp in my front yard.  These guys are Carpenter Bees.  They don’t have stingers but are still rather aggressive.  Despite their large size, they are  harder to shoot in an interesting way than the honey bees since they are much faster and much more impatient.   In the top photo, if you look, you can see my reflection in the eye.  The bee below seems to have lost an antennae.

Carpenter Bee