Super Moon, Night Two

I had so much fun photographing in the dark on Monday night, that I went back out last night.

First of all, I noticed two fish, stationary in the shallows of our pond.  We should only have two kinds of fish in the pond, bluegill sunfish and largemouth bass, because it is a man-made pond, and that is what we stocked.  This is not a bluegill so it must be a bass, but it doesn’t look like one to me.   It looks longer and flatter than I picture bass, but maybe that’s an optical illustion caused by looking through water.

Sleeping fish.

Sleeping fish.

Then I found this little anole lizard hiding in the dog fennel.  I like the dreamy quality of this photo.  Later I found another in a Mexican seedbox plant, sound asleep with eyes closed.  So cute!  But those pictures didn’t turn out.

Anole in dog fennel.

Anole in dog fennel.

It was probably 10 or 15 degrees cooler than the previous night.  I don’t know if that’s the reason, but there was less moth activity.  I did find this tiny plume moth on a grass stem.  It is only about 20 mm wide.  You can see a much better picture of one (or at least a relative, because that one is in the UK) here.

Do you know how to find insects in the dark?  Take a flashlight out, and hold it up beside your head, by your temple.  Slowly pan around, and little specks of light from the insects’ eyes will reflect back to you.  I usually see green, and they are usually spiders, but for this little moth, I saw an orange speck.

Plume moth, Pterophoridae.

Plume moth, Pterophoridae.

While I was photographing the plume moth, another little moth appeared and rode around on my flashlight the rest of the night.

Moth doing what moths do, going to the light.

Moth doing what moths do, going to the light.

Finally the moon came up, and I eventually got the shot I had imagined.

Moon and reflection.

Moon and reflection.

It’s not perfect, because I find it very difficult to maneuver the camera on its tripod to get everything in the shot, and focus, and press the shutter button in the dark, but it will remind me of the evening I wandered around in the dark, and found sleeping fish and lizards.