A Lovely April Morning Walk
So often, I can’t get my camera to focus where I want it to, but this past Sunday morning, the photography stars aligned and all my pictures turned out beautifully!
On my regular route, I go first through a pasture, where right now, giant thistles are going to seed. They are full of interesting insects. (You can click to see these images in a larger version.)
Six Carolina Chickadees and a Summer Tanager perched in trees on the edges of the woods, to see what I was up to.
And here’s what I mean about how well my camera cooperated that day:
I was aiming to get a picture of this tiny lizard, a Little Brown Skink, which was only about 3 inches long. Look at how great all the textures show up — the old wood, the dead leaves and pine needles, even the strands of spider web in the top right. (If you are only going to click on one photo to see the larger version, this is the one to choose.)
And the skink came out in sharp focus too.
Then I moved just a little, and I lost the sharp focus on the lizard’s head, but look at the phenomenal bronze colors in his tail, and his super-delicate toes.
And then I got some pictures of this Wolf Spider — I take so many pictures of Wolf Spiders because they are big enough to focus on, but never before have I gotten a picture this sharp. You can see her eyes! And some little arm-band-looking things around the tops of her legs.
When I was almost back to the house, I saw these sprays of white blossoms, and a Feather-Legged Scoliid Wasp was exploring them. It had beautifully patterned gray and black eyes.
It was a productive walk on a lovely day, and I am never changing my camera settings again!!
Yes! These ARE great pictures! Thanks for sharing them.
Fabulous photos 🙂 🙂
Thank you,Brian. I was actually thinking of one of your posts and how you show us such a great variety of creatures! 🙂
I am happy you enjoy my world 🙂 🙂
Very nice catches. I agree the skink shot came out well. Never seen a skink up here in Iowa.
I bet they would freeze to death! We also have anoles and geckos, both very small. No big lizards in my area of Texas.
Beautiful and educational! Thanks
I certainly laughed at your first words. No matter how I talk to it, my camera can be reluctant to focus as I’d wish, too! I envy your skink photo. I know they’re down here, but I’ve only had quick glimpses of what I imagine to be skinks, slinking and skittering off into the leaf debris. In your last photo of the wasp, I think you might have captured a tumbling flower beetle in the middle of the flower. Perhaps the wasp was considering it as an appetizer.
There’s just so much to enjoy here. Isn’t it amazing how many insects make use of those thistles?
CONGRATULATIONS! Your blog has been included in INTERESTING BLOGS in FRIDAY FOSSICKING at
Thank you, Chris
Love going along on your walks…
Thank you, Chris! It is supposed to rain tomorrow so I will have time to sit with a cup of tea and follow all your links!
Well, not ALL of them, of course, but a lot!
Not ALL? Really ? Here I was hoping you’d summarise for me those I just had to gloss over… At least we will never be bored… I dream of wandering along on your walks.