Macro Monday

My telephoto wasn’t quite up to the task of capturing this utterly weird little guy full frame and clearly, but he is so amazingly unusual that I had to show him to you. There are a lot of these critters flitting and darting around the turtle/koi pond in the botanical gardens across the street, but they dart so quickly that I hadn’t previously been able to capture anything but a blur. Finally one alighted on a plant and stayed there long enough for me to manage a cropped, blurry photo.

Look at his crazy short front legs and long hind legs holding on to the stem of the plant. And his white eyes!! Those are what make him look like he came out of a science fiction movie.

I present to you…….. The Flame Skimmer, AKA The Firecracker Skimmer, technically known as a Libellula Saturata, a subspecies of dragonfly.

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This is a male Flame Skimmer. You can tell because he is a much more intense orange than his female counterpart would be. He is appropriately called a dragonfly. For extra points, what would the female be called?

She would be a   _ _ _ _ _ _fly.  (6 missing letters).    No fair looking it up. Just guess.

Need a clue? Think of fairy tales.

Send your answer via the comment section below.

Happy puzzling!

Riding on a Walk Sign

Earlier this week I was very excited to be able to take a webinar class on Street Photography, as I have wanted to delve into this area of photography for awhile. I had thought that SP was narrowly defined as candid shots of people going about their everyday business. I was surprised to find that Street Photography also includes things like buildings, construction sites and dock loading equipment. That made me even happier, since I have been regularly photographing those things in addition to the photos of flowers and wildlife. But I’ve been afraid of photographing people. The instructor told us to just get out there and start. So the next day I gathered up my courage, placed myself on a busy corner with my telephoto (wearing a mask and keeping 6 feet away from other people), and started aiming my camera toward real, live, actual people.

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Like anything else, of course, I’m finding that it takes practice, especially since my telephoto isn’t quite powerful enough for some of my shots and then I need to crop, thus losing some of the resolution. And I’m having trouble getting the settings right to both blur the backgrounds, and capture the moving person, even though I know in my head the range of what those settings should be. Practice should help me improve. But I’m really pleased with the start that I’ve made. For that matter, I’m pleased that I’ve started at all, because as I’ve said, I’ve been a little afraid of photographing people. The class gave me the courage to begin.

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