Hoverfly on ‘Sweet Kate’ spiderwort

16 05 2017

Flowerfly (hoverfly) on ‘Sweet Kate’ spiderwort (I enlarged the little guy so you can see it closeup)

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Spiderwort with Hoverfly web

Hoverfly closeup





Common Blue Dasher dragonfly

22 07 2016

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WEB Common Blue on Grass





And now for something completely different…

22 07 2016

And now for something completely different—a “dragonfly tree” in silhouette! Common Blue Dasher dragonflies (Pachydiplax longipennis), photographed at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, MD.

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The studio effect

22 07 2016

With the sky full of clouds and very washed out during the heat of the day, doesn’t this look like I invited this Common Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) into my studio for a portrait session against a white backdrop? Pretty awesome and unexpected effect!

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Slaty Skimmer dragonfly

12 07 2016

Are you tired of Slaty Skimmers yet? (Yes? Well, too bad, cuz I shot an awful lot of them yesterday.)

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WEB Slaty Lotus Glow





Monochromatic study, Slaty Skimmer dragonfly

12 07 2016

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Slaty Skimmer dragonfly

12 07 2016

It’s obvious I spent quite a bit of time stalking Slaty Skimmers at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens yesterday afternoon! Several of these beauties kept coming back to this same bare branch and I stayed close by to capture various angles. It was a great opportunity to experiment with varying depth-of-field, exposures and compositions.

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WEB Slaty Skimmer Radiate





One more Slaty Skimmer dragonfly…

12 07 2016

One more Slaty Skimmer dragonfly shot…I usually like to diffuse the light when I can with my tri-grip diffuser (for more saturated color and even lighting on my subject), but sometimes the sunlight works in my favor. In this case, the sunlight illuminated my subject and my background…and the shallow depth of field renders the Sacred lotus leaves as glowing abstract shapes.

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WEB Slaty skimmer glow





Hoverfly on Rudbeckia bloom

12 07 2016

Hoverfly (or Flower Fly) on a type of Rudbeckia (don’t know specific type); photographed at Green Spring Gardens. Flower flies are very tiny (usually about 1/4 inch from head to tip of tail), but this one was even tinier!

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Slaty Skimmer dragonfly

12 07 2016

Slaty Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula incesta); photographed against a backdrop of sunlit Sacred lotus leaves; Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

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WEB Slaty Abstract





Slaty Skimmer dragonfly

12 07 2016

Slaty Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula incesta); males have blue/black bodies and black heads; photographed against a backdrop of sunlit Sacred lotus leaves; Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

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WEB Slaty Skimmer 1





Six-spotted Fishing Spider

26 07 2015

Six-spotted Fishing Spider (Dolomedes triton); it’s so hard to get perfect depth-of-field with these tiny subjects, but I’m happy with the overall look of this shot regardless (thanks to my friend Michael Powell for the identification). Re: size—this one was probably about an inch or so long (they can get up to 2.5 inches!). The lily pad was a smaller one.

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Fishing Spider





Silver-spotted skipper

26 07 2015

Silver-spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on Pickerel weed (Pontederia cordata)

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SilverspottedSkipperFlower





Mating Red Milkweed beetles

25 07 2015

Mating Red Milkweed beetles (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus); photographed at Lilypons Water Gardens in Adamstown, MD

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Mating Milkweed Bugs





Crab spider on Ornamental onion

25 07 2015
Teeny, tiny crab spider (maybe 3/8″ span!) on Ornamental onion (Allium senescens), photographed at Green Spring Gardens. My friend Michael Powell and I went to shoot there about 4:00 this afternoon—there is so much in bloom now!
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Chives Crab Spider lorez




Closeup of immature Common Whitetail dragonfly

7 07 2015

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JuvenileDragonfly





Beetle on Sacred Lotus

6 07 2015

Beetle (unidentified) on Sacred Lotus

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BrownYellowBeetleLotus





Ladybug on Hydrangea

17 06 2015

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LadybugLadybug





Carpenter bee on Hollyhock bloom

13 06 2015

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Bee on Hollyhock





Honey bee landing

13 06 2015

Honeybee coming in for a landing on a Grandiflora “Wild Blue Yonder” rose, an All-America Rose Selection for 2006; photographed with my Nikon D800 and 105mm micro lens at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD

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HoneyBeePinkRose





Longlegged fly

5 06 2015

A Longlegged fly (barely 1/8″ long); found my identification through the “Bug Eric” blog at: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2014/05/long-legged-flies.html

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Tiny Bronze Fly





Trout lily

5 06 2015

I photographed this trout lily at Green Spring Gardens this morning after a light rain. The bloom is about 1″ in diameter. Look at the petal on the far right. About halfway up the edge of the petal, you’ll see a tiny bug. This little guy was so tiny, he was barely viewable when I looked away from my macro lens. He was probably about 3/16 of an inch long!

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Trout Lily 1Little Nymph





Inchworm, inchworm…

3 05 2015

I spent quite a while photographing this little inchworm as he made his way along the jagged path of an Autumn fern stalk this afternoon. Here’s something I didn’t know until I did some homework: this little inchworm is actually not a worm—it is the larvae of a Geometer moth (exactly which type, I haven’t a clue). The word Geometer means to “measure the earth,” which is what the inchworms appear to be doing when they move in this looping crawl. They have two to three pairs of legs at each end so they can “inch” their way through life. (Now I can’t get the inchworm song out of my head!)

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InchWorm 1





Common Morpho (Morpho peleides)

29 03 2015

I got this shot of a Common Morpho (at the Franklin Conservatory in Columbus, OH this past weekend) from almost the same vantage point as my friend, neighbor and fellow photographer Michael Powell got his shot. He was able to get more of the other wing because he has the added advantage of being several inches taller! It is so rare to be able to get a shot of the beautiful blue side of this elusive, quick-moving butterfly. We were thrilled that it stayed on the leaf long enough for both of us to get some shots.

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Common Morph lorez





Re-post: Halloween Pennant dragonfly

9 01 2015

One of my favorite dragonfly shots…previously posted in July 2008—photographed at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C. For more about the Halloween Pennant dragonfly, click here. Read photographer Bill Horn’s tips for photographing them on his Photo Migrations website.

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Top ‘o the world

10 08 2014

Teeny tiny (barely 1/4 inch) unidentified insect on Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa); photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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Teeny Tiny Bug





Wasp on Queen Anne’s Lace

9 08 2014

Unidentified wasp on Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota)

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WaspQueenAnne





Pink tiger lily

28 07 2014

Unidentified insect inside a pink tiger lily; it looks like he’s wearing a tuxedo!

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Beetle Pink Lily





In My Heaven…

27 07 2014

One of my favorite Mary Chapin Carpenter songs is “In My Heaven.” When I’m photographing in a garden, I’m in MY heaven. This is a type of sunflower (don’t know the exact name). What attracted me to this shot was the juxtaposition of the flower stalk against the trees and the bright blue sky. A fairly wide aperture created the beautiful bokeh.

UPDATE: I think these just might be Jerusalem artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus).

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Sunflower Sky





Female Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly

27 07 2014

Female Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly (Erythemis simplicicollis)

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Female Eastern Pondhawk