Monthly archives: December, 2015

Not what your looking for

Today I was on the hunt for a barn or barns that would look good with a dusting of snow on them, because snow is in the forecast for the next few days. I had looked at a few possibilities, old, unpainted western style barns that were from a time when a family farm was based on cattle and horses not horsepower. I didn’t feel like getting permission to walk around a stranger’s land so I ended up at my sister and brother-in-law’s place. They have an old potato cellar, made of wood, that is half buried down into the ground. Outside not much looked interesting, the light was dull with a storm approaching so I started poking around inside, finding tractors, a baler, old pickups, lots of junk and in the far corner, a jewel of a scene:
So even if you don’t find what your looking for… you might find something else. cl

Close-up to Nature -12/8/15

On those days when it is 4 deg outside when you get up and 16 deg is an optimistic high temperature for the day, one looks for any excuse to stay indoors.  I found the Christmas (or Thanksgiving) Cactus in our house had bloomed, so had no reason to face the cold.  Perfect conditions for taking pictures of flowers – 68 deg, no wind and I could control where the light is coming from.  Here is one of the Images:


I used a Nikon 70-180mm “micro” zoom lens at about a foot from the flower.  To get a decent depth of field this close and at 170mm I used f/32 but the lens will go to f/40. The black background is rain coat.  What fascinates me about Nature, is no matter if you look thru an airplane window at the symmetry and variety of erosion lines in the desert or magnify this flower to see the elegance of the shapes and color, art surrounds us all the time, its everywhere.






Here is another Image taken with the same lens, but in much better weather conditions:
Go ahead and blow it up (if it works?) and see all armor plating, the mouth parts and the spikes on the legs.  This is a Green Leaf Bug (Kaytidid) shot in Tennessee.  The black spot on it’s back means it’s a juvenile and it was not too happy that I keep turning it around to get a better view.  Here again Nature is at work doing the craziest things and doing them with an elegance and symmetry.  Look at this guys sides, his built in camouflage. When I first saw him I thought it was just a leaf, it wasn’t until I touched him did I realize he was alive and an insect.  Shot hand held at 160mm, f/22

Closeup of Greater Wing Katydid brown leaf