Blackburn Park – August 26, 2015 (The rest of the Photos)

Last week I posted about half of the pictures from my August 26th visit to Blackburn Park; these are the rest of them.


Here are a couple of more skipper photos.



And here are a couple of more pictures of the clouded or cloudless sulphur butterfly.  I still don’t know which it is.  I’m just waiting for someone to tell me that it’s neither the clouded or cloudless; it’s the mostly sunny butterfly.



The next two photos are of long-legged flies.  I would tell you which species they are but my brand new Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America says:

“The different species of long-legged flies are very similar to one another and can only be identified by a specialist.”

So there you have it, I’m not a specialist so as much as I may want to, according to the field guide, I can not identify the species.  I don’t like being told what I can and cannot do so it really irks me that I bought a book that tells me what I can and cannot do with regard to bugs.  Glad I bought it with a gift card and had money left over for a photo magazine.


This long-legged is on a lamb’s ear leaf.  I’ve noticed that flies, and not just long-legged flies, seem to like lamb’s ear.

When I took these photos the two flies kind of irritated me by not looking into the lens when politely asked.  Maybe I should have shouted out some paparazzi style questions at them to get them to turn around and react.  Something like “Hey, people are saying you and bot fly have been hooking up” or “Word is you and some friends were drunk and rowdy the other night and got kicked out of the roach motel.”  Then again, there are often people nearby when I shoot, maybe it would be best to just keep quiet.


Below is a white-margined burrowing bug who, unlike Columbus, is discovering that the world is flat and one can fall off the edge.  Careful little guy, “here there be monsters”.


Thank you for stopping by.


All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Sigma 105mm macro lens.


I am going to be out of town all of next week and won’t have a post for next Tuesday, May 31, and it’s more than likely I won’t have one for the following Tuesday, June 7.  I know, I know … I’m sorry but you’re just going to have to figure out what to do with yourselves those two weeks.


19 thoughts on “Blackburn Park – August 26, 2015 (The rest of the Photos)

  1. Great photos and great commentary, David. Happy for you that you’ve got a trip coming up, but too bad for us. I’ll miss your posts (really, two of them?). If you’re not too busy packing, perhaps you would just make two posts for us & schedule them for publication while you’re away? It’d be like meatloaf in the frig for us, and you’ll have mail in your inbox when you return. Win win.

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    • Thanks MK, I’m glad you liked both the photos and commentary.

      I’ve tried that scheduling thing before and I couldn’t get it to work for me. I even searched for a solution but I didn’t really understand the solution and it looked a little too complicated to spend much time on.

      Some time ago I downloaded the WordPress app but no go with that either. I’ve been working with PCs for just over 30 years and I just have to have a mouse, keyboard, and a decent sized screen to do anything productive. Sorry, but the good news is that when I’m back you get fresh meatloaf.

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      • You remind me of me — I need my mouse & keyboard also. I took my tiny Kindle Fire tablet on vacation with me to Spain, and tried a few emails from there. Pure torture typing on a flat screen. Grrrrr. I was horrified to see the results of its auto-correct functionality. I was in a place that was full of storks! Storks on top of cathedrals, storks swooping in for a landing. When I got home & saw my email thread, my stupidity was remedied by the tablet. There were STORMS on top of cathedrals, STORMS swooping in for a landing….

        Well, at least we’ll have fresh meatloaf to look forward to.

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