Photos From My Garden #9

This is it; the last of nine post of photos taken in my garden during a prolific five days of shooting.

 

Rudbeckia

 

Skipper on a cosmos

 

These next two photos are of a male (I think) monarch butterfly; first on a coneflower and then on a cosmos.

 

There appear to be some large milkweed bug nymphs on the stem of the cosmos bud in the lower left of the photo.

 

Swamp milkweed starting to bloom

 

Hoverfly on a rudbeckia

 

I think the insect hanging on to this leaf is a crane fly.  Love its tenacity.  And I wish I had a grip like that.

 

Thank you for visiting my blog.

David

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

24 thoughts on “Photos From My Garden #9

    • Thank you Ziggy. I think I have a pretty good handle on the D7100, but just for macro photography. For everyday, family and friends photography I am pretty much a klutz. There is so much more I need to learn about how to control exposure for normal everyday shooting.

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  1. Your garden posts have been very heartwarming during these gloomy, cold winter days. I do wonder how many shots you took in total and how much time you spent photographing. Something tells me that the editing and curating part were more tedious and time-consuming. In any case, WE greatly appreciate it. 2020 is almost over and for many of us the highlight of this year has been reconnecting with nature and witnessing fleeting moments of beauty – even if sometimes this was done remotely, via screens.

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  2. Thank you for those kind comments. A rough guess of photos I’ve taken intended for the blog would be around 700 a year.
    Of course not all make it to the blog.

    Many get deleted while still in the camera during a quick review to see what I want to load into the PC. Quite a few more (but probably not enough) get deleted as I view than on the computer screen. As I am editing the individual photos I will delete small number right away when I see a glaring error (usual poor focus), and an even smaller number will get deleted when I realize I’m spending too much time trying to fix a bad photo.

    Yes, the editing is tedious and if I were a better photographer with regard to technical skills, I would not have to do so much post processing. While just pushing the shutter button and hearing the noise it makes gives me pleasure (a Pavlovian thing no doubt), there are time when the processing give me the greatest pleasure.

    Less often than I would like, I think the tweaks I make really transforms the photo from a nice documentary shot to something I actually created. The fact I keep doing it even though the ratio of attempts to rewards is small is probably a B.F. Skinner thing.

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  3. Hi David, nice shots. Your crane fly is actually a robber fly (there’s a certain subset of robber flies (Asilidae) that are known as “hanging thiefs”). Hope all is well…

    On Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 10:05 AM It’s Complicated wrote:

    > David posted: “This is it; the last of nine post of photos taken in my > garden during a prolific five days of shooting. Rudbeckia Skipper on a > cosmos These next two photos are of a male (I think) monarch butterfly > first on a” >

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  4. Excuse me, “thieves” haha…whoops! Usually it’s just one hanging at a time. 🙂

    On Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 10:05 AM It’s Complicated wrote:

    > David posted: “This is it; the last of nine post of photos taken in my > garden during a prolific five days of shooting. Rudbeckia Skipper on a > cosmos These next two photos are of a male (I think) monarch butterfly > first on a” >

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    • Thanks Michael, I always appreciate input pointing out correct identifications. It’s nice to hear from you and I hope everything is good with you and yours too. My wife and I and our two grown children and their spouses have all received full vaccinations so we are feeling better about getting together in larger family units than we had been.

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      • That’s great to hear, David. My family is almost through with our vaccinations as well (I’ve got one more shot, can’t wait). I’m looking forward to more relaxed get togethers, and all the rest. Hopefully my long neglected blog will rise again too. Goodness knows I still have the bug photos to share. 🙂

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