September nature share, and 3 new of Eva (pic hvy)

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September nature share, and 3 new of Eva (pic hvy)

As much as Eva hates my camera now, I managed get two semi-candid ones of her next to the living room window with my 50mm that I liked, and 1 outdoor "walking" one....I'll include those at the end. These are the first of her since my August 19th post with the pink & orange flowered dress!

Here are my latest nature shots....I hope you enjoy seeing them!

1. 3rd instar Monarch caterpillar

2. Peck's/Yellowpatch Skipper butterfly

3. same skipper, but showing the less-commonly-seen wingspread

4.

5. Red Spotted Purple butterfly (in full sun :/ )

6. Monarch caterpillar, eating machine!

7. grasshopper

8. Coy Jumping Spider (that's its name really! but I call it the teddy bear jumping spider)

9. Black Swallowtail on Butterflybush

10. still-new Monarch chrysalis

new Eva pics:

1. (will have to get settings from home, Flickr doesn't show them after I run Noiseware..but they're probably the same as the next pic)

2. 50mm, ISO 800, f/2.5, SS 1/125

3. 55mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, SS 1/200

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p.s. Sadie, after I replied to your PM, I was composing my nature share and discovered I DID have 3 newer ones of Eva LOL!

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great photos! Smile how in the world do you find all these?

love that last one!

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Oh my goodness! These are amazing! I will tell you my favs- 1, 5, 6, 7, & 8! I LOVE the catepillar eating- great capture! Your grasshopper looks amazing too. I am so glad you sharing these. I am curious too about you finding these. Do you go out looking for them or what?

I love the last 2 of Miss Eva. She is a doll. I am a sucker for 'walking away' photos. There's just something about them.

Thanks for sharing! Biggrin

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I agree - how do you find all of these??? 1, 2 and 6 are my absolute favorite nature ones! #3 of Eva is awesome!!!

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Absolutely amazing! How do you get these so tack sharp? Do you use a tripod?

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Thanks everyone!
Over 95% of my wildlife pics are from my own yard. I keep a wildflower garden that is filled with nectar-producing perennials, most of which are native to the U.S. I do this to attract the wildlife. Areas like these are so important to them. It helps me that the flowers themselves are beautiful too! Even the birds use them--the hummingbirds for the nectar & bugs, the goldfinches for the seeds in fall.

No I don't use a tripod. I just go out and walk around and around the perimeter of my garden, and look for subjects. In summertime there are TONS and every walkaround finds me a new species. I love it so much.

As for sharpness, that comes with tons of practice and shooting....I have many shots that didn't quite "make it"....whether the critter was flying away, running away, moving just out of focus (easy to do with the ridiculously shallow DOF that my converter has!), or what not. You learn too to predict their movements and to approach them VERRRRRY slowly too. The other big factor is wind...or even a breeze....with that DOF even a slight breeze can make you have to hold the plant stem they're on sometimes!

edit: the Monarch chrysalis is one from a caterpillar that I brought inside to "raise" after one of the wild Monarch cats in my garden got killed by an assassin bug. When that happened I brought in the last remaining 4 cats on their milkweed into a large container so they could be better protected until they turned into chrysalides. I have 4 chrysalides now...the last caterpillar positioned into a J yesterday so I'm sure when I get home he will already be morphed! When the chrysalises mature and the butterflies emerge, I'll set them free. I did this 2 years ago too.

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These monarch caterpillars are just too cool Even their chrysalis is neat looking!

I wish I had your flare for nature photography. Mine always seem so dull. You've got a great eye.

I'm also really loving the new shots of Eva!!! Candid or forced, doesn't matter ... she is just TOO CUTE!

TFS,
GiGi

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p.s. wait till you see the more mature chrysalises....this one hasn't hardened yet...they become smooth jade green, get gold dots on them which are beautiful, and when it's close to emerging time, they become clear and you can see the orange/black/white of the adult Monarch butterfly inside!

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I think I am the only one that get that "icky" feeling seeing bugs up close... haha. With that said awesome shot.

Ava's pictures looks really yellow on my screen - but will recheck when I am on calibrated computer.

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I think you should do a series of shots of the chrysalis in its different forms with the butterfly at the end. I'd love to see it - that chrysalis shot is my fav of the lot, I think!

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Thanks El, I'll take a look at the yellow. I think when I tried to make them cooler they looked funky. But I'll try again.

Krista, I was thinking that I would make up a collage of the cycle of the Monarch with the pics I have...only trouble is that shooting pics of the transformation through the plastic container doesn't yield "pretty" pictures without flash helping....so they won't all be the greatest pics. But it's fun to see the whole cycle all together! I will work on that today. Smile

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Amy,

I've been busy at work since yesterday morning and haven't had a chance to CC. I promise to do so later. Just wanted to say that I'm jealous of your monarch caterpillar shots. They're gorgeous. My friend said that his monarch caterpillars disappeared the day after I shot them. I'll have to ask if he's checked around for chrysalles (plural sp?). I didn't see any assassin bugs, but there were several aphids around one of the caterpillar's legs and mouth.

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Hi Janet, glad you stopped in. I thought yours looked big, so I'm not surprised to hear it left quickly. It went somewhere safe to transform Smile (plural= chrysalises or chrysalides)

Most predators avoid Monarch caterpillars and adults because they're toxic. The milkweed that they eat has toxins in its tissues that the caterpillar consumes, which makes itself toxic to predators, as a form of protection. That is also why several other species evolved to physically mimic the Monarch--to deter predators, making them think they're Monarchs. (best example, the Viceroy butterfly)

But I digress. haha! Basically, aphids are "vegetarians" and won't hurt the caterpillar.

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"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

But I digress. haha! Basically, aphids are "vegetarians" and won't hurt the caterpillar.

I thought so. Maybe the monarchs were irked at having to share the food supply with those little buggers!

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I've had this open for a few days so I didn't forget to reply to it. I feel bad that I didn't reply earlier, you're so good about replying to my posts.

I asked DH if we could plant a butterfly bush in our yard and he said no. I'm so bummed! My neighbors getting the coolest butterflies in their bushes!

1. I really love how you capture these. I've been looking everywhere for them since you started posting about them but I can't find them. Love this one, and I think the composition and bokeh are nice.

2. I love this one!!! The colors are so nice surrounding the buttterfly.

3. oh, cool! I wouldn't even notice the wingspan if you hadn't pointed it out. I'm so glad you post here, I'm always learning something when you post.

4. I think you need to process this differently. I feel like the sky needs more blue and more contrast to really stand out.

5. full sun, really? Lol Just kidding, I can totally tell it's full sun but I think it's a nice capture despite the sun glare on its wings.

6. that is so freakin' cool!

7. I saw one the other day that I really wanted to photograph but didn't have my camera. Nice capture!

8. okay, I don't like spiders but that one is cute!

9. I so want a bush!

10. again, very cool

Eva 1. love the vintage processing, she's so serious here.

2. The only thing I don't like about the processing is how yellow it makes her skin. I think she needs a touch of magenta to make her more alive.

3. I commented on FB, I LOVE this one! I think this would make a sweet little canvas for her room.

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love the nature shots Amy Smile

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Thank you both and thanks Gwen for your detailed CC! I will play with the sky shot and see what I can come up with.
Yeah that full-sun butterfly caption had the :/ face kinda like a :(... but really its wings weren't that affected--its wings were very worn out and dull so not much glare really. the colors are all true.

For the 1st 2 Eva photos, I actually didn't do any vintage-y things to them....that was the natural light...so maybe I need to re-process. I remember that I did try to neutralize them a bit but they looked strange.

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p.s. Gwen, I wonder why your hubby would say no? Sad

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then on your Eva shots your WB is funky. Sad

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p.s. Gwen, I wonder why your hubby would say no? Sad

I don't know. maybe he doesn't want a bush to intentionally attract bugs. he was grumpy that day so I didn't press it. need to find a better time to bring it up.

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Thanks. I'll play with them this week and see if anything works...

Sorry about your hubby's opinion about the bushes. The pollinators are extremely beneficial & beautiful and they aren't going to bother anyone as long as you don't bother them! Smile I know not everyone sees it that way but I wish they did... Smile

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I'm still going to try for it ... Wink