Category: Photos

  • A Naturalist Observes

    A Naturalist Observes

    One of the things I’ve been doing this year has been working towards becoming a Texas Master Naturalist, and I’m halfway there. I’ve completed the training class, and I am working on the volunteer hours that will eventually have me certified as a Master Naturalist. The thing is, it’s not a lot different than what…

  • Bug Safari

    Bug Safari

    I had promised myself that if I got through the editing and uploaded the working files for the upcoming book (Postcards from Foolz, due out from Raconteur Press this coming Friday) that I’d put a macro lens on the camera and go prowl the garden for a while.    The thing about the lens I…

  • Travels and Returns

    Travels and Returns

    First off: the Dayton area was hit with at least two tornadoes last night. We slept through it, and have power today. But a lot of people are dealing with chaos this morning. The tornadoes touched down in, and swept across, a very populated area. I don’t know much about it just yet, other than…

  • Fallen Ruin

    Fallen Ruin

    I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive,…

  • Horseradish, Pickles, and Sauerkraut

    Horseradish, Pickles, and Sauerkraut

    I miss growing horseradish. Processing it was a little like setting off a tear gas grenade in your kitchen, pungent to the point of eyes watering and coughing helplessly. A few times I had to just clear out and let some open windows do their trick after I’d run a peeled root through the food…

  • Efferia pogonias

    Efferia pogonias

    The Robber Fly, with his characteristic facial hair, is an accomplished predator – the hawk of the fly world, preying on a variety of smaller insects. (identification based on Herschel Raney’s site)  

  • Sunday Art: Cat’s Eyes

    Sunday Art: Cat’s Eyes

    Not my cat. This is the cat that lives on our neighbor’s porch, and prowls the neighborhood. She’s pretty, and today I managed to catch her with the long lens. She could hear the shutter clicking and sat down to look at me and try to figure out what I was doing, so I got…

  • Bug Hunt

    Bug Hunt

    It’s well into summer, and I have done very little bug hunting. In spite of having acquired a macro lens for Christmas… Money can buy stuff. What it can’t buy is time. I mean, I keep seeing this nifty pen set I’d like, and I have money in the art account, but… But I don’t…

  • Shooting Snowflakes

    Shooting Snowflakes

    The world is tucked neatly into a warm white blanket. Under the snow slumber the insects and arachnids I love to photograph during warmer times, so I am turning to my winter pastimes of preserving #lovelydeadcrap and shooting snowflakes. The problem with shooting snow… ok, there are several problems. One is that each flake is…

  • A Successful Bug Hunt
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  • Gotta Catch them All!

    Gotta Catch them All!

    It struck me this morning that my laissez faire approach to insect hunting is slowly morphing into something else. I was stalking bugs yesterday after work, just casting around behind the house for some little thing, and as I hung poised over the flowers waiting for movement so I could focus and shoot, it crossed…