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John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World

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October 2018

Preying Mantis

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A well camouflaged preying mantis in the sand

While walking a trail behind the dunes on Montauk Point State Park, I almost stepped on this critter. She was the perfect coloring to match the dried grasses and sand that we were walking on. If she hadn’t have moved I would crushed her. She was quite big too—easily 5″-6″ long. I’m glad she stuck around so I could get a good shot!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  50mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/300″ exposure

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Fall Bluebird

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A fall visitor

We’ve had a pair or two of bluebirds visiting over the past couple of days and feeding on the bright red berries of the magnolia in our back garden. This fellow posed nicely for me on the roof of our woodshed. The fall colors at peak make for a nice background.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 3200 (hence the grain…) f/5.4, 1/320″ exposure.

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