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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.

Glory Blue

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Morning glory blue

The morning glories that Robin planted in window boxes by our back patio seem to be slow and somewhat reluctant bloomers this season. However, what they lack in enthusiasm, they make up for in beauty…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/5000″ exposure.

 

Where’s my dinner?

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A juvenile osprey shrieks along Otter Creek

We paddled several miles upsteam on Otter Creek yesterday from its mouth at Lake Champlain towards Vergennes. We saw several ospreys (along with other critters) including this juvenile who was perched in a maple above the bank and relentlessly shrieking as we passed by. I took several shots including ones that made the kiddo look pretty noble, but I kind of like the goofy look on its face in this one. We joked that it was hollering for mom or dad to come feed it—”Mom! Dad! Where’s my dinner?”

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1600″ exposure.

A hunter & its prey

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A jumping spider catches its prey

While looking for critters and flowers to photograph today, I spied this spider and its meal lurking under a black-eyed Susan. When I turned the flower over to get a better look, the spider conveniently climbed to the top of the flower to pose for a shot. Kind of like a hunter posing with its kill… Not sure of the butterfly ID—perhaps a pearl crescent or a checkerspot?

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/500″ exposure.

Morning dew

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Tiny dew droplets catch the morning sun

Tiny dew droplets sparkle in the morning sun in this very close look at a blade of grass. The “large” central drop is perhaps on millimeter in diameter.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.

Topography

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Emerging rows of corn along Shaker Mountain Road

Yesterday’s breaking clouds allowed for splashes of sunshine across the emerging corn rows along Shaker Mountain Road. Following the rise and fall of the land, the rows remind me of topographical lines on a map.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  34mm, ISO 400, f/18, 1/400″ exposure.

Magnolia

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Magnolia blooming in our back yard

The magnolia tree in our back yard is in full bloom right now. It’s always a treat to watch the fat furry buds on this tree crack open and burst like slow motion fireworks. But, alas, it’s a short lived celebration as the blossoms are already starting to fall apart.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  218mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/5000″ exposure.

Wake Robin

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Purple trillium in bloom along Taft Road

The purple trillium—also known as wake-robin—is in bloom in the woods now. I love the deep crimson red coloring and the complex centers.

Panasonic GM5, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/8, 1/125″ exposure

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