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Blue Damselfly

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A blue damselfly rests briefly on some bracken fern

This little blue damselfly was zipping about in the bracken ferns along Delfrate Road as I walked the other day. The shade of blue is quite striking to my eye!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/10, 1/250″ exposure

Dusted

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A solitary bee dusted with cinquefoil pollen

This little solitary bee was diligently gathering pollen on a rough-fruited cinquefoil blossom in our front field. I love the detail revealed at the center of the flower.

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

Lurking

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A crab spider awaits its prey on a black-eyed Susan

On a walk this afternoon, I saw several black-eyed Susans with a crab spiders lurking amongst their petals. When I got in close, however, the wily spiders would duck under the petals. This spider, however, was more than happy to pose for me as I rattled off many frames.

This is the first time out for a new lens—an Olympus 60mm, f/2.8 macro. I think it’s a keeper!

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

After the rain

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Sunset clouds, a crescent moon, and rising mist after yesterday’s rains

Welcome rain fell yesterday afternoon. We certainly needed it! After the showers cleared, the sky to the west lit up with fine sunset colors, and the crescent moon hung quietly in the sky above the post rain mists. I took this shot from the volleyball court.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 800, f/4.8, 1/160″ exposure

Chickadee Fledgling

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A chickadee fledgling hungrily greets its arriving parent

We visited Waterbury Center State Park the other day to enjoy some time on the water. While walking the little nature trail along the shore, I heard a ruckus of chickadees in the trees and noticed several fledglings hopping about in the branches. It was tough getting a clear shot of the action as, chickadees being chickadees, they were not staying in one place for very long. I managed to grab this shot of a fledgling as its parent arrived with food.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 1000, f.5.6, 1/1300″ exposure.

Ripening

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Wheat ripening in the Farr’s field in Richmond

The Farr family planted wheat in part of their bottomland fields on the south side of Richmond. Usually, that field’s planted fully in corn (there is some growing down along the Winooski River), but I welcome the change in texture and color. We don’t see much wheat planted in these parts…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 40mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1600″ exposure.

Chicory blue

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Chicory blooming along East Street

Chicory—a true flower of summer—is blooming along East Street. This unidentified butterfly was enjoying the nectar and paid very little attention to me as I snapped several photos.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 500, f/6.3, 1/1300″ exposure.

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

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A hummingbird clearwing moth at one of our azaleas

Hummingbird moths are wonderfully surprising insects. The first time I saw one many years ago, I had no idea what I was looking at. It moved like a hummingbird, but obviously wasn’t one. Nor was it a large bumble bee. There are two varieties of hummingbird moth common to North America—the Snowberry Clearwing and the Hummingbird Clearwing (pictured above). The reddish coloration is a clear indication of the latter. This little guy was quite busy at the azalea blooming by our kitchen window.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 24-140mm lens @ 61mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/2000″ exposure.

Pop!

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A poppy in bloom in our back garden

The poppies are popping in full bloom in our back garden.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 24-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/1000″ exposure

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