Edge of the Woods

My lot backs up to woods. That’s where I saw the bear and also where I photograph a lot of tiny creatures. Because my neighbors on one side are in MN for the summer, I include their backyard when I stoll along the edge of the woods with a camera set up for macro photography.

I haven’t even been tempted to go into those woods. For one thing, they belong to the guy who owns the park where I live. For another, Florida woods are not something one can walk through casually, like you can the woods up north. They’re overgrown with brush and grass and vines, and if there are game trails, I haven’t seen them. Yet another reason I don’t go in there is the wood ticks. Even standing at the edge of the woods, I was a tempting target. One jumped on me. I cursed and couldn’t get it off me fast enough. What I should have done was take its picture, then wrap it in tape to die a slow, tortured death. I have great respect for most living things, but wood ticks are not one of them.

An ant. These suckers move fast, which presents a challenge, and the depth of field when shooting macros is very thin. You can see that in this shot. Most of him, especially the eye, is sharp and in focus, but his butt and antenna are blurry. That’s depth of field for you. It certainly keeps things interesting! The higher your F-stop, the greater your depth of field. I think I was around four, and it should have been eight or more.

Flesh flies again. I disturbed them while walking past, they caught my eye when they flew away, and when they landed again, I took pics. They were so busy with each other, they barely noticed me.

There was some debate on a macro group as to what this was, but we finally settled on hover fly.

This was a find! I went out at dusk, and there he was on a palm frond. It’s a twin-striped walkingstick. I wonder if he was waiting for a mate? He was quite patient with me taking his picture. I was in such a hurry to capture him, I didn’t use a flash diffuser. He still looks great, though.

See you next time!

About Fenraven

Fenraven happily lives in south Florida, where it is really hot most of the year. Find him on Twitter and Facebook by searching on 'fenraven'.
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2 Responses to Edge of the Woods

  1. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    Wow fab pictures and so much detail.

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