I was editing (finally, after three long months with no work!) the last couple of weeks, so I didn’t get out much. Last weekend, however, I visited a new lake in the area and got some interesting photos. The weather continues to be weird (for Florida); it’s been raining off and on for days. This brings out mosquitoes, and I’ve been attacked by more than my fair share of the little assholes. After one recent excursion, my legs were covered in bites, and I scratched until they bled. Not good! I don’t like bug spray, however, so I resist using it.
I’ve been in a “macro” mode lately, though I’ve been using my Sony telephoto to shoot them. I can get very close to the tiny things, and it’s often less problematic than using my true macro lens. This is a three-spotted skipper.
This is a meadow katydid. You can tell the difference between them and grasshoppers by their antenna; a katydid’s are far longer. I love how it’s hanging onto the plant stem with its hind legs. 🙂
After the county sent a guy to poison the weeds in our small lake (there’s also a large one, but it’s boring!), the wading birds avoided the place like the plague. Recently, however, some are returning, and that includes my favorite snowy egret. Normally they are elegant and move with extraordinary grace. This one spotted a dragonfly (you can sort of see it in the upper left corner, just out of reach) and leaped for it. It missed, and the dragonfly lived another day. 😉
The egret worked its way around the lake, where it ran into an ibis. They hunted together for a few minutes, no problem.
Notice how much larger the ibis is, compared to the egret? The snowy egret is a small bird. It’s probably comparable in size to the little blue, which is also small.
Speaking of the little blue heron… I spotted one at a nearby lake and was amazed (and somewhat appalled) to see it had zeroed in on a baby turtle.
Turtle are an odd size and difficult to deal with it, so it was tossed around a bit.
In the end, the little blue was victorious and less hungry. 😉 Nature can be cruel, but it’s always fascinating.
I accidentally drove down a dead-end road, looking for access to a lake (I eventually found it on the other side), and ran into this angry mockingbird. I entitled this “Yes, I can read! Fuck you!” (Its pissed off face and the sign suggested it!)
Finally, I took yet another picture of the boardwalk at dusk, because I love the way it looks moments before darkness falls.
It’s really pretty, isn’t it? So inviting. And convenient, as it’s right across the street from where I live. 😉
See you next time.