Bees a Little Closer

I went back to the grove of flowers the bees were feasting on with more time and better equipped to try and get a closer look as they collect nectar.

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Caught in a Web

I have been taking a lot of pictures of the local wildlife. Because I live in a city most of that wildlife is bugs. Bumble bees are cute and cuddly, but they dart around very quickly making getting good picture a challenge. A lot of my pictures are of much more stationary subjects, though many find them a terror.

This post has some graphic pictures of spiders, if you are arachnophobic turn back now.

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Morning dew caught like flies in a web

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An orb weaver waiting patiently

This picture was a difficult one to get, as the spiders usually wait on their webs on the side with less commotion, showing their underbelly through their web but making it difficult to see there face.

I’ve done a small amount of reading up on the identification of spiders and the number and placement of the eyes is an important means of classification. Now that I’ve gotten close enough to see this spiders face, I’ve very certain its of the Araneid, or Orb weaver, family. To figure exactly the genus or species I think a dissection would be needed.

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Having a snack

This was another opportune find while walking to the bus. I found a spider who had just caught herself a meal. Something I had not seen before.

Dirty Harry

This weekend, though I have not done enough hiking training this summer, I set out on a very hot day to summit Dirty Harry Peak.

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Seems like AT&T signal should be good around here

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Though some trees

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A small, easy to miss, cairn that is the different between the easy and hard hikes

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The view of I-90 from a brief break in the trees

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More trees

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The heat and sun isn’t stopping this slug

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Though it was a hot summer day the wild flowers were in bloom

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More trees

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Following the old logging road mean that we were in the sun wishing for the trees

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The valley on the other side of the mountain as seen from the peak

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Beth hanging out at the cliff’s edge

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On the long way down

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Bonus: A fuzzy bee on a wild flower

Bees at the Bus Stop

While I was waiting for the bus this morning I was entertained by a swarm of bees who were so interested in the flowers that they didn’t notice me taking pictures. I didn’t have any of my setup for shooting macro properly so I just had to get very close.

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More Macro

As I continue to practice taking pictures of very small things; I went back to the same flowers where I found the aphids, this time intentionally looking for them. Found this little guy out saying ‘hello’.

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While I started taking photography more seriously; my perspective was that of a historian. The goal was to document the places I was going and what I was doing as a record for my self and to share my adventures with others. Continuing with the hobby I found that there is a lot more than just taking an posting pictures, there are some very technical skills needed as well as an eye for ascetics which make photography and art. It is something I have been practicing and working towards becoming better at, and this is a picture that I am quite proud of, as it the culmination of many hours of practice.

Aphids

Continuing on the theme of bugs; I took a picture of dew on a wilted flower that I thought looked very picturesque. I didn’t notice until looking at it closely on a large computer monitor that the flower has some little aphids crawling on it.

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Aphids on the edge of the petal