Moth and mantis

Any time I find a praying mantis, I just have to grab my camera. Even if I can’t get close enough for a really awesome shot, there’s just something so amazing about these insects. I found this one hanging out in our front yard, and I stalked her for at least half an hour; I’m sure she was hoping I’d […]

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Falling faces

Here in the northern hemisphere, dead or dying leaves appear in all sorts of shapes and conditions as they plummet from their tree branches at this time of year. I noticed this particular leaf because it was filled with holes and was lying right in the middle of the trail. It wasn’t until I got home and looked at the […]

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This and that

Sometimes on my local hikes I don’t come across anything really exciting to shoot; so instead I look for small details or odd little things that catch my eye. It might be an unexpected message or something accidentally left behind — or even a colorful rock that I’ve probably trod on hundreds of times without ever noticing before.

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Details from the de Young

There is so much to see at the de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, I’m not sure it’s possible to absorb it all in just one day. Even though I spent at least a couple of hours there, it now feels like I rushed through in my hurry to get to the California Academy of Sciences across […]

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Macro Monday, Week 6

I wrote about the Pacific chorus frogs in my post last Monday; at the time I was a bit discouraged because I hadn’t been able to spot any on the local trails where I’ve seen them in past years. It could be that — like much of the other wildlife — they’ve been a bit late this year because of […]

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Pollinators

Spring’s colorful blooms may be long gone, but there are still plenty of flowers and other plants full of tempting nectar for bees and other pollinators. This field of common madia on the south shore of the American River was buzzing with activity yesterday morning — a perfect chance to me to work on my bee-photographing skills.

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